Kader-Challenge: Rasmus Svane takes the lead

by Klaus Besenthal
4/8/2021 – Wednesday, April 7, brought a double shift for the players in the German "Kader-Challenge" - rounds 3 and 4. Rasmus Svane made the most of these opportunities: in round 3 he won against his younger brother Frederik and in round 4 he defeated Niclas Huschenbeth, and is now sole leader with 3.0/4. In the women's tournament only one round was played. Jana Schneider continued to win and now leads with 3.0/3. But it was Antonia Ziegenfuß, who played the game of the day: she defeated Elisabeth Pähtz in a powerful attacking game. | Photo: Frank Hoppe

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DSB-Kader-Challenge 2021

In round 3, Germany's number one, Matthias Blübaum, showed the advantages of being pragmatic: in his game against Luis Engel Blübaum gave back an extra piece he had just won because the resulting endgame was so much easier to play and to win than the position with a piece up.


Diving into his memory bank: Matthias Blübaum in his fourth round game against Dennis Wagner which ended in a draw. | Photo: Kevin Högy

In round 3 the two Svane brothers faced each other. But everyone who expected a peaceful draw was proven wrong. The two brothers pulled no punches:


In his "Game of the Week" show Merijn van Delft took a closer look at this fascinating game.

It was a bad day for Frederik Svane: in round 3 he lost against his brother Rasmus, and in round 4 he lost against Dmitrij Kollars | Photo: Frank Hoppe

After winning against his brother in a tactical skirmish in round 3, Rasmus Svane won a difficult endgame against Niclas Huschenbeth in round 4. Karsten Müller took a closer look.


With a rating of 2659, Germany's number two, Alexander Donchenko, is currently only 11 points behind Blübaum, and if things go well for him, Donchenko might gain some rating points at the "Kader-Challenge" to become Germany's new number one. Donchenko started the tournament with three draws but in round 4 he showed his endgame skills and won with Black against Daniel Fridman:


Alexander Donchenko | Photo: Frank Hoppe

Results of round 3


Results of round 4


Standings after round 4




Women's Tournament

Jana Schneider continues to dominate the tournament. In round 3 she won against Melanie Lubbe, her third win in a row.

But the big surprise of the round was the win of Antonia Ziegenfuß against tournament favourite Elisabeth Pähtz – after all, the two players are more than 350 rating points apart. But Antonia Ziegenfuß was not overly impressed by this rating difference and won in impressive style:


Antonia Ziegenfuß | Photo: Frank Hoppe

Annmarie Mütsch won an interesting rook endgame against Luisa Bashylina:


Round 3 - Results


Standings after round 3





Klaus Besenthal is computer scientist, has followed and still follows the chess scene avidly since 1972 and since then has also regularly played in tournaments.


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