Köln Porz and Baden-Oos tie for first

4/26/2004 – The spokesperson for the German team championships, one of the strongest in the world, is "Miss Bundesliga" Almira Skripchenko, who plays for Werder Bremen. After the final round of this season's contests the two leading teams had tied for first. They will have to play a tie-break for the title in the second week of May . Here's a last-round pictorial report.

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On Saturday the team of Köln Porz (Cologne, to the English-speaking world), with Lutz, Van Wely, Sokolov, Beliavsky and Graf, Gurevich, Vaganian and van den Doel beat Werder Bremen, with Almira Skripchenko on board seven, by 6:2 points. Baden-Oos, with Anand, Svidler, and Shirov, had a bye, and on Sunday both teams went into the final round breathing fire. Here is how they did:

Bremer SG        2½-5½ SG Köln Porz    
 3 Bacrot,Etienn ½ : ½ Lutz,Christop  1
 4 Landa,Konstan ½ : ½ Van Wely,Loek  2
 5 Hjartarson,Jo 0 : 1 Sokolov,Ivan   3
 6 Agrest,Evgeni ½ : ½ Beliavsky,Ale  5
 7 Stefansson,Ha 0 : 1 Graf,Alexande  6
 8 Baburin,Alexa 0 : 1 Gurevich,Mikh  7
 9 Fish,Gannadij ½ : ½ Vaganian,Rafa  8
11 Gisbrecht,Ewg ½ : ½ Van den Doel, 10

SC Baden Oos     7 - 1 Hamburger SK    
 1 Anand,Viswana 1 : 0 Ftacnik,Lubom  1
 2 Shirov,Alexei ½ : ½ Gustafsson,Ja  3
 3 Svidler,Peter ½ : ½ Wahls,Matthia  6
 4 Vallejo Pons, 1 : 0 Bezold,Michae  8
 5 Dautov,Rustem 1 : 0 Reeh,Oliver   10
 6 Huebner,Rober 1 : 0 Heinemann,Thi 11
 9 Schmaltz,Rola 1 : 0 Michaelsen,Ni 12
10 Buhmann,Raine 1 : 0 Stellwagen,Ro 1


That's Almira of Werder Bremen –
more pictures from this photo shoot below

Final standings of the Bundesliga 2003/2004
 1. SG Porz             14   80,5   26:2
 2. SC Baden-Oos        14   78,5   26:2
 3. TV Tegernsee        14   67,0   21:7
 4. SV Werder Bremen    14   63,0   20:8
 5. Hamburger SK        14   67,5   19:9
 6. Bremer SG           14   62,5   18:10
 7. SG Solingen         14   61,5   15:13
 8. SC Kreuzberg        14   58,5   15:13
 9. SV Wattenscheid     14   57,0   12:16
10. SF Neukölln         14   52,0   10:18
10. SF Katernberg       14   52,0   10:18
12. SCA St. Ingbert     14   41,0    7:21
13. SV Hofheim          14   40,0    6:22
14. SK König Plauen     14   31,0    5:23
15. Stuttgarter SF      14   28,0    0:28

This left both teams tied for first, so that an extra tiebreak round will have to be played on May 7-9. You will find all the information you need at the special Bundesliga site:

Picture Gallery


The club house of the Hamburg SK team


The games in progress – in front the encounter Peter Svidler vs Matthias Wahls


A record crowd of 200 spectators trying to catch a glimpse of the action


Alexei Shirov struggling against German talent Jan Gustafsson


Senior German GM Robert Hübner playing for Baden-Oos


Live coverage of the most important games on the Internet (including Playchess)


Peter Svidler trying in vein to win his game against Matthias Wahls


Alexei Shirov trying to digest his draw against Jan Gustafsson


Anand analysing a very fine win against Ftacnik after the game


How does he do it? Lubomir Ftacnik pondering his loss to Anand


Anand being interviewed by young students


Two more pictures of Miss Bundesliga Almira Skripchenko from a photo shoot for the soccer club Werder Bremen.


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