Rapport leads St. Veit to first Austrian League victory

by Klaus Besenthal
3/15/2021 – The Austrian Bundesliga came to an end on Sunday with SV “Das Wien” St. Veit winning the title for the first time. A 3:3 draw in the last round was enough for the team from Carinthia, led by Hungarian star player Richard Rapport, to finish in sole first place, ahead of SV Raika Rapid Feffernitz. The league ran with modifications due to the coronavirus crisis. Instead of the usual twelve, only seven teams participated. All rounds were played on two 3-day meets in Graz. | Photo: Misty Pine / cca.imsa.cn

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Austrian Bundesliga 2020/2021

The team from St. Veit suffered an unexpected defeat on board 5 in the last, deciding match of the tournament. Ante Saric (not to be confused with Ivan Saric, who also plays for St. Veit) threw away the game with one inexplicable move:

 

White was better here, but here Saric made a fatal blunder — 55.Kf5?? With this move, White spoils his winning position not only to a draw but directly to a loss.

[Instead, White had 55.Nc3 and the king will go towards the c4-pawn.]

55...Ne7+ 56.Nxe7 c3 57.Ng6+ fxg6+

 

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Marin Bosiocic compensated for his teammate’s mistake by beating Andreas Diermair. This point for St. Veit came about when Diermair lost the thread in an endgame that actually looked good for him:

 

Black is fighting against an extra pawn and the bishop pair, but with his strong position in the centre, the active rook and the control of the a1-square, he should be able to hold the balance easily.

52...c4?! This tempting, active move is not good. It destabilizes the solid black construct, and the pawn actually has no chance of ever reaching c1.

53.Ra5+! This check forces Black into an unpleasant pin.

53...Bc5 54.Bg6 Nh5?

 

Black is now losing. [54...Rd4! and Black is still fighting.]

55.Bb8 Kc6 [55...Kd4 56.Be5+ Kd5 57.Bxh5 Rxh5 58.Bf4 Kc6 59.Be3 was not better.] 

 

56.Be4+ Kb6 57.Rxc5 1-0

Despite all the drama, St. Veit managed to secure the title win in generous style.

 

This position is clearly won for Black, but with the draw Rogic secured the Austrian championship for his team. ½-½


Final standings

Rk. Team  TB1 
1 SV "Das Wien" St. Veit 11
2 SV Raika Rapid Feffernitz 10
3 Spg. SK Fürstenfeld/ TSV Hartberg 8
4 SK Ottakring 5
5 SPG Sparkasse Grieskirchen/Sedda Schalle 4
6 SK Absam 4
7 ASVÖ Pamhagen 0

The top 3 squads

1. SV "Das Wien" St. Veit (RtgAvg:2641, Captain: Andreas Knapp / TB1: 11 / TB2: 24,5)
Bo.   Name Rtg FED FideID 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Pts. Games RtgAvg
1 GM Rapport Richard 2763 HUN 738590 1 1 ½ 1 1   ½ 5,0 6 2539
3 GM Saric Ivan 2648 CRO 14508150 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½   ½ 3,5 6 2500
4 GM Bosiocic Marin Mag. 2601 CRO 14507927 1 1 0 1 1   1 5,0 6 2385
5 GM Brkic Ante 2597 CRO 14506688 1 0 1 1 ½   ½ 4,0 6 2334
8 GM Saric Ante 2547 CRO 14506254 0 1 1 1 1   0 4,0 6 2288
10 GM Rogic Davor DI. 2492 CRO 14501228 ½ 0 1 1     ½ 3,0 5 2249
16 FM Dietmayer-Kraeutler Marco 2284 AUT 1612476         0     0,0 1 2290
  2. SV Raika Rapid Feffernitz (RtgAvg:2589, Captain: Helmut Loescher / TB1: 10 / TB2: 24)
Bo.   Name Rtg FED FideID 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Pts. Games RtgAvg
1 GM Abasov Nijat 2664 AZE 13402960   1 ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 3,5 6 2556
2 GM Lagarde Maxime 2640 FRA 662399         ½ 1 ½ 2,0 3 2402
7 GM Diermair Andreas 2487 AUT 1612468   ½ ½ 1 1 0 0 3,0 6 2445
8 IM Schreiner Peter 2445 AUT 1621645   1 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 4,0 6 2373
9 GM Sebenik Matej 2481 SLO 14602296   ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 4,5 6 2331
10 IM Janzelj Tim 2468 SLO 14607913   1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 4,5 6 2291
13 WFM Rozman Monika 2168 SLO 14609118   1 1 ½       2,5 3 2254
  3. Spg. SK Fürstenfeld/ TSV Hartberg (RtgAvg:2543, Captain: Siegfried Posch / TB1: 8 / TB2: 26)
Bo.   Name Rtg FED FideID 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Pts. Games RtgAvg
2 GM Markus Robert 2598 SRB 921637 1 0 ½ 1   1 ½ 4,0 6 2567
3 GM Korpa Bence 2541 HUN 706671 1 ½ ½ 0   0 1 3,0 6 2439
6 IM Mesaros Florian 2413 AUT 1629220 ½ 0 ½ 1   1 1 4,0 6 2357
7 GM Nagy Gabor 2516 HUN 737119 1 1 ½ 1   1 1 5,5 6 2350
8 IM Poetz Florian 2424 AUT 1618741 1 0 ½ 1   1 1 4,5 6 2264
9 IM Freitag Manfred 2360 AUT 1602004 1 1 0 1   1 1 5,0 6 2170

...7 teams


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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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Minnesota Fats Minnesota Fats 3/17/2021 12:03
Congratz Richard!

Keep up the good work and motivation. Soon we'll see you at the 2750+ team!
Somewhat Experienced Somewhat Experienced 3/16/2021 02:43
Austrian League?
There has not a single point been achieved by an Austrian player in the top team! Do they call this "Nachwuchsförderung"!?
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