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    Schachbundesliga Championship 2020

    September 16, 2020

    From the FIDE site:

    The Schachbundesliga championship tournament will take place in Karlsruhe from 16th to 20th September 2020. This tournament is an additional event and serves to determine the German team champion 2020 after the German Chess League was interrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue it in spring 2021. OSG Baden-Baden stands out as a clear favorite among eight teams.

    The participation in this tournament is voluntary following a decision by all 16 Bundesliga clubs. In the end, only eight clubs will play in a round-robin format. In addition to the record holder Baden-Baden, Solingen, Deizisau, Viernheim, and Bremen are likely to have a say in the hunt for the title. FC Bayern München, SF Berlin, and Aachener SV complete the field.

    As this is an "over-the-board tournament", it will be interesting to see which players will travel to Karlsruhe. Chess fans are looking look forward to seeing many grandmasters in action, including 15-year-old Vincent Keymer. The youngest German grandmaster playing for SF Deizisau made a strong impressed in Biel two months ago and would like to continue his run in Karlsruhe.

    The matches will be broadcast live on the internet and commentated by renowned grandmasters. Furthermore, several videos of the event will be produced daily and published on the YouTube channel of GRENKE Chess.

    The championship tournament is a strong signal from the clubs of the Schachbundesliga and the organizer to put on an event representing top chess despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The event will be held in compliance with all the strict requirements of health authorities.

    Dates: 16 - 20.09.2020

    Venue: Garden Hall of the Karlsruhe Exhibition Centre, Festplatz 3, 76137 Karlsruhe

    Organizer: Schachzentrum Baden-Baden e.V. in cooperation with OSG Baden-Baden 1922 e.V. and the GRENKE Group

    Time control: 90 min 40 moves, 30 min rest, 30 sec increment from the first move.

    Live coverage on the official website:

    Videos on YouTube:

    Schedule Championship Tournament 2020

    1st round on 16.09.2020 at 2 pm (CET)

    OSG Baden-Baden - SF Deizisau
    FC Bayern München - SC Viernheim
    SF Berlin - Aachener SV
    SG Solingen - SV Werder Bremen

    2nd round on 17.09.2020 at 10am (CET)

    SF Deizisau - SV Werder Bremen
    Aachener SV - SG Solingen
    SC Viernheim - SF Berlin
    OSG Baden-Baden - FC Bayern München

    3rd round on 17.09.2020 at 5pm (CET)

    FC Bayern München - SF Deizisau
    SF Berlin - OSG Baden-Baden
    SG Solingen - SC Viernheim
    SV Werder Bremen - Aachener SV

    4th round on 18.09.2020 at 2pm (CET)

    SF Deizisau - Aachener SV
    SC Viernheim - SV Werder Bremen
    OSG Baden-Baden - SG Solingen
    FC Bayern München - SF Berlin

    5th round on 19.09.2020 at 10am (CET)

    SF Berlin - SF Deizisau
    SG Solingen - FC Bayern München
    SV Werder Bremen - OSG Baden-Baden
    Aachener SV - SC Viernheim

    6th round on 19.09.2020 at 5pm (CET)

    SF Deizisau - SC Viernheim
    OSG Baden-Baden - Aachener SV
    FC Bayern München - SV Werder Bremen
    SF Berlin - SG Solingen

    7th round on 20.09.2020 at 11am (CET)

    SG Solingen - SF Deizisau
    SV Werder Bremen - SF Berlin
    Aachener SV - FC Bayern München
    SC Viernheim - OSG Baden-Baden

    Chess24 is covering the tournament.

    Jan Gustafsson and Rustam Kasimdzhanov are commentating in English.

    Members of the OSG Baden-Baden team:

    Caruana, MVL, Aronian (yes, playing in two tournaments at the same time), Wojtaszek, Rapport, Adams, Vallejo Pons and Bacrot


    - World no. 2 Fabiano Caruana is poised to defeat Gata Kamsky in his first classical game since the Candidates!

    - Romain Edouard (tweet) - Forfeited today at the German Bundesliga. Woke up with a horrible pain in the back and couldn't move a single centimeter

    Two games:

    Baden-Baden – Schachfreunde Deizisau
    Board 1
    Round 1, Sept. 16
    Kamsky, Gata – Caruana, Fabiano
    A48 King’s Indian, East Indian Defence

    1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.c3 Bg7 4.Bg5 O-O 5.Nbd2 h6 6.Bh4 d6 7.e4 c5 8.d5 Nbd7 9.Bd3 Nh5 10.O-O Nf4 11.Bc2 b5 12.Rb1 Nf6 13.Re1 Qc7 14.Nf1 e5 15.dxe6 Bxe6 16.Bg3 N6h5 17.Qd2 Nxg3 18.hxg3 Nh5 19.Bb3 c4 20.Bc2 Rfe8 21.Rbd1 Rad8 22.Nd4 Bg4 23.Ra1 Qc5 24.Ne3 Nf6 25.a4 a6 26.axb5 axb5 27.Nxg4 Nxg4 28.Bd1 Nf6 29.Bf3 Nd7 30.Nc2 Qg5 31.Qxg5 hxg5 32.Ra5 Rb8 33.Rd1 Nf6 34.Rxd6 g4 35.e5 Rxe5 36.Bc6 Re2 37.Nd4 Re1+ 38.Kh2 Kh7 39.Ra8 Rxa8 40.Bxa8 Rb1 41.Nxb5 Rxb2 42.Bc6 Rxf2 43.Kg1 Rc2 44.Rd4 Bh6 45.Rxc4 Be3+ 46.Kf1 Nh5 47.Rxg4 f5 48.Rh4 Kg7 49.Rh3 Bf2 50.Rxh5 gxh5 51.Nd6 Bc5 52.Nxf5+ Kf6 53.Nh4 Rxc3 54.Be8 Kg5 55.Nf3+ Kh6 56.Bd7 Rc1+ 57.Ke2 Rc2+ 58.Kf1 Rf2+ 59.Ke1 Rxg2 60.Nh4 Rb2 61.Kf1 Rf2+ 62.Ke1 Kg5 63.Bh3 Kf6 64.Bd7 Ra2 65.Kf1 Bd6 66.g4 hxg4 67.Bxg4 Kg5 68.Nf5 Bc5 69.Bh3 Rf2+ 70.Ke1 Rh2 0-1

    Board 6
    Round 1, Sept. 16
    Adams, Michael – Keymer, Vincent
    B12 Caro-Kann, Advance variation

    1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.h4 h5 5.c4 dxc4 6.Bxc4 e6 7.Nc3 Nd7 8.Nge2 Be7 9.Ng3 Bg6 10.Nge4 Nh6 11.Bxh6 Rxh6 12.Qd2 Nb6 13.Be2 Nd5 14.Bf3 Qb6 15.g3 O-O-O 16.O-O Kb8 17.Rfd1 Rhh8 18.Rac1 Bxe4 19.Nxe4 g6 20.Rc4 Rd7 21.Nc5 Bxc5 22.dxc5 Qc7 23.Qe1 Qd8 24.b4 g5 25.hxg5 Qxg5 26.Rh4 Kc8 27.a4 Ne7 28.Rxd7 Kxd7 29.b5 Ng6 30.bxc6+ Ke7 31.Rxh5 Rxh5 32.Bxh5 Qxh5 33.cxb7 Nxe5 34.Qe4 Ng4 35.Qf3 Qh2+ 36.Kf1 Qh5 37.Qc6 Ne5 38.Qd6+ Kf6 39.Qd8+ Kf5 40.b8=Q Qh1+ 41.Ke2 Qf3+ 42.Ke1 Qe4+ 43.Kd2 Nf3+ 44.Kc1 Qe1+ 45.Qd1 1-0

    Position after White’s 37.Qc6

    Mickey Adams is on course to beat Vincent Keymer after players reached move 40, but 37...Ne3!! would have saved the 15-year-old - Black has perpetual check

  • #2
    Schachbundesliga Championship 2020

    September 17, 2020

    A few games from the matches.

    Olympiu Urcan - A fantastic attacking game by Richard Rapport

    FC Bayern Munchen – OSG Baden-Baden
    Round 2, September 17
    Board 3
    Studer, Noel – Rapport, Richard
    D30 QGD

    1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 c6 4.Nbd2 f5 5.g3 Nd7 6.Bg2 Nh6 7.Qc2 Nf7 8.b3 g5 9.e3 Bd6 10.Bb2 a5 11.h4 g4 12.Ng1 O-O 13.Ne2 Nf6 14.Nf4 Qe7 15.O-O Nh8 16.c5 Bc7 17.a3 Ng6 18.b4 Nxf4 19.exf4 Nh5 20.Rfe1 Nxf4 21.gxf4 Bxf4 22.Nc4 Qxh4 23.Nb6 e5 24.Nxd5 cxd5 25.Rxe5 Bh2+ 26.Kf1 Bxe5 27.Bxd5+ Kg7 28.dxe5 axb4 29.Ke2 Rxa3 30.Bxa3 bxa3 31.Qc3 f4 32.Rxa3 f3+ 33.Ke3 Qg5+ 34.Kd3 Rd8 35.Qd4 Be6 0-1

    Jonathan Tisdall – Don’t just turn off your engines before playing through the Studer-Rapport game from this morning’s Bundesliga, try to imagine having all of Rapport’s moves going off in your face…

    SF Berlin 1903 – OSG Baden-Baden
    Round 3, September 17
    Board 1
    Caruana, Fabiano – Gumularz, Szymon
    B07 Pirc-Robatsch

    1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.Be3 a6 5.g4 b5 6.Bg2 Bb7 7.h4 h5 8.gxh5 Rxh5 9.Bf3 Rh8 10.h5 e5 11.dxe5 Bxe5 12.hxg6 fxg6 13.Rxh8 Bxh8 14.e5 Nc6 15.Be4 Nge7 16.Qg4 Bxe5 17.Bxg6+ Nxg6 18.Qxg6+ Kd7 19.Qg4+ Ke8 20.O-O-O Qf6 21.Nd5 Qf7 22.Nf3 Bc8 23.Qe4 Rb8 24.Ng5 Bf5 25.Nxc7+ Kd7 26.Nxf7 Bxe4 27.Nxa6 1-0

    Final Position



    In case you were wondering: yes, we're talking about over-the-board chess! It's the first time since the Candidates that top 10 players like GM Fabiano Caruana and GM Levon Aronian can be seen behind a normal, wooden board and pieces again. (The latter even combines it with playing his games in the online Saint Louis Rapid and Blitz in the evenings.)

    Let's look at that great win by Rapport today. Playing for the heavy favorite Baden-Baden, the Hungarian GM was Black against the Swiss grandmaster Noel Studer. In a Stonewall, he first sacrificed a knight and then a rook.

    The fantastic 23...e5!! reminded of 20...g3 in the famous King's Indian game Piket-Kasparov, Tilburg 1989 where the 13th world champion also left his rook hanging on a8 with a pawn move.
    Last edited by Wayne Komer; Thursday, 17th September, 2020, 08:47 PM.


    • #3
      Now that is chess news I like to see!


      • #4
        Schachbundesliga Championship 2020

        September 18, 2020

        Round Four

        Olimpiu Urcan recorded this between the two commentators:

        Gustafsson: "You have two cats, right?"

        Kasimdzhanov: "I don't have cats at all."

        Gustafsson: "Why did I think you have two cats?"

        Kasimdzhanov: "I don't know...I haven't had a cat in 35 years. When I get a cat, I will tell you."

        The Premier game was between Erwin L’Ami and Fabiano Caruana.

        I haven’t followed an OTB game in a while and it was interesting to watch. There appeared to be a moveable clear plastic divider between them, about two feet high, with a window, about 10 inches high so that you could move the pieces. Neither player was wearing a mask. Caruana was dead lost at one point when I had to attend to some neighbourhood business through the front door. When I came back fifteen minutes later, I thought the game would be over because each had just a minute or so when I left. But they were still playing away. L’Ami had a huge advantage. I had forgotten that the time control is 90 minutes for 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game and a 30-second increment from move one.

        Round 4, September 18
        OSG Baden-Baden – SG Solingen
        Board 1
        L’Ami, Erwin – Caruana, Fabiano
        E10 Queen’s Pawn game

        1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 h6 5.Bf4 Bb4 6.cxd5 Nxd5 7.Bd2 O-O 8.g3 Nxc3 9.bxc3 Ba5 10.g4 c5 11.Rg1 Nc6 12.dxc5 e5 13.Qc2 Re8 14.g5 g6 15.gxh6 e4 16.Ng5 Bf5 17.O-O-O Qf6 18.Bh3 e3 19.Bxf5 exd2+ 20.Rxd2 Re5 21.Nxf7 Qxf7 22.Bxg6 Qxf2 23.Bf7+ Kh8 24.Qg6 Rg5 25.Rxg5 Bxc3 26.Kc2 Ne7 27.Qe4 Bf6 28.Re5 Rf8 29.e3 Qf1 30.Bc4 Qa1 31.Rxe7 Qc3+ 32.Kd1 Qa1+ 33.Kc2 Qc3+ 34.Kd1 Qa1+ 35.Ke2 Bxe7 36.Qd4+ Qxd4 37.exd4 Rf4 38.Bd5 Bf6 39.Ke3 Rh4 40.Rd3 Rh3+ 41.Kd2 Rxh2+ 42.Kc3 Kh7 43.Bxb7 Rxa2 44.Kb3 Ra1 45.c6 Bd8 46.d5 Ba5 47.d6 Rc1 48.Rd5 Bd8 49.Rd4 1-0

        Position after White’s 34.Kd1


        - Erwin l'Ami beats world no. 2 Fabiano Caruana, but Fabi's team Baden-Baden cruise to another win with wins for MVL, Rapport, Adams & Rapport!

        Round 4, September 18
        OSG Baden-Baden – SG Solingen
        Board 5
        Van Wely, Loek – Rapport, Richard
        D06 QGD, Grau

        1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Bf5 3.c4 e6 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Qb3 Nc6 6.Bg5 Nge7 7.e3 a5 8.a3 a4 9.Qd1 Bxc3+ 10.bxc3 f6 11.Bf4 Qd7 12.Nh4 Be4 13.f3 Bg6 14.Nxg6 hxg6 15.Rb1 b6 16.Qc2 Kf7 17.Bd3 dxc4 18.Bxc4 Nd5 19.Bxd5 exd5 20.c4 g5 21.Bg3 Rhe8 22.Kf2 f5 23.cxd5 Qxd5 24.Rhc1 Re6 25.Qc4 Ne7 26.Rb5 c5 27.dxc5 Qd2+ 28.Kf1 Nd5 29.Bf2 Rh8 30.Kg1 Nxe3 31.Qc3 Rxh2 0-1

        Final Position