Posts Tagged Baden Baden

Hitching a Ride

I made my Bundesliga debut this season in the March weekend. My teammates had been doing excellent work in my absence and we have a perfect record heading into the final weekend. On Sunday morning I played Luke McShane again, we seem to have played quite often recently despite his work commitments. It was another long and difficult game although this time I managed to convert my advantage albeit in rather unconvincing style. The lengthy encounter meant that although I avoided timetrouble at the board it was looming at the airport, but Luke sportingly arranged for me to hitch a lift with his team, some of the variations below were discussed on the journey.

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From Gibraltar to Baden-Baden

Battle on the Rock

I would have been pretty happy with 7.5/10 before the event, but it shows how hard it is to win open events these days that 4 players managed to amass 8 points. One of the special appeals of the Gibraltar tournament is the varied array of chess themed evening entertainment. One new feature was the Battle of the Sexes, watching this with a glass of wine in hand ( I recommend replicating this bit at home) was rather entertaining. See for yourself.

Ice Palace

Winter Wonderland in Baden-Baden

I haven’t had a lot of big tournament invitations in recent times apart from Gibraltar and the London Classic but this year is shaping up more promisingly, starting with a strong event in Baden-Baden whose powerful club team has won the Bundesliga for the last 8 years, I was happy they fulfilled their long time plan to organise a tournament. My games were interesting although few ended decisively; I finished the event on a high getting back to 50% with a late win with Black against Fabiano Caruana.

The tournament hotel was the exceptional Brenners Park hotel and spa in Baden-Baden, a beautiful spa town by the Black Forest. The weather has not been nice anywhere during this extended winter, but this can be forgiven in Baden-Baden which is a winter wonderland with the snow on the ground. The event ran very smoothly, particularly for a debut effort, and thanks are due to Hans Walter Schmidt, Sven Noppes , Christian Bossert and Dr. Markus Keller for quality of organisation.
I should also mention the efforts of my fellow chess.com blogger Lawrence Trent who manfully put in long hours in the commentary room.

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Team Triumphs

With team chess in the close season in Germany and the UK I thought I would wrap up the end of the Bundesliga and 4NCL. Both leagues ended happily for my respective teams Grenke Leasing’s Baden-Baden and Wood Green. I had contrasting seasons, several weekends containing only draws in Germany, but a memorable win in the key match v Werder Bremen which was helpful in retaining the title. I scored 5/5 back at home but all in matches that were not too competitive as Wood Green cruised home whilst out rivals floundered.

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Bundesliga Champions!

Baden-Baden Champions 2011One advantage of playing for a strong team is that is quite easy to win a competition without contributing much personally. So it was a pleasant change of pace to finish the German season with 2 wins in important matches v Eppingen and Werder Bremen and a decent score of 7,5/9. Much better than last season when my ‘contribution’ against Bremen was less useful. One oddity in the German league is that all games are rated on your ELO at the start of the season otherwise I might have gained a few more rating points .

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Bundesliga 2010-11: Rounds 1-4, 7

Bundesliga Round 1, Saturday 9th October 2010

SG Solingen OSG Baden-Baden
(W) Chanda Sandipan 2641 1/2 – 1/2 Peter Svidler 2731
(B) Jan Werle 2574 0 – 1 Sergei Movsesian 2723
(W) Predrag Nikolic 2597 1/2 – 1/2 Etienne Bacrot 2716
(B) Markus Ragger 2628 1/2 – 1/2 Michael Adams 2728
(W) Romain Edouard 2636 0 – 1 Francisco Vallejo-Pons 2697
(B) Artur Jussupow 2589 0 – 1 Arkadij Naiditsch 2674
(W) Sipke Ernst 2587 1/2 – 1/2 Jan Gustafsson 2646
(B) Alexander Naumann 2544 1/2 – 1/2 Philipp Schlosser 2574
2.5 – 5.5

Bundesliga Round 2, Sunday 10th October 2010

OSG Baden-Baden SC 1950 Remagen
(W) Peter Svidler 2731 1- 0 Tigran Gharamian 2658
(B) Sergei Movsesian 2723 1/2 – 1/2 Mircea Parligras 2601
(W) Etienne Bacrot 2716 1- 0 Jean-Marc Degraeve 2561
(B) Michael Adams 2728 1- 0 Alexandre Dgebuadze 2524
(W) Francisco Vallejo-Pons 2697 1- 0 Benjamin Bok 2453
(B) Arkadij Naiditsch 2674 1- 0 Bart Michiels 2459
(W) Jan Gustafsson 2646 1/2 – 1/2 Petar Popovic 2495
(B) Philipp Schlosser 2574 1/2 – 1/2 Jens Kipper 2394
6.5 – 1.5

Bundesliga Round 7, Friday 12th November 2010

OSG Baden-Baden SC Eppingen
(W) Peter Svidler 2731 1/2 – 1/2 Ferenc Berkes 2678
(B) Michael Adams 2728 1 – 0 Sergei Tiviakov 2637
(W) Peter-Heine Nielsen 2670 1/2 – 1/2 Csaba Balogh 2608
(B) Arkadij Naiditsch 2674 1/2 – 1/2 Zoltan Gyimesi 2595
(W) Georg Meier 2659 1/2 – 1/2 Peter Acs 2601
(B) Jan Gustafsson 2646 1/2 – 1/2 Falko Bindrich 2507
(W) Rustem Dautov 2602 1/2 – 1/2 Arik Braun 2538
(B) Philipp Schlosser 2574 0 – 1 Zoltan Medvegy 2531
4 – 4

Bundesliga Round 3, Saturday 13th November 2010

SV Wattenscheid 1930 OSG Baden-Baden
(W) Mateusz Bartel 2599 1/2 – 1/2 Peter Svidler 2731
(B) Sebastian Bogner 2549 1/2 – 1/2 Michael Adams 2728
(W) Pawel Czarnota 2524 0 – 1 Peter-Heine Nielsen 2670
(B) Alexander Rustemov 2541 0 – 1 Arkadij Naiditsch 2674
(W) Ralf Appel 2547 1 – 0 Georg Meier 2659
(B) Florian Handke 2494 1/2 – 1/2 Jan Gustafsson 2646
(W) Tobias Hirneise 2436 0 – 1 Rustem Dautov 2602
(B) Dr. Volkmar Dinstuhl 2424 0 – 1 Fabian Doettling 2579
2.5 – 5.5

Bundesliga Round 4, Sunday 14th November 2010

OSG Baden-Baden SK Turm Emsdetten
(W) Peter Svidler 2731 1/2 – 1/2 Anish Giri 2677
(B) Michael Adams 2728 1 – 0 Wouter Spoelman 2538
(W) Peter-Heine Nielsen 2670 1 – 0 Ruud Janssen 2498
(B) Arkadij Naiditsch 2674 1/2 – 1/2 Daan Brandenburg 2519
(W) Georg Meier 2659 1 – 0 Roeland Pruijssers 2483
(B) Jan Gustafsson 2646 1/2 – 1/2 Thomas Fiebig 2453
(W) Fabian Doettling 2579 1 – 0 Christov Kleijn 2427
(B) Philipp Schlosser 2574 1 – 0 Christian Richter 2392
7 – 1

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