OSG Baden-Baden Again German Team Champion

The Winning Team OSG Baden-Baden (Picture: Siegfried Haußmann)

The Winning Team OSG Baden-Baden (Picture: Siegfried Haußmann)

The German Chess Major League season ended yesterday and, for the 10th time in a row, the OSG Baden-Baden secured the championship title. Several super-grandmasters of sixteen competing teams with ELO-ratings of 2700 and above, all ranking in the current Top 50, joined the race. World-class players, such as Aronian, Vachier-Lagrave, Adams, Giri, Gelfand, Rapport, Fressinet, Eljanov, Jakovenko, and Almasi proved their worth in the cities Baden-Baden, Schwäbisch Hall, Bremen and Mülheim.

One day prior to the official season end, the OSG Baden-Baden had already been sure to come off best team. Runner-up Werder Bremen was also in a secure place prematurely. The real competition was thus fought for third rank between the teams from Hockenheim and Schwäbisch Hall. Not even the remarkable victory of Li Chao against Anton Guijarro in Round 15 could save Schwäbisch Hall from the inevitable: The SV 1930 Hockenheim had scored two victories and five draws during the last round which gave them a half-point advantage to finally take home the bronze medal.

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Final Results

Rank

Team

R

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TP

BP

1 OSG Baden-Baden 15 14 1 0 29 85.5
2 Werder Bremen 15 11 4 0 26 75.5
3 SV 1930 Hockenheim 15 8 5 2 21 70
4 SK Schwäbisch Hall 15 9 3 3 21 69.5
5 SG Trier 15 8 2 5 18 64
6 SG Solingen 15 7 3 5 17 63.5
7 SK Turm Emsdetten 15 7 3 5 17 59.5
8 USV TU Dresden 15 7 2 6 16 63.5
9 SC Eppingen 15 7 1 7 15 58
10 Hamburger SK 15 7 0 8 14 62
11 SC Hansa Dortmund 15 6 1 8 13 60
12 SV Mülheim Nord 15 5 2 8 12 62.5
13 SF Berlin 1903 15 3 4 8 10 57
14 SF Katernberg 15 3 2 10 8 47
15 FC Bayern München 15 1 0 14 2 32.5
16 SSC Rostock 07 15 0 1 14 1 30

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(R) Rounds

(+) Victory

(=) Draw

(-) Defeat

(MP) Team Points

(BP) Board Points

(Source: www.schachbundesliga.de)

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The OSG Baden-Baden managed to remain undefeated throughout the entire season. Especially Arkadij Naiditsch (12 victories out of 15 duels) and Etienne Bacrot (scored 8.5 points for his team) contributed to the team’s success. The highest success rate within the team was Rustam Kasimdzhanov’s who won 6 out of 7 games (equal to 86%). Another great contribution to the overall victory wasn’t made by superstars like Aronian, Svidler, Adams, Bacrot, Naiditsch, Kasimdzhanov, or Vallejo Pons – German grandmaster Philipp Schlosser (ELO 2570) also helped with 7.5 points. Having won 14 rounds, the OSG Baden-Baden more than deserved to take home the trophy.

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Find detailed game sheets and match results on the official website:

www.schachbundesliga.de