During the first weekend of the new season of the German Chess Major League, the OSG Baden-Baden made clear they are the top-favorite team. The title defender climbed to the top of the ranking after the first two game days.
Two clear victories for German Champion OSG Baden-Baden
The current German Champion in chess was the only team achieving two victories at the opening weekend of the season. First, the prevailed over SK Turm Emsdetten at 6.5:1.5, and then beat Schachfreunde Katernberg at 6:2 points. The The OSG Baden-Baden is followed by six teams with an equal score of 3 points, among them, as expected, Solingen and Eppingen, who both have chances on the runner-up position. After two game days, the closest follower behind Baden-Baden is the SV Griesheim with a 6.5:1.5 victory against SK König Tegel and a 4:4 draw against
Schachfreunde Berlin. The promoted team Bayern München from Munich – despite playing on home turf – and Trier had to concede two defeats each.
Rustem Dautob and Philipp Schlosser with two victories at season-opening weekend
Although the OSG Baden-Baden by far didn’t play in best line-up, the team was able to won the first duels of the 2013 / 2014 season easily. Philipp Schlosser and Rustem Dautov both secured two victories at the first double-game-day. Furthermore, Etienne Barcot defeated Anish Giri, while Arkadij Naiditsch and Sergei Movsesian scored one victory and one draw. Ivan Farago was the only player of runner-up Griesheim achieving two victories in one weekend. Behind the top-duo rank SC Eppingen (with Pendyala Harikrishna), SV MÜlheim Nord (with David Navara), Hamberuger SK, SG Solingen (with Markus Ragger), and Schachfreunde Berlin at each 3 points after one victory and one draw.
FC Bayern München defeated twice
The SG Trier had to concede two defeats at the opening weekend, against Hamburger SK (3:5) and Werder Bermen (3.5:4.5). Recently promoted FC Bayern München from Munich took no advantage from playing on home turf and was also defeated twice. After a 2:6 defeat by SV Mülheim Nord and 2.5:5.5 against SV Wattenscheid, the team from Bavaria remains in bottom rank. A 4:4 draw was the result of the duel between SC Viernheim and SK König Tegel, the two teams threatened of relegation.
Picture: Frank Hoppe
written by Michael, translated by Birthe