The 84th edition of the German Chess Championship is scheduled for the upcoming weekend. Until September 15th, the best of Germany’s chess players can be found in the state capital.
Two-time German Champion Daniel Fridman top-favorite player
Four grandmasters will be attending the 84th German Chess Championship in Saarbrücken. Among them is Daniel Fridman (Elo 2614) who is the top-rated candidate at the event. The title-defender obtained the victory in the previous year and also in 2008. Fridman plays for the Chess Club SV Mühlheim-Nord and is not only known from Major League Chess, but also from being a member of the German national team with which he won the European Championship in 2011. In 2001 already, Daniel Fridman became grandmaster and since 2006 his Elo-rating has constantly been higher than 2600 points. The grandmasters Rainer Buhmann (SV Hockenheim, Elo 2580) and Martin Krämer (Berlin, Elo 2542) also have good chances on winning the trophy; but there might just be a surprise victor at the German Chess Championship 2013.
42 participants play in nine rounds
The winners of each State Championship as well as a few top-players have qualified to compete in Saarbrücken. Overall, 42 participants will fight for the titles. The tournament is played in Swiss Tournament System in nine rounds. One of the most interesting contestants is certainly Herbert Bastian who is the current president of the German Chess Association. The twenty-times State Champion will be in teaching duties in the mornings, but will be part of the competition in the afternoons. The only women participating are the woman grandmasters Zoya Schleining and the FIDE Champion Nadia Jussupov.
First edition of German Chess Championship in 1861
The history regarding the German Chess Championship began in 1861 with the launching of the West-German Chess Championship. After the German Chess Association was founded in 1877, the international German Chess Championship was carried out since 1879. During the following years, the rule-setting of the contest was modified constantly. But for many years now, the winners of each State Championship have qualified to participate.
Picture: Andreas Kontokanis
Written by Michael, translated by Birthe