Germany’s annual epic chess event is now fully underway. The Schachbundesliga begun on October 20th 2012, and is set to finish in April 2013. This is the top league in all of Germany, and is thought by many commentators (and of course the Schachbundesliga itself!) to be the very best league in the entire world.
The Baden-Baden chess club has consistently held the winning place in the Schachbundesliga since the 2005/ 06 competition. Last year, Baden-Baden beat Bremen in a nail biting finale, where everything was hanging on the last round.
Many chess commentators have suggested that Baden-Baden are almost certain to win again in the 2012/ 13 Schachbundesliga. Ever increasing in prominence, Baden-Baden has some of the very best players in the world playing for it, not least Magnus Carlsen. Record-breaking Carlsen is currently the world’s top chess player, and also the player with the highest live Elo rating. Other prominent players include the UK’s second best player, GM Michael Adams, and one-time world champion Viswanathan Anand. Other exciting players include the only WGM in Austria, International Master Eva Moser. Moser is also an interesting chess theorist, having published theoretical works analysing several chess openings, such as the King’s Gambit and the Sicilian.
As with every year, the Schachbundesliga is going to be an epic event, with some of the best players out there all meeting together. The chess played at the Schachbundesliga is always exciting, and the outcome will provide a fascinating indication of the chess players set to dominate on the world stage in 2013.