At the German Chess Championship Klaus Bischoff (Elo 2500) prevailed over all other contestants. Title defender Daniel Fridman (Elo 2614) ended up in 9th place. In between the two grandmasters were not only seven other chess players but also 1.0 points.
Klaus Bischoff 0.5 points ahead off runner-up
In 9 rounds of the German Chess Championship 2013 in Saarbrucken, Klaus Bischoff gained 6.5 points. Therefore, the experienced chess player ranked first at an advantage of 0.5 points. Bischoff plays for the chess club “Sportfreunde Katernberg 1913” and obtained the individual title in classical chess for the first time, but was able to prevail at several other German Championships such as Blitzchess, Rapid Chess, and in the team category. In the end, the top-favorite player of the event didn’t win the title, but with Klaus Bischoff a popular German player obtained the victory.
Felix Graf in 3rd place reaches IM-standard
Seven players at 6.0 points out of 9 rounds rank behind Klaus Bischoff. Grandmaster Rainer Buhmann (SV Hockenheim / Elo 2580) came off 2nd, followed by Felix Graf (FC Bayern München / Elo 2481) who complied with the International Master standard and, unfortunately, very shortly missed the Grandmaster standard. André Oberhofer also reached the IM-standard for the first time. Top-favorite and Champion of 2008 and 2012, Daniel Fridman from the SV Mühlheim-Nord, had to be content with 9th place at 5.5 points. The grandmaster was a member of the German national team that won the European Team Championship in 2011. Between Buhmann and Fridmann, the fourth grandmaster Martin Krämer (Elo 2542) took his place. The player from the chess club “Sportfreunde Berlin 1903” ended up in 5th place.
Zoya Schleining ranks 21st
Overall, forty male and two female chess players competed at the 84th German Chess Championship in Saarbrucken. Along with the winners of the State Championships, played in Swiss Tournament System, a few top-rated chess players qualified for participation. After nine rounds, the two female chess players took rank 21 through women’s grandmaster Zoya Schleining (Elo 2377 / 4.5 points) and rank 40 through FIDE master Nadi Jussupov (Elo 2156 / 2.5 points). Herbert Bastian (SV Saarbrucken 1970), who is the current president of the German Chess Association, completed the tournament in 33rd place (Elo 2339 / 3.5 points).
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written by Michael, translated by Birthe