At this year’s traditional Mitropa Cup, Germany could not draw benefits from playing on home turf. The men’s team as well as the women’s team came second and left first place to Slovakia and Croatia.
Only small points gap for German women chess duo
Both German teams were narrowly defeated. The women’s team of Marie Klek and Filiz Osmanodja scored a total of 12.5 at the Mitropa Cup in Meissen which was rewarded with a second rank, right behind the Slovakian team that was cast with Eva Repková and Júlia Kŏchetková. The East/ European pair with a score of 13 points was therefore declared winner. Overall, Filiz Osmanodja played an excellent tournament, as she earned eight points in nine matches, but after all endeavours failed at the Women Grand Master Norm with too low average performances of her opponents. Altogether, ten women competed in the Mitropa Chess Cup 2013, of which the Austrians with 3.5 points were clearly at the bottom of the ranking.
The German men’s quintet also barely missed the victory
Like the women’s team, the German men only just missed their chance of the gold medal at the popular chess tournament. Daniel Fridman, Dennis Wagner, Uwe Bönsch, Alexander Donchenko, and Matthias Blübaum scored 12.0 points among ten teams, leaving the top spot to the Croatian quintet, which earned 13.0 points. The bottom ranks in the 32nd edition of the Mitropa Cup were taken by Switzerland (7 points) and Austria (5 points).
German team in previous years more successful
The German men won the 2011 tournament in France, followed by a victory of the German women’s team in 2012 in Croatia. The European chess tournament offers especially great opportunities for this century’s young chess talents. Although Germany didn’t come off ahead in the cup, they deservedly took second place in both men and women’s ranking.
written by Michael, translated by Birthe