This past weekend the German Chess Team Cup Championship took place in Berlin. The chess club Porz prevailed over the home team SC Kreuzberg with a score of 4:0 in the final stage of the tournament.
New champion barely passed semi- finals
Four teams met in Berlin to compete for the title ‘German Team Cup Champion’ in the discipline chess. In the first semi- final, cup holder OSG Baden- Baden and the SG Porz faced each other. The first three matches (Georg Meier – Jan Timman, Jan Gustafsson – Christopher Lutz, Fabian Döttling – Wladimir Baklan) ended in remis. In the fourth match, SG Porz’s player Loek van Wely scored the winning point for the club from Cologne in the duel against Rustam Kasimdschanow. Both teams have held the title ‘German Team Cup Champion’ several times and had only grandmasters competing in the German capital. The chess community Porz was ahead of the cup holder OSG Baden- Baden and admitted to finals with a score of 2.5 : 1.5.
SC Kreuzberg predominant against SG Leipzip
The second semi- final was cast with the SG Leipzig and the home team SC Kreuzberg. The team from Leipzig didn’t stand a chance against Kreuzberg and, thus, lost 0.5 : 3.5. Only the FIDE- champion Roland Voigt could obtain a remis against the grandmaster Sergej Kalinitschew for the repeatedly crowned team champion of the former GDR. However, in the other three matches, the players for the chess community Leipzig had no chance of winning against the chess club Kreuzberg. Dr. Schmid- Schäfer was predominant over Andreas Schultz as well as Atila Gajo Figura, who won the duel of FIDE- champions against Hendrik Hoffmann. In the fourth match the FIDE- champions Thomas Gempe and Robert Glantz faced each other. After Glantz had scored another point for Kreuzberg, the team made it to the finals of the German Team Cup Championship along with the SG Porz.
SG Porz with no mercy against home team
The matches of the third- place play-off could be obtained by the previous title holder OSG Baden- Baden with 2.5 : 1.5 points. The SG Porz and the SC Kreuzberg played the final matches, which definitely went to Porz’s favour: With a remarkable score of 4:0 points, the four grandmasters Loek van Wely, Wladimir Baklan, Jan Timman, and Christopher Lutz triumphed over Sergej Kalinitschew (GM), Robert Glantz (FM), Dr. Manfred Glienke (IM), and Dr. Schmidt-Schäffer and contributed another success to the history of the SG Proz.
written by Michael, traslated by Birthe