Bundesliga: Baden-Baden Wins All Matches, Aronian & Karpov Playing

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 07.04.14, 02:36.

For the ninth year in a row OSG Baden-Baden won the German Team Championship. This season Baden-Baden clinched the title with two rounds to spare, once again underlining their supremacy in the Bundesliga. In the final weekend world #2 Levon Aronian scored 2.5/3, while 12th World Champion Anatoly Karpov scored a draw and a win.

Photo: Reinhold Faber | Other photos courtesy of the Schachbundesliga

It was a narrow 4.5-3.5 victory on Friday against SV Hockenheim that did it for the champions, who have been reigning without exception since the spring of 2006. In Eppingen, where all teams had gathered for a joint final weekend, Baden-Baden arrived in the playing hall with none other than Levon Aronian on top board.

Fresh from a rather disappointing Candidates' Tournament, the world's number two drew his black game with Richard Rapport. It doesn't really matter whom the Hungarian plays; he'll usually do something funny early the game. This time as early as move 4:

In fact on seven of the eight boards a draw was agreed, which was an excellent result for Hockenheim. The game on board 5 was pretty spectacular:

Eventually it was Mickey Adams who scored the decisive win, showing wonderful technique in a bishop ending. According to the Englishman, Black shouldn't have traded rooks. But who wouldn't think Black has an easy draw?

Michael Adams

With 13 victories in 13 matches, Baden-Baden had a 5-point lead over Eppingen and so the party could start on Friday night, even though two more rounds were scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.

Hundreds of spectators gathered in the big playing hall over the weekend, and not just to see the stars of Baden-Baden or their local friends. No, a former World Champion was playing!

Anatoly Karpov, world champion between 1975 and 1985 and later FIDE World Champion, was sitting on board one for Hockenheim. On Saturday the 62-year-old Russian faced the young Felix Graf, rated 2489 but still untitled. It was a tense game that ended in a draw:

The same match saw a curious game in which the first capture took place after the time control! That's right, no pawn or piece captures for 40 (in fact 41) moves.

Before you start wondering if this is a record: it's not. At the records section of Tim Krabbé's website (which has recently been seeing new updates!) the game Rogoff-Williams, World Juniors (Stockholm) 1969 is given as the record holder, with a first capture on move 94!

Baden-Baden defeated Eppingen 5-3, and this time Aronian did win his game:

Aronian signing autographs before the game

And the next day Aronian also played a third game, and won that one too. With 2.5/3 he won back 2.8 of the 18 rating points he lost in Siberia.

After his draw with Graf on Saturday, Karpov really felt like playing again. To the surprise of his team, he asked for another game on Sunday! Not fearing a fight with the black pieces against Maxim Rodshtein, the World Champion (who doesn't like prefixes such as 'ex' or 'former') sat down and played a great game that reminded of his best days. 

Anatoly Karpov, shining once again at the chess board

Bundesliga 2013-2014 | Final Standings

# Club Rds + = - MP BP
1 OSG Baden-Baden 15 15 0 0 30 88.5
2 SV Mülheim Nord 15 11 2 2 24 71.5
3 SV 1930 Hockenheim 15 10 3 2 23 74
4 SC Eppingen 15 9 3 3 21 71
5 Werder Bremen 15 10 1 4 21 68.5
6 SG Solingen 15 8 2 5 18 62
7 SK Turm Emsdetten 15 8 1 6 17 67
8 Hamburger SK 15 7 3 5 17 65
9 SF Katernberg 15 7 2 6 16 58.5
10 SV Wattenscheid 1930 15 7 1 7 15 59.5
11 SG Trier 15 6 0 9 12 55.5
12 SF Berlin 1903 15 2 3 10 7 50.5
13 FC Bayern München 15 3 1 11 7 42.5
14 SV Griesheim 15 1 3 11 5 48
15 SK König Tegel 15 1 2 12 4 39
16 SC Viernheim 15 0 3 12 3 39

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  • vor 3 Jahre


    "Aronian's head looks huge in that pic :D"

    Brain Power! :-)

  • vor 3 Jahre


    We can hardly count Ponomariov, Kasimdzhanov, Khalifman as World Champions.

    To become a WC in chess one has to beat the current champion!

    Karpov managed to become a WC without beating Fischer, but that was hardly Karpov`s fault Laughing Besides he won each and every tournament in he participated in after becoming WC.

    Topalov won San Luis Tournament in 2005 which isn`t really THAT, but he was ranked N1 for long time and surely worthy of being called Champion.

    Kasparov beat Karpov,Kramnik beat Kasparov, Anand beat Kramnik, Carlsen beat Anand and that is it. (including Topalov)

    Ponomariov, Kasimdzhanov, Khalifman all won knock out events, and that`s just not the proper way to win the most important of all the titles. None of them was never in the top 10 even...so much about that,

    If we think of those 3 as WCs, we can also say that Fischer won the match against Spassky in 1992 , and since no one beat Fischer (EVER) he was the Champion till death. But that would be as silly as to consider Ponomariov, Kasimdzhanov, Khalifman WCs.

  • vor 3 Jahre


    Aronian's head looks huge in that pic :D

  • vor 3 Jahre


    Karpov is a legend and the best player of his time. Good to see he's doing well.

  • vor 3 Jahre


    at Runner3434:

    thanks, totally forgot.

  • vor 3 Jahre


    Would always have time for Karpov....Gentleman, true legend and as ever he has time to help anyone who plays the game.

    Would love to go and see 1 of these Bundesliga matches...they look to be well organised....Cheers for the report.

  • vor 3 Jahre


    ceschreu:  Borris Spassky is also still alive, though no longer playing actively.  

  • vor 3 Jahre


    At novzki41:

    We have Anand, Topalov, Kramnik, Ponomariov, Kasimdzhanov, Khalifman, Kasparov and Karpov. Aside from Kasparov, all are still active players.

  • vor 3 Jahre


    Im glad to see Karpov play chess even at his age. Kaspy should do the same. 

    How many past champions do we still have? 

  • vor 3 Jahre


    "Before you start wondering if this is a record: it's not. At the records section of Tim Krabbé's website (which has recently been seeing new updates!) the game Rogoff-Williams, World Juniors (Stockholm) 1969 is given as the record holder, with a first capture on move 94!"

    Here is the "Trade restrictions" game he mentioned http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1709732

  • vor 3 Jahre


    Anatoly, chess idol forever! 

  • vor 3 Jahre


    Wonderful to finally see Bayern Munich not in the first place. Wink jk

  • vor 3 Jahre


    Wonderful to see Karpov teaching the GMs of today a lesson or two about technique. 

    Aronian's rating is 2812, he isnt 2795 as in the PGNs, that would really be a disaster. Interestingly enough, Aronian played against Rodshtein who was his second in the Candidates just a few days ago.


  • vor 3 Jahre


    90 what moves without a capture that is absolute insanity.

  • vor 3 Jahre


    Superb technique by Karpov in the last game. Against a very strong GM, too!

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