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Stars align for Baden-Baden in Bundesliga by Colin McGourty

sontu1296
Mar 22, 2017, 9:03 AM 0

Despite Radek Wojtaszek losing a game to his Polish apprentice Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Baden-Baden look unstoppable after racking up 10 wins in 10 matches this season. Their challengers are melting away. First last season’s surprise champions Solingen lost a second match in a row, this time to Hockenheim, to trail by 4 points. Could Hockenheim mount a challenge? No! They lost in the very next round, with David Navara beating Evgeny Tomashevsky on top board.

Baden-Baden roll on

 

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Wojtaszek, Adams, Vallejo and co. are on course for yet another Bundesliga title | photo: Georgios Souledis, official website 

 

Rounds 9 and 10 of the 15-round Chess Bundesliga were played in venues around Germany this weekend. In each round 8 players represent each team, and since teams average around 15 players on the roster that means the strength of a team can vary dramatically between rounds. For instance, Baden-Baden played their 5th highest ranked player, Radek Wojtaszek, on Board 1 this weekend (Mickey Adams is currently higher rated, but the ratings are from the start of the year-long event):

 

1. Baden (RtgAvg:2767, TB1: 20 / TB2: 59)
Bo.   Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pts. Games RtgAvg
1 GM Caruana Fabiano 2807           1 ½         1,5 2 2602
2 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2811           ½ 1         1,5 2 2580
4 GM Anand Viswanathan 2776           ½ 1         1,5 2 2570
5 GM Svidler Peter 2745       0 ½ ½ 1 1 1     4,0 6 2640
6 GM Wojtaszek Radoslaw 2746   1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1     ½ 0 5,0 8 2613
7 GM Adams Michael 2745   1 1 1 ½         ½ 1 5,0 6 2608
8 GM Vallejo Pons Francisco 2711       ½ ½         ½ ½ 2,0 4 2612
9 GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2691       1 1 ½ 1 1 ½     5,0 6 2580
10 GM Bacrot Etienne 2692   1 ½ 1 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 6,5 10 2528
11 GM Shirov Alexei 2679   ½ 1 1 1     0 ½ ½   4,5 7 2501
12 GM Naiditsch Arkadij 2684   1 1 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 8,5 10 2460
13 GM Movsesian Sergei 2677   ½ 1         1 1 1 ½ 5,0 6 2479
14 GM Meier Georg 2648               1 1

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