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
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):