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German national team chess tournament, which began in 1975. Chess Bundesliga (Schach Bundesliga) is the strongest and longest running league chess championship in the world. Grandmasters from around the world are recruited to play in these team events and paid as much as $50,000. Originally, there were four regional groups within West Germany that formed the German chess league. In 1980, a first division was introduced to cover the whole country. A second division was for regional German chess. At present, there are 16 teams with up to 16 players. There are 14 games (15 rounds) played in a season (from October to April). The team play consists of 8 players.