Bundesliga Weekend (II)

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In this second Bundesliga report we look at round 9. Again, Baden Baden crushed their opponents - it's not that exciting in Germany.

After the winterstop, this weekend the 8th and 9th round of the German club competition were played. Here you'll find the most important results of Saturday; below Sunday's matches and top board results:

TV Tegernsee      - SC Kreuzberg         4?Ǭ?-3?Ǭ?
Volokitin         - Sargissian            ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?
Khenkin           - Socko                 1-0

SC Eppingen - SK Zehlendorf 4?Ǭ?-3?Ǭ? Berkes - Predojevic ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? Braun - Ruck ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?

SV M?ɬºlheim-Nord - TSV Bindlach-Aktion?ɬ§r 3-5 Landa - Navara 0-1 Fridman - Baklan ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?

SF Katernberg - Erfurter SK 5-3 Postny - Kr?ɬ§mer 1-0 Halkias - Votava ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?

OSC Baden-Baden - SV Wattenscheid 7-1 Svidler - Eljanov ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? Shirov - Rustemov 1-0 Carlsen - Bartel 1-0 Bacrot - Appel 1-0

SG Turm Trier - SG Aljechin Solingen 4-4 Kotronias - Stellwagen ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? Cyborowski - Nikolic ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?

Hamburger SK - SC Remagen 4?Ǭ?-3?Ǭ? Wojtaszek - Ivanchuk ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? Ftacnik - Avrukh 0-1

Werder Bremen - Godesberger SK 5-3 McShane - Kasimdzhanov 1-0 Fressinet - Lutz 1-0

De huidige stand:


And here again a selection of interesting games. Bartosz's 21...g5 seems somwhat suicidal and Khenkin doesn't hesitate with 23.e6!. It's a long term sacrifice that looks fully correct. Navara also decided to play for a win with a positional exchange sacrifice that was initiated with 23.c4!. His pawn phalanx was unstoppable. Rustemov's 17...Ra4 doesn't look good, although Shirov's initiative that followed might not have been enough for a win. But White's plan to activate the king was nice and decisive. Carlsen had no trouble defending against Bartel's attacking moves and outplayed his opponent in an ending with Rook and Knight against Rook and Bishop. Bacrot-Appel was a nice example of improving your position to the max, before executing the decisive break. In Ernst-Kolbus we see the decisive effect of the initiative in the ending - and look how Black's rook gets trapped. Wojtaszek drew another 2700 player quite easily (this time Ivanchuk) and McShane beat Kasimdzhanov in a long and entertaining game.

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