Bundesliga: Werder Bremen vs Baden-Baden on Saturday | UPDATE: Anand plays!

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On Saturday is the Bundesliga's big clash between Werder Bremen and Baden-Baden. In the upcoming weekend the 12th and 13th round will take place. We give the pairings at the venues Bremen, Dresden, Eppingen and Hamburg.

The eyes of all chess fans of the Schachbundesliga will focus the next weekend on the match between Werder Bremen and OSG Baden-Baden. These two teams fight for the championship in the season 2011/12. Baden-Baden is at the top of the table with one point ahead of Bremen, so the team of Northern Germany needs to win in order to preserve chances to gain the second title after 2005. Like in the last years, an exciting match can be expected with both teams having only high-class grandmasters in their line-ups.

The match will take place in the business lounge of the Weser-stadium, where normally the famous football club meets his opponents.

Playing venue: Business lounge of Weser-Stadium, Franz-Böhmert-Str. 1c, 28205 Bremen

12th round: Saturday, 17th of March 2012, 2p

Werder Bremen - OSG Baden-Baden
Turm Emsdetten - SG Trier

Update: the lineups for Werder Bremen vs Baden-Baden are:

  1. Eljanov,P - Anand,V
  2. Efimenko,Z - Svidler,P
  3. Fressinet,L - Adams,M
  4. McShane,L - Shirov,A
  5. Areshchenko,A - Bacrot,E
  6. Roiz,M - Naiditsch,A
  7. Nyback,T - Nielsen, P
  8. Hammer,J - Kasimdzhanov, R

13th round: Sunday, 18th of March 2012, 10 am

OSG Baden-Baden - Turm Emsdetten
SG Trier - Werder Bremen

In Dresden, crucial matches in the fight against relegation will take place. Remagen, at the bottom of the league, meets Dresden and König Tegel in a must-win situation. SG Solingen is the fourth team at this venue and odds-on favourite in both encounters.

Playing venue: Riemerschmid-haal at the area of Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau, Moritzburger Weg 67, 01109 Dresden

12th round: Saturday, 17th of March 2012, 2pm

USV Dresden - SG Solingen
SK König Tegel - SC Remagen

13th round: Sunday, 18th of March 2012, 10 am

SG Solingen - SK König
Tegel SC Remagen - USV Dresden

In Eppingen, the host will meet Wattenscheid and Dortmund. The team of Southwest Germany aims to win both matches in order to defend the third place in the table. Dortmund is the team at this venue fighting against relegation. Their hopes to secure one or more points lies in the match against Hockenheim.

Playing venue: Hardwald sportshall, Berliner Ring, 75031 Eppingen

12th round: Saturday, 17th of March 2012, 2pm

SC Eppingen - SV Wattenscheid
SV Hockenheim - Hansa Dortmund

13th round: Sunday, 18th of March 2012, 10 am

SV Wattenscheid - SV Hockenheim
Hansa Dortmund - SC Eppingen

In Hamburg, all chess fans can expect thrilling matches because the host, Berlin and Katernberg belong to the teams in this league, which are fighting like crazy for every board point. Hamburg is under pressure due to the fact that they still didn´t secure a place in the Schachbundesliga for the next season.

Playing venue: Signal-Iduna, Kapstadtring 8, 22297 Hamburg

12th round: Saturday, 17th of March 2012, 2pm

Hamburger SK - SV Mülheim Nord
SF Berlin - SF Katernberg

13th round: Sunday, 18th of March 2012, 10 am

SV Mülheim Nord - SF Berlin
SF Katernberg - Hamburger SK

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