Karpov in the Bundesliga

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For the first time this season Anatoly Karpov played a game for his club SV Hockenheim, on Sunday in the Schachbundesliga. The former World Champion drew against IM Martin Krämer in 78 moves. OSC Baden Baden maintained the lead in the competition and will face their closest rival, Werder Bremen, in the next Bundesliga weekend.

Anatoly Karpov in the Bundesliga | Photo Schachbundesliga

With his draw against Krämer, Karpov contributed to a 4-4 score in the match Hockenheim-SF Berlin. The 12th World Champion was better throughout the game, but the German IM made no mistakes:

[Event "Schachbundesliga 2011/2012"]
[Date "2012.02.26"]
[Round "11.1"]
[Board "1"]
[White "Karpov, Anatoly"]
[Black "Kraemer, Martin"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteClock "00:28:00"]
[BlackClock "00:33:00"]
[WhiteElo "2617"]
[BlackElo "2492"]
[WhiteClub "SV 1930 Hockenheim"]
[BlackClub "SF Berlin 1903"]
[PlyCount "156"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 d5 4. d4 Be7 5. Bf4 O-O 6. e3 Nbd7
7. Be2 dxc4 8. Bxc4 a6 9. a4 c5 10. O-O cxd4 11. Qxd4 Nb6 12. Bb3 Qxd4
13. Nxd4 Bd7 14. a5 Nbd5 15. Nxd5 Nxd5 16. Be5 Rac8 17. Rfd1 Rfd8 18. Bxd5 exd5
19. Ne2 f6 20. Bc3 Be6 21. h3 Kf7 22. Rd2 g5 23. f3 Bc5 24. Kf2 Re8
25. Bd4 Bb4 26. Bc3 Bc5 27. Nd4 Bd7 28. Re1 h6 29. Nc2 Bf5 30. Nb4 Bxb4
31. Bxb4 Rc2 32. Rxc2 Bxc2 33. Bc5 Bb3 34. Rc1 Rc8 35. Rc3 Bc4 36. Bd4 Rc6
37. b4 h5 38. g4 Kg6 39. Rc1 f5 40. Rg1 hxg4 41. hxg4 fxg4 42. Rxg4 Kf5
43. Bb6 Rc8 44. Bd4 Rc6 45. Rg1 Rh6 46. Kg3 Rh7 47. Rc1 Ke6 48. Ba7 Rf7
49. Rc2 Bd3 50. Rd2 Bf5 51. Bb6 Rh7 52. Rg2 Rh3+ 53. Kf2 g4 54. fxg4 Be4
55. Rg1 Rh2+ 56. Kg3 Rh1 57. Rxh1 Bxh1 58. Kf2 Be4 59. Ke2 Kf6 60. Bd8+ Ke5
61. Bc7+ Kf6 62. Bf4 Ke6 63. Bh6 Bg6 64. Bg7 Kf7 65. Bh8 Be4 66. Be5 Ke6
67. Bf4 Bg2 68. Kd3 Bf3 69. g5 Kf5 70. Kd4 Be4 71. Kc5 Kg6 72. Kb6 Kf5
73. Bg3 d4 74. exd4 Kxg5 75. Kc5 Kf6 76. Kd6 Kf7 77. d5 Bf3 78. Bh4 Bg2

Karpov played is previous official (classical) game exactly one year ago, also for Hockenheim, which then still played in the second Bundesliga. In the match against SC HP Böblingen, Karpov drew that game too, against GM Anthony Wirig. His last tournament was in July 2009 in San Sebastian, where he finished in last place. In recent years he only played rapid and blitz games.

These days Karpov is occupied with other things, like business and politics - not long ago he became a member of the State Duma. Over the weekend Karpov, who gave his name to the Rhein-Neckar regional chess school, was involved in a small ceremony as well: he was included in the Golden Book of the city of Rauenberg as special citizen by mayor Frank Broghammer, who is a keen chess fan. The German Chessbase has photos.

Baden Baden still leads the German league. On Saturday the reigning champs defeated SK König Tegel, despite a loss for Etienne Bacrot against IM Rene Stern. On Sunday they were too strong for USV TU Dresden. The crucial match against runner up Werder Bremen will take place on March 18th in Bremen. You can still replay the games at the Bundesliga's LivePortal.

Bundesliga 2011-2012 | Round 11 standings

1OSG Baden-Baden1110012059.5
2Werder Bremen119111956.5
3SC Eppingen118121750
4SG Solingen117131550.5
5SF Katernberg117131544.5
6SG Trier116141350
7SV Wattenscheid 1930116141347
8SV 1930 Hockenheim114341145.5
9SF Berlin 1903114341143.5
10SV Mülheim Nord114251043.5
11SK Turm Emsdetten11326840
12SK König Tegel11317734
13Hamburger SK11227636.5
14SC Hansa Dortmund11137532.5
15USV TU Dresden11209434.5
16SC 1950 Remagen11029236


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