Chess Bundesliga

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The term Chess Bundesliga (German: Schach-Bundesliga) normally refers to the premier league of team chess in Germany established in 1980.[1] It is arguably the strongest league of its kind and attracts many high-rated grandmasters.[2][3]

Austria also has a Bundesliga for chess, usually described as the Bundesliga OST (for Österreich).


Sixteen teams face each other in a single round robin format, each match-day team formed of eight players. The season runs between October and April.[4] Team members may be male or female, but there is also a separate Bundesliga restricted to female players ("Frauen-Schach-Bundesliga"). Each playing weekend normally comprises two matches for each team, played on consecutive days.

Matches are arranged to that teams pair up as "travelling partners".[2] Many of the titled professionals are paid an appearance fee and/or travel expenses.

Season 2006/7[edit]

Prior to the commencement of the season, reigning champions OSC Baden-Baden started as runaway favourites - their impressive squad was topped by Viswanathan Anand, Peter Svidler, Alexei Shirov, Étienne Bacrot, Magnus Carlsen, Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu, Pendyala Harikrishna and Francisco Vallejo Pons. GMs Peter Heine Nielsen, Sergei Movsesian and Michał Krasenkow were just three of the other players.

The closest threat to the champions were likely to be SG Porz, TSV Bindlach-Aktionar and Werder Bremen. OSC Baden-Baden successfully defended their title, whereas Werder Bremen faded badly after a good start and so a close fight developed for the remaining places. Unexpectedly, Hamburger SK confounded the ratings to take second place, it's Polish contingent Radosław Wojtaszek and Robert Kempiński scoring heavily.

SG Porz and TSV Bindlach-Aktionar finished in third and fourth places respectively, with outstanding performances coming from Loek van Wely (also undefeated) for Porz and Vladimir Baklan and David Baramidze for Bindlach.

Recent seasons[edit]

Teams finishing in the top five places in recent seasons were as follows:[5]

Season 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
2003–04 SG Porz Bayern Munich SC Baden-Oos TV Tegernsee SV Werder Bremen
2004–05 SV Werden Bremen SG Porz Bayern Munich OSC Baden-Baden TV Tegernsee
2005–06 OSC Baden-Baden Bayern Munich Werder Bremen SG Porz SG Solingen
2006–07 OSC Baden-Baden Hamburger SK Bayern Munich SG Porz Bindlach Aktionär
2007–08 OSC Baden-Baden Werder Bremen Bayern Munich Mülheim Bindlach Aktionär
2008–09 OSC Baden-Baden Bayern Munich SC Eppingen Werder Bremen Mülheim
2009–10 OSC Baden-Baden Bayern Munich Werder Bremen SG Solingen Mülheim
2010–11 Bayern Munich OSC Baden-Baden Werder Bremen SC Eppingen SG Solingen
2011–12 OSC Baden-Baden Bayern Munich Werder Bremen SG Solingen SC Eppingen
2012–13 Bayern Munich OSC Baden-Baden Mülheim SG Solingen SC Eppingen
2013–14 Bayern Munich OSC Baden-Baden Mülheim SV Hockenheim SC Eppingen
2014–15 Bayern Munich OSC Baden-Baden Werder Bremen SV Hockenheim SK Schwäbisch Hall
2015–16 SG Solingen Bayern Munich OSC Baden-Baden Werder Bremen SK Schwäbisch Hall

See also[edit]

  • 4NCL, the British-based Four Nations Chess League


  1. ^ "The German Bundesliga – preparing to rumble". Chess News. 2005-04-06. Retrieved 2016-04-26. 
  2. ^ a b ""Bundesliga": The new season begins". Chess News. 2015-09-18. Retrieved 2016-04-26. 
  3. ^ "Chess Bundesliga Kicks Off". The Huffington Post. 2010-10-11. Retrieved 2016-04-26. 
  4. ^ "Strong competition: the Bundesliga". Chess News. 2014-10-20. Retrieved 2016-04-26. 
  5. ^ Jackelen, Thomas. "Tabelle | 1. Bundesliga 2015/2016 | Statistik | Godesberger Schachklub 1929 e.V.". Retrieved 2016-04-26. 

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