Announcement | April 14, 2012 10:21

Final Bundesliga weekend - Anand is playing again

The final rounds of the Schachbundesliga season 2011/12 take place today and tomorrow. OSG Baden-Baden plays at home and welcomes the teams of Eppingen and Hockenheim. They need only one win to secure their 7th title in a row. The crucial match will take place on Saturday against Eppingen. This team is fighting for 3rd place and qualification for the European Club Cup, so a hard-fought battle is expected between these two teams. 

In the fight against relegation there is still some hope for the teams König Tegel, USV TU Dresden and Hansa Dortmund. They alle need to win both matches in order to keep their chances alive. 

The pairings and the venues of the last Schachbundesliga weekend 2011/12 are as follows:

Playing venue: Kulturhaus LA8, Lichtentaler Allee 8, 76530 Baden-Baden

14th round: Saturday, 14th of April 2012, 2pm
OSG Baden-Baden - SC Eppingen
SG Trier - SV Hockenheim

15th round: Sunday, 15th of April 2012, 10 am
SC Eppingen - SG Trier
SV Hockenheim - OSG Baden-Baden

Playing venue: Sparkasse Mülheim, Berliner Platz 1, 45468 Mülheim an der Ruhr

14th round: Saturday, 14th of April 2012, 2pm
SV Mülheim Nord - SG Solingen
SF Katernberg - SC Remagen

15th round: Sunday, 15th of April 2012, 10 am
SG Solingen - SF Katernberg
SC Remagen - SV Mülheim Nord

Playing venue: Festsaal des Westfälischen Industriebklubs, Markt 6-8, 44137 Dortmund

14th round: Saturday, 14th of April 2012, 2pm
Hansa Dortmund - Hamburger SK
SV Wattenscheid - SF Berlin

15th round: Sunday, 15th of April 2012, 10 am
Hamburger SK - SV Wattenscheid
SF Berlin - Hansa Dortmund

Playing venue: Hotel am Borsigturm, Am Borsigturm 1, 13307 Berlin

14th round: Saturday, 14th of April 2012, 2pm
SK König Tegel - Werder Bremen
USV TU Dresden - SK Turm Emsdetten

15th round: Sunday, 15th of April 2012, 10 am
Werder Bremen - USV TU Dresden
SK Turm Emsdetten - SK König Tegel

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Standings

Place Club R + = - MP BP
1 OSG Baden-Baden 13 12 0 1 24 69.5
2 Werder Bremen 13 10 1 2 21 66
3 SC Eppingen 13 9 2 2 20 60.5
4 SG Solingen 13 9 1 3 19 61.5
5 SF Katernberg 13 7 1 5 15 50.5
6 SV Wattenscheid 1930 13 6 2 5 14 54.5
7 SV 1930 Hockenheim 13 5 4 4 14 54
8 SG Trier 13 6 1 6 13 55.5
9 SF Berlin 1903 13 5 3 5 13 50
10 SV Mülheim Nord 13 5 2 6 12 53
11 SK Turm Emsdetten 13 4 2 7 10 47
12 Hamburger SK 13 4 2 7 10 46.5
13 SK König Tegel 13 3 1 9 7 39.5
14 USV TU Dresden 13 3 0 10 6 42.5
15 SC Hansa Dortmund 13 1 4 8 6 38
16 SC 1950 Remagen 13 1 2 10 4 43.5
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Fireblade's picture

And he lost !

Evgeny's picture

Amazing!!! Anand was crashed so easily. The game looks so natural and it is not that clear where exactly Anand were playing bad. White has started to create a pressure from the beginning, which was continuously increased, till black collapsed. And what shows the clock??? Anand 0:39 - Tiviakov 1:49

Jeff Hall's picture

You can find the game here: http://bundesliga.liveschach.net/

Jeff Hall's picture

[Event "Edited game"]
[Site "NOTYETAGM-PC"]
[Date "2012.04.14"]
[Round "-"]
[White "-"]
[Black "-"]
[Result "*"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Nd7 4. d4 cxd4 5. Qxd4 a6 6. Bxd7+ Bxd7 7. c4 e5
8. Qd3 h6 9. Nc3 Nf6 10. O-O Be7 11. a4 b6 12. b3 Ra7 13. Rd1 Bc8 14. Ba3
Rd7 15. Nd2 O-O 16. Nf1 Bb7 17. Ne3 Re8 18. Ncd5 Nxd5 19. Nxd5 Bxd5 20.
Qxd5 Qa8 21. Qxa8 Rxa8 22. Rd5 f6 23. Rad1 Rad8 24. g3 g5 25. f4 gxf4 26.
gxf4 Kf7 27. Kf2 exf4 28. Kf3 Ke6 29. Bc1 Rc8 30. Bxf4 Bf8 31. h4 Rc6 32.
h5 Rb7 33. Be3 Rb8 34. Bd4 Rc7 35. Rg1 Bg7 36. Rg6 Rf7 37. Be3 Rd7 38. Rf5
Rf7 39. Kg4 Bf8 40. Bxh6 Bxh6 41. Rxh6 Rg7+ 42. Kf4 Rf8 43. a5 Rg1 44. axb6
Rb1 45. b7 Rxb3 46. e5 dxe5+ 47. Rxe5+ Kd6 48. Rf5 Ke6 49. Rh7 Rd8 50. Rd5
Rb8 51. Rhd7 Rb6 52. c5 Rc6 53. R5d6+ Rxd6 54. Rxd6+ Ke7 55. Rb6 Kd7 56.
c6+ Kc7 57. Rxa6
*

Jeff Hall's picture

[Event "Schachbundesliga 2011/2012"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2012.04.14"]
[Round "14.1"]
[White "Tiviakov, Sergei"]
[Black "Anand, Viswanathan"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2647"]
[BlackElo "2817"]
[Board "1"]
[WhiteClock "01:49:00"]
[BlackClock "00:39:00"]
[WhiteClub "SC Eppingen"]
[BlackClub "OSG Baden-Baden"]
[PlyCount "99"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Nd7 4. d4 cxd4 5. Qxd4 a6 6. Bxd7+ Bxd7 7. c4 e5
8. Qd3 h6 9. Nc3 Nf6 10. O-O Be7 11. a4 b6 12. b3 Ra7 13. Rd1 Bc8 14. Ba3
Rd7 15. Nd2 O-O 16. Nf1 Bb7 17. Ne3 Re8 18. Ncd5 Nxd5 19. Nxd5 Bxd5 20.
Qxd5 Qa8 21. Qxa8 Rxa8 22. Rd5 f6 23. Rad1 Rad8 24. g3 g5 25. f4 gxf4 26.
gxf4 Kf7 27. Kf2 exf4 28. Kf3 Ke6 29. Bc1 Rc8 30. Bxf4 Bf8 31. h4 Rc6 32.
h5 Rb7 33. Be3 Rb8 34. Bd4 Rc7 35. Rg1 Bg7 36. Rg6 Rf7 37. Be3 Rd7 38. Rf5
Rf7 39. Kg4 Bf8 40. Bxh6 Bxh6 41. Rxh6 Rg7+ 42. Kf4 Rf8 43. a5 Rg1 44. axb6
Rb1 45. b7 Rxb3 46. e5 dxe5+ 47. Rxe5+ Kd6 48. Rf5 Ke6 49. Rh7 Rd8 50. Rd5
1-0

ra's picture

He is now at 2788 -- and likely to lose more points from 2727 Gelfand, even if he wins the title. With the chasing pack so close and dense, world champion Anand might get out of the top 5 in the rankings?

iLane's picture

Can we say that after Anand's Bundesliga performance (narrow escape against Eljanov, draw against Giri who's in bad form recently and this easy loss) Gelfand is now the favorite?

Zeblakob's picture

Gelfand was always the favorite.

Anthony Migchels's picture

Let's face it. It would be catastrophy for chess were Gelfand to win.

This is not some FIDE knock out nonsense 'World Championship', but the real thing.

Gelfand would make a mockery of his list of predecessors, were he to win.

archimedes's picture

Says our wise man Anthony before seeing the actual Games of of the World Championship!

Anthony Migchels's picture

omg..................what the hell is wrong with the Tiger from Madras??

Yes, women are energy vampires and badly distract from the mission. Is this the problem?

Jeff Hall's picture

Yes, Anand is not playing well. But anyone who thinks Gelfand is the fav must not have seen how badly he played at Tata Steel this year.

I say swap out Anand and Gelfand for Aronian and Carlsen. :-)

Anthony Migchels's picture

Anand has every right to play this match. Yes, his results were bad the last year, but he is the undisputed champion. Nobody can doubt that.

The problem is the Challenger, not the Champion.

mjh's picture

There is no problem with Gelfand as Challenger and he would not disgrace the title if he were to win. He has a fantastic pedigree. He has been a top Grandmaster since the late eighties and a World Championship Candidate on many occasions (He probably would have been a candidate more often had FIDE not opted to experiment with the knockout World Championship in the nineties.) He was identified by no less an authority than Viktor Korchnoi as a future World Champion when he was in his twenties. He was the fifth Grandmaster to break the 2700 barrier and when he did it, it arguably meant more than it does now. He qualified to play for the World Championship legitimately from a cycle which included all the world's top players except Carlsen who had declined to play. To say a player of his quality and standing isa problem is to show a lack of understanding of chess, it's World Championship and what counts in a world class player!

Niima's picture

Thanks mjh. A welcome voice in the midst of Gelfand bashers.

Xeno's picture

Gelfand and Anand just become better and better players after every loss :-)

noahses's picture

Hear, hear!

slonik's picture

Gelfand has been a strong player for almost 25 years, but he's not the player he was when he was sole third on one rating list more than 20 years ago. Today he is far from being a top ten player even if he has done well in knockouts when he hasn't faced the strongest opponents, against which his resultat have been bad for more than 15 years, and in events where he has faced them the normal result is somewhere in the bottom of the field nowadays. Anand won't need to play his best to win the title match, it's after all 19 years since Gelfand won a game against him. Still, given the level of the challenger and form of the World Champion, no other title match had both participants looking this unimpressive at the time of the match.

Jeff Hall's picture

I think that it is very clear that whoever wins the Anand/Gelfand match will not be the WC for long, with Aronian and Carlsen in hot pursuit, Nakamura and Caruana, etc.

RealPlayer(IM)'s picture

Good results in tournaments and matches require quite different chess approaches, everybody with just a little knowledge knows that. Neither Aronian nor Caruana (by far) have qualified for the match though they tried. Aronian simply lost to Grischuk, Gelfand did not. Take it, but stop offending Gelfand - having been european champion, ranked 3rd in the world after K&K usw. - for his SUCCESS. Feel free to write another dozen stupid amateur posts.

sirschratz's picture

anand clearly went for more when he played 1...c5 instead of his spanish....

up to that point the game reminds one of tiviakov-kasparov in wijk many years ago.... of course tiviakov begged slavishly for a draw (as he always does) and chickened out (as he always does), no main-line sicilian..... and kasparov crushed him terribly....

so what was anand's mistake? well, it's always difficult to play against somebody who like tiviakov would take the draw even after the first move. anand wanted to play chess against a tourist and got it all wrong. anand played the sicilian and wanted to have an interesting game against tiviakov whose behaviour radiates boredom when he sits at the board.

surely a black day for honest chess, but we will see more of anand....

Niima's picture

I don't know what you have against Tiviakov, but it seems like you need help.

Septimus's picture

LOL?

kramnik 2.0's picture

Whoever loses gets atleast a million dollars. losing has never been so beautiful.

vishy 's picture

Anand would remain on the chess scene for may be only 2-3 years more. enjoy and savour the moments

Septimus's picture

Looks like a ploy by Anand. He always seems to have an underwhelming performance just before a WC match. But, if he is indeed in bad form, then Gelfand has some very good chances. Gelfand had a superb team working for him at the candidates tournament. If his team can keep up such a high level of preparation, then Anand is in serious trouble!

On the other hand, it seems that Anand will probably drop to 1800 if he keeps playing more games before the WCh match! Very strange.

Thomas's picture

It's quite clear that these Bundesliga games do not fit with Anand's preparation for the match against Gelfand. But he's there to support his team when they may need him most - last time for the key match against Bremen, this time because several other players aren't available (Svidler, Shirov and Movsesian all play the Russian Team Championship). BTW where is Carlsen? He is also on the lineup but hasn't played a single game in this season and the previous one.

Regarding Anand's Bundesliga games: The one against Eljanov was an open fight that could have gone either way, a bit simplistic to reduce it to one moment when Anand was worse. Against Giri, both seemed to be happy with a draw from the very start - such a game may not happen in the WCh match? Yesterday Anand also wanted an open fight but Tiviakov avoided Sicilian mainlines (nothing wrong with that). Then Vishy may have underestimated the opponent, I don't think he will underestimate Gelfand.
Bottom line: I wouldn't draw any conclusions about Anand's prospects for the WCh match from these three games - special cases, each one in a different way.

slonik's picture

Also the preparation excuse gets boring after being used so often, a player like Anand shouldn't have to need his best preparation to be able to save draws against 2600s like Eljanov and Tiviakov.

ccc's picture

Gelfand will defeat Anand.

vishy 's picture

Finally a win by Anand. Dont remember when was the last time he defeated a 2700+ player in last 1 years

Thomas's picture

Anand beat Vallejo twice in Sao Paulo/Bilbao; Vallejo's rating before the event was 2716 and Vishy was the only one with a clean score against him. And there were also a few wins in rapid events. Altogether, things aren't quite as bas as some people suggest.

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