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Karlsruhe Wins German Team Leagues; Eckloff Tops Bochum Blitz

Sunday May 9, 2010

Title defender Karlsruhe won the top division of 2009-2010 season of the Bundesliga — or German Team Leagues — last Thursday, May 6, ahead of Hebsacker of Hamburg and the Leipzig Lions. Kieloben of Kiel and Berlin Blunder dropped back to the second League, which was won by Hannover, while Tenuki Bonn was second in the final table. The Bundesliga numbers six divisions – 4th league is double, while the 5th counts 26 teams – for a total of 76 teams over-all. The top leagues have ten teams each. A team plays on four boards, but line-ups can be longer. Dominated by several strong Chinese players, Karlsruhe seems unbeatable for the German title, yielding the Championship only once to Hebsacker. Click here for the final tables.

In Bochum, Ralph Eckloff 4d lost just one of his eight games at the Spring Blitz last Saturday, May 8, in a field of 17. Jens Behrendt 1k, winner of the Winter Blitz,  came in second. Both are from Cologne.  Alexandr Dinerchtein was co-sponsor of the event with a free Go4Go membership  for the winners. The next Blitz in Bochum is this summer on August 7. Click here for full results.
– Peter Dijkema, reporting from posts



Tuesday April 20, 2010

Karlruhe increased their lead over runners-up Hamburg Hebsacker on April 15 in the penultimate round of the German Bundesliga (Team League).  Hebsacker won on only one board of four, just enough to keep their hopes alive for a miracle next month. They would not only need to crush the Frankfurt Dragons, but Karlsruhe – which has won the title all but one year – would have to lose badly to Berlin Igoist, for Hebsacker to win their second national title. Igoist defeated the Dragons to take over third place from Hamburg Pauli, which also lost 1-3, to Kieloben of Kiel. In tenth place, the aptly-named Berlin Blunders are beyond hope, while Red Star Nuremberg in ninth needs a win over Pauli to stay in the top league.
– Peter Dijkema, European Correspondent for the E-Journal

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