Canberra Times,
April 15 2001

The strongest club competition in the world, the German Bundesliga, is set to lead a revision of European Community sporting rules after a team with virtually no Germans is on the verge of winning the 2000/1 season.

A few seasons ago the team from Lubeck, in Germany's north, was a second division struggler but, exploiting the provisions of the 'Bosman Case' which allowed all European Community players to be treated equally with locals, Lubeck began recruiting players with a vengeance.

Perennial Championship rivals Porz and Solingen have both fallen by the wayside this season as a Lubeck team featuring Shirov, Adams and Bareev has swept all before them. (Back-up Grandmasters include John Nunn, Simen Agdestein and Julian Hodgson!)

Local players and fans, while appreciating the wealth of imported talent, have complained for some time about the lack of opportunities for Germans in the Bundesliga. Where else in the world, they argued, would a country hold a club competition where the winning club is completely made up of foreigners?

Sports administrators at first stone-walled, saying that any restriction on EC foreigners would leave the chess federation open to legal challenge.

However the success of the Lubeck team and similar problems in the popular sport of handball have put pressure on the German sports federation to revisit the question of local content.

Under proposed new rules likely to be implemented in 2002, a team may register any number of EU players but would require that at least half the field in any match be of German nationality.

The changes would, at the very least, force Lubeck to spend some of their $0.5 million-plus budget recruiting strong Germans including, perhaps, the former German Champion playing White in the following game.

Germany Bundesliga 2001 White: M.Wahls Black: I.Rogers Opening: Caro-Kann Defence  

1.e4 c6 2.c4 d5 3.cxd5 cxd5 4.exd5 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6!? 6.Bc4 Bg7 7.Nf3 0-0 8.0-0 Na6!? 9.Qb3 Nc7 10.Re1?!

10.a4 is the real test of Black's gambit.

10...b5! 11.Bxb5 Rb8 12.Ne5 Bd7 13.Nxd7

13.Bxd7 Rxb3 14.axb3 fails to 14...Ncxd5!

13...Nxd7 14.Qa4 Nxb5 15.Nxb5 Nb6 16.Qxa7?!

Too greedy; 16.Qe4 was about equal.

16...Nxd5 17.a4 Nb4! 18.d4

The best chance. Allowing the knight to settle on d3 held even less promise.

18...Nc2 19.Bg5 Nxa1 20.Rxa1

20.Bxe7? loses to 20...Re8!.

20...Qd5 21.Qc5?! Qa8! 


Short of time, White saw 22.Qxe7? Rxb5 but missed something a little deeper.

22...Rfe8! 23.Bg5

23...Rxb5! was threatened and on 23.Nc7 Qe4! 24.Nxe8 Rxe8 wins the e7 bishop.

23...Qxa4! 24.Na3 Bxd4 25.Qc2 Qa6 26.Qc4 Qa5 27.h4 Bxb2 0-1

Despite a last round loss to Milan Grcic, Henk Doel won this year's Canberra Club Championship.

Leading final scores: 1.Doel 7/9; 2.Cormick 6.5; =3. De Noskowski, Moylan, Grcic 6.

Geoff Butler won the 2001 Kambah Open with a perfect 7/7 score. Leading final scores: 1. G.Butler 7; 2. Logan 6; 3. Khoi Hoang 4.