Sunday Mail, March 4 2001

Chess as a sport enjoys a following in northern Europe which is unimaginable in Australia, with our array of year-round outdoor sports. Witness the German Intercity League, the Bundesliga, which is comparable to our NRL or AFL. With no import restrictions, Bundesliga teams use their huge sponsorship coffers to sign on the best talent available, flying in their foreign players for each week’s fixture. On top of the ladder at the moment is Luebecker SV, which fields a team without a single German national, all its players being top-flight foreign grandmasters – Alexei Shirov ESP, Michael Adams ENG, Evgeny Bareev RUS, Jonathon Speelman ENG, Simen Agdestein NOR and Nick DeFirmian USA. Australian GM Ian Rogers has been signed as its Board 3 player by Castrop Rauxel, currently standing eleventh of the 16 teams competing.

GM I.Rogers AUS – GM E.Kengis LAT

Bundesliga 2001

Old Benoni, Franco-Benoni Defence

1.d4 e6 2.e4 c5 3.d5 exd5 4.exd5 d6 5.Nc3 Nf6 6.Bb5+ Nbd7 7.a4 Be7 8.Nf3 0-0 9.0-0 a6 10.Be2 b6 11.Re1 Bb7 12.Bf4 Re8 13.h3 Nf8 14.Nh2 Ng6 15.Bg3 Bf8 16.Nf1 b5 17.axb5 axb5 18.Rxa8 Bxa8 19.Bxb5 Rxe1 20.Qxe1 Nxd5 21.Nxd5 Bxd5 22.Ne3 Bb7 23.Bc4 d5 24.Bxd5 Bxd5 25.Qd2 Qb6 26.Qxd5 Qxb2 27.c4 Qa1+ 28.Kh2 Qf6 29.Qa8 Qe6 30.Nd5 h5 31.Qd8 f6 32.Ne3 h4 33.Bb8 Kf7 34.Kg1 Qe4 35.Kf1 Be7 36.Qd5+ Qxd5 37.cxd5 Bf8 38.Ke2 Ne7 39.Kd3 g6 40.Kc4 Nc8 41.Kb5 Bd6 42.Bxd6 Nxd6+ 43.Kxc5 Ke7 44.Kc6 g5 45.f3 f5 46.Nc2 Nc4 47.Nd4 Nd6 48.Nb5 Nc4 49.Kc7 g4 50.f4 Black resigns

Next weekend is the Hervey Bay Open; details from www.caq.org.au or Andrew Rogers on 4124 7107.