Bravo, Bundesliga
Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 5:01PM
Dennis Monokroussos in Anton Korobov, Bundesliga, Fabiano Caruana, Gata Kamsky, Georg Meier, Levon Aronian, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Peter Leko, Viswanathan Anand

As I've mentioned before, I don't care much (if at all) about the team aspect of the Bundesliga, which generally consists of OSG Baden-Baden's team of almost entirely non-German mercenaries beating everyone else. (They have won 13 of the last 14 years, only goofing up in 2015/16 to finish second behind SG Solingen.) But my dismissive attitude towards the team component should not be confused with a lack of interest in the games. Many of the world's best players compete, and a lot of great chess gets played in those matches, chess that often goes unnoticed by the broader chess world.

To rectify that a bit, I'll show you four fine games that were played this past March, three with fairly substantial comments. (Hat tip to Max Illingworth of, who analyzed one of the games and mentioned the other three. All the notes to the games are my own.) Enjoy.

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