The 6th round led the second team to Kelkheim, where they were awaited by leaders Sfr. Kelkheim 2. Even though three players of the first eight were missing, Nied 2 were slight favourites (DWZ averages 1764 - 1664), which was compensated by the fact that Nied 2 fielded only seven players.

Bernd Neudel, alloted as a substitue at board 8, had to miss out the match on short notice, so that we changed plans and left board 4 empty. The forfeit at board 4 was soon equalized by Michael, when he won his opponent's queen and thus the game. Unfortunately, Franzi missed the correct contination in a promising position and eventually had to resign because of her material disadvantage. Georg was closing in on his opponent's king following a nice bishop sacrifice at h2 but then missed the direct knock out blow, only to then suddenly lose the thread in the resulting asymmetric material distribution (rook and two pawns vs two bishops) and blunder a rook, when we already saw the match going down the drain.

Walter's position was under pressure but he managed to save a draw, bringing the score to 1.5-3.5. The last three games, which actually offered us good chances, had to decide the match. Manfred returned his extra exchange for a technically won endgame and Naren routinely won his rook endgame a pawn up. This implied high tension for the top board - not just because of the score of 3.5-3.5 but also because of the interesting and very complicated position. Here, neither player could afford to slip up. Eventually, a draw was agreed without the players having taken too many risks.

The final result of 4-4 means that we are still two points behind first place, which is unfortunate because this was a match missed chances. In addition, SVG Eppstein 2 overtook us based on board points, so that we are now sitting in third place. Nevertheless, the fight for the promotion spots remains tight.

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Bezirksklasse A - Round 6 - 16.02.2020 Result
  Sfr. 1932 Kelkheim 2 - SC 1961 König Nied 2  4.0 : 4.0
Board Name No. DWZ ELO   Name No. DWZ ELO  
1 Marcel Tischer 4 1775 1848 - Peter Bittner 1 1796 1862 0.5 : 0.5
2 Stefan Thalheimer 6 1825   - Walter Gräbner 3 1920 2034 0.5 : 0.5
3 Philipp Kirschner 5 1800 1813 - Michael Dehl 2 2038 2110 0.0 : 1.0
4 Markus Erbach 8 1658   - Adam Wollny 5 1649   + : -
5 Martin Lange 7 1727 1758 - Franziska Prüfert 4 1658 1743 1.0 : 0.0
6 Andreas Linden E 1673   - Georg Arnold 6 1563   1.0 : 0.0
7 Dominik Scheithauer E 1466 1283 - Manfred Neumann E 1724   0.0 : 1.0
8 Markus Hebauf E 1387 1541 - Naren Kumar E   1767 0.0 : 1.0


Standings after round 6
Rank Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 TP BP
1 Sfr. 1932 Kelkheim 2 XX   4.0 4.5 5.0 5.5 5.5     6.0 11 30.5
2 SVG 1932 Eppstein 2   XX 4.0 3.0 5.5     6.0 6.0 6.0 9 30.5
3 SC 1961 König Nied 2 4.0 4.0 XX   4.0     5.0 5.5 7.0 9 29.5
4 SV 1920 Kelsterbach 2 3.5 5.0   XX   6.0 8.0 2.5 6.0   8 31.0
5 Sfr. Taunus 3.0 2.5 4.0   XX 5.0 6.0 4.5     7 25.0
6 SC 1979 Hattersheim 2 2.5     2.0 3.0 XX 5.5   5.0 6.5 6 24.5
7 SV 1929 Raunheim 2 2.5     0.0 2.0 2.5 XX 6.0 5.5   4 18.5
8 Sfr. Hochheim   2.0 3.0 5.5 3.5   2.0 XX   4.0 3 20.0
9 SC 1974 Eschborn 2   2.0 2.5 2.0   3.0 2.5   XX 4.5 2 16.5
10 SC Frankfurt West 2 2.0 2.0 1.0     1.5   4.0 3.5 XX 1 14.0