The chess Bundesliga is one of the world’s top chess leagues, with the 16 teams competing for the German Chess Championship attracting some of the world’s best players. Each team plays each other once over the season, with a team on any day consisting of 8 players from a starting list of 18.
A match win earns two match points and a draw is worth one. For the final standings match points come first, followed by game points. The chess season is split into six weekend double rounds, starting at 2pm on Saturdays and 10am on Sundays in four changing venues around Germany. The last three rounds are then played in one long weekend in Berlin.
Players receive 100 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 50 minutes for the rest of the chess game, with a 30-second increment from move one.