The Bundesliga is the world’s top chess league, and although the 16 teams compete for the German Championship it attracts the world’s best players. Each team plays each other over a season, with a team on any day consisting of 8 players from a starting list of 18. A match win earns two team points, while a draw is worth one.
For the final standings the team points come first, followed by board points. The season is split into seven weekend double rounds, starting at 2pm on Saturdays and 10am on Sundays in four changing venues around Germany. On some weekends a team will also play three matches, with extra games starting at 4pm on Friday. Official website: www.schachbundesliga.de