Chess and wintersports are a good combination. The landscape around the village Fischen in the alpes invites you to ski or extended walks in the morning. And the afternoons are good for chess!
The Hotel Sonnenbichl is an excellent 4-Stars Hotel with a Gault Millau decorated cuisine.
It was a close race in January 2012, Reinhard Wewers and John Schell were separated just by one Buchholz point. The three players from Holland playing the Alpenpokal for many years got the throphee for the first time. 33 players, mostly accompanied by their wives, had a good time with Eisstockschiessen (curling), walking tours and shopping in Oberstdorf.