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Ralf Lau
Number of games in database: 212
Years covered: 1978 to 2006
Last FIDE rating: 2442 (2418 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2540

Overall record: +56 -54 =101 (50.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (31) 
    B23 B90 B32 B80 B63
 French Defense (19) 
    C11 C18 C00 C01 C10
 Ruy Lopez (9) 
    C64 C78 C97 C61 C92
 French (9) 
    C11 C00 C10 C12
 Queen's Pawn Game (6) 
    A46 A41 D02
 Caro-Kann (5) 
    B16 B10 B12 B17 B18
With the Black pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (15) 
    A41 A46 E00 A40 D00
 Sicilian (15) 
    B43 B93 B91 B58 B41
 Queen's Indian (14) 
    E12 E15 E14
 English (7) 
    A13 A10 A16
 Grunfeld (6) 
    D85 D88 D90 D76 D94
 Sicilian Najdorf (5) 
    B93 B96 B91 B90
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   R Lau vs Kotronias, 1988 1-0
   R Lau vs Barsov, 1993 1-0
   R Lau vs H Teske, 1994 1/2-1/2
   R Lau vs Anand, 1989 1-0

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(born Oct-19-1959, 59 years old) Germany

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Ralf Lau was born in Bremen. He was awarded the GM title in 1986 and in tournaments he was 1st= at Budapest 1985, 2nd= at New York 1985, 2nd= at Solingen 1986 and 1st at Budapest 1986. He also played on the German Olympiad teams of 1984, 1986 and 1988. Lau was West German champion in 1987 (=Vlastimil Hort).

 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 212  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R Lau vs S Tatai  0-15119783rd Mitropa CupC75 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
2. Unzicker vs R Lau  1-0321979MunichB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
3. R Lau vs Ulf Andersson  ½-½601979FRG-ch InternationalB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
4. Huebner vs R Lau 1-0321979FRG-ch InternationalA07 King's Indian Attack
5. Balashov vs R Lau  ½-½411979FRG-ch InternationalA61 Benoni
6. R Lau vs Keene  ½-½451979Clare Benedict CupB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
7. R Lau vs Yusupov  ½-½181979Wch U20C42 Petrov Defense
8. R Lau vs G Muller ½-½131980German championshipB56 Sicilian
9. R Lau vs Speelman  ½-½2319803rd EEC Team-chC41 Philidor Defense
10. R Lau vs S Ingenerf  ½-½341981NRW-chA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
11. A Weiermann vs R Lau  0-1311981NRW-chA00 Uncommon Opening
12. R Lau vs P Ostermeyer 1-0221981NRW-chE12 Queen's Indian
13. R Lau vs H Vetter  ½-½271981NRW-chA06 Reti Opening
14. R Lau vs Schmittdiel  1-0291981NRW-chD02 Queen's Pawn Game
15. W Groenegress vs R Lau  ½-½221981NRW-chB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
16. R Lau vs G P Gruen  0-1301981NRW-chE12 Queen's Indian
17. M Mudersbach vs R Lau  0-1411981NRW-chB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
18. U Dresen vs R Lau  1-0521981NRW-chA28 English
19. M Gerusel vs R Lau  0-1331981NRW-chA60 Benoni Defense
20. R Lau vs D Paulsen  ½-½111981NRW-chB10 Caro-Kann
21. R Lau vs Gerhard Schmidt  0-1501981NRW-chB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
22. R Lau vs P Schaffarth  ½-½411981NRW-chD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. W Beckemeyer vs R Lau  0-1411981NRW-chA45 Queen's Pawn Game
24. M Pamuk vs R Lau  0-1421981World U26 Team-chB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
25. D Paulsen vs R Lau  ½-½241981Bundesliga 1981/82D85 Grunfeld
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Kibitzer's Corner
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: Is this player any relation to <Benjamin Lau>?
Oct-13-05  cade: This guy was a strong player in the mid eighties.
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  OlimpBase: Not only in 1986 did he compete at the Olympiads but also in 1984 and 1988
Oct-19-06  BIDMONFA: Ralf Lau

LAU, Ralf

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  whiteshark: Player of the Day


Oct-19-09  WhiteRook48: Benjamin's brother?!
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  whiteshark: Who's that?
Oct-19-09  Prugno: I remember staying in the same hotel as Ralf Lau in an Open about 15 years ago, where he finished near the top. A bit oversize in appearance, perhaps, but a worthy GM with an interesting and aggressive style.

By the way, he seems to have rather reduced his tournament participation in recent years. Probably he is no longer a professional player.

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  whiteshark: <Prugno: Probably he is no longer a professional player.> That's what the bio says: In the mid 1990ties he finished his pro career and moved to Austria.
Oct-19-09  Raisin Death Ray: Any relation to Ralf Malf? :)
Oct-19-09  midknightblue: <Any relation to Ralf Malf> I dont believe so but we could ask Potsy to be sure
Oct-31-09  Raisin Death Ray: <midknightblue> AAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYY!!!
May-28-10  midknightblue: <RDR> that you Fonzie?
Oct-19-12  talisman: happt birthday Ralf....
Oct-19-17  newzild: The game R Lau vs H Teske, 1994 shouldn't be listed as "notable". It's a quick draw.
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  perfidious: <newzild>, the criteria for notability are, so far as I can tell, the following:

1) The player in question won or drew the game, and:

2) The number of game collections in which a game appears.

Lau-Teske is in two members' collections.

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