Rainer F A Knaak
Number of games in database: 458
Years covered: 1970 to 2010
Last FIDE rating: 2482
Highest rating achieved in database: 2565
Overall record: +169 -157 =131 (51.3%)*
* Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.
1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.
NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
R Knaak vs Adorjan, 1985 1-0
R Knaak vs Bronstein, 1979 1-0
R Knaak vs J C Fernandez Gonzalez, 1978 1-0
R Knaak vs Dolmatov, 1981 1-0
R Knaak vs Geller, 1982 1-0
R Knaak vs Van der Wiel, 1989 1-0
R Knaak vs Uhlmann, 1978 1-0
R Knaak vs Uhlmann, 1973 1-0
R Knaak vs J Pachow, 2007 1-0
R Knaak vs Plachetka, 1983 1-0
NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
Bundesliga 2009/10 (2009)
Bundesliga 2008/09 (2008)
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|RAINER F A KNAAK
(born Mar-16-1953, 65 years old) Germany
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|Rainer Fritz Albert Knaak was born in Pasewalk, East Germany. He was awarded the IM title in 1973 and the GM title in 1975.
Knaak was East German Champion in 1974, 1978, 1982, 1983 and 1984 and played on the East German Olympiad team in 1972 at Skopje.
In tournaments he has achieved 1st places in Olomouc 1972, Leipzig 1977, Halle 1978 and Cienfuengos 1984 and came 2nd= at Potsdam 1985.|
Wikipedia article: Rainer Knaak
| page 1 of 19; games 1-25 of 458
|1. R Knaak vs F Baumbach
|| ||0-1||36||1970||ch19-DDR||D32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch|
|2. V Osnos vs R Knaak
||0-1||85||1971||Zinnowitz 8th||A40 Queen's Pawn Game|
|3. G Kluger vs R Knaak
|| ||0-1||41||1971||Zinnowitz 8th||B08 Pirc, Classical|
|4. R Knaak vs Plachetka
|| ||½-½||40||1972||GDR-CSR||E38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5|
|5. Timman vs R Knaak
||1-0||45||1972||Parcetic Memorial 5th||C95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer|
|6. R Knaak vs J A Rubinetti
|| ||½-½||50||1972||Chess Olympiad Final-A||A50 Queen's Pawn Game|
|7. R Knaak vs G Forintos
|| ||0-1||23||1972||Chess Olympiad Final-A||D91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5|
|8. H Kestler vs R Knaak
|| ||1-0||34||1972||Chess Olympiad Final-A||A04 Reti Opening|
|9. Smyslov vs R Knaak
|| ||1-0||41||1972||Chess Olympiad Final-A||A41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)|
|10. Timman vs R Knaak
||1-0||37||1972||Chess Olympiad Final-A||E41 Nimzo-Indian|
|11. R Knaak vs Velimirovic
||1-0||39||1972||Parcetic Memorial 5th||A56 Benoni Defense|
|12. R Knaak vs Matulovic
||0-1||56||1972||Parcetic Memorial 5th||A56 Benoni Defense|
|13. R Knaak vs Taimanov
|| ||0-1||44||1973||Bucharest||E01 Catalan, Closed|
|14. Ribli vs R Knaak
|| ||½-½||70||1973||Leipzig||A04 Reti Opening|
|15. W Schmidt vs R Knaak
|| ||1-0||61||1973||Leipzig DSV||A15 English|
|16. R Knaak vs Lutikov
|| ||0-1||41||1973||Leipzig DSV||E00 Queen's Pawn Game|
|17. R Knaak vs Uhlmann
||1-0||41||1973||Leipzig DSV||D85 Grunfeld|
|18. W Schmidt vs R Knaak
|| ||½-½||51||1973||GDR-POL||A15 English|
|19. Vasiukov vs R Knaak
|| ||1-0||31||1974||Capablanca Memorial-A||B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening|
|20. H Broberg vs R Knaak
|| ||0-1||56||1974||Potsdam ch-DDR||B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening|
|21. R Knaak vs U Boensch
|| ||0-1||40||1974||Potsdam ch-DDR||E87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox|
|22. W Heinig vs R Knaak
||0-1||56||1974||Potsdam ch-DDR||A42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System|
|23. R Knaak vs H Liebert
|| ||1-0||30||1974||Potsdam ch-DDR||E54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System|
|24. T Paehtz Sr vs R Knaak
|| ||1-0||23||1974||Potsdam ch-DDR||A10 English|
|25. R Knaak vs K Litkiewicz
||1-0||15||1974||Potsdam ch-DDR||D13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation|
| page 1 of 19; games 1-25 of 458
|Aug-16-04|| ||Kaspy2: he is with chessbase these days. Publishes some intersting stuff... |
|Dec-31-05|| ||Ron: Hmmm, at grandmaster level. I guess he has a 'knack' at chess.|
|Sep-04-08|| ||myschkin: . . .
Homepage (in German):
Article (in German):
(Berliner Zeitung, 2006)
. . . he is still publishing.
|Jul-03-09|| ||BIDMONFA: Rainer F A Knaak|
|Jul-03-09|| ||OlavDalkeith: Rainer was born in EAST Germany, not West Germany!|
|Jul-03-09|| ||Benzol: <OlavDalkeith: Rainer was born in EAST Germany, not West Germany!>|
Thanks for the correction.
|Jul-03-09|| ||WhiteRook48: oh, no, not the Berlin wall again|
|Jul-03-09|| ||Calli: However, the Germans never used East and West designations. "East" is more properly GDR (German Democratic Republic) or, in German, DDR (Deutsche Demokratische Republik).|
|Jul-03-09|| ||waustad: Yes, when i lived in Austria in the 70's it was the BRD and DDR. i haven't been back in decades, but the border was interesting in those days. The train from Heidelberg to Berlin was still on time, even with the guys with machine guns and dogs checking it out. There are times when one can consider it "the bad old days."|
|Jul-03-09|| ||HeMateMe: Get the Knack! (for you folks from the 70s)|
|Feb-13-11|| ||laskereshevsky: Number of games in database: 391
.tch, tch, tch..... A Master very very understimated here on CG
I know he played about 1600 games in his career,
and same of them are really attack's masterpieces.....
|Mar-24-12|| ||wordfunph: "A gambit does not need to be accepted to be refuted."|
- GM Rainer Knaak
|Mar-16-13|| ||waustad: Here is a piece from chessbase for his 60th birthday (in German): http://de.chessbase.com/Home/TabId/...|
|May-23-15|| ||offramp: English speakers might say his name as Nark. But the K is pronounced in German: Kernark!|
|May-23-15|| ||cunctatorg: A really impressive, even fascinating tactician, GM Rainer Knaak produced (and he still produces, I bet) a big number of "insane", marvelous combinations and bold attacking games!!|
|Mar-16-16|| ||TheFocus: "Get the Knaak."
Happy birthday, Rainer Knaak.
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