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Ralf Lau
Number of games in database: 227
Years covered: 1978 to 2006
Last FIDE rating: 2442 (2418 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2540

Overall record: +61 -58 =107 (50.7%)*
   * 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 (35) 
    B23 B80 B32 B33 B90
 French Defense (19) 
    C11 C18 C01 C00 C10
 Ruy Lopez (10) 
    C84 C90 C92 C75 C64
 French (9) 
    C11 C10 C00 C12
 Sicilian Scheveningen (8) 
    B80 B82 B81 B84 B83
 Queen's Pawn Game (6) 
    A46 D02 A41
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (16) 
    B43 B93 B91 B96 B51
 Queen's Pawn Game (15) 
    A41 A46 E00 D00 A40
 Queen's Indian (15) 
    E12 E15 E14
 English (8) 
    A13 A10 A16
 Grunfeld (6) 
    D85 D88 D90 D76 D94
 English, 1 c4 c5 (5) 
    A30 A34 A33
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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 A Bastian, 1983 1-0

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(born Oct-19-1959, 61 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 10; games 1-25 of 227  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. H Lieb vs R Lau  1-0131978FRG-ch 15thA30 English, Symmetrical
2. R Lau vs S Tatai  0-15119783rd Mitropa CupC75 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
3. Unzicker vs R Lau  1-0321979MunichB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
4. R Lau vs Spassky  0-1381979FRG-ch InternationalB83 Sicilian
5. R Lau vs Ulf Andersson  ½-½601979FRG-ch InternationalB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
6. Huebner vs R Lau 1-0321979FRG-ch InternationalA07 King's Indian Attack
7. Balashov vs R Lau  ½-½411979FRG-ch InternationalA61 Benoni
8. R Lau vs Keene  ½-½451979Clare Benedict CupB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
9. R Lau vs Yusupov  ½-½181979Wch U20C42 Petrov Defense
10. R Lau vs G Muller ½-½131980German championshipB56 Sicilian
11. R Lau vs Speelman  ½-½2319803rd EEC Team-chC41 Philidor Defense
12. M Gerusel vs R Lau  0-1331981NRW-chA60 Benoni Defense
13. R Lau vs D Paulsen  ½-½111981NRW-chB10 Caro-Kann
14. R Lau vs Gerhard Schmidt  0-1501981NRW-chB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
15. R Lau vs P Schaffarth  ½-½411981NRW-chD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. W Beckemeyer vs R Lau  0-1411981NRW-chA45 Queen's Pawn Game
17. R Lau vs S Ingenerf  ½-½341981NRW-chA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
18. A Weiermann vs R Lau  0-1311981NRW-chA00 Uncommon Opening
19. R Lau vs P Ostermeyer 1-0221981NRW-chE12 Queen's Indian
20. R Lau vs H Vetter  ½-½271981NRW-chA06 Reti Opening
21. R Lau vs Schmittdiel  1-0291981NRW-chD02 Queen's Pawn Game
22. W Groenegress vs R Lau  ½-½221981NRW-chB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
23. R Lau vs G P Gruen  0-1301981NRW-chE12 Queen's Indian
24. M Mudersbach vs R Lau  0-1411981NRW-chB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
25. U Dresen vs R Lau  1-0521981NRW-chA28 English
 page 1 of 10; games 1-25 of 227  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  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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