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Rainer F A Knaak
R Knaak 
Number of games in database: 495
Years covered: 1970 to 2010
Last FIDE rating: 2476
Highest rating achieved in database: 2565

Overall record: +182 -168 =143 (51.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 2 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (67) 
    E41 E54 E45 E42 E44
 King's Indian (33) 
    E87 E88 E81 E61 E71
 Grunfeld (29) 
    D86 D87 D85 D91 D92
 Modern Benoni (21) 
    A56 A57 A58 A65 A59
 Queen's Gambit Declined (20) 
    D35 D31 D30
 Queen's Pawn Game (20) 
    A45 A41 A50 E00 D02
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (46) 
    C11 C02 C05 C07 C18
 King's Indian (46) 
    E94 E67 E96 E95 E61
 Ruy Lopez (18) 
    C72 C73 C69 C71 C65
 English (15) 
    A15 A13 A10
 Reti System (15) 
    A04 A05 A06
 French Tarrasch (14) 
    C05 C07 C03
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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 Uhlmann, 1978 1-0
   R Knaak vs Geller, 1982 1-0
   W Heinig vs R Knaak, 1974 0-1
   R Knaak vs A Maciejewski, 1976 1-0
   R Knaak vs Van der Wiel, 1989 1-0
   R Knaak vs Uhlmann, 1973 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Szirak (1985)
   Bundesliga 2008/09 (2008)
   Bundesliga 2009/10 (2009)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Szirak 1985 by Tabanus

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(born Mar-16-1953, 67 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 20; games 1-25 of 495  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R Knaak vs F Baumbach  0-1361970ch19-DDRD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
2. Uhlmann vs R Knaak  0-1381971Zinnowitz 8thA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
3. G Kluger vs R Knaak  0-1411971Zinnowitz 8thB08 Pirc, Classical
4. V Osnos vs R Knaak 0-1851971Zinnowitz 8thA40 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Timman vs R Knaak 1-0451972Parcetic Memorial 5thC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
6. R Knaak vs Plachetka  ½-½401972GDR-CSRE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
7. R Knaak vs J A Rubinetti  ½-½501972Chess Olympiad Final-AA50 Queen's Pawn Game
8. R Knaak vs G Forintos  0-1231972Chess Olympiad Final-AD91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
9. H Kestler vs R Knaak  1-0341972Chess Olympiad Final-AA04 Reti Opening
10. Smyslov vs R Knaak  1-0411972Chess Olympiad Final-AA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
11. Timman vs R Knaak 1-0371972Chess Olympiad Final-AE41 Nimzo-Indian
12. O Jakobsen vs R Knaak  0-1631972Chess Olympiad Final-AA04 Reti Opening
13. R Knaak vs Velimirovic 1-0391972Parcetic Memorial 5thA56 Benoni Defense
14. R Knaak vs Matulovic 0-1561972Parcetic Memorial 5thA56 Benoni Defense
15. R Knaak vs Taimanov  0-1441973BucharestE01 Catalan, Closed
16. R Knaak vs Hort  0-1351973Leipzig DSVE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
17. W Schmidt vs R Knaak ½-½511973GDR-POLA15 English
18. R Knaak vs Uhlmann 1-0411973Leipzig DSVD85 Grunfeld
19. Ribli vs R Knaak ½-½701973Leipzig DSVA04 Reti Opening
20. W Schmidt vs R Knaak  1-0611973Leipzig DSVA15 English
21. R Knaak vs Lutikov  0-1411973Leipzig DSVE00 Queen's Pawn Game
22. Vasiukov vs R Knaak  1-0311974Capablanca Memorial-AB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
23. T Paehtz Sr vs R Knaak  1-0231974Potsdam ch-DDRA10 English
24. R Knaak vs K Litkiewicz 1-0151974Potsdam ch-DDRD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
25. C Syre vs R Knaak  ½-½421974Potsdam ch-DDRA56 Benoni Defense
 page 1 of 20; games 1-25 of 495  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-16-04  Kaspy2: he is with chessbase these days. Publishes some intersting stuff...
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  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

KNAAK, Rainer

Jul-03-09  OlavDalkeith: Rainer was born in EAST Germany, not West Germany!
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  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
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  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."
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  HeMateMe: Get the Knack! (for you folks from the 70s)
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  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.....

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  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):
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  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!!
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  TheFocus: "Get the Knaak."

Happy birthday, Rainer Knaak.

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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday to GM Knaak. Interesting how all his notable games are 1-0.

Here's a game of his that's not in the database.

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  OrangeTulip: A statue for Knaak!
If you can win aganst Geller, Van der Wiel and Uhlmann you certainly are a great player. What strikes me in this game is that Knaak does’nt castle. A lot of clubplayers are slaughtered because of this:)
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  OrangeTulip: For those interested in the ‘bad old days’ as <waustad> calls it appopriately, go see the german film ‘Ballon’
Jul-24-20  siggemannen: Knaak had a good record against Uhlmann, but Uhlmann is more well known, perhaps due to him being a specialist in French defence. It would be interesting to read about their rivalry
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  perfidious: Uhlmann was no milksop, being a candidate once and a strong GM for a long while--while formidable in his own right and a solid professional, Knaak never quite attained those heights.

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