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Rainer Knaak
Number of games in database: 614
Years covered: 1970 to 2010
Last FIDE rating: 2476
Highest rating achieved in database: 2565

Overall record: +235 -192 =185 (53.5%)*
   * 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 (86) 
    E41 E54 E45 E42 E59
 King's Indian (45) 
    E81 E88 E87 E84 E61
 Modern Benoni (32) 
    A56 A65 A57 A59 A58
 Grunfeld (32) 
    D86 D87 D85 D92 D91
 Queen's Pawn Game (24) 
    A45 A41 E00 A50 D02
 Queen's Gambit Declined (24) 
    D35 D31 D30
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (59) 
    E94 E67 E95 E96 E91
 French Defense (55) 
    C11 C05 C02 C18 C07
 Ruy Lopez (20) 
    C72 C73 C65 C69 C75
 Uncommon Opening (18) 
    B00 A00
 French (17) 
    C11 C12 C00
 Sicilian (17) 
    B81 B40 B80 B83 B82
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Knaak vs Adorjan, 1985 1-0
   Knaak vs Bronstein, 1979 1-0
   Knaak vs J C Fernandez Gonzalez, 1978 1-0
   Knaak vs Dolmatov, 1981 1-0
   W Heinig vs Knaak, 1974 0-1
   Knaak vs Uhlmann, 1978 1-0
   Knaak vs Geller, 1982 1-0
   Knaak vs J Pachow, 2007 1-0
   Knaak vs A Maciejewski, 1976 1-0
   Knaak vs Van der Wiel, 1989 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Skopje Olympiad qual-6 (1972)
   GDR-ch (1974)
   Jurmala (1978)
   Moscow (1982)
   Pula Zonal (1975)
   Rubinstein Memorial 13th (1975)
   Dortmund-A (1991)
   Halle DSV (1974)
   Novi Sad (1979)
   Keres Memorial (1979)
   Szirak (1985)
   Amsterdam IBM (1974)
   Thessaloniki Olympiad (1988)
   Novi Sad Olympiad (1990)
   Bundesliga 2000/01 (2000)

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

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(born Mar-16-1953, 68 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 25; games 1-25 of 614  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Knaak vs F Baumbach  0-1361970ch19-DDRD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
2. Knaak vs Gindev  1-0321970Varna Juniors-02D51 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. Uhlmann vs Knaak  0-1381971Zinnowitz 8thA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
4. V Osnos vs Knaak 0-1851971Zinnowitz 8thA40 Queen's Pawn Game
5. G Kluger vs Knaak  0-1411971Zinnowitz 8thB08 Pirc, Classical
6. Timman vs Knaak 1-0451972Parcetic Memorial 5thC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
7. Knaak vs Plachetka  ½-½401972GDR-CSRE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
8. Knaak vs Lim Kok Ann  1-0411972Skopje Olympiad qual-6E80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
9. A Gouder vs Knaak  0-1531972Skopje Olympiad qual-6B06 Robatsch
10. Knaak vs A Ornstein  ½-½301972Skopje Olympiad qual-6E39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
11. C Micheli vs Knaak  0-1401972Skopje Olympiad qual-6B06 Robatsch
12. Knaak vs A H Williams  1-0361972Skopje Olympiad qual-6A56 Benoni Defense
13. Knaak vs J A Rubinetti  ½-½501972Skopje Olympiad Final-AA50 Queen's Pawn Game
14. Knaak vs Forintos  0-1231972Skopje Olympiad Final-AD91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
15. H Kestler vs Knaak  1-0341972Skopje Olympiad Final-AA04 Reti Opening
16. Smyslov vs Knaak  1-0411972Skopje Olympiad Final-AA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
17. Timman vs Knaak 1-0371972Skopje Olympiad Final-AE41 Nimzo-Indian
18. O Jakobsen vs Knaak  0-1631972Skopje Olympiad Final-AA04 Reti Opening
19. Knaak vs Velimirovic 1-0391972Parcetic Memorial 5thA56 Benoni Defense
20. Knaak vs Matulovic 0-1561972Parcetic Memorial 5thA56 Benoni Defense
21. Knaak vs Taimanov  0-1441973BucharestE01 Catalan, Closed
22. W Schmidt vs Knaak ½-½511973GDR-POLA15 English
23. Knaak vs Uhlmann 1-0411973Leipzig DSVD85 Grunfeld
24. Knaak vs Hort  0-1351973Leipzig DSVE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
25. Ribli vs Knaak ½-½701973Leipzig DSVA04 Reti Opening
 page 1 of 25; games 1-25 of 614  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
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."
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  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.....

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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!!
Mar-16-16  TheFocus: "Get the Knaak."

Happy birthday, Rainer Knaak.

Premium Chessgames Member
  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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