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Rainer Knaak
Number of games in database: 724
Years covered: 1970 to 2010
Last FIDE rating: 2476
Highest rating achieved in database: 2565

Overall record: +286 -219 =217 (54.6%)*
   * 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 (102) 
    E41 E54 E55 E45 E42
 King's Indian (56) 
    E81 E87 E88 E61 E83
 Modern Benoni (37) 
    A56 A65 A57 A59 A60
 Grunfeld (34) 
    D86 D87 D85 D91 D92
 Queen's Gambit Declined (25) 
    D35 D31 D30
 Queen's Pawn Game (25) 
    A45 A41 E00 A50 A40
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (67) 
    E94 E67 E96 E95 E61
 French Defense (63) 
    C11 C02 C05 C18 C07
 Uncommon Opening (25) 
    B00 A00
 Ruy Lopez (25) 
    C72 C73 C75 C95 C92
 Sicilian (23) 
    B83 B81 B80 B40 B82
 Reti System (22) 
    A04 A05 A06
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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 Geller, 1982 1-0
   Knaak vs Uhlmann, 1978 1-0
   Knaak vs Plachetka, 1983 1-0
   Knaak vs A Maciejewski, 1976 1-0
   Knaak vs J Pachow, 2007 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Halle DSV (1978)
   GDR-ch (1974)
   Jurmala (1978)
   Leipzig SG (1977)
   Leipzig DSV (1977)
   Rubinstein Memorial (1975)
   Moscow (1982)
   Rubinstein Memorial (1979)
   Pula Zonal (1975)
   Halle DSV (1974)
   Parcetic Memorial (1972)
   Budapest Tungsram (1977)
   Keres Memorial (1979)
   GDR-ch (1970)
   Dortmund Open-A (1992)

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

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(born Mar-16-1953, 69 years old) Germany

[what is this?]
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 32; games 1-25 of 777  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Knaak vs W Golz  1-0561969DSV-TurnierE88 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6
2. M Schoeneberg vs Knaak  1-0411969DSV-TurnierA10 English
3. H Liebert vs Knaak  1-0621970GDR ChampionshipE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
4. Knaak vs E Geissert  ½-½451970GDR ChampionshipD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
5. Knaak vs L Espig  ½-½721970GDR ChampionshipE41 Nimzo-Indian
6. Knaak vs F Baumbach  0-1361970GDR ChampionshipD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
7. Knaak vs H Brameyer  0-1401970GDR ChampionshipE41 Nimzo-Indian
8. Knaak vs G Walter  1-0411970GDR ChampionshipD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. Knaak vs H Darius  1-0921970GDR ChampionshipE82 King's Indian, Samisch, double Fianchetto Variation
10. M Boehnisch vs Knaak  1-0421970GDR ChampionshipE77 King's Indian
11. Knaak vs B Schmitz  1-0511970GDR ChampionshipE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
12. Vogt vs Knaak  1-0221970GDR ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
13. W Dietze vs Knaak  0-1611970GDR ChampionshipA10 English
14. A Hennings vs Knaak  1-0111970GDR ChampionshipB08 Pirc, Classical
15. Knaak vs D Neukirch  0-1231970GDR ChampionshipE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
16. G Moehring vs Knaak  1-0411970GDR ChampionshipB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
17. R Postler vs Knaak  ½-½421970GDR ChampionshipB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
18. J Brueggemann vs Knaak  0-1391970GDR ChampionshipA26 English
19. Knaak vs U Kuettner  0-1381970GDR ChampionshipE83 King's Indian, Samisch
20. G Lorenz vs Knaak  0-1341970GDR ChampionshipA00 Uncommon Opening
21. M Schoeneberg vs Knaak  0-1541970GDR ChampionshipB08 Pirc, Classical
22. Knaak vs Gindev  1-0321970Varna Juniors-02D51 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. Uhlmann vs Knaak  0-1381971Zinnowitz 8thA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
24. Knaak vs M Schoeneberg  1-0411971DDR-ch 20thB07 Pirc
25. G Kluger vs Knaak  0-1411971Zinnowitz 8thB08 Pirc, Classical
 page 1 of 32; games 1-25 of 777  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.....

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):
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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  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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