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Ralf Lau
R Lau 
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Number of games in database: 597
Years covered: 1977 to 2006
Last FIDE rating: 2442 (2418 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2540
Overall record: +222 -112 =262 (59.2%)*
   * 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 (114) 
    B90 B82 B23 B42 B32
 French Defense (47) 
    C11 C18 C01 C10 C00
 Ruy Lopez (41) 
    C78 C84 C67 C92 C75
 Sicilian Scheveningen (22) 
    B82 B80 B83 B84 B81
 Caro-Kann (20) 
    B18 B17 B16 B12 B10
 Sicilian Najdorf (19) 
    B90 B93 B92 B91
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (55) 
    B43 B40 B93 B21 B42
 English (27) 
    A13 A10 A15 A16 A11
 Queen's Indian (27) 
    E12 E15 E14 E17
 Queen's Pawn Game (23) 
    A46 A41 A45 E00 D00
 Nimzo Indian (17) 
    E32 E20 E41 E52 E39
 Reti System (12) 
    A04 A06
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   R Lau vs A Bastian, 1983 1-0
   R Lau vs Barsov, 1993 1-0
   R Lau vs Kotronias, 1988 1-0
   R Lau vs H Teske, 1994 1/2-1/2
   J Hickl vs R Lau, 1987 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Elekes Memorial (1985)
   Bad Ragaz Open (1994)
   FRG-ch 15th (1978)
   Wuppertal (1986)
   Solingen (1986)
   West German Championship (1987)
   Dresden Open (1996)
   Rubinstein Memorial (1986)
   West German Championship (1989)
   Leeuwarden Open (1993)
   Montecatini Terme Open (1994)
   Copenhagen Open (1992)
   Dresden Open (1998)
   18th Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1994)
   Dubai Olympiad (1986)

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(born Oct-19-1959, 63 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).

Wikipedia article: Ralf Lau

Last updated: 2021-11-25 18:58:33

 page 1 of 24; games 1-25 of 599  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Lobron vs R Lau  ½-½521977FRG-ch U20A07 King's Indian Attack
2. H Lieb vs R Lau  1-0131978FRG-ch 15thA30 English, Symmetrical
3. P Dankert vs R Lau  ½-½321978FRG-ch 15thB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
4. R Lau vs B Feustel  0-1411978FRG-ch 15thA00 Uncommon Opening
5. W Huisl vs R Lau  ½-½281978FRG-ch 15thB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
6. R Lau vs B Jacob  1-0871978FRG-ch 15thB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
7. R Lau vs G Treppner  1-0581978FRG-ch 15thB06 Robatsch
8. W Rostalski vs R Lau  0-1351978FRG-ch 15thA04 Reti Opening
9. H Reefschlaeger vs R Lau  0-1411978FRG-ch 15thA64 Benoni, Fianchetto, 11...Re8
10. R Lau vs T Sandmeier  1-0411978FRG-ch 15thC41 Philidor Defense
11. R Lau vs M Gerusel  1-0531978FRG-ch 15thA07 King's Indian Attack
12. R Lau vs Pachman  ½-½161978FRG-ch 15thC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
13. R Lau vs S Tatai  0-15119783rd Mitropa CupC75 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
14. R Lau vs Spassky  0-1381979FRG-ch InternationalB83 Sicilian
15. F Olafsson vs R Lau ½-½191979FRG-ch InternationalB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
16. R Lau vs Andersson  ½-½601979FRG-ch InternationalB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
17. Huebner vs R Lau 1-0321979FRG-ch InternationalA07 King's Indian Attack
18. R Lau vs M Stean  0-1201979FRG-ch InternationalB83 Sicilian
19. R Lau vs G Sigurjonsson  ½-½161979FRG-ch InternationalB83 Sicilian
20. Balashov vs R Lau  ½-½411979FRG-ch InternationalA61 Benoni
21. R Lau vs Robatsch  ½-½461979FRG-ch InternationalB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
22. Unzicker vs R Lau  1-0321979FRG-ch InternationalB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
23. R Lau vs P Dankert  1-0771979FRG-ch InternationalB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
24. Pachman vs R Lau  1-0411979FRG-ch InternationalA34 English, Symmetrical
25. R Lau vs H Pfleger  0-1351979FRG-ch InternationalB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
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Kibitzer's Corner
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: Is this player any relation to <Benjamin Lau>?
Oct-13-05  cade: This guy was a strong player in the mid eighties.
Premium Chessgames Member
  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

Oct-19-09  whiteshark: Player of the Day


Oct-19-09  WhiteRook48: Benjamin's brother?!
Oct-19-09  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.

Oct-19-09  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.
Premium Chessgames Member
  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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