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Lorenz Maximilian Drabke
Number of games in database: 99
Years covered: 2000 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2406 (2472 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2484

Overall record: +33 -33 =33 (50.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (14) 
    B30 B31 B52 B40 B44
 Four Knights (5) 
    C49 C47 C48
 Caro-Kann (4) 
    B18 B17 B10
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (21) 
    B43 B42 B40 B22 B41
 Sicilian Kan (13) 
    B43 B42 B41
 Slav (9) 
    D12 D16 D19 D13 D15
 Reti System (4) 
    A06 A04
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   U Atakisi vs L Drabke, 2004 0-1
   L Drabke vs T Demirel, 2004 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   European Club Cup (2013)
   Aosta op 12th (2004)
   European Championship (2004)
   European Club Cup (2007)

   🏆 2nd Bundesliga Sud 2017-18
   D Anton Guijarro vs L Drabke (Feb-24-18) 1/2-1/2
   T Henrichs vs L Drabke (Oct-15-17) 1/2-1/2
   L Drabke vs V Sergeev (Oct-14-17) 1/2-1/2
   L Drabke vs L Kessler (Oct-13-17) 1/2-1/2
   L Drabke vs D Hartl (Oct-26-13) 1-0

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(born Nov-05-1984, died Aug-13-2018, 33 years old) Germany

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Last updated: 2018-11-07 09:05:20

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 112  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Oppici vs L Drabke  0-1112000Bratto op 20thA00 Uncommon Opening
2. D Smerdon vs L Drabke  1-0542000Oropesa del MarB40 Sicilian
3. F Peredy vs L Drabke  ½-½372000Stadt Casino opB22 Sicilian, Alapin
4. L Drabke vs W Baczinski  1-0422000Stadt Casino opB44 Sicilian
5. L Drabke vs M Godena  1-0372000Bolzano op 15thB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
6. I Farago vs L Drabke  ½-½362000Bolzano op 15thD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. T Polak vs L Drabke  ½-½212001Valle d'Aosta op 9thD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. L Drabke vs M Godena  ½-½282001Valle d'Aosta op 9thC55 Two Knights Defense
9. L Drabke vs M Godena  ½-½282001Valle d'Aosta op 9thC55 Two Knights Defense
10. L Drabke vs Pietro Rotelli  1-0302001CutroB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
11. J Ivanov vs L Drabke  1-0252001CutroD94 Grunfeld
12. L Drabke vs A Dragojlovic  1-0362001CutroB27 Sicilian
13. D Genocchio vs L Drabke  1-0312001CutroB40 Sicilian
14. L Drabke vs A Scerbo  1-0272001CutroB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
15. L Drabke vs E Mollaoglu  0-1442001CutroB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
16. M Lazic vs L Drabke  ½-½542001CutroA06 Reti Opening
17. G Dojkova vs L Drabke  ½-½432001CutroB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
18. N Ferrari vs L Drabke  1-0202001Biel Magistral de JovenesB40 Sicilian
19. L Drabke vs Z Rahman  0-1402002Dresden ZMD opD02 Queen's Pawn Game
20. M Sebag vs L Drabke  0-1432003Deizisau GERB01 Scandinavian
21. I Farago vs L Drabke  ½-½192003Seefeld op 14thD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. L Drabke vs G Grigore  0-1662003Budapest FS12 GMB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
23. Carlsen vs L Drabke 1-0202003First Saturday GM TournamentD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. A Bonafede vs L Drabke  0-1402004Aosta op 12thA07 King's Indian Attack
25. L Drabke vs K Rybenko  1-0472004Aosta op 12thB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-27-13  Conrad93: 6.5/7 in the European Club Cup and no comments?
Jan-06-15  zanzibar: He is apparently a member of NATO, and has won the <NATO Chess Championship> the last third years running (2012-2014), as well as in 2010 and 2004.
Jan-06-15  zanzibar: A nice photo of him in dress uniform can be found here:

(Looks like he's about to effect a capture)

* * * * *

Another photo of him, with a little Dutch text, can be found here:

There's some English text about the Germans there as well:

< THE HAGUE -- The finest minds of the Western military world have struggled for years to defeat German soldiers on a treacherous battlefield: the chessboard.

For 26 years, member countries from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization have competed in the ultimate game of strategy and tactics. And 22 times, the Germans triumphed. The Americans, who dominate the alliance in other ways, have mostly floundered.

"Germany always sends one or two boys who play like grandmasters," said Sandro Falbo of the Italian army. So when 82 soldiers and civilians gathered here last month for their annual battle, the usual question hung in the air: Could the German juggernaut be stopped?

The Germans had every reason to be confident. A short history of the NATO competition, written by British Sgt. Alec Toll, is replete with references to Germany's overwhelming force. 1979: "Germany once again crushed all resistance." 1988: A British player got "badly bruised, bouncing off the German wall." As NATO contestants surveyed the Berlin Wall a few weeks before the German reunification, Sgt. Toll recorded one overriding concern: "Now the German team would be even stronger!!" Chess players reserve the double exclamation point to annotate moves against which there is no defense.

But in recent years, former Soviet satellites, where the influence of the Russian chess superpower raised the level of the game, have been joining NATO, posing a new threat. This year, the Poles would gain an early advantage over the Germans, leading to a showdown on the final day.


Midway through the tournament, the Polish lead widened to a convincing 2 1/2 points, with each win worth one point and a draw half a point. Poland had to hold on to its advantage for two more days to claim the silvery trophy. Cpl. Drabke and Mr. Przedmojski quickly reached a draw in their only match.

With one round of games remaining, Germany narrowed the Polish lead to half a point. Cpl. Drabke beat Polish Capt. Saturnin Skindzier with a brilliant combination of moves. "That was so beautiful to look at," crowed Capt. Karl Koopmeiners, the leader of the German team, and gave his charge a friendly punch in the shoulder.

On the last day of the tournament, the German machine surged two points ahead of Poland for the victory. Cpl. Drabke, with six wins and one draw, won the individual prize. The Poles, who were so close to a historic upset, still were coming to grips with the loss at the awards ceremony. "It's like soccer," Capt. Skindzier said to teammates during a candlelit dinner afterward. "You play for 90 minutes, and the other side wins."

While the Poles hoped for better results next year, Cpl. Drabke joked that the game should be redefined: "64 squares, 32 pieces, and the Germans win."

<From the WSJ>>

Jan-06-15  zanzibar: And a little more from the same article:

< The key to Germany's success on the chessboard is universal conscription of 18-year-old males into the armed forces. That allows the German military to tap into a rich pool of talent unavailable to countries without the draft. "We definitely have an advantage," said German Sgt. Mark Helbig. That is how Germany got Lorenz Drabke, a 19-year-old conscript who is close to being awarded the coveted title of chess grandmaster, the highest ranking in the game. After doing two months of basic training, Cpl. Drabke, who wants to become an airline pilot, now plays chess full time for the military as part of its "sports promotion" group.

Quiet and mild-mannered, Cpl. Drabke started by beating a strong Turkish player, and then demonstrated his preparation in the postgame analysis. Describing to his opponent why he hadn't made a tempting move in the middle of the game, Cpl. Drabke said, "I read some research about this position, and I heard the Turkish players are well prepared." >

Aug-15-18  Eastfrisian: He died in August 2018. Source: RIP
Premium Chessgames Member

† August 13th, 2018
What a tragedy.


May-03-21  login:

IM Lorenz Drabke studied pharmacy and food chemistry. At the time he joined the 'Studentenverbindung Ripuaria'. In 2004 he signed up for the Luftwaffe to become a pilot. Being an very strong chess player he soon was appointed to the 'NATO-Schachteam der Bundeswehr'.

His last known military rank is 'Stabsapotheker' at 'Versorgungs- und Instandsetzungszentrum für Sanitätsmaterial' (VersInstZ SanMat) in Pfungstadt.


Of the fifteen NATO Chess Championships held since 2004, he has been on the team thirteen times and won eleven team championships. In the individual competition he won the title four times. Through his outstanding chess achievements, he has made a significant contribution to the overall success of the German team.

Stationed in the 'Major-Karl-Plagge-Kaserne' (official Bundeswehrapotheke) he was fatally injured near the barracks after hours when a (now convicted) courier grossly negligent playing on his phone while driving a small lorry hit the soldier then on his bicycle without any signs of preventing the collision by braking.

In 2018 there were 432 recorded road traffic related deaths of cyclists in the annual statistics in Germany.

One of his team members mentioned in postings before Stabsfeldwebel Mark Helbig (FM).


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  MissScarlett: Do they still call it the Luftwaffe?
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