Ludwig Rellstab (chess player)

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Ludwig Rellstab
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Rellstab at the German Chess Championship, Hamburg 1953
Full name Ludwig Adolf Friedrich Hans Rellstab
Country Germany
Born (1904-11-23)23 November 1904
Schöneberg, Berlin
Died 14 February 1983(1983-02-14) (aged 78)
Wedel, Schleswig-Holstein
Title International Master (1950)
International Arbiter (1951)
Peak ranking 25 (1938, unofficial)

Ludwig Rellstab (23 November 1904, Schöneberg, Berlin – 14 February 1983, Wedel) was a German chess player who won the German Chess Championship in 1942 and was awarded the International Master title in 1950.[1][2]


Rellstab came from a distinguished family of academics and musicians. His great-grandfather, also named Ludwig Rellstab, was a well-known poet and music critic. His father Ludwig M. E. Rellstab was a professor of physics and electronics, who in 1914 became chief engineer at Siemens & Halske. His sister Annekäthe was a pianist.[3]

Chess career[edit]

He was German Champion, winning at Bad Oeynhausen 1942.[4] He took 8th in the (unofficial) European Championship at Munich 1942 (Alexander Alekhine won).[5] In 1943, he took 6th in Salzburg (Paul Keres and Alekhine won). In 1943, he took 5th in Vienna (10th GER-ch; Josef Lokvenc won).[citation needed]

Rellstab represented Germany at fifth board in the Munich 1936 unofficial Olympiad, and won two bronze medals (team and individual).[6] He played for West Germany three times in the Chess Olympiad.[7]

He won the individual gold medal at Helsinki 1952 and team bronze medal at Dubrovnik 1950.[7]

Rellstab was awarded the International Master (IM) title in 1950[1] and the International Arbiter (IA) title in 1951.[2]


  1. ^ a b Whyld, Ken (1986), Chess: The Records, Guinness Books, p. 160, ISBN 0-85112-455-0 
  2. ^ a b Gaige, Jeremy (1987), Chess Personalia, A Biobibliography, McFarland, p. 351, ISBN 0-7864-2353-6 
  3. ^ Wieteck, Helmut (2003). "Rellstab, Ludwig Adolf Friedrich Hans". Neue Deutsche Biographie (in German). 21 (Pütter – Rohlfs). Berlin: Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities. p. 408. ISBN 3-428-11202-4. 
  4. ^ Whyld, p. 99.
  5. ^ Gillam, Anthony J.:Munich 1942, European Chess Championship. The Chess Player, Nottingham. ISBN 1-901034-46-1
  6. ^ Unofficial Chess Olympiad: Munich 1936 at Retrieved 29 March 2013.
  7. ^ a b OlimpBase Men's Chess Olympiads Ludwig Rellstab

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