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Lev Yakovlevich Abramov
Number of games in database: 24
Years covered: 1942 to 1975
Overall record: +4 -13 =7 (31.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Jun-14-1911, died Feb-29-2004, 92 years old) Russia

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Lev Abramov was born in Warsaw, but soon after birth, moved to St. Petersburg. After the war he moved to Moscow, where he lived until his death. He was awarded the International Arbiter title in 1957 and the title of International Master of Correspondence Chess in 1979. In 1971, he wrote "Move by Move". He was the former head of the Sports Committee Chess Department. Abramov was captain of the USSR team during the USSR vs Rest of the World match in Belgrade in 1970.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Boleslavsky vs L Abramov  1-0261942KuybyshevB83 Sicilian
2. L Abramov vs Smyslov  ½-½501942KuybyshevC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
3. Konstantinopolsky vs L Abramov  1-0361947URS-ch sfA13 English
4. L Abramov vs E Zagorjansky  0-1411947URS-ch sfC55 Two Knights Defense
5. Konstantinopolsky vs L Abramov  ½-½281948URS-ch01 corr4851C89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
6. L Abramov vs Konstantinopolsky  1-0511949Moscow-chC58 Two Knights
7. Panov vs L Abramov  0-1341949MoscowB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
8. Simagin vs L Abramov 1-0401949Moscow-chB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
9. Taimanov vs L Abramov 1-0501950USSRE24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
10. L Abramov vs G Krisztian 0-1341973corr 1.EU ttA15 English
11. J Boey vs L Abramov  ½-½2819758th CC World Ch Final 7580B36 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
12. J Sloth vs L Abramov 1-03519758th CC World Ch Final 7580A06 Reti Opening
13. M Kletsel vs L Abramov  ½-½2519758th CC World Ch Final 7580E54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
14. L Abramov vs E Walther  0-13919758th CC World Ch Final 7580A21 English
15. E Arnlind vs L Abramov  1-03619758th CC World Ch Final 7580B27 Sicilian
16. L Abramov vs A Khasin  ½-½2219758th CC World Ch Final 7580C05 French, Tarrasch
17. L Abramov vs Josef Nun  1-04319758th CC World Ch Final 7580A23 English, Bremen System, Keres Variation
18. L Abramov vs V Kosenkov  0-14819758th CC World Ch Final 7580A34 English, Symmetrical
19. L Abramov vs J Maedler  ½-½2519758th CC World Ch Final 7580A16 English
20. A Sandor Siklos vs L Abramov  ½-½4419758th CC World Ch Final 7580E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
21. L Abramov vs H W Duenhaupt  0-14719758th CC World Ch Final 7580D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. Estrin vs L Abramov  1-06219758th CC World Ch Final 7580C07 French, Tarrasch
23. V Zagorovsky vs L Abramov  1-07419758th CC World Ch Final 7580C17 French, Winawer, Advance
24. L Abramov vs H De Carbonnel  1-06319758th CC World Ch Final 7580B14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
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  whiteshark: His famous quote to B. Fischer: <You are our guest, and we don't pay fees to guests.>

Full story:

"In 1957, on the eve of the World Youth and Student Festival in Moscow, Fischer's mother (who, by the way, had graduated from Moscow's Second Medical Institute before the war) wrote a letter addressed to Khrushchev himself, if I'm not mistaken. In it she asked that her son be invited to the Festival. The wheels of our bureaucracy turned slowly, and while the matter was being considered, the Festival ended. Nevertheless, an invitation was sent to the American to visit the Soviet Union the following year, in 1958.

Fischer, accompanied by bis older sister Joan, arrived in Moscow as the US adult champion. At the Sports Committee he was welcomed 'according to protocol: given a hotel, a car with a chauffeur, even an Interpreter and pocket money; an attempt was made to show him the sights of Moscow, and he was invited to visit the Bolshoi Theatre. But Bobby had come to Moscow for something quite different: he dreamed of playing the 'greats' of our chess, even the world champion Botvinnik himself...

At the Central Chess Club he managed to play some lightning chess with several young masters, notably, with Nikitin and Vasyukov. He also played a few friendly games with Petrosian (Tigran afterwards recalled, 'I was the person summoned to the Club to "cope" with a youth who was beating the Moscow masters at lightning chess'). However, Bobby did not achieve the main purpose of bis trip - playing the world champion and the challengers (except for Petrosian). It was perhaps for this reason that he was rude to his interpreter. She complained to the leadership of the Committee, and Fischer left Moscow earlier than planned, bearing a grudge against our country and our grandrnasters.

Recently <Lev Abramov>, who at that time headed the Chess Section of the USSR Sports Committee, shared his memories of Fischer's visit to Moscow:

<'A few days before Bobby and Joan's planned departure, they turned up at my office and said that they wanted to prolong their stay and play a few serious games. I was ready for this and I gave my agreement. A couple of days later the following incident occurred. In a restaurant, while awaiting the main course, Bobby was rocking about on this chair. Joan warned him, but he carried on doing it and fell over. When he got up, he immediately went to his room, growling "I'm fed up with these Russian pigs." This is what the Interpreter passed on to her superiors, but I think it should have been "I'm fed up with this Russian pork". In short, I received a directive for them to leave Moscow. Unexpectedly, I received Support from Bobby, who came into my room and asked: "What payment will I receive for these games?" I breathed a sigh of relief and replied: "None. You are our guest, and we don't pay fees to guests."

'Apparently, that's what it was all about. And it is unlikely that the Interpreter could have muddled up Fischer's remark: it is very hard to mix up the words "pork" and "pig"...'> "

Source: D.Plisetsky, S.Voronkov: <Russians versus Fischer <>> ISBN: 1-85744-380-2; Publisher: Everyman

Dec-11-14  ljfyffe: In 1984, Abramov received the von Massow Silver Medal for 10 years of ICCF service.
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