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|Aug-26-07|| ||Karpova: <At a simultaneous display in Liverpool in autumn 1923 Abrahams, then aged 16, was the last surviving player:|
‘And there was Alekhine, standing over the board, insisting on instantaneous replies. He thought, then made his move, rapped sharply on the table and made impatient sounds in Russian.
The position was hard. Pawns wedged with pawns, and my king bishop and knight, endeavouring to be on guard at all moments against his king, and two fantastically wheeling knights. After 12 lightning moves under these conditions the boy went wrong, found a pawn indefensible, and resigned. The grandmaster swept the pieces aside brusquely, and stalked away. He was, let me emphasize, entirely within his rights.’
After describing how differently Capablanca later behaved towards him in similar circumstances, Abrahams related that at Nottingham in 1936 Alekhine’s wife (‘a delightful American lady’) required assistance with a visa renewal.
‘Alekhine asked me to oblige, and I gladly did so. He said, “If I can ever do anything for you, please ask me.” I replied, “You can do something for me.” He raised an interrogative eyebrow. I said, “Be more considerate to small boys.” The frozen blue eyes stared at me for some seconds. “Yes”, he said, I remember, Liverpool 1923. You had pawns, bishop and knight against my pawns and two knights. You should have drawn that game.”’>
(There's also a picture of Gerald Abrahams)
|Feb-03-08|| ||Karpova: An interesting feature article on the famous Wallace Murder Case (1931):
Julia Wallace had been murdered and her husband - Chessplayer William Herbert Wallace was the main suspect. The case is regarded to be unsolvable and sometimes ranked second to Jack the Ripper.
<‘As for Wallace being a chessplayer: this was interpreted to mean that he was able to devise a far more cunning murder plan than the average citizen. It was reported that he was “a master player; a man with a mind as brilliant as it was perverted, trained to think ahead to the next moves, and to anticipate the moves which his opponent would make”. [...]
The only people, it seems, who did not subscribe to this notion were those who had had the misfortune to play chess with Wallace. [...]
Another member – a true devotee, this one – remarked, “The murder of his wife apart, I think Wallace ought to be hanged for being such a bad chessplayer.”>
< ‘Journalists have agitated their readers for many years with the question: was Wallace guilty?
There are three approaches to this question:
(1) Legally, it is academic. There was no evidence against him.
(2) Personally. His acquaintances (excluding those who revel in the troubles of their “friends”) seem convinced of his innocence. The author takes the view that to vest Wallace with guilt in the circumstances is to credit him with a mental power, a skill, an agility, a cold-blooded nerveless efficiency, of which he seemed utterly incapable.
(3) Scientifically, it is a much easier hypothesis to assume another person as murderer, whose task would have been easier, mental effort less. By the principle of simple explanations Wallace was innocent.>
|Apr-15-08|| ||brankat: <Karpova> A most fascinating article!|
|Apr-15-08|| ||whiteshark: Player of the day.
<He is best known for the <Abrahams Defence>> according to wiki~ and
<He also invented a variation of the Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav Defense, known as the <Abrahams-Noteboom variation>.> according to cg-bio.
Who knows the exact move order of this line ?
|Apr-15-08|| ||pawn to QB4: Hi whiteshark - Abrahams in his book "Not Only Chess" says that he first played "the uninterrupted line" in a university game for Oxford v London ; opponent's name was Allcock and it kicked off 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 c6 4. Nf3 dxc4 5. e3 b5 6. a4 Bb4. He seems to claim this as the novelty. One of quite a few games in the book we don't seem to have yet, including some real brilliancies - one's his favourite game, v Spencer Liverpool 1930, and includes a move he tells us Emanuel Lasker described as "one of the best sacrifices in the history of chess". I'll send them in.|
|Apr-15-08|| ||Jim Bartle: “The murder of his wife apart, I think Wallace ought to be hanged for being such a bad chessplayer.”|
Applied generally, there's your solution to overpopulation right there.
|Apr-15-08|| ||Karpova: A game from Bad Gastein, 1948:
Danielsson v Abrahams
1.Nf3 f5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 c6 4.O-O d6 5.d4 Qc7 6.c4 e5 7.Nc3 Be7 8.dxe5 dxe5 9.e4 O-O 10.exf5 Bxf5 11.Qe2 Nbd7 12.Re1 Rae8 13.Bg5 h6 14.Bxf6 Bxf6 15.Ne4 Bxe4 16.Qxe4 Nc5 17.Qc2 e4 18.Nd2 Bd4 19.Re2 e3 20.Nf3 exf2+ 21.Kf1 Be3 22.b4 Na6 23.Qb3 Qe7 24.Rd1 Qe6 25.a3 c5 26.b5 Nc7 27.g4 Qe4 28.Rd3 Rxf3 29.Bxf3 Qxf3 30.Rexe3 Qh1+ 31.Kxf2 Ne6 32.Qd1 Qxh2+ 33.Ke1 Rf8 34.Rf3 (The ChessBase Megabase has a different move order: 32...Rf8 33.Rf3 Qxh2+ 34.Ke1.) 34...Nf4 35.Rxf4 Re8+ 36.Kf1 Qxf4+ 37.Kg1 Re4 38.Rd8+ Kh7 39.Qd3 Qxg4+ 40.Kh1 Qh5+ 41.Kg2 Qg6+ 42.Kf3 Qf5+ 43.Kg3 Rg4+ 44.Kh3 Qxd3+ 45.Rxd3 Rxc4 46.Rd7 Rc3+ 47.Kh4 Rxa3 48.Rxb7 c4 49.Kh5 c3 50.Rc7 Ra4 51.b6 c2 52.b7 c1(Q) 0-1
<Described as “an extremely interesting game”, it was annotated in the Games Department of the BCM, conducted by C.H.O’D. Alexander, with the following remark after move 27:
“Abrahams plays the ending somewhat maliciously, holding out tempting hopes of stalemate to his opponent only to disappoint him unkindly at the end.”>
<However, on page 259 of Not Only Chess (London, 1974) and page 137 of Brilliance in Chess (London, 1977) Abrahams himself wrote:
“The Bad Gastein organizers promised me a brilliancy prize for this [i. e. Abrahams' game against Toth, Karpova], but all I got was a free copy of the tournament book.”’>
http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/... (scroll down to 4220)
|Jul-12-08|| ||whiteshark: <Chess is a good mistress but a bad master.>|
-- Gerald Abrahams
QotD on gmchess.com
|Apr-15-09|| ||wordfunph: "I've wasted a black." (Gerald Abrahams after drawing a game with the black pieces)|
Happy Birthday G. Abrahams!
|Apr-15-09|| ||WhiteRook48: Happy birthday G Abrahams|
|Sep-24-09|| ||Domdaniel: <The frozen blue eyes stared at me for some seconds. “Yes”, he said, I remember, Liverpool 1923.>
I love that story about Alekhine. Funny how often the great players are seen as having 'chilly' or 'mesmeric' eyes. Fischer and Tal were said to hypnotize opponents. And Gufeld had a story about looking up, after playing a sac in a team match, and finding the laser-beam eyes of Botvinnik fixed on him.|
|Apr-15-11|| ||andrewjsacks: His "The Chess Mind" is an extremely interesting and rather unusual chess book. Should be required reading for any true lover of our game.|
|Apr-15-11|| ||BIDMONFA: Gerald Abrahams|
|Jan-27-12|| ||Antiochus: "Exclusively the Strategist knows what to do when there's nothing to do."|
|Mar-29-12|| ||SimonWebbsTiger: Heartily concur with other posters re. the Chess Mind.|
I picked up a copy, in good condition, for a mere 5 Danish Kroner recently!
<Why some persons are good at Chess, and others bad at it, is more mysterious than anything on the Chess board.> Abrahams
|Jan-17-13|| ||cornwallman: Only one of his books is currently in print, Technique in Chess published by Dover Books, they also at one time published his Teach Your Self Chess.|
|Jan-18-13|| ||perfidious: Another vote for The Chess Mind-a most fascinating book.|
|Jan-18-13|| ||Eduardo Bermudez: About the CHESS MIND : "The author express the combined influence of Inmanuel Kant and Enmanuel Lasker" G. Abrahamns (1952)|
|Sep-22-13|| ||Penguincw: ♔ Quote of the Day ♔
< "In chess there is a world of intellectual values." >
|Sep-24-13|| ||Penguincw: ♔ Quote of the Day ♔
< "Chess is a good mistress but a bad master." >
|Jun-29-14|| ||perfidious: <Karpova> Interesting story of the first encounter between Abrahams and Alekhine.|
|May-23-15|| ||ughaibu: Abrahams wrote of Alekhine that he often wrote a book "post prandially and sans voir". Do you think he intended that as a euphemism for 'blind drunk'?|
|May-26-15|| ||TheFocus: <Games are usually lost, not through the taking of chances, but through the failure to apprehend certainties> - Gerald Abrahams|
|May-26-15|| ||TheFocus: <Once a chessplayer begins to understand how far from perfection his game is, and perceives the necessity of learning from others, he has made the first important step on the road to mastery in chess> - Gerald Abrahams.|
|Jun-01-15|| ||TheFocus: <Good positions don’t win games, good moves do> - Gerald Abrahams.|
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