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Gerald Abrahams
Number of games in database: 91
Years covered: 1923 to 1962

Overall record: +34 -40 =15 (46.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 2 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (6) 
    E20 E52 E56 E30 E47
 Grunfeld (5) 
    D93 D82 D90
 King's Indian (5) 
    E65 E80 E90 E94 E61
With the Black pieces:
 Queen's Gambit Declined (13) 
    D31 D30 D38
 Ruy Lopez (6) 
    C77 C97 C83 C86
 Queen's Pawn Game (5) 
    D02 A50 A40
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   NN vs G Abrahams, 1929 0-1
   G Abrahams vs W R Thomas, 1923 1-0
   Denker vs G Abrahams, 1946 0-1
   G Abrahams vs J H Beaty, 1962 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   London B (1946)
   Hastings 1946/47 (1946)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   London B 1946 by Tabanus
   Hastings 1946/47 by Phony Benoni

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(born Apr-15-1907, died Mar-15-1980, 72 years old) United Kingdom

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Gerald Abrahams was an author, a barrister and a very strong amateur who in the 1930's was playing master-class chess. At the Nottingham Major Open 1936 he finished 3rd= with Karel Opocensky and in the 1946 Anglo-Soviet radio match he scored (+1, =1) against Viacheslav Ragozin. He also invented a variation of the Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav Defense, known as the Abrahams-Noteboom variation. As an author his main chess works are "Teach Yourself Chess," "The Chess Mind," "Test Your Chess," "Pan Book of Chess," "Handbook of Chess," "Not Only Chess," "Brilliancies in Chess," and "Technique in Chess."

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 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 91  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. G Abrahams vs W R Thomas 1-07 1923 ?B01 Scandinavian
2. Rubinstein vs G Abrahams  ½-½32 1924 SimulC30 King's Gambit Declined
3. Rubinstein vs G Abrahams  0-135 1925 SimulD02 Queen's Pawn Game
4. NN vs G Abrahams 0-111 1929 ENGD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. G Abrahams vs Colle 1-020 1929 LiverpoolE12 Queen's Indian
6. G A Thomas vs G Abrahams  1-043 1930 CanterburyD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
7. G Abrahams vs E Spencer 1-020 1930 LiverpoolD90 Grunfeld
8. G Abrahams vs E Spencer  1-030 1930 CanterburyD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
9. G Abrahams vs Yates 0-144 1930 CanterburyA00 Uncommon Opening
10. Menchik vs G Abrahams 0-131 1930 CanterburyD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. Golombek vs G Abrahams  1-027 1935 BCF-chA34 English, Symmetrical
12. G Abrahams vs J Cukierman 1-036 1936 Major OpenA50 Queen's Pawn Game
13. G Abrahams vs W H Watts 1-042 1936 Major OpenE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
14. G Abrahams vs Opocensky 1-025 1939 MargateC17 French, Winawer, Advance
15. G Abrahams vs E Klein  0-147 1939 BournemouthE01 Catalan, Closed
16. J Mieses vs G Abrahams 0-195 1939 BournemouthB24 Sicilian, Closed
17. G Abrahams vs Flohr  0-125 1939 BournemouthD93 Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3
18. I Koenig vs G Abrahams  1-050 1939 BournemouthD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. G Abrahams vs Aitken  0-128 1939 BournemouthC50 Giuoco Piano
20. F Kitto vs G Abrahams  1-049 1939 BournemouthD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. Euwe vs G Abrahams 1-014 1939 BournemouthA40 Queen's Pawn Game
22. G Abrahams vs P N Wallis  0-138 1939 BournemouthD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. S Landau vs G Abrahams 1-0100 1939 BournemouthD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. G Abrahams vs A G Conde 0-130 1939 BournemouthE20 Nimzo-Indian
25. A Thomas vs G Abrahams  1-032 1939 BournemouthA34 English, Symmetrical
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  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.
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  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.”’> (scroll down to 4220)

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  whiteshark: <Chess is a good mistress but a bad master.>

-- Gerald Abrahams

QotD on

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  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
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  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."

Gerald Abrahams.

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.
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  perfidious: Another vote for The Chess Mind-a most fascinating book.
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  Eduardo Bermudez: About the CHESS MIND : "The author express the combined influence of Inmanuel Kant and Enmanuel Lasker" G. Abrahamns (1952)
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  Penguincw: ♔ Quote of the Day ♔

< "In chess there is a world of intellectual values." >

-Gerald Abrahams

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  Penguincw: ♔ Quote of the Day ♔

< "Chess is a good mistress but a bad master." >

-Gerald Abrahams

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  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'?
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  TheFocus: <Games are usually lost, not through the taking of chances, but through the failure to apprehend certainties> - Gerald Abrahams
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  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.
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  TheFocus: <Good positions don’t win games, good moves do> - Gerald Abrahams.
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Gerald Abrahams.
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  Dionysius1: <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'?> Oh yes, for sure.
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  PhilFeeley: I wonder why there aren't more of his games here.
Feb-11-17  Retireborn: <Phil> Abrahams was a lawyer by profession, and seems to have played in only a couple of international tournaments. Most of his games are from various British championships. 90 is quite a good number for him.
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