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Gerald Abrahams
G Abrahams 
Number of games in database: 182
Years covered: 1923 to 1963

Overall record: +71 -76 =32 (48.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 3 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Slav (10) 
    D17 D11 D15 D12 D10
 Nimzo Indian (9) 
    E56 E20 E59 E47 E30
 King's Indian (8) 
    E61 E80 E90 E94 E65
 Grunfeld (7) 
    D93 D78 D82 D83
 Sicilian (7) 
    B20 B30 B50 B37 B56
 Queen's Pawn Game (5) 
    A45 A50 D02
With the Black pieces:
 Queen's Gambit Declined (28) 
    D31 D30 D38
 Ruy Lopez (11) 
    C77 C97 C81 C86 C99
 Queen's Pawn Game (7) 
    D02 A40 A50
 French Defense (6) 
    C19 C01 C00 C16 C02
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (5) 
    C97 C86 C99
 Orthodox Defense (4) 
    D50 D51
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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
   G Abrahams vs J Cukierman, 1936 1-0
   Denker vs G Abrahams, 1946 0-1
   G Abrahams vs J H Beaty, 1962 1-0
   G Abrahams vs W Winter, 1946 1-0
   A Medina Garcia vs G Abrahams, 1946 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   British Championship (1946)
   London-B (1946)
   Hastings 1946/47 (1946)
   British Championship (1957)
   British Championship (1933)
   British Championship (1935)
   British Championship (1929)
   British Championship (1934)
   British Championship (1955)
   British Championship (1962)
   British Championship (1953)
   British Championship (1963)

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 played master-class chess in the 1930s. 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 was the co-inventor of a sharp variation of the Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav Defense now known as the Abrahams-Noteboom variation. He wrote a number of chess books, most notably "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."

Wikipedia article: Gerald Abrahams

Last updated: 2023-02-08 05:58:11

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 189  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Abrahams vs W R Thomas 1-071923Liverpool ChampionshipB01 Scandinavian
2. G Abrahams vs J Jackson  1-0451923NCCU MajorB40 Sicilian
3. G Abrahams vs W H Watts  0-1291923NCCU MajorB23 Sicilian, Closed
4. Rubinstein vs G Abrahams ½-½321924SimulC30 King's Gambit Declined
5. Rubinstein vs G Abrahams  0-1351925Simul, 4bD02 Queen's Pawn Game
6. G Abrahams vs Colle 1-0201929LiverpoolE12 Queen's Indian
7. G Abrahams vs R Thynne 1-0241929LiverpoolD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
8. NN vs G Abrahams 0-1111929ENGD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. G Abrahams vs W Winter  1-0281929British ChampionshipB56 Sicilian
10. F E Hamond vs G Abrahams  1-0351929British ChampionshipD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
11. Sultan Khan vs G Abrahams 1-0371929British ChampionshipC01 French, Exchange
12. G Abrahams vs W H Kirk  1-0191929British ChampionshipC13 French
13. W Fairhurst vs G Abrahams  0-1311929British ChampionshipD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. G Abrahams vs E Spencer 1-0201930LiverpoolD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. G Abrahams vs Sultan Khan 1-0241930Practice GameE41 Nimzo-Indian
16. G Abrahams vs E Spencer  1-0301930Kent County PremierD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
17. G A Thomas vs G Abrahams 1-0431930Kent County PremierD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
18. Menchik vs G Abrahams 0-1311930Kent County PremierD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. G Abrahams vs Yates 0-1441930Kent County PremierA00 Uncommon Opening
20. T H Tylor vs G Abrahams  1-0301933British ChampionshipC46 Three Knights
21. G Abrahams vs Sultan Khan  0-1381933British ChampionshipE56 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6
22. A Mortlock vs G Abrahams  0-1291933British ChampionshipD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. G Abrahams vs H H Cole  1-0321933British ChampionshipD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. G Abrahams vs AL Davies 1-0221934Blindfold simul, 4bA00 Uncommon Opening
25. Golombek vs G Abrahams  ½-½481934British ChampionshipA28 English
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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)

Jul-12-08  whiteshark: <Chess is a good mistress but a bad master.>

-- Gerald Abrahams

QotD on

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
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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.
Jan-18-13  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'?
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.
Apr-15-16  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.
Feb-11-17  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.
Apr-15-19  oolalimk1: Teach yourself chess was a great help to a young man who had never even seen a set of chessmen until he was seventeen years old. Happy birthday Gerald Abrahams.
Apr-15-19  Nosnibor: I seem to remember that Abrahams was a diabetic which may well have affected his staying power while playing long games. He was also partial to oranges as I recall him peeling one during play and then placing the segments on the table to be eaten at various times.
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