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Lev Yakovlevich Abramov
L Abramov 
FIDE Congress in Luxembourg. Abramov making his move against Georges Philippe 
Number of games in database: 49
Years covered: 1930 to 1975

Overall record: +13 -20 =16 (42.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (6) 
    C98 C99 C74 C97 C79
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (4) 
    C98 C97 C99
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (10) 
    B27 B32 B83 B51 B80
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   A Sandor Siklos vs L Abramov, 1975 1/2-1/2
   L Abramov vs A Khasin, 1975 1/2-1/2
   M Kletsel vs L Abramov, 1975 1/2-1/2
   L Abramov vs H De Carbonnel, 1975 1-0

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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. Ragozin vs L Abramov  0-1481930Ch PishchevikD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. G Ravinsky vs L Abramov  0-138193712th Ch Leningrad sf group 8D60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
3. L Abramov vs D Rovner  1-034193712th Ch LeningradB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
4. K Klaman vs L Abramov  1-029193712th Ch LeningradA07 King's Indian Attack
5. L Abramov vs K Klaman  1-049193712th Ch Leningrad sf group 8C48 Four Knights
6. V Gribin vs L Abramov  ½-½96193712th Ch Leningrad sf group 8D96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
7. L Abramov vs L Shamaev  1-038193914th Ch LeningradC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
8. L Abramov vs L Guldin  ½-½53193914th Ch LeningradC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
9. Chernikov vs L Abramov  0-134193914th Ch LeningradD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. L Abramov vs G Goldberg  1-039193914th Ch Leningrad (sf-1)D46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
11. S Gotthilf vs L Abramov  ½-½46193914th Ch Leningrad (sf-1)D44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
12. L Abramov vs G Stepanov (Schneideman)  ½-½22194015th Ch LeningradC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
13. L Abramov vs Smyslov  ½-½501942KuybyshevC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
14. Boleslavsky vs L Abramov  1-0261942KuybyshevB83 Sicilian
15. Konstantinopolsky vs L Abramov  1-0361947URS-ch sfA13 English
16. L Abramov vs E Zagoryansky  0-1411947URS-ch sfC55 Two Knights Defense
17. Konstantinopolsky vs L Abramov  ½-½281948URS-ch01 corr4851C89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
18. Y Shteinsapir vs L Abramov  1-0411949Moscow ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
19. L Abramov vs A Chistiakov  0-1321949Moscow ChampionshipB58 Sicilian
20. Simagin vs L Abramov 1-0401949Moscow ChampionshipB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
21. Lilienthal vs L Abramov  ½-½481949Moscow ChampionshipD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. Estrin vs L Abramov  1-0651949Moscow ChampionshipB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
23. G Ravinsky vs L Abramov  ½-½421949Moscow ChampionshipE02 Catalan, Open, 5.Qa4
24. M Bonch-Osmolovsky vs L Abramov  1-0451949Moscow ChampionshipB54 Sicilian
25. L Abramov vs M Yudovich Sr.  0-1511949Moscow ChampionshipC07 French, Tarrasch
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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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