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Abraham Mocatta
A Mocatta 
ACM vol. 2, Dec 1898, No. 6, p. 257    
Number of games in database: 8
Years covered: 1866 to 1894
Overall record: +3 -4 =1 (43.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Apr-21-1831, died Dec-25-1900, 69 years old) United Kingdom

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 page 1 of 1; 8 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. H Mann vs A Mocatta 0-1331866LondonC77 Ruy Lopez
2. A Mocatta vs Bodley  1-0271868Casual gameC38 King's Gambit Accepted
3. A Mocatta vs J Wisker  1-0221869Casual gameC44 King's Pawn Game
4. Steinitz vs A Mocatta 1-0291875Simul, 17bC25 Vienna
5. A Mocatta vs Mephisto  0-1401879Strand ExhibitionC52 Evans Gambit
6. A Mocatta vs R Loman  ½-½211888LondonC59 Two Knights
7. Lasker vs A Mocatta 1-0271891Exhibition gameC67 Ruy Lopez
8. H Jacobs vs A Mocatta 1-0401894LondonA07 King's Indian Attack
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Aug-03-07  vonKrolock: Abraham Mocatta, England, 1830 - December 25th 1900 - another game at Mocatta 's page, but not yet his victory over Amos Burn in Westminster 1870
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  GrahamClayton: Mocatta was also President of the City of London Chess Club, and was also a Patron of the 1895 Hastings International Tournament. He was also a well-respected member of the Jewish community in London.
Oct-23-13  redwhitechess: another (lost) game by mr. Mocatta,

[White "Abraham Mocatta"]
[Black "C. Morian"]
[Result "0-1"]

Evening Express 26 June 1891
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.exd5 exd5 5.Bd3 Nc6 6.Nf3 Bd6 7.Be3 O-O 8.h3 Ne7 9.Nh4 c6 10.O-O Ng6 11.Nxg6 fxg6 12.Ne2 Nh5 13.Qd2 Bd714.Kh1 Rf7 15.b3 Be6 16.c4 Qd7 17.Ng1 Raf8 18.cxd5 Bxd5 19.Bc4 Bxc4 20.bxc4 Ng3+ 21.fxg3 Rxf1 22.Rxf1 Rxf1 23.Kh2 Qf5 24.Qe2 h5 25.Nf3 Qb1 26.Bg1 Bf8 27.Nd2 Re1 28.Qf2 Qd1 29.Nb3 h4 30.gxh4 Bd6+ 31.Kh1 Bg3 0-1

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  offramp: Mocata: I shall not be back... but something will. [pauses menacingly]
Apr-05-15  zanzibar: <Offramp> must have taken one of the t's to tea!
Apr-05-15  zanzibar: I've also submitted (or am just about to) a nice photograph/etching of the man from same article.

He may not have many games here, but a good photo is a good photo.

Apr-05-15  zanzibar: From <ACM v2 Dec 1898 No 6 p257>

<AMERICAN CHESS Magazine. 257

Leaders of European Chess.


President of City of London Chess
Club 1894-1897.

To compile anything approaching a complete sketch of Mr. Mocatta's chess career would necessitate a resume of practically the whole of the principal events of chess in the old country during two generations, and would embrace the history of the premier club, the City of London, for many years past, and cover quite the most interesting and progressive period of that clubs career.

Mr. Motatta is connected with that distinguished Hebrew family, the Monteflore's, who occupy an honored place among the philanthropists of the world, and of recent years have become more widely known through the munificence of the late Sir Moses Monteflore. Mr. Mocatta's parents died when he was very young, and he was brought up by his uncle, Moses Monteflore, by whom he was taught chess, and soon attained a degree of proficiency that enabled him, when 13 years of age, to defeat his uncle. As a young man he enjoyed exceptional opportunities for improving his play. His uncle being a keen chess enthusiast, frequently entertained the prominent chess players of the day, including staunton, Capt. Evans, Zukertort, Steinitz, Gossip and others.

Mr. Mocattas first club was the Westminster, which was frequented by these masters and by all the best London players, and he recalls with keen pleasure many tough encounters over the board with these champions; and more particularly is he proud of his achievement in the Westminster club tournament, when he tied with Steinitz for first prize, but was defeated in playing on the deciding game. He attributes much of his proficiency in chess to his numerous games with Buckle (author of the History of Civilization), who in his day was considered one of the finest amateur players.

Mr. Mocatta is also a whist player, and often played in partnership with another keen chessist, then Mr. Charles Russell, now Lord Russell of Killowen, Lord Chief Justice and president of the Metropolitan Chess Club. After the dissolution of the Westminster Club Mr. Mocatta became a member of the City of London Chess Club, of which he has been one of the main pillars ever since, not only on account of his playing strength, which has always been maintained up to first class standard, but also in the other "essentials" which are constantly needed to keep together a strong organization, and take a leading part in chess movements from time to time. In all these matters Mr. Mocatta has been ever ready, without ostentation, to lend the most generous assistance.

On many occasions he was urged to accept the presidency of the club, but with characteristic modesty he preferred the role of quiet worker. Finally, however, the members would take no denial, and he was installed with acclamation, despite his disinclination to come into prominence. At the time he assumed the presidency, the City Club was, perhaps, at the "zero of its fortunes," but he had the supreme satisfaction (before handing over the presidential chair to Sir George Newnes this year) of seeing the club, under his guiding hand, become the most powerful chess organization in Great Britain, or even the world.

Mr. Mocatta was one of the selected competitors for the amateur championship at Hastings in 1895. He was suffering somewhat from a cold at the time, and having formed a very high opinion of the play of one of the amateur visitors, he offered to stand aside if the gentleman in question were allowed to take his place. The committee consented, and so Maroczy, for that was his name, came out as a new chess luminary. Thus Mr. Moratta laughingly claims that he was responsible for the discovery of a new chess genius. This episode is typical of Mr. Mocatta's generosity in all matters, and it is as matter of universal regret among the chess players of the metropolis, that, with advancing years, he is not able to come among them so frequently as of yore, but his enthusiasm for chess has not dimmed, and he may recently have been frequently seen at the Ladies club, whose aims and progressiveness commands his warmest sympathy, playing a match at Knight odds with the Hon. Secretary Mrs. Bowles.

Mr. Mocattas family are all chess players. and especially to himself and an invalid daughter, to whom he is devoted, the royal game of chess affords the happiest of pastimes. During one of the family chess parties, Miss Moratta was playing her brother, when a little toddling nephew, thinking Auntle was getting the worst of it, stealthily appropriated her opponents queen, and ran off with it, exclaiming, "Now, Father, you cannot checkmate Auntie, for your king is a widower." Mr. Mocatta is proud of this little grandson, and thinks that chess in the family is safe for many generations yet. >

Of particular note is the passage involving Maroczy.

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  offramp: My earlier comment was rather inscrutable.

It is a quote from the Hammer film <The Devil Rides Out>, in which the villain is named Mocata.

Apr-05-15  zanzibar: Just for you <offramp>:

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  offramp: In the film Mocata is played by the totally brilliant Charles Grey. He is dressed in beautiful English tailoring throughout (as are most of the male cast). Mocata is an analogue of one of my heroes, the perfect person to bring this back on topic; Aleister Crowley.
Apr-06-15  zanzibar: One never knows what roads will be traveled when taking the <offramp>.
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  offramp: Is this Abraham de Mattos Mocatta, of the leading bullion dealers Mocatta & Goldsmid?

Goldsmid was Asher Goldmid.

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  offramp: Referring to the year 1871 in business Mocatta wrote:

<In the course of the year we sold to Raphael from Rothschild several hundred thousand pounds of silver which the latter wished to get rid of. It was a most mixed lot & some very coarse, some very rich in gold, some brittle &c. The fact was Sir Anthony [de Rothschild] did not wish the trouble of refining it ... The great difficulty was in settling the assays, the bars were so large, irregular and uneven. It must have paid Raphael well, for he continually asked for more.>

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  Stonehenge: This guy?

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Birth: 21 Apr 1831 in London, Paddington
Death: 1900 in London, Paddington

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  Tabanus: <Stonehenge> Yes, very likely. doesn't seem to have the birth register (1767-1881) of the Spanish & Portuguese Jews' Congregation, London.
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  Stonehenge: Familysearch only have:

Name Abraham Mocatta
Event Type Death
Registration Quarter Oct-Nov-Dec
Registration Year 1900
Registration District Paddington
County London
Event Place Paddington, London, England
Age (available after 1866) 69
Birth Year (Estimated) 1831

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  Tabanus: England & Wales Probate Calendar: d. 25 Dec 1900, with probate to Charles Abraham Mocatta and Edward Lumbrozo Mocatta. Civil reg. death index & family trees have b. abt. 1831.

+ p. 680

+ mentioned in Harding's Handbook for Historians p. 351


Dec-26-21  Cibator: <zanzibar: <Offramp> must have taken one of the t's to tea!> In the Dennis Wheatley book the film was based on, one of the critical links between the characters is that Mocata's name - spelt with one 't' - is an exact match in numerological* terms with that of Tanith, the benighted female who's trying to escape his malign influence. Retaining the second 't' would have made that impossible.

*Numerology - occult system for analysing numbers (and/or the numerical equivalents of letters) to assess character or predict events.

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