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Abram Model
Number of games in database: 48
Years covered: 1922 to 1944

Overall record: +19 -25 =4 (43.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Reti System (5) 
    A04 A06
 Orthodox Defense (4) 
    D52 D64 D67
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
    A46 D05 A50
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (6) 
    C18 C17 C11 C07
 Dutch Defense (5) 
    A95 A91 A84
 French Winawer (4) 
    C18 C17
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Botvinnik vs A Y Model, 1927 0-1
   A Y Model vs N Rudnev, 1929 1-0
   Botvinnik vs A Y Model, 1930 0-1
   S Von Freymann vs A Y Model, 1927 0-1
   Ragozin vs A Y Model, 1932 0-1
   A Y Model vs A S Sergeev, 1927 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship (1927)
   Leningrad Championship (1932)

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(born Oct-23-1896, died Feb-16-1976, 79 years old) Latvia

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Abram Yakovlevich Model was born in Daugavpils, Latvia. He was Leningrad champion in 1944 and passed away in Leningrad in 1976.

Wikipedia article: Abram Model

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 49  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Model vs N I Grekov  0-1451922Match Moscow - LeningradB40 Sicilian
2. N I Grekov vs A Model  1-0241922Match Moscow - LeningradD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
3. A Model vs S Gotthilf  1-0331925Leningrad InternationalA06 Reti Opening
4. A Model vs Carlos Torre 0-1361925Leningrad InternationalA50 Queen's Pawn Game
5. A Model vs Ilyin-Zhenevsky  0-1441926Leningrad-chB01 Scandinavian
6. E Jacobson vs A Model  1-0311926Stockholm-LeningradA80 Dutch
7. A Model vs Botvinnik 0-1271926Leningrad ChD05 Queen's Pawn Game
8. A Model vs P Ostrovsky  1-0231926Ch LeningradA04 Reti Opening
9. A Model vs Botvinnik  0-1591927LeningradA04 Reti Opening
10. A Model vs P Romanovsky  0-1381927LeningradA04 Reti Opening
11. Botvinnik vs A Model 0-1471927USSR ChampionshipC18 French, Winawer
12. V Makogonov vs A Model  1-0511927USSR ChampionshipA95 Dutch, Stonewall
13. Y Vilner vs A Model 0-1341927USSR ChampionshipC17 French, Winawer, Advance
14. A Model vs N Pavlov-Pianov  1-0521927USSR ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
15. F Bohatirchuk vs A Model 1-0391927USSR ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
16. S Von Freymann vs A Model 0-1241927USSR ChampionshipA84 Dutch
17. A Model vs A S Sergeev 1-0491927USSR ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
18. A Kubbel vs A Model  1-0381928Ch LeningradB03 Alekhine's Defense
19. B Verlinsky vs A Model  ½-½181929USSR ChampionshipC17 French, Winawer, Advance
20. A Model vs L Kubbel  0-1551929Ch Leningrad (final)A46 Queen's Pawn Game
21. M Makogonov vs A Model  1-0191929USSR ChampionshipD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. A Model vs Goglidze  0-1431929USSR ChampionshipD64 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
23. A Model vs N Rudnev 1-0211929USSR ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
24. A Model vs Kan  0-1371929USSR ChampionshipA47 Queen's Indian
25. A Model vs V Zak 1-0331930Leningrad sim (tel)E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
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  offramp: I quoted the exact same article under James Mason!
Oct-13-04  mack: Indeed, that's what I was referring to when I was said I was linked to it. Thanks for showing it to me by the way, very interesting.
Aug-04-05  viensotrs12: daugavpils is not russia.
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  Benzol: <viensotrs12> Thankyou for the correction.


Jun-23-06  sixfeetunder: Well, in 1896 Daugavpils was Russia
Jun-23-06  blingice: <mack> Except few, I'd believe, would really buy that at all. shows quite the opposite: Botvinnik was much better. Few people even think Botvinnik is the best. Sure, Model was good, but you can't call him the best because he wins a few games in simuls against problemists.
Jun-23-06  mack: Christ, this is a blast from the past!
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  whiteshark: Model during the war:
Oct-20-07  Mibelz: <sixfeetunder> Well, in 1896 Daugavpils and Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, Warsaw, Lodz, etc. were in Russian Empire, not in Russia.
Oct-20-07  Calli: We can safely say he would be Model citizen of any country.

Oct-23-07  BIDMONFA: Abram Y Model

MODEL, Abram Y.

Jan-13-08  pawnofdoom: There was an article in US Chess Life that brought me to this page. I believe Mack had already mentioned a different version of it below.

It described how Model won a telephone simul against 10 of the greatest masters, with 7 wins and 3 draws. However, no one knew who he was until after the simul. Very interesting story. if anyone wants to look it up, its on

Mar-13-08  norcist: Leningrad Champion in 1944....erm just after the siege, i wouldn't think many would be in a chess playing state (wasn't there like massive starvation)
Mar-13-08  Calli: <norcist> See whiteshark's link
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  whiteshark: Not guilty, Your Honor!
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  GrahamClayton: I have read that the journal "Shakhmatny Listok" actually asked Model to investigate who the mysterious "Mr X" was!

Apparently Model was not considered as "X" because of his inconsistency, as he would perform well in one tournament, and then badly in the following tournament.

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  GrahamClayton: Source: "Batsford Book of Chess Records", Yakov Damsky, Batsford, 2005
Oct-23-09  Birthday Boy: Happy Birthday!!!Abram Y Model!!!
Jun-10-10  Marmot PFL: He seems to have disappeared for a few years after 1933. I guess that was common in the 30s.
Oct-23-11  brankat: R.I.P. master Model.
Oct-23-12  brankat: The link <whiteshark> provided 5 years ago is still functional. There is some great stuff there.

I've always marveled, as if in a state of awe at this special kind of Love for, and Dedication to Chess, so much alive in Russia.

Even the siege of Leningrad, with all its barbaric aspects, didn't prevent the people of the city to pursue their chess activities. Tournaments, matches, lectures...

It was much the same with Music, Literature, Theater!

A city which was supposed to be doomed, which according to Hitler himself had no reason for further existence,.. lived a life of deprivation, but lived it to the fullest.

Happy Birthday Abram Yakovlevich!

Oct-23-13  Kikoman: <Player of the Day>

Rest In Peace Sir Abram Yakovlevich Model.

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  Penguincw: R.I.P. <POTD>: Abram Yakovlevich Model.
Oct-23-13  Castleinthesky: It's very impressive that he was playing in Leningrad in 1944. He was 49 and managed to survive the War.
Oct-23-19  faulty: Trivia:Model was the opponent of Botvinnik in Botvinnik's first game in the USR championships (Ch No.5; 1927). Model won with black. that was the start of Botvinnik's top career.
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