Gerald Abrahams

Gerald Abrahams

Gerald Abrahams was a Chess master for England, Chess author and barrister. He was a member of Liverpool Chess Club for many years and some of his books are in the club library today.
Best Known for the Abrahams defence of the semi-slav aka Noteboom variation 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 e6 4.Nf3 dxc4 5.e3 b5 6.a4 Bb4 7.Bd2 a5 8.axb5 Bxc3 9.Bxc3 cxb5 10.b3 Bb7
In 1933 finished 3rd in British championship at Hastings behind Sultan Khan and Theodore Tyler
Abrahams was a strong blindfold player and in 1934 he played 4 strong Irish chess players simultaneously winning two and drawing two games
He played regularly against some of the worlds best players in tournaments including Ragozin, Euwe, Rubinstein, Winter, Conde, Golombeck and Liverpools John Littlewood and ARB Thomas
In 1946 he famously defeated Ragozin an an Anglo Soviet radio match winning one game and drawing the other

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  1. My late father, Reginald Thynne (1911-1991) was a member of Liverpool Chess Club in 1930 and played a game against Gerald Abrahams which contained a famous winning combination by Abrahams and which has appeared in several books, notably “The Chess Mind” by Abrahams himself. Abrahams was so pleased with the combination ( a short but very pretty variation) that he took my father out to dinner on the strength of it!)

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