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Abrahams, Gerald

Gerald Abrahams (1907-1980) was British lawyer (barrister), chess master and chess author.  

His eight chess books include Teach Yourself Chess (1948), The Chess Mind (1952), Handbook of Chess (1960), Technique in Chess (1961), Test Your Chess (1963), Pan Book of Chess (1966), Not Only Chess (1974), and Brilliancies in Chess (1977). 

He introduced the Abrahams variation (also called the Noteboom variation) of the Queen’s Gambit Declined (1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c6 4.Nf3 dxc4 5.a4 Bb4 6.e3 b5 7.Bd2 a5) in 1925 (Allcock-Abrahams, England 1925). 

He played in the Oxford vs Cambridge University match in 1926, 1927, and 1928.

In 1933 he finished in 3rd place in the British Championship. 

In 1946, he defeated Viaschelav Ragozin (who later became the second World Correspondence Champion) in the Anglo-Soviet radio match (board 10), winning one game and drawing one game.  

He tied for 3rd at the Nottingham Major Open in 1936.



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