Gerald Abrahams

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Gerald Abrahams (15 April 1907 – 15 March 1980) was an English chess player, author and barrister.

He is best known for the "Abrahams Defence" of the Semi-Slav, also known as the Abrahams-Noteboom variation:</br>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 (ECO D31)

In 1933 he was third at Hastings in the British Championship, after Mir Sultan Khan and Theodore Tylor.

He was known as a strong blindfold player. In 1934 he took on four strong Irish players, playing blindfold, at the Belgravia Hotel in Belfast, winning two games and drawing two.

In the of 1946 he scored +1 &ndash;1 against Viacheslav Ragozin on board 10.

He is the author of several chess books, including Teach Yourself Chess (1948),The Chess Mind (1951), Handbook of Chess (1960), Technique in Chess (1961), Test Your Chess (1963), The Pan Book of Chess (1966), Not Only Chess (1974), and Brilliancies in Chess (1977).

Other books by Abrahams include Law Affecting Police and Public (1938), Law Relating to Hire Purchase (1939), Ugly Angel (1940), Retribution (1941), Day of Reckoning (1943), World Turns Left (1943), Conscience Makes Heroes (1945), Lunatics and Lawyers (1951), Law for Writers and Journalists (1958), According to the Evidence (1958), The Legal Mind (1954), The Jewish Mind (1961), Brains in Bridge (1962), Police Questioning: The Judges' Rules (1964), Let's Look at Israel (1966), Trade Unions and the Law (1968), and Morality and the Law...
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