Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Chess Quote - Gerald Abrahams on Tacticians and Strategians

There are 2 slightly different versions of this quote by Gerald Abrahams:
  • "Whereas the tactician knows what to do when there is something to do, it requires the strategian to know what to do when there is nothing to do"
  • "The tactician knows what to do when there is something to do; whereas the strategian knows what to do when there is nothing to do."
Gerald Abrahams (1907-1980):
Very strong amateur chess player and author of several books including The Chess Mind (1951) and Technique in Chess (1961).

"... Gerald Abrahams, the British philosopher, political theorist and barrister, who was one of the most brilliant men ever to play and write about chess. In the second (1960) edition of his remarkable treatise The Chess Mind, Abrahams rejected Freudian as well as Marxist 'determinism' in chess."
- Daniel Johnson (WHITE KING AND RED QUEEN, 2007)

Abrahams was also a strong blindfold player with this link showing a fine example of his attacking style.

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