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Simultaneous exhibitions

This section will document simultaneous play against local chess players by strong masters, including three World Champions.

José Raúl Capablanca

Three World Champions have given simultaneous displays in Belfast - Capablanca (1919), Alekhine (1938) and Smyslov (1969). Of these, only Alekhine was the World Champion at the actual time of his visit. Smyslov had lost his title to Botvinnik in 1958, while Capablanca had to wait until 1921 to defeat Lasker for the championship.

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Alexander Alekhine

Three World Chess Champions - Capablanca, Alekhine and Smyslov - have given simultaneous displays in Belfast. However, only one of them - Alekhine - was World Champion at the time of his visit.

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Gerald Abrahams

"ABRAHAMS, Gerald (b. 15 April 1907): British amateur who in the 1930s was playing master-chess. At that period he was the most attacking player in England." (from The Encyclopedia of Chess, edited by Harry Golombek, Batsford 1977)

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