Daniël Noteboom

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Noteboom Variation
a b c d e f g h
a8 black rook
b8 black knight
d8 black queen
e8 black king
g8 black knight
h8 black rook
b7 black bishop
f7 black pawn
g7 black pawn
h7 black pawn
e6 black pawn
a5 black pawn
b5 black pawn
c4 black pawn
d4 white pawn
b3 white pawn
c3 white bishop
e3 white pawn
f3 white knight
f2 white pawn
g2 white pawn
h2 white pawn
a1 white rook
d1 white queen
e1 white king
f1 white bishop
h1 white rook
7 7
6 6
5 5
4 4
3 3
2 2
1 1
a b c d e f g h
Position after 10... Bb7
Moves 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c6 4.Nf3 dxc4 5.a4 Bb4 6.e3 b5 7.Bd2 a5 8.axb5 Bxc3 9.Bxc3 cxb5 10.b3 Bb7
Named after Daniël Noteboom
Parent QGD Semi-Slav
Synonym(s) Abrahams Defence
Abrahams–Noteboom Variation

Daniël Noteboom (26 February 1910 – 12 January 1932) was a Dutch chess player.

Born in Noordwijk,[1] Daniël Noteboom gained notice at the 1930 Chess Olympiad at Hamburg, scoring 11½/15, including a win against Salo Flohr.[2] After playing at Hastings 1931/2, he soon died of pneumonia in London[1] at age 21, ending a brief but promising chess career.[3]


Daniël Noteboom was born in Noordwijk. He learned to play chess at the age of 12, and at 14 won a local tournament in Noordwijk. At the age of 15 he was admitted to the Leiden Chess Society, following a special dispensation from the secretary of the club — at the time chess clubs were generally reserved for adult men with social standing. In the next few years he won the championship of the club three times.[4]

Noteboom Variation[edit]

A chess opening variation of the Semi-Slav Defence to the Queen's Gambit is often called the Noteboom Variation: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c6 4.Nf3 dxc4 5.a4 Bb4 6.e3 b5 7.Bd2 a5 8.axb5 Bxc3 9.Bxc3 cxb5 10.b3 Bb7. It is also known as the Abrahams Defence after the late English master Gerald Abrahams.[3][5][6]


  1. ^ a b Gaige, Jeremy (1987), Chess Personalia, A Biobibliography, McFarland, p. 306, ISBN 0-7864-2353-6 
  2. ^ 3rd Chess Olympiad: Hamburg 1930 - Netherlands, Olimpbase.org
  3. ^ a b Golombek, Harry, ed. (1977), Golombek's Encyclopedia of Chess, Crown Publishing, pp. 7, 217, ISBN 0-517-53146-1 
  4. ^ Daniël Noteboom 1910-1932, Leiden chess club (in Dutch)
  5. ^ Hooper, David; Whyld, Kenneth (1992), The Oxford Companion to Chess (2 ed.), Oxford University Press, p. 1, ISBN 0-19-280049-3 
  6. ^ Tim Harding, 1996

Further reading[edit]

Daniël Noteboom's grave in Noordwijk

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