Could it be? It was.
Gerald Abrahams was one of the better English chess players in the 1930s and 1940s, and you could still buy his books when I got keen on the game in the seventies. He was always an amateur, having a distinguished career in the law as a day job.
Two of his saying on chess (which may have wider application) are worth repeating:
- "Good positions don’t win games, good moves 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."