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|Sep-28-07|| ||Phony Benoni: Mention should be made of his performance at Hastings 1934/35. A look at the crosstable will show why:|
1 Euwe * 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 6.5
2 Thomas 0 * ½ 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 6.5
3 Flohr ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 6.5
4 Capablanca ½ 0 ½ * 0 ?1 1 1 1 1 5.5
5 Lilienthal ½ 0 ½ 1 * ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 5.0
6 Botvinnik 0 0 ½ ½ ½ * ½ 1 1 1 5.0
7 Michell 0 1 0 0 0 ½ * ½ 1 1 4.0
8 Menchik ½ 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ * ½ 1 3.0
9 Norman ½ 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ * 0 1,5
0 Milner Barry 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 1 * 1.5
Not only a tie for first with Euwe and Flohr, but wins over Capablanca, Lilienthal and Botvinnik. This might just be worth a GM norm by today's standards.
|Sep-28-07|| ||FHBradley: Like Frederick D Yates, Sir George played the King's Indian defence regularly in the 20s, when it did not have too many advocates. Is there some explanation why British players in particular should have used the KID (apart from the fact that in the 20s George V was the King and India was still under the British rule)?|
|Sep-28-07|| ||Resignation Trap: Thomas was a joint-winner with Friedrich Samisch at Spa 1926. Here they are in the foreground: http://users.skynet.be/jardinsdecai... . |
Another group photo from Spa 1926, this time seated across the board from Savielly Tartakower: http://rogerpaige.me.uk/historicalp... . Yes, the position on the board is 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f5!, which occurred in their actual game (result: 1-0, 30 moves ).
For those of you who <really> want to know more about Sir George, there is a book of his games available, with 552 pages: http://diggorypress.com/chess-games...
|Sep-28-07|| ||Calli: Sorry, no way I am clicking on a link to see a picture of Sir George and Savielly playing in a spa.|
|Oct-12-07|| ||Peligroso Patzer: I am glad that <Phony Benoni> has already (on Sep-28-07) made mention of Sir George's great result at Hastings 1934-35. It really should be mentioned in his biograpical summary near the top of this page.|
|Apr-14-08|| ||A.G. Argent: <bidmonfa> Where are you? Anything other than the above sketch of Sir George?|
|Apr-14-08|| ||Karpova: Pictures:
http://www.chessbase.de/Nachrichten... (standing behind Sultan Khan)
|Jun-14-08|| ||Nikita Smirnov: He lived a long life.It was rare that people lived as long as Sir George Alan Thomas did.91 years.|
|Jun-14-08|| ||Trigonometrist: <Nikita>
Yes..A truly gifted man and a good sport too,allowing Ed Lasker to complete his immortal brilliancy against him...
|Jul-22-10|| ||GrahamClayton: Tartakower and Du Mont's "500 Master Games of Chess" was dedicated to Thomas, was was called "A Great Figure in British Chess".|
|Jul-29-10|| ||GrahamClayton: Thomas won the championship of the Metropolitan Chess Club, the City of London Chess Club and the Hampstead Chess Club.|
|Aug-11-10|| ||Resignation Trap: Sir George tied for last at Podebrady, but here's a photo of him from that event: http://smzsnzz.wz.cz/fotky1/0118.JPG|
|Dec-16-10|| ||Wyatt Gwyon: I defy anyone to link to a chess master with a more badass mustache than that sported by Mr. Thomas.|
|Dec-16-10|| ||Phony Benoni: Here's a candidate: Wilhelm Cohn|
|Dec-16-10|| ||Wyatt Gwyon: Cohn can definitely compete. That's a real 'stache.|
|Jun-14-11|| ||BIDMONFA: George Alan Thomas|
THOMAS, George A.
|Aug-09-11|| ||Antiochus: 626 games of sir George Thomas are here:
|Dec-23-11|| ||AlphaMale: <Against Alekhine, you never knew what to expect; against Capablanca you knew what to expect, but you couldn't prevent it!>|
|Mar-02-12|| ||teddysalad: <Wilhelm Cohn> He never had to worry where to hang his coat and hat.|
|Jun-11-13|| ||wordfunph: <Thomas had won 21 British badminton titles between 1903 and 1928>|
and authored The Art of Badminton..
|Dec-10-13|| ||Karpova: Some info from page 224 of the September 1923 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung', where Thomas' win of the Championship title of England is reported.|
The tournament took place in Portsmouth and the defending Champion Yates came in 2nd.
Thomas won several tennis tournaments. He got his love for physical sports from his father. His chess talent, he inherited from his mother (she won the English Women's Championship 1895 in the Hastings Christmas tournament).
Thomas won the London Chess Championship 5 times and even more often that of the Metropolitan Chess Club.
|Dec-29-13|| ||Karpova: G. A. Thomas won the 1914/1915 City of London Chess Club Championship tournament 3 points ahead of his nearest rival. |
He is now regarded as the strongest chessplayer in London after T. F. Lawrence withdrew from the arena (<nachdem sich T. F. Lawrence aus der Arena zurückgezogen hat,>).
His performance in the City of London Chess Club Championship:
1911: 2nd place (1st Ward)
1912: 2nd place (1st Blake)
1913: 1st place (Jubilee tournament with 36 participants; 2nd Cole, 3rd Ward, 4th Ed Lasker, 5th Loman, 6th Davidson)
1914: 2nd place (1st Ed Lasker)
Source: Page 104 of the May-June 1915 'Wiener Schachzeitung'
|Sep-23-14|| ||Fusilli: Chess, badminton, and tennis? What an impressive man!|
|Sep-23-14|| ||WannaBe: Wow, never heard/knew this guy... Quite a life and live and resume. But can't FIDE do more than IM? |
I mean c'mon... Look at the names he played against.
|Apr-20-15|| ||MissScarlett: <Herr Lasker's simultaneous performance at the Criterion last night proved a great attraction. Twenty-eight took boards against the master, and play proceeded somewhat deliberately until 11 30 p.m. Some unfinished games were then adjudicated, and the final result was that Lasker won 20, drew 6, and lost 2. One of the wins was a creditable one by a lad of 14, a son of Sir George Thomas. Lady Thomas and several other members of the Ladies' Club took part.> The Times, April 18, 1896, p.9|
<The Thomas Baronetcy, of Yapton in the County of Sussex, was created in the Baronetage of Great Britain on 6 September 1766 for George Thomas, Governor of the Leeward Islands from 1753 to 1766. The third Baronet sat as Member of Parliament for Arundel. The seventh Baronet was a prominent chess player. The title became extinct on his death in 1972.>
Thomas died on the same day of the famous sixth game of the Fischer-Spassky match. I hope he lived to see the ending!
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