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G A Thomas 
George Alan Thomas
Number of games in database: 560
Years covered: 1896 to 1949
Overall record: +160 -217 =181 (44.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      2 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (86) 
    C77 C86 C73 C83 C79
 Sicilian (42) 
    B24 B29 B32 B40 B74
 French Defense (28) 
    C14 C11 C12 C01 C10
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (23) 
    C86 C84 C98 C91 C92
 Caro-Kann (23) 
    B13 B18 B10 B15 B19
 Orthodox Defense (16) 
    D63 D51 D60 D69 D64
With the Black pieces:
 Orthodox Defense (50) 
    D50 D52 D51 D55 D53
 Ruy Lopez (32) 
    C71 C72 C76 C91 C77
 Queen's Pawn Game (18) 
    A46 D05 A45 E10 E00
 Semi-Slav (15) 
    D46 D47 D43 D45 D48
 King's Indian (15) 
    E76 E77 E60 E72 E62
 Queen's Gambit Declined (14) 
    D30 D37 D35
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   G A Thomas vs E Sapira, 1932 1-0
   Bogoljubov vs G A Thomas, 1922 1/2-1/2
   G A Thomas vs W Gibson, 1924 1-0
   G A Thomas vs Yates, 1927 1-0
   G A Thomas vs Alekhine, 1936 1/2-1/2
   Capablanca vs G A Thomas, 1929 1/2-1/2
   F Alexander vs G A Thomas, 1919 0-1
   Capablanca vs G A Thomas, 1934 0-1
   G A Thomas vs Alekhine, 1933 1/2-1/2
   G A Thomas vs Spielmann, 1923 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Weston (1924)
   Hastings 1934/35 (1934)
   Scarborough (1929)
   Hastings (1919)
   Margate (1939)
   London B (1946)
   Hastings 1929/30 (1929)
   Budapest (1929)
   Liege (1930)
   Margate (1937)
   Hastings 1945/46 (1945)
   Hastings 1926/27 (1926)
   London (1927)
   Karlsbad (1923)
   Baden-Baden (1925)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Budapest 1929 by Tabanus
   Liege 1930 by suenteus po 147
   London B 1946 by Tabanus
   99_Scarborough 1930 by whiteshark
   Margate 1939 by suenteus po 147

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(born Jun-14-1881, died Jul-23-1972, 91 years old) United Kingdom

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Sir George Alan Thomas was born on June 14, 1881 near Istanbul, Turkey. He learned chess from his mother, Lady Edith Thomas, who won one of the first women's tournaments held in Hastings in 1895.

In 1896, George Thomas defeated Emanuel Lasker at a simultaneous exhibition in England. He was the City of London Chess Club chess champion in 1911, and played in his first British chess championship in 1920, taking 2nd place.

WIthout a doubt his greatest achievement was his tie for first place at Hastings (1934/35) with Max Euwe and Salomon Flohr, finshing ahead of and defeating both Jose Raul Capablanca and Mikhail Botvinnik. He continued to play at a high level in later years, wining the London chess championship in 1946 at age 65 before retiring from competitive chess four years later. In 1950 he was awarded the International Master title from FIDE.

His achievements were not restricted to chess. Thomas won 21 British badminton titles between 1903 and 1928, and in 1922 he made it to the top 16 at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships.

Wikipedia article: Sir George Thomas, 7th Baronet

 page 1 of 23; games 1-25 of 560  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Lasker vs G A Thomas  0-129 1896 Simultaneous London CriterionC52 Evans Gambit
2. H Rosenfeld vs G A Thomas 0-161 1910 12th Anglo-American Cable MatchD02 Queen's Pawn Game
3. B M Neill vs G A Thomas 0-162 1911 13th Anglo-American Cable MatchC78 Ruy Lopez
4. J Davidson vs G A Thomas  1-031 1912 Metropolitan Club-chC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
5. J Schumer vs G A Thomas 0-135 1912 LondonB01 Scandinavian
6. G A Thomas vs A van Foreest  ½-½46 1912 ENG-NEDC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
7. Ed. Lasker vs G A Thomas 1-018 1912 London, EnglandA40 Queen's Pawn Game
8. A van Foreest vs G A Thomas  ½-½47 1912 ENG-NEDC50 Giuoco Piano
9. J A Watt vs G A Thomas  1-035 1913 Kent-Sussex Congress 1st Class BA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
10. G A Thomas vs R P Michell ½-½3 1919 HastingsC60 Ruy Lopez
11. G A Thomas vs M Marchand  1-068 1919 HastingsB32 Sicilian
12. R Scott vs G A Thomas 0-156 1919 HastingsD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. Yates vs G A Thomas  ½-½68 1919 HastingsC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
14. G A Thomas vs H Saunders  0-132 1919 Murton CupC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
15. G A Thomas vs W Winter 1-047 1919 HastingsB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
16. G A Thomas vs V L Wahltuch  ½-½61 1919 HastingsC77 Ruy Lopez
17. Olland vs G A Thomas  ½-½38 1919 HastingsC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
18. G A Thomas vs H G Cole  1-072 1919 HastingsC42 Petrov Defense
19. F Alexander vs G A Thomas 0-144 1919 London-ch corrD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. G A Thomas vs B Kostic  ½-½40 1919 HastingsC42 Petrov Defense
21. Capablanca vs G A Thomas 1-029 1919 HastingsC66 Ruy Lopez
22. G A Thomas vs R Scott  1-054 1920 BromleyB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
23. G A Thomas vs J Macalister 1-036 1920 BromleyB01 Scandinavian
24. G A Thomas vs M Sollas  1-023 1920 BromleyB12 Caro-Kann Defense
25. L Dewing vs G A Thomas  0-129 1920 BromleyC71 Ruy Lopez
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  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: (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...

Another photo..

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  GrahamClayton: Tartakower and Du Mont's "500 Master Games of Chess" was dedicated to Thomas, was was called "A Great Figure in British Chess".
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  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:
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.
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  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.
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  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'

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  Fusilli: Chess, badminton, and tennis? What an impressive man!
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  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.

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  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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  Chessical: The simultaneous exhibition game in 1896 in which Lasker is defeated by a young Thomas:

"One of the games lost by Champion <Lasker> at the exhibition of simultaneous play which he gave in London recently. The winner, <George Alan Thomas>, a boy of fourteen, is a son of Lady Thomas, of Southsea, who is one of the prominent members of the Ladies Chess Club:

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. b4 Bxb4 5. c3 Ba5 6. d4 exd4 7. O-O d6 8.cxd4 Bg4 9. Qa4 Bxf3 10. gxf3 Qf6 11. Bb5 Nge7 12. d5 Qxa1 13. dxc6 b6 14. Qb3 Qf6 15. Na3 Qc3 16. Qd1 a6 17. Ba4 Ng6 18. Nc2 Ne5 19. Be3 Qd3 20. Nd4 Bc3 21. Nf5 Qxd1 22. Bxd1 O-O-O 23. Be2 Kb8 24. Bxa6 Nxf3+ 25. Kg2 Nd2 26. Bxd2 Bxd2 27. Ne7 Rhe8 28. Nd5 Rxe4 29. Rb1 Ba5 0-1

"Black's last move of B to R4 is well-timed, for Lasker threatened R takes P ch and then P-B7 ch and wins if Black takes the B"."

<Source: "Bendigo Advertiser" (Victoria, Australia), Saturday 3rd October 1896, page 4. Game also reporte by "The Australasian" (Melbourne, Australia), Saturday 13th June 1896, page 45.>

<12.d5?> seems over ambitious, <12.Qxa5> seems preferable.

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  MissScarlett: Nice find, mucker. Submitted?
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  Penguincw: < His achievements were not restricted to chess. Thomas won 21 British badminton titles between 1903 and 1928, and in 1922 he made it to the top 16 at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. >

Wow. This guy's done like, everything. Happy Birthday George Alan Thomas!

Doing some research on Wikipedia, he reached the quarterfinals of Wimbleton in 1911, and doubles semi-finals in the <same year>. For badminton, he founded the Thomas Cup (, which is the badminton equivalent to the Davis Cup of tennis.

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  Nightsurfer: Apart from his achievements with regard to modern international chess, <George Alan Thomas> has battled out an interesting match (against <H.Jacobs>) that tried out to check out the way of playing <Classic Arab SHATRANJ> that was played with "Elephants" instead of Bishops and "Viziers" instead of Queens until the chess revolution at the end of the 15th century that has introduced Bishops and Queens (plus castling and some other tricks) to the game. The competition took place in the <City of London Chess Club> in 1914.

<The Times> has published the 2nd game of that very match in its edition of March 5th, 1914; the corresponding game can be viewed on the page as follows: (<George Alan Thomas>'s game of <SHATRANJ> is the no. 5 of those games that can be viewed there).

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