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|May-13-05|| ||WTHarvey: Here are some diagrams of critical positions in George's games: http://www.wtharvey.com/thom.html|
|May-13-05|| ||xenophon: I think badminton's equivalent of the Davies' cup is named after him|
|Aug-11-05|| ||chancho: He made it to round of 16 at Wimbledon. That is quite a feat.|
|Aug-11-05|| ||jcmoral: Talk about a renaissance man! Anyone with similar achievements nowadays?|
|Dec-23-06|| ||hellstrafer: Anyone knows why he was born in Turkey (or back then, Ottoman Empire)? His parents were working there?|
|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..
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