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G A Thomas 
 
George Alan Thomas
Number of games in database: 558
Years covered: 1910 to 1995
Overall record: +159 -216 =182 (44.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      1 exhibition game, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (85) 
    C77 C86 C73 C83 C79
 Sicilian (42) 
    B24 B29 B32 B40 B74
 French Defense (29) 
    C14 C11 C01 C12 C10
 Caro-Kann (24) 
    B13 B18 B10 B15 B12
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (23) 
    C86 C84 C98 C92 C91
 Orthodox Defense (16) 
    D63 D51 D60 D69 D64
With the Black pieces:
 Orthodox Defense (50) 
    D50 D52 D51 D55 D53
 Ruy Lopez (33) 
    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 Yates, 1927 1-0
   F Alexander vs G A Thomas, 1919 0-1
   G A Thomas vs Alekhine, 1936 1/2-1/2
   Capablanca vs G A Thomas, 1929 1/2-1/2
   G A Thomas vs M Monticelli, 1933 1-0
   G A Thomas vs A Thomas, 1937 1-0
   G A Thomas vs Reti, 1925 1-0
   Capablanca vs G A Thomas, 1934 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Weston (1924)
   Scarborough (1929)
   Hastings 1934/35 (1934)
   Hastings (1919)
   Hastings (1922)
   Margate (1939)
   Budapest (1929)
   Hastings 1933/34 (1933)
   London B (1946)
   Liege (1930)
   Margate (1937)
   Hastings 1945/46 (1945)
   London (1927)
   Karlsbad (1923)
   Baden-Baden (1925)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Budapest 1929 by Tabanus
   99_Scarborough 1930 by whiteshark
   London B 1946 by Tabanus
   Liege 1930 by suenteus po 147
   Margate 1935 by suenteus po 147

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

[what is this?]
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 compettive 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 558  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. H Rosenfeld vs G A Thomas 0-161 1910 12th Anglo-American Cable MatchD02 Queen's Pawn Game
2. B M Neill vs G A Thomas 0-162 1911 13th Anglo-American Cable MatchC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
3. Ed. Lasker vs G A Thomas 1-018 1912 London, EnglandA40 Queen's Pawn Game
4. A van Foreest vs G A Thomas  ½-½47 1912 ENG-NEDC50 Giuoco Piano
5. J Davidson vs G A Thomas  1-031 1912 Metropolitan Club-chC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
6. J Schumer vs G A Thomas 0-135 1912 LondonB01 Scandinavian
7. G A Thomas vs A van Foreest  ½-½46 1912 ENG-NEDC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
8. R Scott vs G A Thomas 0-156 1919 HastingsD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. Yates vs G A Thomas  ½-½68 1919 HastingsC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
10. G A Thomas vs H Saunders  0-132 1919 Murton CupC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
11. G A Thomas vs W Winter 1-047 1919 HastingsB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
12. G A Thomas vs V L Wahltuch  ½-½61 1919 HastingsC77 Ruy Lopez
13. Olland vs G A Thomas  ½-½38 1919 HastingsC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
14. G A Thomas vs H G Cole  1-072 1919 HastingsC42 Petrov Defense
15. F Alexander vs G A Thomas 0-144 1919 London-ch corrD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. G A Thomas vs B Kostic  ½-½40 1919 HastingsC42 Petrov Defense
17. Capablanca vs G A Thomas 1-029 1919 HastingsC66 Ruy Lopez
18. G A Thomas vs R P Michell ½-½3 1919 HastingsC60 Ruy Lopez
19. G A Thomas vs M Marchand  1-068 1919 HastingsB32 Sicilian
20. G A Thomas vs J Macalister  1-036 1920 BromleyB01 Scandinavian
21. G A Thomas vs M Sollas  1-023 1920 BromleyB12 Caro-Kann Defense
22. L Dewing vs G A Thomas  0-129 1920 BromleyC71 Ruy Lopez
23. M Marchand vs G A Thomas  ½-½29 1920 BromleyD67 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
24. G A Thomas vs R Gaudin  1-030 1920 BromleyC67 Ruy Lopez
25. G A Thomas vs R Scott  1-054 1920 BromleyB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
 page 1 of 23; games 1-25 of 558  PGN Download
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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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  Karpova: Pictures:
http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/... 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...

Another photo..

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikiped...

Jul-22-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
http://www.bidmonfa.com/thomas_geor...
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Aug-09-11  Antiochus: 626 games of sir George Thomas are here:

http://www.phileo.demon.co.uk/uk_br...

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
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: <Thomas had won 21 British badminton titles between 1903 and 1928>

and authored The Art of Badminton..

http://www.amazon.com/art-badminton...

Dec-10-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  Fusilli: Chess, badminton, and tennis? What an impressive man!
Sep-23-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  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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