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Andrew Rowland Benedick Thomas
Number of games in database: 119
Years covered: 1920 to 1968

Overall record: +34 -48 =37 (44.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (13) 
    B22 B29 B74 B20 B23
 French Defense (7) 
    C18 C12 C01 C19 C15
 Queen's Pawn Game (5) 
    A45 D01 A46
 French Winawer (4) 
    C18 C15 C19
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (10) 
    C78 C89 C69 C81 C86
 Queen's Pawn Game (6) 
    D02 D05 E10
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (4) 
    C99 C89 C86 C85
 King's Indian Attack (4) 
    A07 A08
 Petrov (4) 
 Orthodox Defense (4) 
    D68 D57 D55
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A R B Thomas vs G Wood, 1946 1-0
   A R B Thomas vs J H Donner, 1952 1-0
   A R B Thomas vs Unzicker, 1951 1/2-1/2
   A R B Thomas vs P N Wallis, 1959 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Paignton (1956)
   Hastings 1951/52 (1951)
   Bournemouth (1939)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1950/51 by suenteus po 147

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(born Oct-11-1904, died May-16-1985, 80 years old) United Kingdom

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Son of William Rowland Thomas.

Last updated: 2017-07-23 06:06:09

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 119  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Alfred Dudley Barlow vs A R B Thomas  0-1271920BCF-ch 13th Second ClassD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. A R B Thomas vs Rubinstein 0-1271924BCF Major OpenD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. F van Seters vs A R B Thomas  1-0391935Margate Reserve BD05 Queen's Pawn Game
4. A R B Thomas vs Flohr  0-1231937Hastings 1937/38D18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
5. A R B Thomas vs Keres 0-1341937Hastings 1937/38E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
6. G A Thomas vs A R B Thomas  1-0191937Hastings 1937/38C42 Petrov Defense
7. V Mikenas vs A R B Thomas  1-0421937Hastings 1937/38C07 French, Tarrasch
8. A R B Thomas vs C H Alexander  0-1291938Hastings 1937/38A46 Queen's Pawn Game
9. A R B Thomas vs W Fairhurst  ½-½331938Hastings 1937/38A15 English
10. Reshevsky vs A R B Thomas 1-0531938Hastings 1937/38E01 Catalan, Closed
11. Fine vs A R B Thomas 1-0201938Hastings 1937/38A20 English
12. Tylor vs A R B Thomas  ½-½181938Hastings 1937/38C42 Petrov Defense
13. P N Wallis vs A R B Thomas  1-0341939BournemouthE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
14. A R B Thomas vs S Landau  1-0311939BournemouthD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. A G Conde vs A R B Thomas  1-0571939BournemouthE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
16. A R B Thomas vs Euwe  0-1331939BournemouthB58 Sicilian
17. A R B Thomas vs E Klein ½-½481939BournemouthC41 Philidor Defense
18. J Mieses vs A R B Thomas  1-0251939BournemouthA07 King's Indian Attack
19. A R B Thomas vs Flohr  0-1511939BournemouthB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
20. I Koenig vs A R B Thomas  1-0241939BournemouthB23 Sicilian, Closed
21. A R B Thomas vs Aitken 1-0641939BournemouthE01 Catalan, Closed
22. F Kitto vs A R B Thomas  0-1421939BournemouthD57 Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense
23. A R B Thomas vs G Abrahams  1-0321939BournemouthA34 English, Symmetrical
24. Ritson-Morry vs A R B Thomas 1-0271939Hastings 1939/40D55 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. A R B Thomas vs Golombek  ½-½351940Hastings 1939/40B74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-14-04  weary willy: "ARB Thomas

Andrew Thomas for many years taught mathematics at Blundell's School and after retiring continued to live in Tiverton until his death at the age of eighty in 1985. Beneath a calm and humorous exterior lay a fierce determination and a deep love of chess. Indeed in 1973 he published a book called just that Chess for the love of it . It contains some of his best games, including wins against Penrose, Najdorf, and Unzicker, and a draw against Euwe.

He hated routine play and was always ready with way-out moves in the opening. 'The English Tartakower' sums him up as well as anything. He belonged to Tiverton and Exeter chess clubs and only played for Exeter in the National Club Championship on board two after Kitto. They made a formidable spearhead to the team." From Exeter Univ CC site

Nov-08-04  iron maiden: From looking at his name on the main page, did anyone else think for a second that they were having two Players of the Day? Lol.
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  offramp: I thought it was a list of people who had signed the Declaration od Independence.
Nov-08-04  aw1988: Oh, I can imagine him as a friend.

"May I introduce you to Andrew Rowland Benedick Thomas?"

"My name isn't Benedick Thomas you idiot."

Nov-08-04  DanielBryant: <offramp>

That too.

Nov-08-04  who: <weary willy> can you submit some of those games (Najdorf, Penrose, Unzicker) please.
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  Benzol: In a letter to Chess regarding this game
Fischer vs Reshevsky, 1961
A. R. B. Thomas wrote "Why didn't White play 28.N-Q2. . . ? So far as I can see Black can then resign. Or am I missing something?".

Fischer's comment in his notes in MSMG was "Right, Mr Thomas!".

See MSMG Game 26 page 166.

Nov-09-04  weary willy: Ending vs Najdorf is covered here:

I'm interested in the discussion about Thomas's first names ... he was just known as ARB or Andrew Thomas ... is it very unusual for an American to have three "first" names?!

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  offramp: <weary willy: I'm interested in the discussion about Thomas's first names ... he was just known as ARB or Andrew Thomas ... is it very unusual for an American to have three "first" names?!> A R B Thomas was British, not American - if you look at his games you'll see that most of them were played in England. He should have taken up cricket as the 3 initials are a sure sign of success.
Aug-18-05  superbuk: For those who are really interested (?), he had three first names because his mother decided to throw the Benedick into the mix at the last minute on the way to his christening because she didn't want her son to have the initials ART. Don't ask me why. (And to the earlier entry, he was a Liverpudlian, not an American, although his wife is American).
Sep-01-05  weary willy: <A R B Thomas was British, not American> Yes, I know - see initial entry. I was responding to the comments from Americans, such as Iron Maiden, who seemed to find the concept of 3 forenames a bit difficult to grasp
Dec-11-07  Cibator: <Benzol:> Yes, but right WHAT? That Nd2 would have virtually forced Black's resignation, or that Mr Thomas had indeed overlooked something? The former looks far likelier, but it would be nice to have the ambiguity fully cleared up.
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  Benzol: <Cibator> I'm not sure even now whether Fischer was bluffing or not. See my post of November 8th 2004 on this game Fischer vs Reshevsky, 1961
Dec-11-07  Cibator: Thanks, Benzol. Fischer seems to have confused many people with that gnomic comment of his (wonder why it wasn't picked up by his editor?), but consensus does appear to be that Nd2 wins outright.
Apr-14-08  Tomlinsky: "Chess Techniques" by A.R.B Thomas was the book that truly set me on the road to ruin with this beautiful game many moons ago. A very comfortable entry point before hitting "Modern Chess Strategy" by Pachman alongside Nimzo's 'System' (which is worth digging into even if only to find out where you disagree imo) and haven't managed to quit smoking to this day.
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  whiteshark: An extensive life story you can find here: :
Jan-09-10  Cibator: <weary willy>:
Having three forenames is not unknown in the USA. Two that spring to mind are ex-President George Herbert Walker Bush, and Watergate conspirator George Gordon Battle Liddy.
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  GrahamClayton: Thomas competed in 21 British championship tournaments, from his debut at Edinburgh in 1926 up to his final tournament, as Brighton in 1972.
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