|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. |
|Nov-08-04|| ||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>
|Nov-08-04|| ||who: <weary willy> can you submit some of those games (Najdorf, Penrose, Unzicker) please. |
|Nov-08-04|| ||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: http://members.aol.com/brigosling/p...|
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?!
|May-10-05|| ||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.|
|Dec-11-07|| ||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.|
|May-15-08|| ||whiteshark: An extensive life story you can find here: : http://www.chessdevon.co.uk/HTML/Pi...|
|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.
|May-01-16|| ||GrahamClayton: Thomas competed in 21 British championship tournaments, from his debut at Edinburgh in 1926 up to his final tournament, as Brighton in 1972.|