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Thomas Francis Lawrence
Number of games in database: 41
Years covered: 1896 to 1911
Overall record: +10 -17 =14 (41.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Mar-02-1871, died Jan-25-1953, 81 years old) United Kingdom

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A strong amateur who occasionally could hold his own against the strongest masters. E.g., in 1896 he drew with Dr. Emanuel Lasker in a team event.

He was champion of the City of London Chess Club in 1896, 1897, 1898, 1900, 1901 and 1903.

Ten times he participated for England in the Anglo-American cable matches, and scored -4, =6. Among the draws were two played on board no. 1 against Harry Nelson Pillsbury in 1902 and 1903.

He seldom played tournaments with masters, but achieved a 5.5/15 at Cambridge Springs (1904), where he won his games against Pillsbury, Napier and Mieses.

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 41  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. T F Lawrence vs E O Jones  1-0311896City of London ChC05 French, Tarrasch
2. T F Lawrence vs Lasker ½-½431896City of London CC - Divan Association mC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
3. E M Jackson vs T F Lawrence 1-0291897LondonC33 King's Gambit Accepted
4. J F Barry vs T F Lawrence  1-03418972nd Anglo-American Cable MatchD00 Queen's Pawn Game
5. T F Lawrence vs E O Jones  1-0221899London CCC13 French
6. T F Lawrence vs J F Barry  0-15018994th Anglo-American Cable MatchC67 Ruy Lopez
7. T F Lawrence vs H Voigt  0-14219005th Anglo-American Cable MatchB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
8. T F Lawrence vs L Van Vliet  ½-½431900LondonB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
9. J Mason vs T F Lawrence  1-0811900LondonC77 Ruy Lopez
10. T F Lawrence vs Gunsberg  0-1391900LondonC60 Ruy Lopez
11. W Ward vs T F Lawrence  1-0361900LondonD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. T F Lawrence vs Blackburne  ½-½551900LondonB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
13. A Tietjen vs T F Lawrence  0-1431900LondonC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
14. T F Lawrence vs T Physick  1-0591900LondonC49 Four Knights
15. F J Lee vs T F Lawrence  0-1381900LondonA04 Reti Opening
16. T F Lawrence vs Loman  1-0371900LondonC49 Four Knights
17. E O Jones vs T F Lawrence  1-0341900LondonB23 Sicilian, Closed
18. T F Lawrence vs Teichmann  0-1361900LondonC49 Four Knights
19. S Passmore vs T F Lawrence  0-1301900LondonB40 Sicilian
20. Pillsbury vs T F Lawrence ½-½7719027th Anglo-American Cable MatchC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
21. T F Lawrence vs Pillsbury  ½-½3819038th Anglo-American Cable MatchA07 King's Indian Attack
22. T F Lawrence vs Janowski 0-1431904Cambridge SpringsC87 Ruy Lopez
23. E Delmar vs T F Lawrence  ½-½341904Cambridge SpringsD00 Queen's Pawn Game
24. T F Lawrence vs G Marco 0-1381904Cambridge SpringsC49 Four Knights
25. W Napier vs T F Lawrence 0-1341904Cambridge SpringsC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
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Mar-13-07  vonKrolock: Was (?!) this the player that played in the Brooklin Chess Club Championship in 1907, a tournament won by a player named Curt "without losing a single Game" (Emanuel Lasker), and having played following Game: Lawrence - Curt, New York 1907 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Bg7 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Be3 d6 7.Qd2 Bd7 8.Be2 Nf6 9.f3 a6 10.h4 h5 11.0-0-0 Ne5 12.Kb1 Rc8 13.f4 Nc4 14.Bxc4 Rxc4 15.f5 Rxc3! 16.Qxc3 Nxe4 17.Qa3 gxf5 18.Rhf1 e6 19.Nf3 Bc6 20.Ng5 Qc7 21.Nxe4 Bxe4 22.Rf2 d5 23.Ka1 e5 24.Bc5 Rh6 25.Qa4+ b5 26.Qa3 Rg6 27.b4 f4 28.Re1 Bxg2 29.Rxf4 e4+ 30.Kb1 Qxf4 0-1 (refers to a post in Tim Lawrence page - the player "Curt" is not featured in this base...
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  Honza Cervenka: <the player "Curt" is not featured in this base...> The player can be Charles Curt
May-29-09  myschkin: . . .

Six-time City of London Chess Club champion. Many chess databases give Mr. Lawrence's first name as <Charles> but this is incorrect.

According to Hilburt's account, Lawrence had only been playing chess since about 1890 or 1891.

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  MissScarlett: <vonKrolock: Was (?!) this the player that played in the Brooklin Chess Club Championship in 1907...>

<Many chess databases give Mr. Lawrence's first name as <Charles> but this is incorrect.?>

This DB gives Mr. Lawrence's first name as <Thomas>, but this is incorrect:

T F Lawrence vs C Curt, 1907

Charles A Lawrence:

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  offramp: Slight difference of opinion here, Jeffrey:

<myschkin:...Many chess databases give Mr. Lawrence's first name as <Charles> but this is incorrect.>

<MissScarlett:...This DB gives Mr. Lawrence's first name as <Thomas>, but this is incorrect:

T F Lawrence vs C Curt, 1907...>

I am in an absolute quandary. I no longer know who to believe - or if I should believe anyone...

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  MissScarlett: The (London Evening) Standard, June 21st, 1895, p.7:

<An interesting display of blindfold chess took place at the Ludgate Cafe, under the auspices of the Chess Bohemians. Messrs. T. Lawrence and A. Curnock contested six games blindfold and simultaneously. Mr. Lawrence has, as far as we know, never given an exhibition of blindfold play in public, and the entertainment aroused some amount of interest, and proved highly interesting. [...] The games throughout were played in first-class style. Mr. Lawrence's play especially coming as a revelation to most. Some really elegant combinations were played by both. Play commenced about 6 o'clock and continued till eleven pm., by which time the score read - Mr. Lawrence two wins and four draws, this being a highly creditable result to Mr. Lawrence, for it is no easy task to defeat so able an opponent as Mr. Curnock.>

Oct-03-17  Jonathan Berry: My go-to reference is Gaige, Jeremy: Chess Personalia, A Biobibliography, 1987. There was a time when I would open it at least weekly. Now it has been years... Gaige settles the question: there were two players, one English, one American.<br> Charles A. Lawrence, born New York 1873, died 1908. Thomas Francis Lawrence, born London 1871, died 1953. Gaige refers to BCM (British Chess Magazine), 1953, pages 66-67, which would be a chess obituary of TFL. I'd like to see that.
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