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Andrew Rowland Benedick Thomas vs Akiba Rubinstein
BCF-ch 17th Major Open (1924), Southport ENG, rd 3, Aug-13
Queen's Gambit Declined: Cambridge Springs Variation (D52)  ·  0-1

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Mar-30-15
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  MissScarlett: Pretty certain this was Sir George Thomas, even though he was playing in the concurrent British championship. A couple of Rubinstein's games from Southport are marked as <40-player Speed Tournament>, which I expect was a frivolity played after the main events.
Mar-30-15
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  Pawn and Two: <MissScarlett> This game is given in Donaldson's & Minev's book, "Akiba Rubinstein: The Later Years". A. R. B. Thomas is shown as White in this game, and he did play in the Southport tournament, held on August 11-23, 1924. The above game is shown as being played in round 3.

According to the book, "Akiba Rubinstein: The Later Years", A. R. B. Thomas also supplied an annotation for this game, giving as a possible continuation for this game: 28.Qd3 Bxc2 29.Qd4+ e5 30.Nxe5 Qe1+. Here the note indicates that White is winning, although Thomas must have meant that Black is winning, as 31.Kh2 Bxb1, is clearly winning for Black.

Donaldson & Minev state this tournament was a clinic given by Rubinstein to the minor British masters, while the best British players, as you have noted, were playing in the concurrent British Championship.

Mar-31-15
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  Pawn and Two: After the possible game continuation line given by A.R.B. Thomas, 28.Qd3 Bxc2 29.Qd4+ e5 30.Nxe5 Qe1+, White would then be forced to play 31.Kh2.

In the above line, my Houdini program indicates the best continuations are: (-6.45) (26 ply) 31...Bxb1 32.Nc3 Bc5 33.Qf4 Bf5 34.g4 Be6 35.Nd3 Qd2 36.Nxc5 Rxc5; (-5.57) (26 ply) 31...Qd1 32.Qxd1 Bxd1 33.f4 Bxc2 34.Bxc2 Rxc2 35.Nf3 Rxb2; (-4.71) (26 ply) 31...Re8 32.Ne7 Bxb1 33.Qxd6 Qxf2 34.Nf3 Qxe3 35.Nd5 Qe6 36.Qxe6 Rxe6.

The 31...Bxb1 line is complicated, so perhaps the 31...Qd1 continuation is the best choice for most players.

Mar-31-15
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  MissScarlett: Thanks. I had looked at a couple of the daily reports in <The Times> but missed that there were two Thomases. I also have the Donaldson & Minev books, but they too were under the bed. They refer to the speed tournament as <lightening> [sic] which they take to be blitz. Didn't lightning chess at that time mean 10-second a move?

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