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George Alan Thomas
G A Thomas 
Number of games in database: 614
Years covered: 1896 to 1949

Overall record: +190 -226 =196 (47.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 2 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (98) 
    C77 C86 C83 C73 C78
 Sicilian (32) 
    B57 B29 B40 B32 B74
 French Defense (30) 
    C14 C11 C01 C12 C17
 Caro-Kann (26) 
    B13 B18 B10 B15 B12
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (22) 
    C86 C84 C98 C91 C92
 King's Indian Attack (19) 
With the Black pieces:
 Orthodox Defense (52) 
    D50 D52 D51 D63 D55
 Ruy Lopez (40) 
    C71 C72 C84 C76 C77
 Queen's Pawn Game (21) 
    A46 D05 A45 D02 E00
 King's Indian (16) 
    E76 E77 E60 E72 E62
 Semi-Slav (15) 
    D46 D43 D47 D45 D48
 English (14) 
    A15 A13 A14 A18 A16
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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
   F Alexander vs G A Thomas, 1919 0-1
   G A Thomas vs Reti, 1925 1-0
   Capablanca vs G A Thomas, 1934 0-1
   G A Thomas vs W Gibson, 1924 1-0
   G A Thomas vs Yates, 1927 1-0
   G A Thomas vs Flohr, 1939 1-0
   G A Thomas vs Alekhine, 1933 1/2-1/2
   G Abrahams vs G A Thomas, 1946 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Weston (1924)
   Hastings 1934/35 (1934)
   Scarborough (1929)
   Hastings (1919)
   Budapest (1929)
   Hastings 1929/30 (1929)
   Margate (1939)
   London B (1946)
   Liege (1930)
   Hastings 1945/46 (1945)
   Hastings 1926/27 (1926)
   London (1927)
   Marienbad (1925)
   Karlsbad (1923)
   Baden-Baden (1925)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Budapest 1929 by Tabanus
   Liege 1930 by suenteus po 147
   Nice 1930 by Pawn and Two
   London B 1946 by Tabanus

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

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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, winning the London chess championship in 1946, at age 65, before retiring from competitive chess four years later. In 1950, he was awarded the International Master title by 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 last 16 at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships.

Wikipedia article: Sir George Thomas, 7th Baronet

Last updated: 2017-12-28 13:33:47

 page 1 of 25; games 1-25 of 614  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Lasker vs G A Thomas 0-1291896Simul, 28bC52 Evans Gambit
2. G A Thomas vs Loman  1-02819035th Kent CCA TournamentC78 Ruy Lopez
3. H Rosenfeld vs G A Thomas 0-161191012th Anglo-American Cable MatchD02 Queen's Pawn Game
4. G A Thomas vs G Wainwright  0-1261911City of London CC chC60 Ruy Lopez
5. B M Neill vs G A Thomas 0-162191113th Anglo-American Cable MatchC78 Ruy Lopez
6. J Schumer vs G A Thomas 0-1351912LondonB01 Scandinavian
7. G A Thomas vs Ed. Lasker  1-0331912LondonA43 Old Benoni
8. G A Thomas vs A van Foreest  ½-½461912ENG-NED mC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
9. A van Foreest vs G A Thomas  ½-½471912ENG-NED mC50 Giuoco Piano
10. Ed. Lasker vs G A Thomas 1-0181912Casual gameA40 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Jacques Davidson vs G A Thomas  1-0311912Metropolitan Club-chC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
12. J A Watt vs G A Thomas  1-0351913Kent-Sussex Congress 1st Class BA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
13. G A Thomas vs H Saunders  0-1321919Murton CupC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
14. F Alexander vs G A Thomas 0-1441919London-ch corrD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. G A Thomas vs R P Michell ½-½31919HastingsC60 Ruy Lopez
16. G A Thomas vs V L Wahltuch  ½-½611919HastingsC77 Ruy Lopez
17. Yates vs G A Thomas  ½-½681919HastingsC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
18. G A Thomas vs M Marchand  1-0681919HastingsB32 Sicilian
19. Capablanca vs G A Thomas 1-0291919HastingsC66 Ruy Lopez
20. G A Thomas vs H G Cole  1-0721919HastingsC42 Petrov Defense
21. G A Thomas vs W Winter 1-0471919HastingsB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
22. R Scott vs G A Thomas 0-1561919HastingsD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. G A Thomas vs B Kostic  ½-½401919HastingsC42 Petrov Defense
24. Olland vs G A Thomas  ½-½381919HastingsC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
25. G A Thomas vs J Macalister 1-0361920BromleyB01 Scandinavian
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  GrahamClayton: Tartakower and Du Mont's "500 Master Games of Chess" was dedicated to Thomas, was was called "A Great Figure in British Chess".
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  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:
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.
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  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.

Aug-09-11  Antiochus: 626 games of sir George Thomas are here:

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.
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  wordfunph: <Thomas had won 21 British badminton titles between 1903 and 1928>

and authored The Art of Badminton..

Dec-10-13  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  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'

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  Fusilli: Chess, badminton, and tennis? What an impressive man!
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  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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  MissScarlett: <Herr Lasker's simultaneous performance at the Criterion last night proved a great attraction. Twenty-eight took boards against the master, and play proceeded somewhat deliberately until 11 30 p.m. Some unfinished games were then adjudicated, and the final result was that Lasker won 20, drew 6, and lost 2. One of the wins was a creditable one by a lad of 14, a son of Sir George Thomas. Lady Thomas and several other members of the Ladies' Club took part.> The Times, April 18, 1896, p.9

<The Thomas Baronetcy, of Yapton in the County of Sussex, was created in the Baronetage of Great Britain on 6 September 1766 for George Thomas, Governor of the Leeward Islands from 1753 to 1766. The third Baronet sat as Member of Parliament for Arundel. The seventh Baronet was a prominent chess player. The title became extinct on his death in 1972.>

Thomas died on the same day of the famous sixth game of the Fischer-Spassky match. I hope he lived to see the ending!

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  Chessical: The simultaneous exhibition game in 1896 in which Lasker is defeated by a young Thomas:

"One of the games lost by Champion <Lasker> at the exhibition of simultaneous play which he gave in London recently. The winner, <George Alan Thomas>, a boy of fourteen, is a son of Lady Thomas, of Southsea, who is one of the prominent members of the Ladies Chess Club:

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. b4 Bxb4 5. c3 Ba5 6. d4 exd4 7. O-O d6 8.cxd4 Bg4 9. Qa4 Bxf3 10. gxf3 Qf6 11. Bb5 Nge7 12. d5 Qxa1 13. dxc6 b6 14. Qb3 Qf6 15. Na3 Qc3 16. Qd1 a6 17. Ba4 Ng6 18. Nc2 Ne5 19. Be3 Qd3 20. Nd4 Bc3 21. Nf5 Qxd1 22. Bxd1 O-O-O 23. Be2 Kb8 24. Bxa6 Nxf3+ 25. Kg2 Nd2 26. Bxd2 Bxd2 27. Ne7 Rhe8 28. Nd5 Rxe4 29. Rb1 Ba5 0-1

"Black's last move of B to R4 is well-timed, for Lasker threatened R takes P ch and then P-B7 ch and wins if Black takes the B"."

<Source: "Bendigo Advertiser" (Victoria, Australia), Saturday 3rd October 1896, page 4. Game also reporte by "The Australasian" (Melbourne, Australia), Saturday 13th June 1896, page 45.>

<12.d5?> seems over ambitious, <12.Qxa5> seems preferable.

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  MissScarlett: Nice find, mucker. Submitted?
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  Penguincw: < 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. >

Wow. This guy's done like, everything. Happy Birthday George Alan Thomas!

Doing some research on Wikipedia, he reached the quarterfinals of Wimbleton in 1911, and doubles semi-finals in the <same year>. For badminton, he founded the Thomas Cup (, which is the badminton equivalent to the Davis Cup of tennis.

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  Nightsurfer: Apart from his achievements with regard to modern international chess, <George Alan Thomas> has battled out an interesting match (against <H.Jacobs>) that tried out to check out the way of playing <Classic Arab SHATRANJ> that was played with "Elephants" instead of Bishops and "Viziers" instead of Queens until the chess revolution at the end of the 15th century that has introduced Bishops and Queens (plus castling and some other tricks) to the game. The competition took place in the <City of London Chess Club> in 1914.

<The Times> has published the 2nd game of that very match in its edition of March 5th, 1914; the corresponding game can be viewed on the page as follows: (<George Alan Thomas>'s game of <SHATRANJ> is the no. 5 of those games that can be viewed there).

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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Sir George!!
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  MissScarlett: < in 1922 he made it to the top 16 at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships.>

Per Wikipedia, he made it to the last eight/fifth round/quarter-finals in 1911, albeit 1922 was the first year when the challenge round (where the previous year's champion played the winner of the all-comers' event) was scrapped.

Here's the (London) Daily News of July 5th 1911, p.8:

<Yesterday’s programme at Wimbledon proceeded on prosaic lines. There was a dull beginning with the Dixon and Thomas match in the fifth round, which ran a monotonous course until Dixon won in the fourth set. His supposed vast superiority was never in evidence, and why he mainly contented himself with tame returns from long range and let Thomas have a field day with his one aggressive stroke—a forehand drive—it is difficult to understand. Maybe he felt the heat, and maybe he was reserving his energies for his semi-final with Max Decugis. He nearly let Thomas in for a lead of two sets to one, and it was well for him that he stayed the course against so persistent a player. Thomas is much more of a plodder than a stylist.>

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  MissScarlett: C.N. 10680 has more on the circumstances of Thomas's birth in Istanbul. You have to admire the way that educated elites in the West effectively disregarded the fall of Constantinople for almost five centuries.
Jul-18-18  The Kings Domain: A renaissance man for sure. Could have gone further in Chess had he focused on it solely.
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  Sally Simpson: ***
Good recent article here. about Sir George playing in Hastings (1934/35)


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