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Thomas Lawrence
Number of games in database: 53
Years covered: 1895 to 1912
Overall record: +16 -22 =15 (44.3%)*
   * 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.

He was champion of the City of London Chess Club in 1896, 1897, 1898, 1900, 1901, 1903 and 1908.

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 5.5/15 at Cambridge Springs (1904), where he won his games against Pillsbury, Napier and Mieses.

Last updated: 2019-11-02 10:51:49

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 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 53  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. T F Lawrence vs A Curnock  1-0141895Blindfold simul match, 6bD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. A Curnock vs T F Lawrence 0-1151895Blindfold simul match, 6bC30 King's Gambit Declined
3. T F Lawrence vs E O Jones  1-0311896City of London ChC05 French, Tarrasch
4. T F Lawrence vs Lasker ½-½431896City of London CC - Divan Association mC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
5. E M Jackson vs T F Lawrence 1-0291897LondonC33 King's Gambit Accepted
6. J F Barry vs T F Lawrence 1-03418972nd Anglo-American Cable MatchD00 Queen's Pawn Game
7. T F Lawrence vs H Jacobs  0-1241897City of London CC Summer tB01 Scandinavian
8. T F Lawrence vs Blackburne  ½-½481897City of London CC Summer tC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
9. L Serraillier vs T F Lawrence  1-0351898City of London CC chC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
10. T F Lawrence vs E O Jones  1-0221898City of London CC chC13 French
11. T F Lawrence vs R Loman  0-1451899City of London CC chC67 Ruy Lopez
12. T F Lawrence vs R Loman 1-0311899City of London CC chC67 Ruy Lopez
13. T F Lawrence vs J F Barry  0-15018994th Anglo-American Cable MatchC67 Ruy Lopez
14. C H Lorch vs T F Lawrence  0-1191900City of London CC chC77 Ruy Lopez
15. H E Atkins vs T F Lawrence  1-0401900Metropolitan CC - Insurance CC mD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. T F Lawrence vs H Voigt  0-14219005th Anglo-American Cable MatchB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
17. T F Lawrence vs L Van Vliet  ½-½431900LondonB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
18. J Mason vs T F Lawrence  1-0811900LondonC77 Ruy Lopez
19. T F Lawrence vs Gunsberg  0-1391900LondonC60 Ruy Lopez
20. W Ward vs T F Lawrence  1-0361900LondonD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. T F Lawrence vs Blackburne  ½-½551900LondonB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
22. A Tietjen vs T F Lawrence  0-1431900LondonC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
23. T F Lawrence vs T Physick 1-0591900LondonC49 Four Knights
24. F J Lee vs T F Lawrence  0-1381900LondonA04 Reti Opening
25. T F Lawrence vs R Loman  1-0371900LondonC49 Four Knights
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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.
Mar-02-21  Eastfrisian: Any photo of him?
Mar-02-21  Z truth 000000010: <Eastfrisian> I believe he's next to Pillsbury, 2nd row from bottom, right-most portrait:

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