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George Alan Thomas
G A Thomas 

Number of games in database: 728
Years covered: 1896 to 1958
Overall record: +250 -253 =223 (49.8%)*
   * 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 (117) 
    C77 C86 C83 C73 C78
 Sicilian (40) 
    B57 B32 B40 B29 B30
 French Defense (38) 
    C14 C11 C01 C12 C17
 Caro-Kann (30) 
    B13 B18 B15 B12 B10
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (26) 
    C86 C84 C98 C92 C91
 King's Indian Attack (21) 
With the Black pieces:
 Orthodox Defense (59) 
    D50 D52 D51 D63 D55
 Ruy Lopez (50) 
    C71 C84 C72 C76 C77
 Queen's Pawn Game (22) 
    A46 D05 E10 A45 D02
 Queen's Indian (19) 
    E16 E15 E12 E17
 Semi-Slav (18) 
    D43 D46 D47 D45 D48
 English (17) 
    A13 A15 A14 A16 A18
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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 W Gibson, 1924 1-0
   G A Thomas vs Reti, 1925 1-0
   Capablanca vs G A Thomas, 1934 0-1
   G A Thomas vs Yates, 1927 1-0
   G A Thomas vs Alekhine, 1933 1/2-1/2
   G A Thomas vs Flohr, 1939 1-0
   G A Thomas vs Spielmann, 1923 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   London Olympiad (1927)
   British Championship (1923)
   British Championship (1934)
   British Championship (1920)
   Weston-super-Mare (1924)
   British Championship (1921)
   Nice (1930)
   British Championship (1932)
   Hastings 1934/35 (1934)
   British Championship (1924)
   Weston-super-Mare (1922)
   Scarborough (1929)
   London-B (1946)
   Budapest (1929)
   Prague Olympiad (1931)

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

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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 second place. Thomas would win the title in 1923.

Without a doubt, Thomas' greatest achievement was his tie for first place at Hastings (1934/35) with Max Euwe and Salomon Flohr, finishing 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, Thomas was awarded the International Master title at its inception by FIDE.

Thomas' 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: 2023-06-27 12:12:21

 page 1 of 30; games 1-25 of 728  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Lasker vs G A Thomas 0-1291896Simul, 28bC52 Evans Gambit
2. G A Thomas vs R 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. Yates vs G A Thomas  1-0291910K.C.A Open tC10 French
5. Duras vs G A Thomas 1-0331911Offhand gameC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
6. G A Thomas vs G Wainwright  0-1261911City of London CC chC60 Ruy Lopez
7. B M Neill vs G A Thomas 0-162191113th Anglo-American Cable MatchC78 Ruy Lopez
8. J Schumer vs G A Thomas 0-1351912LondonB01 Scandinavian
9. G A Thomas vs Ed. Lasker 1-0331912LondonA43 Old Benoni
10. G A Thomas vs A C Ellis  1-0181912Kent Congress Open tC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
11. G A Thomas vs A van Foreest  ½-½461912ENG-NED mC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
12. A van Foreest vs G A Thomas  ½-½471912ENG-NED mC50 Giuoco Piano
13. Ed. Lasker vs G A Thomas 1-0181912Casual gameA40 Queen's Pawn Game
14. J Davidson vs G A Thomas  1-0311912Metropolitan Club-chC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
15. J A Watt vs G A Thomas  1-0351913Kent-Sussex Congress 1st Class BA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
16. G A Thomas vs H Saunders  0-1321919Murton CupC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
17. G A Thomas vs R P Michell ½-½31919HastingsC60 Ruy Lopez
18. G A Thomas vs V L Wahltuch  ½-½611919HastingsC77 Ruy Lopez
19. Yates vs G A Thomas  ½-½681919HastingsC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
20. G A Thomas vs M Marchand  1-0681919HastingsB32 Sicilian
21. Capablanca vs G A Thomas 1-0291919HastingsC66 Ruy Lopez
22. G A Thomas vs H G Cole  1-0721919HastingsC42 Petrov Defense
23. G A Thomas vs W Winter 1-0471919HastingsB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
24. R H Scott vs G A Thomas 0-1561919HastingsD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. G A Thomas vs Kostic  ½-½401919HastingsC42 Petrov Defense
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Dec-16-10  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.
Jun-11-13  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).

Jun-14-16  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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  FSR: A remembrance of Thomas in <British Chess News> states "In international tournaments his greatest successes were 1st at Spa (ahead of Tartakower) and =1st at Hastings 1934/5 (tied with Euwe and Flohr, ahead of Capablanca and Botvinnik)." The crosstable of Spa 1926 may be found at Thomas actually tied for first with Saemisch. I would place that result a very distant second to Thomas's equal first at Hastings 1934/35.
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A tennis-related <Thomas> anecdote by <David Bronstein> from the 1954 USSR-England chess match:


"...Keres asked Postnikov, the head of our delegation, to phone the Soviet embassy in London and order a ticket for him for the men's final at Wimbledon. However, when we arrived in England it transpired that there was no such an opportunity! He adored tennis, he attained professional standard in it, and once he even played in the championship of his country...

[Bronstein and Keres are sharing a hotel room for the match]

...Keres, wearing a track suit.. . is glued to the old and minute television screen. There is a knock on the door. Paul gets there before me, and I watch in amazement as he stands to attention, like a schoolboy before the headmaster. I also stick my nose around the door- and adopt the same pose as Keres. Before us is <Sir George Thomas>, the living legend of English chess!... He smiles and utters the words that for Keres, evidently, seemed like a message from God himself: 'Paul, I've called for you. I am inviting you to the Wimbledon final.' And, seeing that the shocked Keres was unable to utter a word, he added: 'I have brought you my ticket.'"


-David Bronstein and Sergey Voronkov, "Secret Notes" (Olms, 2007) pp.78-79

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George Alan Thomas what a mensch eh?

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  MissScarlett: Happy Sir George's Day!
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