1962: Minor piece mugging

Game Gray,DJP - Thomas,ARB, Devon Championship, 1962

Minor piece mugging

As well as the Exeter Championship in 1962, Andrew Thomas took the Devon Championship on 12 occasions and the West of England title 8 times. Here is an example of his enterprising style. — DR

Vienna Game

1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3 d5 4. exd5 Bc5

This gambit was Thomas' own discovery, analogous to the Scotch; in fact he was anticipated by Pollock in the last century.

5. Bg2 c6 6. dxc6 Nxc6 7. d3 Bg4 8. Nf3 e4


9. Nxe4 Nxe4 10. dxe4 Qxd1+ 11. Kxd1 O-O-O+ 12. Ke1 Nb4 13. Ke2 Nxc2 14. Rb1 Nd4+ 15. Ke3 Nxf3+ 16. Kf4 f5 17. Bxf3 g5+ 0-1

Chess Quotes

"The captain was a good chess player, and the games with him were always interesting. Yossarian had stopped playing chess with him because the games were so interesting that they were foolish."
— Joseph HELLER, Catch-22