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

+-----------------+
|r+.1k+.4|
|0p+.+p0p|
|.+n+.h.+|
|+.g.+.+.|
|.+.+p+b+|
|+.HP+N).|
|P)P+.)B)|
|$.GQI.+R|
+-----------------+

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

A quote from Richard RETI's Masters of the Chessboard(p 395):
"In general, it can be established that there are two defenses against 1. e4, which make it absolutely impossible for the first player to take any initiative, and which give Black such an even game, without any difficulties at all, that it has now become useless in practice, since these defenses are generally known. They are the Caro-Kann Defense and the variation of the French Game: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 dxe4."
Glad that's settled! :-)
— Randy Pals