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

"When it is so freely asserted that Morphy's style was all genius and inspiration ... Morphy possessed that most profound book knowledge of any master of his time, and never introduced a single novelty, whereas since his day the books have had to study the players...

 We may all learn from Morphy and Anderssen how to conduct a King's side attack, and perhaps I myself may not have learnt enough.

— Wilhelm STEINITZ