1923: A red-letter day

Game Thomas, Sir Geo. - Stretton,H, Simultaneous Display, Barnfield Hall, 25 Jan 1923

A red-letter day

"Quite a red-letter day in the history of Exeter Chess Club was the visit of Sir Geo. Thomas, Bart., to play simultaneously against the members of the club. Nineteen boards were engaged, and playing rapidly Sir George had finished nineteen games in just three hours." [Score: +13 =3 -3.]

"Seeing that Mr. Stretton [the Exeter Captain and Board 1] was a piece behind early in the game, his ultimate triumph was all the more meritorious." — Devon and Exeter Gazette, 1 Feb 1923.

French Defence, Classical

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e5 Nfd7 6.Bxe7 Qxe7 7.Qd2 c5 8.Nb5 Nb6 9.Nd6+ Kf8


10.dxc5 N8d7

[10...N6d7 11.Nxc8]

11.cxb6 Nxe5 12.Nxc8 Rxc8 13.bxa7 Nc6 14.Bd3 Nxa7 15.Ne2 Nc6 16.0–0 Ne5 17.c3 h5 18.Nd4 g6 19.Rae1 Qf6 20.Re3 Ng4 21.Rf3 Qe5 22.Qf4 Qxf4 23.Rxf4 e5 24.Rxg4 hxg4 25.Ne2 f5 26.f3 e4 27.Bc2 gxf3 28.gxf3 Rh4 29.fxe4 dxe4 30.Rf4 Rxf4 31.Nxf4 Kf7 32.Kf2 Rd8 33.Ke3 Kf6 34.a4 Rh8 35.b4 Rxh2 36.Bb3 g5 37.Nd5+ Ke5 38.Nb6 f4#

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