ARBThomas

ARB Thomas

ARB Thomas

ARB Thomas was a member of Liverpool chess club for 62 years in total although for much of this time he lived in Devon where he won the Devon and West of England championship. He always listed himself as a Liverpool Chess Club player and played for the LCC Correspondance team.
In 1919 Capablanca played 40 opponents in a simultaneous display in Liverpool with only 3 defeats, one against William Thomas and the other against his 14 year old son ARB Thomas
In 1922 he finished 2nd in the top section of BCF International event afterwards he was invited to play in the British Championships that year then a further 20 times in all. He studied at Cambridge University in 1923 and was the Cambridge Champion for each of his 3 years there
In 1938 he played in the Margate Congress where he defeated Najdorf, Conde and HH Cole. In 1947 as Liverpool Chess Clubs strongest player arranged for a match in Liverpool against the Amsterdam Chess club, the Liverpool team included 17yr old G Crown who won both his games.
In the 1954 BCF Grading list ARB was rated 20th strongest player in England, he became a Chess author and his book “Chess for the Love of it” is in the club library today

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