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Here are some chess puzzles from the games of George Thomas.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
Drag your cursor from one bracket to the other.

a)
George Thomas vs Frederick Yates, Hastings, 1922
r1bqnrk1/ppppb1pp/2n2p2/1B2P3/3p4/5N2/PPP1QPPP/RNBR2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxc6 if dxc6 Rxd4 or if bxc6 Nxd4 d6 Nxc6 Qd7 Qc4+ w/e6 ]

b)
Friedrich Saemisch vs George Thomas, Carlsbad, 1923
r5k1/ppp2p2/2bp3p/4rNpq/2PQP3/PP3PPP/5K2/R3R3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxf5 if exf5 Qxf3+ mates ]

c)
George Thomas vs Frederick Yates, London, 1927
r3r2k/ppq4b/3n1R2/2p4Q/2P1p3/6PP/PP2P1BK/R7 w - - 0 1
[ Rd1 if Red8 Qe6 ]

d)
George Thomas vs Alfred Brinckmann, Budapest, 1929
r5k1/2p4p/p3R1p1/1p1p4/3N1q2/2P2P2/PP3P1P/4R2K w - - 0 1
[ Re8+ if Rxe8 Rxe8+ & if Kf7 Rf8+ w/Ne6+ ]

e)
George Thomas vs Arpad Vajda, Budapest, 1929
3r1r2/2p2pkp/4pnp1/p1q5/7Q/2P5/PP1NRPPP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxf6+ w/Ne4+ ]

George Thomas Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 4. George Thomas vs Vera Menchik, Carlsbad, 1929
2r3k1/pp3ppp/1qr2n2/3p1Q2/1P6/P2BP2P/5PP1/2R2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxc8+ ]

b)
Theodore Tylor vs George Thomas, Margate, 1936
2r2r1k/p5pp/7q/2Pn4/2N5/5P2/PP2pR1P/2R3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf4 Kh1 Nd3 ]

c)
R De Mendoza vs George Thomas, Buenos Aires, 1939
1r4k1/5pp1/2p4p/p1q1p3/2PbP3/2B2P2/P3Q1PP/2R2K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxc3 ]

d)
George Thomas vs P Ursell, Southsea, 1949
2r4k/2rb2pp/1p6/pP1pnP2/P7/8/2R3BP/2B2R1K w - - 0 1
[ Rxc7 w/Bf4 ]

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