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Mir Sultan Khan vs Jose Raul Capablanca
"The Wrath of Khan" (game of the day Feb-07-06)
Hastings 1930/31 (1930)  ·  Queen's Indian Defense: Kasparov-Petrosian. Classical Variation (E12)  ·  1-0
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May-22-13  KlingonBorgTatar: Sultan Khan also had beaten Marshall, Tartakower, Flohr, Ossip Bernstein, etc. and had draws with Alekhine,Bogolyubov,Stahlberg, Euwe and others in tournaments. He beat Tartakower in a match +4 -3 = 5 and lost narrowly to Flohr +1 -2 = 3. Unfortunately, he was not awarded the GM title by FIDE. As for his contribution to theory, Euwe gave recognition to his 'Indian Style Maneuvering' and featured him in the list of representative grandmaster styles in 'The Middlegame'. In a match game vs Tartakower, he anticipated the Taimanov Sicilian in a game not alien to modern eyes. As a matter of fact, Taimanov himself used this very game in one of his books on his variation to illustrate the ideas and methods to play it! Check out Sultan's last encounter with World Champion Alekhine at folkstone 1933. It is a drama in many acts full of measures and counter measures. Both were walking on a minefield. Sultan lost this one but Alekhine had to be an Alekhine to force matters on move 108.
May-22-13
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  maxi: He was in Europe only five years, yet had a brilliant chess career there. Does anybody know why did he not play again?
May-22-13
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  perfidious: <maxi>: The link below, with a fair amount of work done by <FSR>, will give a fine overview:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mir_Su...

May-22-13
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  maxi: Thank you, <perfidious>. I had read that, but what happened is still not clear to me. He had a future with great success available in the West, and freedom and money. England is not the only country in the West, you know. It seems something psychological. He must have really missed India, as far as I can see. And he didn't care for chess.
May-22-13
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  FSR: <maxi> Sultan Khan was close to being a slave, albeit a fairly well-treated one. He was illiterate, barely spoke English, and was dependent on his master. When his master said, "We're going back to India.," I daresay it never entered his mind to object. And apparently the English climate made him miserable, so maybe he really was happy to go home.
May-22-13
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  TheFocus: <FSR> <And apparently the English climate made him miserable, so maybe he really was happy to go home.>

And that awful English food.

May-22-13
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  maxi: Thank you, <FSR>. Interesting fellow this Khan. Perhaps a bit autistic? His achievement would certainly classify him as a genius.
May-22-13
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  TheFocus: As for Sultan Khan being illiterate, please see Chess Notes 8061 and scroll down to 8065.

http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

May-22-13
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  FSR: Khan is a great villain in the new Star Trek movie.
May-23-13
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  maxi: I remember a rather thin but convincing Montalban as Khan in a previous Star Trek film. It seems to me that the series has lost its magic and I doubt I'll see this new one. They were not just action films, but they had also a nontrivial content, deeper stuff. Or maybe I am just getting old. In sci-fi recently I liked Oblivion mainly because of the special effects. But Inception I really enjoyed.
May-23-13
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  Benzol: <maxi> I think the lastest film "Into Darkness" is actually better than its immediate predecessor. <FSR> is right about the Khan character. With all due respect to Ricardo Montalban, Benedict Cumberbatch plays the part of the villan very well.
May-23-13
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  Benzol: Also interesting is another cameo appearance of Leonard Nimoy as Spock Prime in the new movie. From the failed pilot of "The Cage" to "Into Darkness" spans from about 1965 to 2013. Forty-seven years to be playing the same character is not a bad run.

:)

May-23-13  pbercker: Benedict Cumberbatch is also one of the best Sherlock Holmes I've seen in recent years (and the new series is one of the best).
May-24-13
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  FSR: <maxi> See "Into Darkness," for heaven's sake! I had given up on Star Trek films a long time ago, after the ghastly Star Trek V. I had no intention of seeing the new film. A friend called me up two knights ago and asked if I wanted to see it with him. OK, I suppose so. I had no great expectations. I was blown away! The best Star Trek film ever!
May-24-13
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  FSR: <maxi> See "Into Darkness," for heaven's sake! I had given up on Star Trek films a long time ago, after the trauma of seeing the ghastly Star Trek V. I had no intention of seeing the new film. A friend called me up two nights ago and asked if I wanted to see it. OK, I suppose so. I had no great expectations. I was blown away! The best Star Trek film ever!
May-24-13
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  maxi: <FSR>, I have a 9 year old kid. Do you think I should take him too? Does the film have explicit violence?
May-25-13
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  FSR: <maxi> That wasn't something I was focusing on (my "kid" is 23), so I had to think about it. I found this online, and think it is accurate and responds well to your question:

<Note to Parents: This film contains violence (occasionally graphic, but not bloody), terrorism, premeditated murder, space battles, one adult situation, more swearing than I expected, and one scene of gratuitous near-nudity. It should be fine for anyone who is capable of handling a PG-13 film, which really says something about today’s PG-13 films, doesn't it? Of course, you should use your own best judgment when it comes to your children.>

I don't recall the "adult situation." The scene of gratuitous near-nudity was a couple seconds of a woman in her underwear. Indeed gratuitous, not that I exactly minded. In my recollection the swearing was a few "s*it"s when the ship got hit by a torpedo or some such. I don't think I would have a problem taking a 9-year-old to it unless he/she was unusually sensitive.

May-25-13
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  FSR: <maxi> That wasn't something I was focusing on (my "kid" is 23), so I had to think about it. I found this online, and think it is accurate and responds well to your question:

<Note to Parents: This film contains violence (occasionally graphic, but not bloody), terrorism, premeditated murder, space battles, one adult situation, more swearing than I expected, and one scene of gratuitous near-nudity. It should be fine for anyone who is capable of handling a PG-13 film, which really says something about today's PG-13 films, doesn't it? Of course, you should use your own best judgment when it comes to your children.>

I don't recall the "adult situation." The scene of gratuitous near-nudity was a couple seconds of a hot young woman in her underwear. Indeed gratuitous, not that I exactly minded. In my recollection the swearing was a few "s*its" when the ship got hit by a photon torpedo or some such. I don't think I would have a problem taking a 9-year-old to it unless he was unusually sensitive. More family-type reviews at http://bit.ly/136xQ6u.

May-25-13
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  maxi: Thanks, <FSR>. It sounds pretty harmless. The kid's problem is he cannot see exciting stuff in the evening because he gets insomnia so I'll take him early afternoon. (I married late in life, by the way.)
May-26-13
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  maxi: Hey <FSR>! I went to see the movie with the little guy this afternoon. I am writing so soon because from your posts I get the feeling that you are the kind of person who worries about the effect his words and acts will have on other people. Well, in this case there is nothing to worry about. He loved the film! And as far as I am concerned, I do believe it to be one of the better ones of the franchise.
May-26-13
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  maxi: <Benzol> Benedict Cumberbatch is actually scary as Khan.
May-27-13
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  FSR: <maxi> Thanks. Glad you and your son liked it. I'm going to try to see it again.
May-27-13
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  Benzol: <maxi> I'm glad you enjoyed it. Like <FSR> I'm thinking about catching it again. Maybe this time in 3D.

:)

Jan-16-14
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  Cemoblanca: <SenorMorphy: Oddly enough, Jeff Sonas's sight (www.chessmetrics.com) does not have a historical rating for Sultan Khan.>

I read somewhere (it was the last edition of the magazine KARL [http://www.karlonline.org/], if I remember correctly), that his historical Elo rating was around 2699 and made him among the 10 best players in the world in November 1933.

Mar-26-14
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  FSR: <SenorMorphy: Oddly enough, Jeff Sonas's sight (www.chessmetrics.com) does not have a historical rating for Sultan Khan.>

Not true. http://www.chessmetrics.com/cm/CM2/... You must have been thrown off because Chessmetrics has him under "S" rather than "K."

<Cemoblanca>'s recollection is close to correct. Chessmetics indeed has his peak rating at 2699, in November 1932. His peak world rank was No. 6, in May 1933. http://www.chessmetrics.com/cm/CM2/...

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