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|Dec-01-05|| ||chancho: <Is it just me or does Sultan Khan look exactly like the midget in 'Me, Myself & Irene'?> |
There IS a slight resemblance to that actor (Tony Cox). Tony, also played Billy Bob Thornton's sidekick, in the movie: Bad Santa.
|Feb-07-06|| ||al wazir: <WTHarvey: Here are some puzzles>|
You seem to have an endless supply of these combinations from the games of everyone who ever played at the GM level. Did you compile these puzzles yourself? Are they from a book or for one?
|Feb-16-06|| ||sagahelten: According to Chessmetrics Mir Sultan Khan was the world #6 in 1933. His highest rating was 2699 (1932) and his best individual performance was 2713 (Ol Prague 1931). Let's just say that he played with grandmaster strength ;-) What a strange fate: Being a servant, playing in Europe for four years and then never again on top level!|
|Aug-20-06|| ||saturn: <His highest rating was 2699 (1932)> By these norms, he would only be behind Vishy as the second best player India has ever produced but yet ahead of Harikrishna and Sasikiran (so far).|
|Aug-20-06|| ||OlimpBase: Allegedly he was illiterate.|
|Aug-20-06|| ||mahmoudkubba: I am thinking that he was Indian in the time as far as I know India was the Jewelry of the crown and part of the British Commonwealth or the British Empire. I also ask if there is any connection to MIR Galaxy Institute in the Soviets ?. I also ask if that is his real picture or there r better pictures. Yet this is as far my knowledge and memory helps me the first time for me to notice this Ch. Player.|
Did he have any real blitzes if for the British side or others?
|Aug-20-06|| ||mahmoudkubba: Also his name MSK is a look like to my name in a similarity or something: MHSK, but as it sems only the initials. WAWWWWW.|
|Sep-15-06|| ||saturn: <Allegedly he was illiterate> Inspite of that he accomplished whatever he did. All the more glory to him!|
|Sep-28-06|| ||hitman84: I gathered some info on Sultan Khan.
In 1926, Sir Umar Hayat Khan who later was A.D.C to his majesty King George V
taught him the modern chess.
In 1929, Sultan joined the Imperial chess club where he beat B.E Sieghiem a top player in the club who played for Middlesex.
in the same year, just a few months prior to the british Ch., a small round robin quadrangular tnt. was organised for him in Ramsgate at the Gambit chess room by the proprietress
and former lady champion Miss Price.
1.F.D Yates, British Champion
2.Winter W, IM
3.Conde A G, strong Mexican player.
Khan lost, 0-2 to Yates,0-2 to Winter and scored 1.5 against Conde.
This was a disastrous tourney for Sulatan Khan but managed to win the British Ch which made many think that the tourney was'nt strong enough as neither Yates nor Sir George Thomas were playing in it.
In the first round he lost to Hamond FE
but recovered thereafter to score 8 poits but was lucky against Winter who allowed a stalemate.
Harry Golombek, a famous chess writer who participated in the British Championship along with Khan at Ramsgate said that Khan loved to play quick games and discovered that he was uneducated and had a friend as an interpreter.
He died of Tuberculosis on 25th April, 1966.
|Sep-28-06|| ||keypusher: thanks, hitman84, very interesting. Where did you find this information?|
|Sep-28-06|| ||hitman84: <keypusher>I found it in our national chess monthly mag(AICF) spread over 4 issues(feb-jun 2000) now defunct.|
|Sep-28-06|| ||ray keene: sultan khan learned fast-he went on to defeat tartakower-rubinstein and capablanca-see the book on him by coles at www.hardingesimpole.co.uk the best games of mir sultan khan|
|Oct-07-06|| ||Maatalkko: Sultan Khan makes me smile. Watching him play simplistic openings and then beat grandmasters has a cheering effect. |
His play reminds me of a young Capablanca, although somewhat less aggressive. One building move after another, and eventually his erudite European competition would make a mistake.
|Oct-28-06|| ||Octavia: <Chap's got a very oddly proportioned head and a rather petery haircut> reminds me to the time my husband had a haircut in India - when he came back, his head was shaped just like many Indian's!!! lol|
|Mar-14-07|| ||drik: <Kriegspiel: Chap's got a very oddly proportioned head> |
Here we have one of the greatest natural talents to ever play the game ... and a major topic of interest appears to be his oddly proportioned head. Sigh! It is not as if Anatoly Karpov could have posed for Rodin's The Thinker.
|Apr-02-07|| ||itsaworry: "...Col. Sir Nawab Umar Hayat Khan entertained the American chess team at his home one evening in 1933 the table waiter was Sultan Khan, to the embarrassment of all except the illustrious Colonel" (Harold C Schonberg, Grandmasters of Chess)|
|Feb-21-08|| ||Knight13: You all know what Sultan Khan means in the once powerful Ottoman Empire right?|
|Aug-27-08|| ||myschkin: . . .
(London, 1932. Theodore Tylor has white against Sultan Khan)
|Nov-07-08|| ||anandrulez: The legend , Mir Sulthan Khan is probably the best ever chess player !
He was no GM and he defeated Capablanca ...amazing player .|
|Mar-02-09|| ||Dredge Rivers: khaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnn!!!|
|Mar-18-09|| ||Augalv: <"Unable to read or write, he never studied any books on the game yet became one of the ten best players in the world.">|
|Apr-10-09|| ||Open Defence: I wish the Indian Sub Continent would honour him|
|Apr-10-09|| ||SamAtoms1980: No doubt about it, he was the Srinivasa Ramanujan of chess|
|May-17-09|| ||Domdaniel: <SamAtoms> Yes, there are clear similarities: both seemingly emerged from nowhere to become one of the best in the world at their discipline, both came from India in the early 20th century, flourished shortly before independence, and had a short career before death (Ramanujan) or retirement (Sultan Khan).|
But there are important differences too. They came from opposite ends of India, and very different cultures. Ramanujan, using elementary sourcebooks, produced truly astonishing maths -- some of it is still bewildering. Sultan Khan, strong as he was, wasn't quite on this level.
I'd like to know more about the precise variety of Indian chess at which he was expert. How different from the standard game is it, do the skills normally transfer, etc.
And there's a certain amount of romantic 'mysterious exotic East' hype about the myth surrounding both Ramanujan and Sultan Khan -- what Edward Said called Orientalism, I think.
Just imagine a mathematician/chessplayer from the exotic West, named Windsor Bourbon King (after the European royals who 'sponsored' him) ... wearing an exotic 'tweed suit' with a charming ethnic 'hat', or a pair of 'traditional workingman's denims' ... coming from Moldova or Scotland, or is it Malta? ... and blowing away all the experts from civilized countries like China and India.
Worse yet, imagine an American Cowboy in Japan taking on the samurai. Oh, right -- Tom Cruise. Of course.
|May-18-09|| ||Open Defence: <Dom> I did do Shatranj puzzles in my forum and <TheMadHair> and I played a couple of Shatranj games too, I read somewhere that Sultan Khan was primarily a Shatranj player...|
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