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Victor Ivanovich Soultanbeieff
Number of games in database: 84
Years covered: 1921 to 1963

Overall record: +29 -33 =22 (47.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Slav (6) 
 Queen's Indian (5) 
    E16 E14 E15 E17
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
    D02 A46
With the Black pieces:
 Slav (7) 
    D16 D10 D12
 Orthodox Defense (7) 
    D61 D67 D51 D64 D63
 Semi-Slav (4) 
    D45 D48
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   E Liubarski vs V Soultanbeieff, 1928 0-1
   V Soultanbeieff vs V Borodin, 1943 1-0
   V Soultanbeieff vs L Ambuhl, 1943 1-0
   V Soultanbeieff vs NN, 1923 1-0
   V Soultanbeieff vs Tartakower, 1933 1-0
   V Soultanbeieff vs Dubyna, 1953 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Maastricht (1946)
   Zaanstreek (1946)
   Liege (1930)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Maastricht 1946 by sneaky pete
   Ramsgate 1929 team tournament by crawfb5

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(born Nov-11-1895, died Feb-09-1972, 76 years old) Russia (federation/nationality Belgium)

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Victor Ivanovich Soultanbeieff moved to Belgium after the Russian revolution. He was champion of the Belgian federation* in 1932 (=Israel Dyner), 1934, 1943, 1957 and 1961 and was 5th at Spa in 1926.

*Wikipedia article: Belgian Chess Championship

Wikipedia article: Victor Soultanbeieff

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 84  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. V Soultanbeieff vs NN 1-022 1921 Gallipoli -C55 Two Knights Defense
2. Koltanowski vs V Soultanbeieff 1-026 1923 ch BELC49 Four Knights
3. V Soultanbeieff vs NN 1-018 1923 Liege, BelgiumC70 Ruy Lopez
4. V Soultanbeieff vs M Lenglez  1-050 1926 SpaE15 Queen's Indian
5. J Davidson vs V Soultanbeieff  0-146 1926 SpaA34 English, Symmetrical
6. M Romi vs V Soultanbeieff  1-032 1926 SpaC45 Scotch Game
7. Tartakower vs V Soultanbeieff  ½-½34 1926 SpaD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. V Soultanbeieff vs G A Thomas  0-130 1926 SpaE16 Queen's Indian
9. V Soultanbeieff vs A Dunkelblum  1-029 1926 SpaA46 Queen's Pawn Game
10. V Soultanbeieff vs E Sapira  0-137 1926 SpaA04 Reti Opening
11. Saemisch vs V Soultanbeieff  ½-½75 1926 SpaE12 Queen's Indian
12. E Liubarski vs V Soultanbeieff 0-118 1928 **Rd--()-, LiegeC53 Giuoco Piano
13. Yates vs V Soultanbeieff  0-163 1929 Ramsgate schevB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
14. V Soultanbeieff vs Tylor  ½-½33 1929 Ramsgate schevE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
15. V Soultanbeieff vs W Winter  ½-½42 1929 Ramsgate schevD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
16. G A Thomas vs V Soultanbeieff  1-053 1929 Ramsgate schevB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
17. V Soultanbeieff vs E G Sergeant  1-039 1929 Ramsgate schevD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
18. H E Price vs V Soultanbeieff  1-067 1929 Ramsgate schevD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. V Soultanbeieff vs R P Michell  1-039 1929 Ramsgate schevC29 Vienna Gambit
20. V Soultanbeieff vs J Kornreich  1-036 1930 GhentE17 Queen's Indian
21. Kaplan vs V Soultanbeieff 0-114 1930 LiegeD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. V Soultanbeieff vs Sultan Khan 0-128 1930 LiegeE16 Queen's Indian
23. V Soultanbeieff vs Ahues  0-180 1930 LiegeA46 Queen's Pawn Game
24. I Pleci vs V Soultanbeieff 1-023 1930 LiegeD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. V Soultanbeieff vs Rubinstein ½-½49 1930 LiegeC47 Four Knights
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  offramp: Soultanbeieff was a truly original player; it's a lot of fun going over his games.
Oct-04-05  DutchDunce: Sounds like a really yummy supper creation as well. "Sultan Beef"...mmmm.
Mar-03-08  MichAdams: Yes, I could just go a nice salt beef sandwich, a flask of milky coffee and a couple of jam doughnuts.
Sep-06-08  myschkin: . . .

Soultanbéieff was known for his agressive playing style, which sometimes resulted in short, brilliant games, but which sometimes led to unnecessary defeat. Some of his games are still famous like his games against [E Liubarski vs V Soultanbeieff, 1928 ] or [V Soultanbeieff vs Borodin, 1943 ]. Unlike many other players, Soultanbéieff stayed true to his attacking style when he grew old. He left his name to the Soultanbeieff defence, a line in the Slav Defense which was introduced in the correspondence game Alexander Macht – Soultanbéieff, 1931–32:

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 5.a4 e6 (very good wiki bio)


Note (in German):

Mar-03-10  Cardinal Fang: My favourite Soultanbeieff game isn't in the database yet :-

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  GrahamClayton: Here is Soultanbeieff playing a nice variation of the epaulette mate, against Liubarski at Liege in 1935:

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1.♖f7+ ♔e8 2. ♗b5+ ♔d8 3. ♖bd7+ ♔e8 4. ♖de7+ ♔d8 5.♖e8+ ♖e8 6.♖d7#

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  GrahamClayton: A quick victory by Soultanbeieff that is not in the database:

[Event "?"]
[Site "Liege"]
[Date "1930.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Kaplan"]
[Black "Soultanbeieff, Victor Ivanovich"]
[Result "0-1"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. ♘c3 dxc4 4. e3 b5 5. ♘xb5 cxb5 6. ♕f3 ♘c6 7. ♕xc6+ ♗d7 8. ♕f3 e5 9. dxe5 ♗b4+ 10. ♔e2 ♘h6 11. h3

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11...♗g4! 12. ♕xg4 ♘xg4 13. hxg4 ♕d3+ 14. ♔f3 ♕xf1 0-1

Source: Bill Wall, “500 Queen’s Gambit Miniatures”, Chess Enterprises Inc, Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, 1985

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  GrahamClayton: Here are a couple of pictures of Soultanbeieff giving a simultaneous exhibition in Luxembourg in the mid 1930's:

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  offramp: There is a pub near me called the Sultan, in South London.

It is a superb pub, really a great local.
Anyway, they are holding a beer festival from 22-24 April 2016.

I put this in my diary as <SULTAN B.F.>, and I thought, wow!...

Victor Ivanovich Soultanbeieff

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  offramp: He is player of the day today, because if he had continued to live (or failed to die) he would be 121 today.

I went to that Sultan BF that I mentioned earlier. It was very good. It rained a bit but that made the beer last longer.

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  TheFocus: Player of the Day

Happy birthday, Victor Sultan of Beef!!

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  Gejewe: His book "Guide pratique du jeu des combinaisons" (1950) was reprinted in the early 1974 as "Le maitre de l'attaque : 100 parties de Soultanbeieff" and as a junior player his attacking flair highly impressed me. In 1981, an open was organised in Liège, Belgium as the "Soultanbeieff memorial" and naturally I have played there. His son Alexandre Soultanbeieff was a guest of honor in the event, he was a chessplayer in his younger years (mentioned in the book). This Alexandre, an artist by profession, was born in 1926 and still seems to be active.., at 90.. ("seems" as information on internet is not always up to date )
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