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Mir Sultan Khan vs Salomon Flohr
"Ground Flohr" (game of the day Apr-19-2018)
Flohr - Sultan Khan (1932), London ENG, rd 3, Feb-24
Caro-Kann Defense: Exchange. Rubinstein Variation (B13)  ·  1-0



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Oct-01-06  colles: 47....RxR 48. KxR Rc8 49. Rb2 Rxc6+ 50. Kd3 Rc7=
Oct-01-06  quickbolt: <colles: 47....RxR 48. KxR Rc8 49. Rb2 Rxc6+ 50. Kd3 Rc7=> 49. d5 exd5 50. Rf6
Oct-01-06  bridgepro: why not 21...Nxa6? A plan revolving around Nc7, b5, d6 seems to preserve the balance. Capturing with the RP overvalued the b-file and leaves Flohr with a lifeless position.
Oct-01-06  Tenderfoot: 56. Rxf7+ is a great move, maybe it would make a nice puzzle for early in the week?
Oct-02-06  kevin86: There are probably a dozen good puns for Flohr.

Flohr Walker

Flohr Plan

Taking the Flohr

or just-Flohr-ed ;that would be reserved for those defeated by Flohr

Oct-02-06  backyard pawn: While some might argue with <kevin86> that "good puns" is an oxymoron, I enjoyed them. Flohr suffered the "Wrath of Khan" in this game.

It was a Khan job.

The Sultan was a Khan artist.

and so on.

I like how the letter "h" figures in each of the players' names: in Khan it says, "ha" while in Flohr it says, "oh".

Mar-18-09  ironlem: I vote for "Hit the Flohr". But, in fact Flohr was hit by himself. 20...Qa6 is awful itself, but without 21...Nxa6 it's even worse. Anyway, good job by Khan.

Dec-16-12  Jaidip: Sultan played the Ending resourcefully.
Oct-14-15  Bruce Graham: Sultan Khan floor Flohr! Flohr's flaws fatal.
Apr-15-18  andrewjsacks: Beautifully played by the legendary
Mir Sultan Khan.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Great endgame, esp. considering that Black equalized so easily in the opening. Not a bad title, either, punning on both "ground floor" and "ground flour."
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  offramp: Didn't we have this same pun about 4 days ago?
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  offramp: <Tenderfoot: 56. Rxf7+ is a great move, maybe it would make a nice puzzle for early in the week?>

56. Rxf7+ is a seismic move, but there is a better one:

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Now 57.Rxf7+ is a more serious threat, because ...Kxc6 is not available.
So Black would have to return with
57.Rb4! Kxc7
58.Rc2+ ...

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...and the Black king is in a miserable position.

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  Richard Taylor: Yes a good move. But Flohr's Kd7 was not good. At that stage his game was not too good.

Reuben Fine says that Flohr started out with a great style and was one of the best, but later in his career played too quietly into endgames.

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  Richard Taylor: Re Sultan Khan. Yes, great game by him. Capablanca (perhaps in one of those excessive moments but maybe not) said that he was a genius...Good to be praised thus by one of the recognisably greatest players in the world. So Kahn was in good company but I believe had to return to India.
Apr-19-18  Pasker: This Khan must be stronger than Carlsen considering his level of play. I heard he was a slave like servant in the time were British ruled India. An illiterate poor man. This guy had also beaten Capablanca the strongest player in the world at that time.
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  keypusher: 55....Kd7 was a gigantic blunder -- <offramp> pointed out the immediate refutation.

You know what this game is? Overrated, that's what.

Apr-19-18  Chessinfinite: Sultan Khan was also chess champion of Britain for a while..

<I heard he was a slave like servant>

I believe to his Muslim landlord or something, who probably colluded with the Brits, but anyways thanks to the Russians, those days are long gone..

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  keypusher: There must be something in the water on this page.
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  perfidious: <Pasker....(Sultan Khan) had also beaten Capablanca the strongest player in the world at that time.>

Reigning titleholder Alekhine might have disagreed with your point of view, the more so as in 1930/31--when Sultan Khan defeated Capablanca-- he had just begun his purple patch of successes.

Apr-19-18  Strelets: Sultan Khan was the servant of a Punjabi Rajput officer in the Indian colonial army called Umar Hayat Khan. General Khan brought him into his household to teach him international rules with the idea of bringing him to Europe to compete. He won the British Championship three times and had tournament results on the continent that showed him to be close in playing strength to the strongest players in the early '30s: Alekhine, Capa, Euwe, Flohr, Kashdan, etc. He like so many others did not take well to the English climate and was brought back to the Punjab by the mid-'30s, where he gave up the game completely. Sultan Khan was definitely of grandmaster strength, but has not yet been posthumously granted any international titles by FIDE.
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  Breunor: My understanding is that Sultan Khan was viewed as a GM without any doubt; but when they awarded GM status in 1950, he had been out of contact and the chess community couldn't find him. There were apparently several attempts to find him. Not sure if they could have awarded a posthumous GM as they did to Reti, but people didn't even know if he was alive. I think there is some information on this on his page.
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  perfidious: <Breunor....Not sure if they could have awarded a posthumous GM (title to Sultan Khan) as they did to Reti, but people didn't even know if he was alive....>

FIDE never awarded posthumous GM or IM titles at their official inception.

Apr-20-18  KlingonBorgTatar: Sultan Khan also beat Tartakower in a match.
Apr-26-20  LEPJe: King Sultan Khan and V. Anand.
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