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Mir Sultan Khan vs Jose Raul Capablanca
"The Wrath of Khan" (game of the day Jan-14-2018)
Hastings (1930/31), Hastings ENG, rd 3, Dec-31
Queen's Indian Defense: Kasparov-Petrosian. Classical Variation (E12)  ·  1-0



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  beatgiant: On 51..Qxf2, <52. Bh5> Qh4 53. Rh2 looks like an immediate win.
Jan-13-17  ChessHigherCat: <beatgiant: On 51..Qxf2, <52. Bh5> Qh4 53. Rh2 looks like an immediate win> Good point. Trading the Q for a B + R wouldn't usually be so dramatic but here 53...QxBh5, 54. Rxh5 gxh5 55. g6 Nf6 56. Bg5 Ke7 57. gxh and black's goose is cooked.
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  FSR: Recycled pun! Previously used on February 7, 2006. Game Collection: Game of the Day Pun Index (T-Z)
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  offramp: Sultan Khan wasn't really a sultan, and his wife wasn't a sultana.
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  offramp: <Petrosianic: ...There's only one player with a winning record against Capablanca based on more than one game played, but I'll let you figure out who it is.>

It's Keres.

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  MissScarlett: <Is there anyone else with a perfect score against Capablanca?>

George Edward Wainwright thrashed him 3-0. Khan also beat Capa in a simul, recently submitted; if a pun must be rehashed, at least choose another game.

Jan-14-18  ChessHigherCat: <Is there anyone else with a perfect score against Capablanca?>

I myself am proud to say that I remain undefeated by Capablanca.

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  MissScarlett: Michael Glover Atkins also had a perfect 2-0 record, but he got killed in the war whilst the Cuban cowered across the Atlantic.
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  offramp: <ChessHigherCat:...I myself am proud to say that I remain undefeated by Capablanca.>

A teensy bit like <ketchuplover>, then. <I am undefeated vs. Mr.Capablanca>.

Jan-14-18  ChessHigherCat: <offramp> Great minds have the same thoughts (or small minds run in the same ruts)
Jan-14-18  Ratt Boy: <MissScarlett: Michael Glover Atkins also had a perfect 2-0 record, but he got killed in the war whilst the Cuban cowered across the Atlantic.>

"Cowered", huh? WWI was, by any rational account, a stupid war. In contrast to WWII, the countries weren't fighting against imperialist countries looking to exploit and destroy others. It was just a big-ol' extended battle of trench warfare, causing senseless death and destruction. If Capa didn't have to fight, I don't see how that's any kind of stain on his legacy.

Jan-14-18  ChessHigherCat: <Ratt Boy> WWI was all about imperialism (the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand in Serbia as a protest against the Austrian empire) but you're certainly right that it was a stupid war and anybody in their right mind would have stayed out of it (whereas in fact, almost all Europeans were incredibly gun-ho about it, even intellectuals like Thomas Mann).
Jan-14-18  cunctatorg: Mir Sultan Khan played here at the spirit of Aron Nimzowitsch, a great and profound blockade game but he achieved more than the writer of "My System" ever did!!
Jan-14-18  RookFile: This game is a good example of Lasker's observation that the immobile position must suffer violence.
Jan-25-19  The Kings Domain: Memorable and amusing game. One has to be amused by the repetition of moves, particularly Capablanca's queen. Carlsen sure took notes of this game.
Jan-10-22  CapablancaDisciple: <<George Edward Wainwright thrashed him 3-0.>> Yeah but those were all simul games so I donĀ“t think it carries the same weight. Impressive still, yes, but not quite as much as actual one-on-one games would be.
Jan-10-22  CapablancaDisciple: Truly a genius Malik Mir Sultan Khan was. A shame his Chess career was so short and didn't get to reach his full potential. Much is said about him being the greatest natural talent of all time, given he was illiterate and all that. It seems we will never know given his short career. Still perhaps the most underrated player of all time.
Jan-10-22  CapablancaDisciple: Even Capablanca himself called him a genius, an honor he would seldom bestow on anyone, if anyone at all. Though I don't think it's fair to say Sultan Khan was better than Capa just because of the result of one tournament game and another simul game.
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  perfidious: This game has a Capablanca-like feel about it--only le grand maitre is on the receiving end.
May-24-22  Mathematicar: Zugzwang symphony by Khan. Dazzling.
May-13-23  Albion 1959: We are the Sultans of Khan ! The only time that they met across the board. Sultan Khan was one of only three players who sacrificed their queen against Capablanca and won ! The other two were Ilyn-Genevsky and Lilenthal:
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  nizmo11: <Albion>:The only time that they met across the board.
There is also simultan game Capablanca vs Sultan Khan, 1929. This is analyzed in Daniel King's book of Sultan Khan, pp. 9-13.
May-20-23  Albion 1959: To nizmo 11 - Yes, I stand corrected. I should have tempered my comments by stating that this was the only "serious" game one-to-one over the board in serious tournament play. The other game was a simul in 1929, where Capablanca blundered away his queen and this game can hardly count as serious encounter. Though your point is well made and and has been noted:
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  RakishTilt: The NYTimes ran an obituary of Khan on 5/27/23 as part of its Overlooked series. What an amazing run he had, short as it was.
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  perfidious: It is remarkable really that the Times should have done; for I would guess there are numerous kibitzers hereabout who have no idea who Sultan Khan was.
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