The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California on February 12, 1978 · 42
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8 Part 1-A-Sun., Feb. 12, 1978 lofi 9ngelta Wmtt CHESS BY ISAAC KASHDAN INTERNATIONAL GRANDMASTER TIMES CHESS EDITOR Feb. 12, 1978 Times Problem 4425 By D. Mueller ind V. Zlpf White Mates in Three The white queen must be brought into play, but there is no clear road. A little preliminary is needed, Solution to Problem 4424: QxP BLACK 11 a oti ra c m on m o nan WHITE 6 SULTAN KUAN, BRITISH CHESS CHAMPION Mir Sultan Khan was not the potentate of an Islamic or Turkish Empire, His name will not be found in any list of rulers. However, he was one of the greatest chess players in the world in the early 1930s. Sultan Khan's short and curious career is recounted in a biography published by the British Chess Magazine, 9 Market St., St. Leonards on Sea, East Sussex, TN38 ODQ, Great Britain. It is a hard cover book of 143 pages selling at $9.90. The author is R. N. Coles. Khan was born in 1905 in a remote village in India, now part of Pakistan. He learned chess as a youth and became sufficiently proficient to attract the attention of Sir Umar Hayat Khan, a wealthy landowner in the area. The latter occasionally made business trips to London, and thought of taking young Sultan along. One problem was that the game played almost universally in India differed in several respects from chess in Western countries. For one thing a pawn could only move one square at a time, even on its first move, For another, the castling move was not used in India. As far as we know chess originated in India and Per- sia, but Its real development came In Europe during and after the Renaissance. Modern chess was hardly known in Asia until the last 30 years or so, Sir Umar arranged for Sultan to be taught by the few players in India who were familiar with the Western game, He then organized an All-India Championship Tournament, held in Delhi in 1928. Sultan was entered in his first chess competition. He had been an apt pupil, and easily won the round robin event with a score of 8Va-Vi. He was ready for England, and arrived there in 1929 as a servant in Sir Umar's entourage. Ready for England? Sultan Khan did not know the language, he had never looked at a chess book, and could not understand those presented to him. New ideas in chess openings were being studied by the masters, of which our hero was totally ignorant. Khan's first tournament in London was a double round robin with Frederick Yates, William Winter and A. G. Conde, three of the best players in England. Yates was the winner, with Winter second. Khan tied with Conde, hardly an earth shaking debut. Later in 1929 Khan was invited to the British Championship Tournament. He astounded his contemporaries by winning the title, a point ahead of the 12 man field. He was to win it again in 1932 and 1933, after finishing second to Yates in 1931. Sultan Khan's career was launched. For four years he was clearly the greatest player in Britain. He was first board on three teams in the Chess Olympics, and won prizes in a number of major international tournaments. He met most of the great players of the time. Too often Khan would get into difficulties in the openings. He would defend tenaciously in positions few other masters could hold. He excelled in endings, which he had learned in the old Indian game. He tried to win always, agreeing to a draw only when there was no choice. Late In 1933 Sir Umar returned to India, taking Sultan with him. That was about the end of his chess. Sultan is known to have played a match in India in 1935 with one of his former rivals, V. K. Khadilkar, which he won overwhelmingly, by 9V4-V4. He then retired to the area where he was born, and was rarely heard from. He died in 1966, after he had been blind and ailing for some time. Long gone were those glorious four years in the chess limelight. The book has 64 games, all well annotated, There are numerous clear diagrams, a list of results and cross-tables, and helpful introductions to each match and tournament. AMERICANS PLAYING IN EUROPE Few Americans were involved in international chess events in 1977. For various reasons there were fewer tournaments than usual, and a shortage of funds in the U. S. Chess Federation meant curtailing support for our chess masters. Things seem improving this year, to judge by activities to date. Four of our players participated in the annual tournament in Hastings, England, concluded last month. It was a 15-man round robin. The winner was Roman Dzhindzhihashvili of Israel with 10V4 points. Tied for second were former world champion Tigran Petrosian of the Soviet Union and Gyu-la Sax of Hungary with 9V4. The highest American was James Tarjan with 8 points. The others were Leonid Shamkovich 6V4, John Fedorowicz 5V4, and Jonathan Tisdall 4Vi Three tournaments now in progress have some of our greatest players in their lineups. U. S. Champion Walter Browne and William Lombardy are in Reykjavik, Iceland; former champion Lubomir Kavalek is in Wijk aan Zee, Holland, and former U. S. junior champion Michael Rohde is in London. We shall have results and interesting games of these events when available. KING'S INDIAN DEFENSE Sultan Khan White 1- P-Q4 2- N-KB3 3- P-B4 4- N-B3 5- P-K4 6- B-K3 7- N-Q2 8- P-Q5 9- B-K2 Flohr Black N-KB3 P-KN3 B-N2 P-Q3 0-0 QN-Q2 P-K4 N-K1 P-KB4 lO-ll-12-13-14-15-16-17-18-19-20- KING P-B3 B-B2 P-QR3 P-QN4 N-R4 P-B5 PxBP NxN BxP B-B2 BxB P-B5 P-QR4 N(1)-B3 P-N3 R-K1 QPxP NxBP PxN N-Q2 B-0R3 RxB Q-B2 0-0 KR-B1 N-B4 NxB 0R-N1 Q-B8 R-N8 QxOR R-B6 B-K1 R-R1 B-B1 B-Q3 0-K2 PxN N-B1 QR-N1 RxR Q-02 R-B1 Resigns Sultan Khan White 1- P-Q4 2- N-KB3 3- P-KN3 4- B-N2 8-0-0 6- P-N3 7- B-N2 8- P-B4 6-PxP 10- O-B2 11- NxN Alexander Black N-KB3 P-KN3 B-N2 0-0 P-Q3 QN-Q2 P-K4 R-N1 N-NS QNxP NxN S INDIAN N-B3 QR-Q1 N-OS B-Q4 B-0B3 Q-N2 PxB R-B1 P-QN4 P-K3 R-B2 QxBch QxQch DEFENSE B-K3 Q-Q2 P-KB4 N-B3 K-R1 BxN N-N5 N-R3 KR-K1 QR-B1 BxB Q-N2 KxQ KR-B1 P-0R3 K-B1 K-K2 K-Q2 R-B4 R(1)-B3 R-B8 RxPch R(Q)-QB6 RxN NPxPch R- K- K-K-K- K- P-QN4 N-N1 K-K4 NxR P-BS Resigns -K2 -B3 -K4 -B3 -K4 B3 QUEEN'S PAWN GAME Sultan Khan White 1- P-Q4 2- N-KB3 3- P-K3 4- B-Q3 6-QN-Q2 6-N-K5 Mattlson Black N-KB3 P-K3 P-QN3 B-N2 P-Q4 B-Q3 7- P-KB4 8- 0-B3 9- Q-R3 10- QN-B3 11- B-Q2 12- R-KN1 13- PxB 14- K-K2 0-0 KN-Q2 P-KB4 N-KB3 B-R3 BxB Q-K1 QN-Q2 15- Q-R4 16- B-B3 17- BxP 18- P-KN4 19- NxB 20- NxP 21- RxN 22- QR-KN1 NIMZO-INDIAN DEFENSE Taubm'n White 1- P-04 2- P-QB4 3- N-QB3 4- P-QR3 5- PxB 6- Q-B2 7- P-B3 8- B-N5 9- PxP 10- P-OB4 11- B-R4 Sultan Khan Black N-KB3 P-K3 B-N5 BxNch P-QN3 B-N2 P-04 0N-O2 PxP P-KR3 P-B4 12- QPxP 13- PxP 14- Q-R4 18-P-K4 18-Q-N3 17- R-Q1 18- B-Q3 19- N-K2 20- QxN 21- Q-K3 22- 0-0 23- PxN 24- Q-KB3 R-QB1 RxP BxP B-B3 0-0 Q-K2 N-K4 NxBch B-N4 KR-B1 N-NS QxB Q-K2 25- R-B2 26- RxB 27- Q-BS 28- R-Q7 29- P-R4 30- P-K5 31- Q-B1 32- RxRP 33- Q-R1 34- R-K1 Resigns P-B4 PxP N-B4 BxN PxP NxN P-N3 Resigns BxN R-B6 QxRP R-B1 R-B4 Q-KN6 OxNP QxRP Q-N4 R-B7 ERY o We list a representative selection ... not all items are in all stores furniture 140,141 all may company stores a iliC JL I 1 CHAIRS SOFAS SLEEPERS SECTIONALS Exposed wood wing 7-ft. winged sofa with Tight back queen 3-pc. 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