Hardinge Simpole

Best Games of Mir Sultan Khan, The
An Indian mystic challenges the West
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By Coles, R.N.
ISBN 1843821001
SERIES Hardinge Simpole Chess Classics
Paperback  144 pages
Subject [Chess ] [Sultan Khan ]
Published 23 January, 2004
UK Price £13.95   
US Price $22.00   

At the height of the British Empire, the chess loving Indian servant, Sultan Khan, arrived in the imperial capital as part of the feudal retinue of Sir Umar, his high caste master. While Sir Umar deliberated in the rarefied atmosphere of London conferences, with British panjandra, on the future of the Raj, his retainer started to take on the British Úlite at chess. Sweeping all before him, the Indian genius entered the international arena where, playing top board for the British Empire team, he defeated grandmasters, such as Rubinstein. Tartakower also succumbed to the Indian sage, and then came Sultan Khan's greatest triumph - a win against Capablanca. Then, as suddenly and mysteriously as he had arrived, Sultan Khan departed for India and was never heard from again - though rumours did emerge from Kashmir in 1951 that an Indian village chessplayer, when shown the games from the world title match of that year, had opined: "these are two very weak players!"

R.N.Coles is a noted chess author, whose books Dynamic Chess, Battles Royal of the Chessboard and Howard Staunton: the English World Champion (co-authored with Ray Keene) established him as one of the most perceptive and readable chess writers of twentieth century English language chess prose. Coles joins fellow Hardinge Simpole authors Golombek, Clarke, and Dumont, as one of the select few whose writings on chess vividly imbue the game with vital force and endow the printed page with the same drama as the live clash of mental strength itself.

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