Sultan Khan : The Indian Servant Who Became Chess Champion of the British Empire

Sultan Khan : The Indian Servant Who Became Chess Champion of the British Empire : Daniel King “Daniel King (1963) is an English grandmaster, coach, journalist and broadcaster. He has written 16 chess books on topics ranging from opening preparation to the self-tutoring How Good is your Chess? and Test Your Chess.” From the rear … Continue reading Sultan Khan : The Indian Servant Who Became Chess Champion of the British Empire

Remembering Malik Mir Sultan Khan (1905 25-iv-1966)

Death Anniversary of Malik Mir Sultan Khan (1905 25-iv-1966) From The Oxford Companion to Chess by Hooper & Whyld: Perhaps the greatest natural player of modern times. Born in the Punjab, he learned Indian chess when he was nine, was taken into the household of Sir Umar Hay at Khan, and learned the international game … Continue reading Remembering Malik Mir Sultan Khan (1905 25-iv-1966)

Death Anniversary of Malik Mir Sultan Khan (1905 25-iv-1966)

Death Anniversary of Malik Mir Sultan Khan (1905 25-iv-1966) From The Encyclopedia of Chess by Hooper & Whyld : Perhaps the greatest natural player of modern times. Born in the Punjab, he learned Indian chess when he was nine, was taken into the household of Sir Umar Hay at Khan, and learned the international game … Continue reading Death Anniversary of Malik Mir Sultan Khan (1905 25-iv-1966)

Game of the Gods

From the publisher’s blurb: In 1930s British India, a humble servant learns the art of chaturanga, the ancient Eastern ancestor of chess. His natural talent soon catches the attention of the maharaja, who introduces him to the Western version of the game. Brought to England as the prince’s pawn, Malik becomes a chess legend, winning … Continue reading Game of the Gods

Remembering Vera Menchik (16-ii-1906 27-vi-1944)

A Great Life with a Tragic Ending Few people know the story of Vera Menchik yet it deserves to be told. She was the first women’s world chess champion in 1927 and retained the title undefeated until her untimely death at the age of 38 in 1944 during a rocket attack on London.  She is … Continue reading Remembering Vera Menchik (16-ii-1906 27-vi-1944)

William Winter’s Memoirs

(For our biography of WIlliam Winter see here) In the “Mid-October” issue of CHESS for 1962, (Volume 27, Number 418)  we had the following announcement: WILLIAM WINTER’S AUTOBIOGRAPHY Edited by David Hooper, will be serialised in CHESS commencing with our next number. Nephew of Sir James Barrie, twice British Chess Champion, a lifelong Communist and … Continue reading William Winter’s Memoirs

Remembering Sir Theodore (“Theo”) Tylor (13-v-1900 23-x-1968)

BCN remembers Sir Theodore Tylor who passed away on Wednesday, October 23rd, 1968. Theodore Henry Tylor was born on Sunday, May 13th, 1900 in Bournville, (at the time) in northern Worcestershire. Now Bournville is in the metropolitan borough of Birmingham. His father was Henry Bedford Tylor and his mother Minnie Belle Cater were both 29 … Continue reading Remembering Sir Theodore (“Theo”) Tylor (13-v-1900 23-x-1968)

Birthday greetings GM Daniel King (28-viii-1963)

We offer best wishes to GM Daniel King on his birthday Daniel John King was born on Wednesday, August 28th 1963 (the same day as the Martin Luther King “I have a dream” speech) in Beckenham, Kent. He attended Langley Park School whose motto is “Mores et Studia” meaning “good character and learning” or “morals … Continue reading Birthday greetings GM Daniel King (28-viii-1963)

Remembering Vera Menchik (16-ii-1906 27-vi-1944)

The Bomb Attack BCN remembers that in the early morning of Tuesday, June 27th, 1944 (i.e. 77 years ago) Vera Menchik, her sister Olga, and their mother were killed in a V-1 flying bomb attack which destroyed their home at 47 Gauden Road in the Clapham area of South London. We now know that the … Continue reading Remembering Vera Menchik (16-ii-1906 27-vi-1944)

Death Anniversary for Vera Menchik (16-ii-1906 27-vi-1944)

A Great Life with a Tragic Ending Few people know the story of Vera Menchik yet it deserves to be told. She was the first women’s world chess champion in 1927 and retained the title undefeated until her untimely death at the age of 38 in 1944 during a rocket attack on London.  She is … Continue reading Death Anniversary for Vera Menchik (16-ii-1906 27-vi-1944)