All posts by J H


I may be an old lion, but I can still bite someone’s hand off if he puts it in my mouth

(attributed to Steinitz and quoted after Korchnoi defeated Caruana in 2011)


Nowadays I just play my moves quickly. I don’t think that thinking helps a lot….ninety percent of the time my instinct should be right.

(Speelman in British Chess Magazine)


If you don’t try to win so quickly you win more games… There’s quite strong repulsion from a win. If you go too directly towards it, it often makes it very difficult.

(Speelman in British Chess Magazine)

Historic visit to the club

The club was visited in February 2016 by Atiyab Sultan, the granddaughter of Mir Sultan Khan, the three times British Chess Champion (in 1929, 1932 and 1933). She was welcomed by Marc Bryant, our club chairman, Bernard Cafferty, our club librarian (and many times club champion), and Pam Thomas, Press Officer for the Hastings International Chess Congress.

Mir Sultan Khan came to Britain from India where he adjusted his knowledge of Indian chess sufficiently well not only to win the British Championship but to come third in the 1930-31 Hastings Tournament behind Euwe and Capablanca, the latter of whom he beat in their individual game (see below), fourth at the Hastings Tournament of 1931-32 and the winner of an individual match with Tartakower in 1931. He also represented England on top board three times in Olympiads, beating Flohr and Rubinstein and drawing with Alekhine, Grunfeld and Bogolyjubov.

After he returned to India he played little chess and disappeared from the world chess scene. He would not teach chess to his children, enjoining them to do something more useful with their lives (Source Wikipedia). He died in 1966.

White Mir Sultan Khan Black Capablanca Hastings 1930-31 A47: Queen’s Indian Defence

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.d4 b6 3.c4 Bb7 4.Nc3 e6 5.a3 d5 6.cxd5 exd5 7.Bg5 Be7 8.e3 0-0 9.Bd3 Ne4 10.Bf4 Nd7 11.Qc2 f5 12.Nb5 Bd6 13.Nxd6 cxd6 14.h4 Rc8 15.Qb3 Qe7 16.Nd2 Ndf6 17.Nxe4 fxe4 18.Be2 Rc6 19.g4 Rfc8 20.g5 Ne8 21.Bg4 Rc1+ 22.Kd2 R8c2+ 23.Qxc2 Rxc2+ 24.Kxc2 Qc7+ 25.Kd2 Qc4 26.Be2 Qb3 27.Rab1 Kf7 28.Rhc1 Ke7 29.Rc3 Qa4 30.b4 Qd7 31.Rbc1 a6 32.Rg1 Qa4 33.Rgc1 Qd7 34.h5 Kd8 35.R1c2 Qh3 36.Kc1 Qh4 37.Kb2 Qh3 38.Rc1 Qh4 39.R3c2 Qh3 40.a4 Qh4 41.Ka3 Qh3 42.Bg3 Qf5 43.Bh4 g6 44.h6 Qd7 45.b5 a5 46.Bg3 Qf5 47.Bf4 Qh3 48.Kb2 Qg2 49.Kb1 Qh3 50.Ka1 Qg2 51.Kb2 Qh3 52.Rg1 Bc8 53.Rc6 Qh4 54.Rgc1 Bg4 55.Bf1 Qh5 56.Re1 Qh1 57.Rec1 Qh5 58.Kc3 Qh4 59.Bg3 Qxg5 60.Kd2 Qh5 61.Rxb6 Ke7 62.Rb7+ Ke6 63.b6 Nf6 64.Bb5 Qh3 65.Rb8


After White’s 11th move
After Black’s 22nd move
Final position after White’s 65th move






Of course, analysis can sometimes give more accurate results than intuition but usually it’s just a lot of work. I normally do what my intuition tells me to do. Most of the time spent thinking is just to double-check.