Sultan Khan: Chess Champion of the British Empire Hardly anyone paid attention when
Sultan Khan arrived in London on April 26, 1929. He came from a village in the Punjab and spoke
He had learned the rules of Western chess only three years earlier, yet within a few months he
created a sensation by becoming the British Empire champion.
He was taken to England by Sir Umar Hayat Khan, an Indian nobleman and politician who used
Sultan Khan’s successes to promote his own interests in the turbulent years before India gained
Sultan Khan: Chess Champion remained in Europe for the best part of five years, competing
with the leading chess players of the era, including World Champion Alexander Alekhine and former
World Champion Jose Raoul Capablanca. His unorthodox style often stunned his opponents, as
Daniel King explains in his examination of the key games and tournaments in Khan’s career.
His unorthodox style often stunned his opponents, as Daniel King explains in his examination of the
key games and tournaments in Khan’s career.
Daniel King has uncovered a wealth of new facts about Khan, as well as dozens of previously
For the first time he tells the full story of how Khan, a Muslim outsider, was received in Europe, of his
successes in the chess world and his return to obscurity after his departure for India in 1933.
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