The title of Chess Grandmaster is the highest title one can achieve in the game of chess. The criteria to get it are a bit complex. But once you achieve it you're always c…alled that, just like how the President of the United States is always called President even after his terms are up. To give an idea of how few grandmasters there are, the January 2014 list had 1,444 grandmasters on it. Keep in mind this is a sport that between 600-700 million people in the world play at least casually. There are about 200 million people who play chess online. And there are roughly 2 million competitive chess players in the world (people who actually play rated chess tournaments on the circuits). So among competitive chess players, only about 0.07% of them are grandmasters! (MORE)
The title Grandmaster is awarded to strong chess players by the world chess organization FIDE. Apart from World Champion, Grandmaster is the highest title a chess player can a…ttain. Once achieved, the title is held for life. In chess literature it is usually abbreviated to GM(similarly, FM stands for FIDE Master and IM for International Master). The abbreviation IGM for International Grandmaster can also sometimes be found, particularly in older literature. There are 1174 grandmasters of chess. (MORE)
Shorty mills happens to actually be my Hanshi he is a grandmaster in more martial arts styles then I remember well decorated martial artist creator of Pagoda ryu a martial art…s style that combines Jiu jitsu Taekwondo shorin ryu akido and kenpo into one style He is found in the midwest chicago region (MORE)
Mir Sultan Khan .
by Ismail Sloan.
One of the most interesting and important personalities in chess history was Mir Sultan Khan. He was brought from India to England in 19…29 by his master, a maharaja, was kept there for four years, and then was taken back to India in 1933 by his master, never to be seen by the world of chess again..
During his short stay in England, Sultan Khan won the British Chess Championship, defeated former World Champion Capablanca and played first board for England during the World Chess Olympiads at Prague 1931 and at Folkestone 1933. At the same time, another servant brought by the same maharaja, a Miss Fatima, won the British Woman's Chess Championship..
Sultan Khan never finished lower than fourth in any chess tournament in which he ever played. Although he always lost to William Winter (who usually finished last, in spite of defeating Sultan Khan) there is no doubt that Sultan Khan was one of the strongest chess players in the world at that time. According to the modern rating system, Sultan Khan was about 2550 in strength and was easily a grandmaster. This also means that Sultan Khan was the first ever Asian grandmaster of chess. .
Sultan Khan .
There is some dispute as to whether Sultan Khan was a slave or was merely a servant. Reuben Fine related that when he was a guest for dinner at the maharaja's home in England, Sultan Khan was a waiter who brought the dishes to the table..
It is often said that Sultan Khan was a beginner at chess and that he learned the rules only shortly before being brought from India, but that he was a master at the Indian version of chess. However, this story does not mean much, because the Indian version of chess is almost exactly the same as Western chess, the main difference being that in Indian chess, a pawn can only move one square on the first move, not two, and, when reaching the "queening" square, the pawn becomes the piece of the file on which it promotes. In other words, if the white pawn reaches c8 or f8, it becomes a bishop..
In the 1950s, there was an article in British Chess Magazine which said that Sultan Khan had been found to be an opera singer in Durban, South Africa. However, this probably was merely somebody who looked like him. According to the book by R. N. Coles, Sultan Khan lived out his life on his family plot in Pakistan, in the Sargodha district of Punjab province, surrounded by his children and great grand children, etc. and died in 1966..
Coles relates that in the early 1960s, someone (I forget the name) located Sultan Khan at his home near Lahore, Pakistan and visited him there. He found Sultan Khan sitting under a tree smoking a hookah. The visitor related that Sultan Khan offered to play him a game of blindfold chess, but that the visitor "wisely declined"..
I would like to find out the exact location of that plot of land and of the tree. I used to visit Pakistan frequently and the next time I go there I would like to go to that exact spot..
Note that while it is always said that Sultan Khan came from India, he actually came from that part of India which is now Pakistan..
A friend from Pakistan informs me that anyone who smokes a hookah does not live very long. It usually contains a pungent version of tobacco, or so I am told. (MORE)
9th degree black belt in Taekwondo, 8th degree black belt in judo, 8h degree black belt in hupkido and 4th degree black belt in kumdo. International 1960 judo champion. Guardi…an of the Korean president. (MORE)
Grandmaster Flash is painting a picture of life for those struggling in New York, pointing out the flaws in society that he and his family have to deal with regularly. The la…st verse explains that a child comes into the world with a completely blank slate, meaning they'll be influenced by how they grow up. Kids growing up in a ghetto come to admire the people who have money, namely "thugs, pimps and pushers" and thus emulate them, often landing themselves in prison. (MORE)