Pakistan's first Grandmaster title, know who is Mir Sultan received this honor after 58 years of death
The International Chess Federation has given the title of Honorary Grandmaster to former chess legend Mir Sultan Khan, 58 years after his death. He has become the first person from Pakistan to receive this honour.
Mir Sultan Khan, a former chess legend, finally received the recognition he deserved, 58 years after his passing. The International Chess Federation (FIDE) has named Mir Sultan Khan, a late chess player from Pakistan's Punjab state, an Honorary Grandmaster (GM). He is the first person from Pakistan to have this distinction. Sultan was the first Asian player to achieve success on the world chess scene.
Anwar ul Haq, the prime minister of Pakistan, received the GM title posthumously from FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich during an event in Islamabad. Mir Sultan Khan gained the respect he merited as a result.
In 1950, FIDE began bestowing Grandmaster designations upon players. Sultan passed away simultaneously on April 25, 1966. Even at that time, he was a strong contender for this title, but due to some reasons, he did not get the Grandmaster title.
Sultan Khan was born on 13 March 1903 in Sargodha, Punjab, which is now part of Pakistan. After independence, he moved from India to Pakistan.
Sultan began learning the game of chess from his father at the age of nine, and he quickly became an expert. He was the best player in Punjab at the age of twenty-one.
Sultan had a brief five-year international career. However, he demonstrated his abilities overseas during this time by winning the British Chess Championship three times in 1929, 1931, and 1932. In his day, he was regarded as one of the world's finest players.
Sultan defeated a number of the world's best players during his era. Taking down the former world champion Jose Raul Capablanca was one of his greatest triumphs. In addition, he triumphed over well-known players like Seville Tartakover and Frank Marshall. Max Euwe and Alexander Alekhine, the previous world champions, were held to a draw at the same time.