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Victor Soultanbeieff
V Soultanbeieff 
Number of games in database: 100
Years covered: 1921 to 1963
Overall record: +37 -36 =27 (50.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Nov-11-1895, died Feb-09-1972, 76 years old) Russia (federation/nationality Belgium)

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Victor Ivanovich Soultanbeieff moved to Belgium after the Russian revolution. He was champion of the Belgian federation* in 1932 (=Israel Dyner), 1934, 1943, 1957 and 1961 and was 5th at Spa in 1926.

*Wikipedia article: Belgian Chess Championship

Wikipedia article: Victor Soultanbeieff

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 100  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Soultanbeieff vs NN 1-0221921GallipoliC55 Two Knights Defense
2. V Soultanbeieff vs NN 1-0181923LiegeC70 Ruy Lopez
3. Koltanowski vs V Soultanbeieff 1-0261923BEL-chC49 Four Knights
4. V Soultanbeieff vs J B Perlmutter  1-03719242nd La Nation Belgian CupB20 Sicilian
5. J Davidson vs V Soultanbeieff  0-1461926SpaA34 English, Symmetrical
6. Tartakower vs V Soultanbeieff  ½-½341926SpaD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. M Romi vs V Soultanbeieff  1-0321926SpaC45 Scotch Game
8. V Soultanbeieff vs A Dunkelblum 1-0291926SpaA46 Queen's Pawn Game
9. V Soultanbeieff vs M Lenglez  1-0501926SpaE15 Queen's Indian
10. Saemisch vs V Soultanbeieff  ½-½751926SpaE12 Queen's Indian
11. V Soultanbeieff vs E Sapira  0-1371926SpaA04 Reti Opening
12. V Soultanbeieff vs G A Thomas  0-1301926SpaE16 Queen's Indian
13. Mendlewicz vs V Soultanbeieff 1-0291926LiegeA00 Uncommon Opening
14. E Liubarski vs V Soultanbeieff 0-1181928Liege-chC53 Giuoco Piano
15. V Soultanbeieff vs W Winter  ½-½421929Ramsgate schevD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
16. Yates vs V Soultanbeieff 0-1631929Ramsgate schevB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
17. V Soultanbeieff vs R P Michell  1-0391929Ramsgate schevC29 Vienna Gambit
18. H E Price vs V Soultanbeieff  1-0671929Ramsgate schevD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. V Soultanbeieff vs E G Sergeant  1-0391929Ramsgate schevD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
20. G A Thomas vs V Soultanbeieff  1-0531929Ramsgate schevB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
21. V Soultanbeieff vs T H Tylor  ½-½331929Ramsgate schevE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
22. Kaplan vs V Soultanbeieff 0-1141930LiegeD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
23. V Soultanbeieff vs I Kornreich 1-0361930GhentE17 Queen's Indian
24. V Soultanbeieff vs Sultan Khan 0-1281930LiegeE16 Queen's Indian
25. V Soultanbeieff vs Ahues  0-1801930LiegeA46 Queen's Pawn Game
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  offramp: Soultanbeieff was a truly original player; it's a lot of fun going over his games.
Oct-04-05  DutchDunce: Sounds like a really yummy supper creation as well. "Sultan Beef"...mmmm.
Mar-03-08  MichAdams: Yes, I could just go a nice salt beef sandwich, a flask of milky coffee and a couple of jam doughnuts.
Sep-06-08  myschkin: . . .

Soultanbéieff was known for his agressive playing style, which sometimes resulted in short, brilliant games, but which sometimes led to unnecessary defeat. Some of his games are still famous like his games against [E Liubarski vs V Soultanbeieff, 1928 ] or [V Soultanbeieff vs Borodin, 1943 ]. Unlike many other players, Soultanbéieff stayed true to his attacking style when he grew old. He left his name to the Soultanbeieff defence, a line in the Slav Defense which was introduced in the correspondence game Alexander Macht – Soultanbéieff, 1931–32:

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 5.a4 e6 (very good wiki bio)


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Mar-03-10  Cardinal Fang: My favourite Soultanbeieff game isn't in the database yet :-

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  GrahamClayton: Here is Soultanbeieff playing a nice variation of the epaulette mate, against Liubarski at Liege in 1935:

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1.♖f7+ ♔e8 2. ♗b5+ ♔d8 3. ♖bd7+ ♔e8 4. ♖de7+ ♔d8 5.♖e8+ ♖e8 6.♖d7#

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  GrahamClayton: A quick victory by Soultanbeieff that is not in the database:

[Event "?"]
[Site "Liege"]
[Date "1930.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Kaplan"]
[Black "Soultanbeieff, Victor Ivanovich"]
[Result "0-1"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. ♘c3 dxc4 4. e3 b5 5. ♘xb5 cxb5 6. ♕f3 ♘c6 7. ♕xc6+ ♗d7 8. ♕f3 e5 9. dxe5 ♗b4+ 10. ♔e2 ♘h6 11. h3

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11...♗g4! 12. ♕xg4 ♘xg4 13. hxg4 ♕d3+ 14. ♔f3 ♕xf1 0-1

Source: Bill Wall, “500 Queen’s Gambit Miniatures”, Chess Enterprises Inc, Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, 1985

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  GrahamClayton: Here are a couple of pictures of Soultanbeieff giving a simultaneous exhibition in Luxembourg in the mid 1930's:

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  offramp: There is a pub near me called the Sultan, in South London.

It is a superb pub, really a great local.
Anyway, they are holding a beer festival from 22-24 April 2016.

I put this in my diary as <SULTAN B.F.>, and I thought, wow!...

Victor Ivanovich Soultanbeieff

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  offramp: He is player of the day today, because if he had continued to live (or failed to die) he would be 121 today.

I went to that Sultan BF that I mentioned earlier. It was very good. It rained a bit but that made the beer last longer.

Nov-11-16  TheFocus: Player of the Day

Happy birthday, Victor Sultan of Beef!!

Nov-11-16  Gejewe: His book "Guide pratique du jeu des combinaisons" (1950) was reprinted in the early 1974 as "Le maitre de l'attaque : 100 parties de Soultanbeieff" and as a junior player his attacking flair highly impressed me. In 1981, an open was organised in Liège, Belgium as the "Soultanbeieff memorial" and naturally I have played there. His son Alexandre Soultanbeieff was a guest of honor in the event, he was a chessplayer in his younger years (mentioned in the book). This Alexandre, an artist by profession, was born in 1926 and still seems to be active.., at 90.. ("seems" as information on internet is not always up to date )
Nov-11-18  Nosnibor: In Fischer`s 60 Memorable Games he referred to his victory over Keres in game 9 as "Meat and Potatoes ".However I am sure he was not thinking of Soultanbeieff when this intro to the game was written.
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  FSR: Chernev had a lot of Soultanbeieff's victories in <Combinations: The Art of Chess>. That's about the only place I've seen the guy mentioned.
Nov-11-19  BIDMONFA: Victor Ivanovich Soultanbeieff


Nov-11-19  spingo: If he was around nowadays we would probably write his name as Sultanbeev, like in Dreev or Bareev.

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