Letter #08 - 2015
The 2nd great game that is known
Date: 07/21/15 12:20:00 PM
From: Dr. René Gralla (Germany)
Dear webmaster of chess-poster,
the 2nd great game of Shatranj that is known! I am German journalist René Gralla who publishes on
check out my name by the help of Google), I do love your data bank.
all the great games there - but in particular I do love a very special game in
your data bank that makes your data bank unique:
- the animated version of
the oldest game registered, namely the game of Shatranj between as-Suli and
is great: the unique chance to replay that game on the screen, with those great
Elephants ("Al-fils") and those very nice "Firzans" hopping and tripping
Since it is unique that that historic game is in the data bank I
herewith ask you
- to please make your data bank even more unique
adding the 2nd great game of Shatranj that is known
- and that even ends with checkmate
thus making its finale even more convincing and outstanding than the
1st game (that is already in the data bank).
In the following - please see the transcript of all the moves of
that game that I have added further down below - I can proudly
present to you the moves of that very game that has
been played between Abu-Bakr Muhammed Ben Yahya as-Suli (white) and the Caliph
Abu 'l-Fadl Ja'far ibn Ahmad al-Mu'tadid (black) - the latter is better known
under his name Caliph al-Muqtadir bi-Allah - around 920 A.D. at Baghdad,
the capital of the Abbasid Caliphate.
The opening that as-Suli and his
prominent opponent played is called "Sayyal", in English: "Torrent".
communicate the complete game to you after having done some research:
I have found the first 8 moves on the German-language website at Wikipedia on
- then I have contacted Mr. Ulrich Schaedler who is Mr. Director of the
Museum of Games of Switzerland,
and he sent me copies of the great book of
Chess historian Murray who has published the complete
game on the pages 264
and 268 (including footnote no. 18!).
Therefore I can today proudly
communicate to you that very complete game of Shatranj which is the
2nd one of complete games of Shatranj that are known.
Therefore I would be
very glad if you would like to add that very game to the data bank of chess-
poster since that would underline that your data bank is that unique in making
the great games of Shatranj known to the rest of the Chess world.
White: Yahya as-Suli
Date: Around 920 A.D.
Site: Baghdad, Abbasid Caliphate
1.g3 g6 2.g4 f6 3.e3 e6 4.Ne2 d6 5.Rg1 c6 6.f3 b6 7.f4 a6
8.f5 gxf5 9.gxf5 exf5 10.Ah3 Ne7 11.Rf1 Rg8 12.Ng3 Rg5 13.Axf5 h6 14.Ah3
Nd7 15.d3 d5 16.c3 Fc7 17.b3 Ra7 18.c4 Ad6 19.Nc3 Ae6 20.cxd5 cxd5 21.d4
Af8 22.Rf2 Fd6 23.b4 Rc7 24.Kd2 b5 25.Aa3 Nb6 26.Ac5 Nc6 27.a3 Kf7 28.Fc2
Ac4 29.Raf1 Rg6 30.Nh5 Ke8 31.Nxf6+ Kd8 32.Nfxd5 Rb7 33.Rxf8+ Kd7 34.Af5+
Ke6 35.Nf4# 1-0
very much in advance.
Dear Mr. Gralla,
Thank you for the game of Shatranj you sent us, we really appreciate it!
Please find the game at the following link:
We surely appreciate very much your contribution to our website.
Thank you for visiting us,