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|Jul-23-12|| ||thomastonk: Today a serious question. I have seen an edition of Réti's <Modern Ideas in Chess>, where amazon noticed Golombek and Sloan as <artists> (and Réti as author). I assume that the book contains a preface of Golombek, but why is Sloan mentioned?|
|Aug-29-12|| ||Caissanist: Presumably the version you saw was from Ishi Press, which is Sam's imprint. Ishi press has several hundred books in print right now, many/most of them about chess.|
|Dec-07-12|| ||Conrad93: Can we get a better picture?|
|Dec-07-12|| ||SteinitzLives: Experts say one out of twenty people is either a sociopath or has the significant tendencies of one. I wonder if it's higher within the serious chess playing populace.|
|Dec-08-12|| ||Conrad93: Unlikely.|
|Dec-08-12|| ||OhioChessFan: His Flickr pics have the caption "some rights reserved". I'm reasonably certain I've never seen that before.|
|Dec-14-12|| ||Conrad93: That can't be how he regularly looks.
Isn't there a better picture?
|Dec-14-12|| ||dumbgai: I find it hilarious how Sam Sloan comments on his game here, offering improvements over his actual play to try to justify his opening. Only, most of the improvements he suggests are still losing for black, albeit by a smaller margin (typical -2 instead of -5). You'd think he could make up the difference just by playing real openings instead.|
|Jan-04-13|| ||HeMateMe: Somehow, it fits. Sloan writes an introduction to a book about Rudolf Hess, one of the most bizzare charatcters of WWII.|
In fact, his mug shot-type photo on this page sort of looks like the Hess photo.
|Jan-04-13|| ||blazerdoodle: Just read part of Sloan's introduction to the book. It jives with what I recall. Not badly written. Perhaps the guy knows something about history. Odd to see him trashed for that.|
|Jan-04-13|| ||OhioChessFan: After reading the book description, I have to conclude that isn't the "not badly written" introduction.|
|Jan-06-13|| ||blazerdoodle: I remember the mess about Rudolf Hesse. He isn't off the mark. Who knows what the book is about or why he did it. Weird, Hesse going to England like that, though.|
|Apr-08-13|| ||WannaBe: Got a spam this morning, from 'Sam Sloan'. One of them pill ads. =))|
|Jul-01-13|| ||FSR: http://news.yahoo.com/only-lawyers-...|
|Jul-02-13|| ||HeMateMe: Is Sam Sloan the only convicted murderer to argue a case before the Supreme Court? I would think "yes."|
That's why I love this site. Just when you think it's boring, Sam Sloan makes an appearance.
I find it intriguing that a layman could win 9-0 at the Supreme Court. Especially, in that it was something like stock trading, which I would think would involve a lot of technical and legal issues to be brought forth, something a whole legal team would be involved in, dividing up the work.
|Jul-02-13|| ||Sneaky: <convicted murderer> Was that a mistake or some kind of joke I don't get? I've heard many things about Mr. Sloan but I don't believe he's ever been accused of murder, much less convicted!|
|Jul-02-13|| ||FSR: <Sneaky> Who said he was a convicted murderer? No, AFAIK that is not true. Incidentally, I successfully defended Bill Brock against a defamation suit Sloan brought against him. That was the same lawsuit where Sloan sued USCF, Susan Polgar, Truong, Goichberg, the United States, Texas Tech and half of the known universe. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/04/n...|
|Jul-02-13|| ||HeMateMe: My bad. SS is not a killer, though he is a convicted felon:|
"Sloan has been married three times. Sloan's second wife, Honzagool, was a native of Chitral and together they had a daughter named Shamema. Sloan and Honzagool soon separated and Sloan left New York for Virginia with Shamema, leaving Shamema in the care of a Virginia couple, while Honzagool returned to Chitral. Sloan was subsequently locked into a now-moot child custody struggle, which lasted several years, with that Virginia couple over that same daughter. On September 5, 1991, Sloan attempted to leave the USA with Shamema and he was arrested.< Sloan was convicted of attempted abduction of Shamema, a felony, for which he spent 18 months in state prison.>
Sloan converted to Islam and changed his name to Haji Mohammed Ismail Sloan.
Sloan tied for the lead in the World Championship of Chinese Chess. He also won the Silver Medal in Senior Division (of two entries) at the World Memory Championship in Guangzhou, China."
A chess playing lawyer, who got into lots of trouble and was debarred:
|Jul-02-13|| ||Sneaky: <SS is not a killer, though he is a convicted felon> That's quite a difference! Most people I respect are convicted felons! Glad to have set the record straight.|
|Jul-02-13|| ||Wyatt Gwyon: Sloan is once again the heavy favorite in this year's Zombie World Chess Championship.|
|Jul-02-13|| ||HeMateMe: I kind of like this guy. His face looks like a super villain from the Marvel comics gallery. Sort of like he's a shape shifter, who can assume different identities. |
And, he's smart, might actually have super powers. Wouldn't it be boring if we were all the same?
|Jul-02-13|| ||Strongest Force: I knew SS back when he worked for that giant investment firm. The same one Brit GM Luke Mcshane works for.|
|Jul-03-13|| ||dehanne: <Very strange guy. Wikipedia says he is one of the best Chinese Chess players in the world.>
Judging from that flickr picture gallery of his, he plays shogi as well.|
He's a really interesting guy.
|Jul-03-13|| ||SteinitzLives: The rumors about this guy are often fantastically lurid. Sometimes the reality is too. He is classic: chess-player-self-serving-weird. |
A recent rumor (within the last year) is that he may be squatting in a deceased mans' home in CA, and claiming to be the rightful heir to the deceased mans estate, since there are no other heirs.
Again, amazing rumors, but don't think for a second, he does not love the publicity (which I unfortunately just contributed to) so I guess he owes me one.
|Aug-02-13|| ||offramp: Sam says that he and his family have been evicted from the Goodall Estate. I would not wish that on any one. Good luck, Sam.|
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