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Jacob Levin
Number of games in database: 38
Years covered: 1925 to 1946
Overall record: +17 -8 =13 (61.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born 1904, died Jun-17-1992, 88 years old) Latvia (federation/nationality United States of America)

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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 38  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Levin vs S T Sharp  0-1551925Pennsylvania st-chC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
2. J Levin vs B F Winkelman  1-0241932Philadelphia chD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
3. Harold Morton vs J Levin  1-0321933Boston vs. PhiladelphiaC29 Vienna Gambit
4. Santasiere vs J Levin  ½-½401939Ventnor CityA04 Reti Opening
5. J Levin vs M Bain 1-0171939Ventnor CityA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
6. Pinkus vs J Levin  0-1341941Ventnor CityC12 French, McCutcheon
7. J Levin vs Santasiere  0-1401941Ventnor CityD77 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O
8. W Adams vs J Levin  0-1211941Ventnor CityC24 Bishop's Opening
9. J Levin vs S Bernstein  1-0641941Ventnor CityE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
10. J Levin vs S Bernstein  1-0651942Ventnor CityE24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
11. W Suesman vs J Levin  ½-½411942Ventnor CityD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. J Levin vs H H Hahlbohm  ½-½461942USA ChD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. Reshevsky vs J Levin 1-0391942New YorkE26 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
14. Denker vs J Levin  0-1421942USA ChA47 Queen's Indian
15. J Levin vs Pinkus  0-1471942USA ChD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
16. Shainswit vs J Levin  1-0501943Ventnor CityE05 Catalan, Open, Classical line
17. W Adams vs J Levin  ½-½411943Ventnor CityC27 Vienna Game
18. J Levin vs W Suesman  ½-½501943Ventnor CityD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
19. J Levin vs Santasiere  1-0581944Ventnor CityD74 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O
20. W Suesman vs J Levin  ½-½591944Ventnor CityC33 King's Gambit Accepted
21. J Levin vs A Sandrin 1-0251946USA-chD96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
22. I A Horowitz vs J Levin  ½-½461946USA-chD49 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
23. J Levin vs Pinkus  ½-½361946USA-chA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
24. W Suesman vs J Levin 0-1211946USA-chC29 Vienna Gambit
25. J Levin vs A Di Camillo 0-1481946USA-chB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
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  zanzibar: his player is (maybe) talked about by John Donaldson in his history of the Mechanics Institute, in reference to Eugene Levine:

<[ Eugene Levin ] Having learned the game at the age of six from his father, Jacob Levin, he didn't start studying the game seriously until 1944.>

The question is whether Donaldson is thinking of this player or not in reference to Eugene's father.

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  zanzibar: This is some mention of Jacob Levin in contemporaneous newspaper reporting from BDE Thurs 1941-07-17 p15:



Levin Proves Popular Victor in 3d Annual Ventnor City Tourney

(Hermann Helms)

To the scroll of honor which records the outstanding achievements of the heroes of the annual series of invitation tournaments, the third of which has just been concluded at Ventnor City, N. J. may now be added the name of Jacob Levin of Philadelphia, a Latvian by birth, but for 35 of his 36 years a resident of these United States.

One of the prize winners at the original meeting of 1939, Levin, a graduate of the Central High School and the University of Pennsylvania, has not been in the limelight of late. Married earlier this year, he decided upon the short resort for a vacation from his law work when Tournament Director Wayne telephoned him an invitation to be one of 10 to compete this Summer.

It was not so much that the victor did not have a really fine background in Pennsylvania and intercity chess, but the fact that he had withdrawn for two years from the arena left the impression that he was an able but not too dangerous contender.

That his was a most popular victory was evidenced by the resounding applause which greeted the presentation of the first prize and the Press Union Newspapers Trophy by Mayor Harry S. Hodson, head of the local committee of the Ventnor City Chess Club. Levin's wife and mother were both present, and their faces glowed with pleasure as they, in common with the crowd that filled the Solarium on the Municipal Pier, shared in the triumph his skill had earned for him.>

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  zanzibar: Two important pieces of information to mention.

First, even though he was born in Latvia, this person was basically raised in the US (35 of his 36 years).

Second, in regards to the possibility of his being father of Eugene Levine - this is unlikely given the above.

Jacob was born in 1904, and could have fathered a son in 1930 (the year Eugene was born). But the article is from 1941, and he is newly married.

The possibility remains, but it is far less likely given this info.

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