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S Sloan 
Photo courtesy of Sam Sloan.  
Sam Sloan
Number of games in database: 62
Years covered: 1959 to 2013
Last FIDE rating: 1894 (1923 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 1992
Overall record: +24 -29 =9 (46.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

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(born Sep-07-1944, 70 years old) United States of America

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Samuel Howard Sloan, a.k.a. M. Ismail Sloan, is an outspoken author on chess (as well as various other subjects), a chess tournament organizer, and an amateur player. In 2006-07, Sloan was a member of the Executive Board of the United States Chess Federation.

He is a frequent litigant, and was the last non-lawyer to argue a case before the Supreme Court of the United States. His case regarded the SEC's policies regarding the trading of penny stocks, and the Court ruled in his favor 9-0.

He is the author of several books, including Chinese Chess for Beginners and The Slave Children of Thomas Jefferson.

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 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 62  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. S Sloan vs C Rock 1-041 1959 US OpenC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
2. S Sloan vs A Acevedo Milan  1-046 1965 open tournamentC18 French, Winawer
3. S Sloan vs R Verber  ½-½23 1966 67th US OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
4. S Sloan vs P Cleghorn  0-125 1966 67th US OpenB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
5. S Sloan vs C Griffiths  1-037 1966 67th US OpenC12 French, McCutcheon
6. S Sloan vs R Lundin  1-024 1966 67th US OpenC13 French
7. S Sloan vs R Erkes  0-129 1966 67th US OpenB27 Sicilian
8. S Sloan vs Browne 1-049 1967 American OpenB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
9. M Shahade vs S Sloan 0-123 1969 U. S. Amateur ChampionshipB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
10. S Sloan vs J A Gutierrez  0-157 1969 San Juan, Puerto RicoB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
11. J Tamargo vs S Sloan  ½-½53 1971 Manhattan Chess Club Championship PreliminariesA26 English
12. J Sarwer vs S Sloan 0-126 1985 Manhattan Insanity Open, New YE92 King's Indian
13. M Vucic vs S Sloan 0-142 1986 Albena InternationalA40 Queen's Pawn Game
14. G Makropoulos vs S Sloan 0-143 1988 Active Chess ChampionshipC44 King's Pawn Game
15. S Sloan vs M Maga  1-041 1989 ?A00 Uncommon Opening
16. Khoon Teo Kok vs S Sloan  0-130 1989 Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)A40 Queen's Pawn Game
17. S Sloan vs I Si 1-039 1989 ?A00 Uncommon Opening
18. D Chen vs S Sloan  ½-½62 1989 Active Chess Championship, Kuala Lumpur (MalaysA40 Queen's Pawn Game
19. S Sloan vs R Loong 1-035 1989 ?A00 Uncommon Opening
20. Anand vs S Sloan 1-028 1989 Active Chess Championship, Kuala Lumpur (MalaysC57 Two Knights
21. S Sloan vs G Sanchez 1-027 1996 Cal Chess Season OpenerA00 Uncommon Opening
22. D Schneider vs S Sloan 0-157 1996 World Open ChampionshipC40 King's Knight Opening
23. C Lehman vs S Sloan 1-042 1996 It openC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
24. M Thaler vs S Sloan 0-128 2003 World OpenC40 King's Knight Opening
25. W Brock vs S Sloan  0-151 2005 RGCP Grudge MatchD08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
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  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.
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  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.
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  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.
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  WannaBe: Got a spam this morning, from 'Sam Sloan'. One of them pill ads. =))
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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.

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  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!
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  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.
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.[24] 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.>[25][26][27][28]

Sloan converted to Islam and changed his name to Haji Mohammed Ismail Sloan.[29]

Sloan tied for the lead in the World Championship of Chinese Chess.[30] He also won the Silver Medal in Senior Division (of two entries) at the World Memory Championship in Guangzhou, China.[31]"

A chess playing lawyer, who got into lots of trouble and was debarred:


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  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.

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  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.

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  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.
Jan-09-14  mwic: @OhioChessFan , "some rights reserved" is ubiquitous, and indicates that a Creative-Commons license is attached to the pics.

As for SS, I'm not a psychologist. Claiming to have been Zsuzsa Polgar's "boyfriend" when she was 17 and he was in his 40s was a bit much for me.

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  WannaBe: My goodness been a while since I've been on this page. The picture is something (else)...
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  offramp: If he hadn't been so devoted to that pesky Damiano's Defence he might have had a much more successful career.

The highlight of his chess career, without a doubt, is the OTB match for money v Bill Brock.

LOL - this match does not have its own event page LOL but one of the games is at S Sloan vs B Brock, 2005, and the other two games can be found easily from there.

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