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Sam Sloan
S Sloan 
Photo courtesy of Sam Sloan.  
Number of games in database: 86
Years covered: 1956 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 1864 (1880 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 1992
Overall record: +38 -38 =10 (50.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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   S Sloan vs Luis Flaquer (Jul-06-18) 1-0
   S Sloan vs Zhou Liran (Jul-05-18) 0-1
   William Jiarui Sartorio vs S Sloan (May-28-18) 0-1
   S Sloan vs Hanon Russell (May-24-15) 1-0
   S Sloan vs Weeramantry (Jun-09-13) 0-1

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(born Sep-07-1944, 73 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 4; games 1-25 of 86  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. S Sloan vs William F Cox 1-0121956North Carolina OpenC46 Three Knights
2. C Weldon vs S Sloan  1-0181959Capital City OpenB40 Sicilian
3. S Sloan vs C A Rock 1-041195960th US OpenC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
4. S Sloan vs A Chertkof  1-0491961Eastern Open ChampionshipB32 Sicilian
5. K Bendit vs S Sloan  0-1331962Northern California QualifierA00 Uncommon Opening
6. S Sloan vs M Yoffie  ½-½611963U. S. Junior ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
7. E Edmondson vs S Sloan  0-1271963Chess Friends of NorCal Money TournamentB01 Scandinavian
8. W Cunningham vs S Sloan  1-0291963California Intercollegiate ChampionshipC34 King's Gambit Accepted
9. E D Osbun vs S Sloan  0-1481964Chess Friends of NorCal Open ChampionshipB01 Scandinavian
10. S Sloan vs A Acevedo Milan  1-0461965open tournamentC18 French, Winawer
11. S Sloan vs C Griffiths  1-037196667th US OpenC12 French, McCutcheon
12. S Sloan vs P Cleghorn  0-125196667th US OpenB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
13. S Sloan vs R Verber  ½-½23196667th US OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
14. S Sloan vs R Erkes  0-129196667th US OpenB27 Sicilian
15. S Sloan vs R Lundin  1-024196667th US OpenC13 French
16. S Sloan vs Browne 1-0491967American OpenB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
17. S Sloan vs Zuckerman  0-1251969Chess House OpenB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
18. J Peters vs S Sloan  0-1231969Continental Amateur ChampionshipB01 Scandinavian
19. S Sloan vs J A Gutierrez  0-1571969San Juan, Puerto RicoB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
20. S Sloan vs Myron Zelitch  1-0341969U. S. Amateur ChampionshipB30 Sicilian
21. G Kramer vs S Sloan  1-0411969Manhattan Chess Club PreliminariesB01 Scandinavian
22. M Shahade vs S Sloan 0-1231969U. S. Amateur ChampionshipB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
23. R Blumenfeld vs S Sloan  0-1481970Greater New York Adult ChampionshipA38 English, Symmetrical
24. R Gruchacz vs S Sloan  0-1261970Eastern Amateur ChampionshipB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
25. J Tamargo vs S Sloan  ½-½531971Manhattan Chess Club Championship PreliminariesA16 English
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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. =))
Jul-01-13  FSR:
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!
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.
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  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.

May-24-15  TheTamale: Love the current pic of Sam! He appears happy and at peace, and I hope it's true.
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  offramp: <TheTamale> I am with you. Some people don't like him but he has never done anything horrible. However, I am in England, so I might have missed some things.

I DO know that he had a problem with Brock, and they both put up money, and they met over the board in a huge grudge match, and Sam won. Brock won the post mortem by miles.

Sam put his money where his mouth was, against a higher rated player, and won. Sam also played those Shiite openings that he had always played. (Sam is a Muslim).

I MUST salute such a guy.

Oct-08-15  FSR: Sloan has announced that he is a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in 2016. I think that he is a longshot.
Oct-08-15  King Radio: Why not. He is not out of place with the rest of the clowns in the ring for both parties.
Oct-10-15  Howard: Will he be in the debate next Tuesday, on October 13 ?


Dec-07-15  Rama: I used to visit his webpage years ago, what a blast!
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  zanzibar: Here's an equally colorful, but more revealing, photograph of him:

Dec-07-15  HeMateMe: he reminds me of Harry Dean Stanton:


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  zanzibar: <HMM> Definite resemblance in the craggy feature departure.

<CG> - can we please get some color correction for his portrait, or is that deliberate?

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