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Samuel D Factor
Number of games in database: 106
Years covered: 1916 to 1946

Overall record: +42 -40 =23 (51.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (8) 
    A46 D02 E10 D04
 Orthodox Defense (7) 
    D51 D63 D52 D68 D55
 Ruy Lopez (7) 
    C84 C88 C62 C66 C68
 Semi-Slav (5) 
    D46 D45 D49
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (8) 
    C80 C79 C83 C68 C66
 Orthodox Defense (7) 
    D51 D67 D52 D60 D61
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Nietsche vs Factor, 1928 0-1
   Factor vs F M Currier, 1923 1-0
   Factor vs Alekhine, 1932 1/2-1/2
   Factor vs L Isaacs, 1937 1-0
   Factor vs Reshevsky, 1924 1-0
   A Simonson vs Factor, 1936 0-1
   Reshevsky vs Factor, 1917 0-1
   Factor vs I A Horowitz, 1928 1-0
   Factor vs Harold Morton, 1935 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   US Championship (1936)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Chicago Masters Tournament, 1926 by Phony Benoni
   Atlantic City 1921 by crawfb5
   US Open 1924, Detroit = 25th Western Champ. by Phony Benoni
   US Open 1922, Louisville = 23rd Western Champ. by Phony Benoni
   US Open 1921, Cleveland = 22nd Western Champ. by Phony Benoni
   US Open 1925, Cedar Point = 26th Western Champ. by Phony Benoni

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(born Sep-22-1883, died Jan-11-1949, 65 years old) Poland (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Former Chicago and Illinois chess champion. He won the Western Championship (U.S. Open) in 1922 and 1930. He played Board 3 for the USA team at 1928 Chess Olympiad at The Hague. At his death, he was president of the Chicago Chess Club. He played in the US championship in 1936 and 1944.

Wikipedia article: Samuel Factor

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 106  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Factor vs Rubinstein 0-1611916LodzC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
2. Reshevsky vs Factor 0-1261917LodzC22 Center Game
3. Factor vs Reti 1-0331919RotterdamD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
4. Reti vs Factor 1-0231919RotterdamC30 King's Gambit Declined
5. Lasker vs Factor  ½-½341920Simul, 28bC77 Ruy Lopez
6. Factor vs J W te Kolste  1-0141920DD-NRSVC42 Petrov Defense
7. Factor vs Olland  1-0321920MatchC42 Petrov Defense
8. Factor vs S T Sharp 1-04519218th American Chess CongressC42 Petrov Defense
9. Factor vs E S Jackson  1-04619218th American Chess CongressC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
10. Factor vs C Jaffe  0-13919218th American Chess CongressD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. S Mlotkowski vs Factor 0-1361921Atlantic CityC48 Four Knights
12. V Sournin vs Factor  1-04919218th American Chess CongressA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
13. Factor vs J B Harvey 1-0141921Atlantic CityC55 Two Knights Defense
14. N Whitaker vs Factor  1-04619218th American Chess CongressD67 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, Bd3 line
15. Factor vs Marshall  ½-½5119218th American Chess CongressC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
16. Factor vs J T Beckner  1-059192122nd Western ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
17. Factor vs N Whitaker 0-118192122nd Western ChampionshipC88 Ruy Lopez
18. Ed. Lasker vs Factor  ½-½68192122nd Western ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
19. Factor vs S H Shapiro  1-031192122nd Western ChampionshipC66 Ruy Lopez
20. E W Gruer vs Factor  0-171192223rd Western ChampionshipC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
21. Factor vs N Whitaker  1-039192223rd Western ChampionshipD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
22. I Spero vs Factor 1-072192223rd Western ChampionshipC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
23. Showalter vs Factor  0-146192223rd Western ChampionshipD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
24. Ed. Lasker vs Factor 0-140192223rd Western ChampionshipC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
25. Factor vs F M Currier 1-017192324th Western ChampionshipC41 Philidor Defense
 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 106  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jan-28-04  Resignation Trap: Factor was a prominent figure in the Chicago area for many years. Nearly all of his chess career he was an American, but the best source of information on him is on a Polish website:

Apr-21-05  soberknight: "Fear Factor" (pun potential for games he won).
Apr-05-08  biglo: Pity there are more than 10 wins of his in the database because you could have said he had the X Factor
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  johnlspouge: When in doubt, ... ???

If you had taken math at my high school, you'd know what to do.

Sep-22-09  cuendillar: He was a D Factor from Poland though.
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  whiteshark: Does <D> stands for <decisive>?
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  Phony Benoni: Factor appears here, in a group shot taken at the 8th American Chess Congress, Atlantic City, 1921:

Hope you can view it sideways. The key is on the next page, but most of the big names are seated in the second row, viewing from left to right: <Frank J. Marshall, Samuel D. Factor, Vladimir Sournin, David Janowski, Rev. B. M Neill, Norman T. Whitaker> (now you now why the Rev. is in there), <Charles Jaffe, Stasch Mlotkowski>. At the very end of this row is <I.S. Turover>

Nov-03-10  technical draw: Samuel Factor was Max Factor's nephew not brother as some say in his games. Samuel's father Daniel was Max's brother.
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  andrewjsacks: <TD> That relationship is correct: nephew, not brother. People better *makeup* their minds to understand it properly.
Sep-22-12  Abdel Irada: I can only hope that "The Samuel D. Factor" will be a better show than "The O'Reilly Factor."

At least it has better inbuilt rap potential.

Sep-22-12  Abdel Irada: <Phony Benoni>: Great old image — especially after I downloaded it and rotated it 90 degrees. But where is Marshall's trademark cigar? He can't expect to do a proper job threatening Nimzovich without it.
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  TheFocus: Wasn't one of the Factor brothers a notorious gangster?
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  andrewjsacks: Yes, his half-brother John, I believe.
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  perfidious: <andrew> cha-CHING!!!

Mar-06-13  Caissanist: Curiously, Edward Lasker's <Chess Secrets I Learned from the Masters> does not mention Factor at all, although Factor was obviously Lasker's main rival as leading player in Chicago during the 1920s and 1930s. Perhaps there was bad blood between them, but it may just be that Lasker found his two losses to Factor a bit embarrassing. At one point he claims that "[I]n 1923 I had been acknowledged as the only serious contender for Marshall's title" as U.S. champion, which would not have seemed as credible were he to mention his loss to Factor (and resulting third place finish) in the 1922 Western Open.
Sep-19-14  acmilan03c1: Samuel Daniel Factor, apparently. See this link (and others, not many):
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Samuel Factor.
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  whiteshark: Samuel Factor 1927-1928:
Jun-28-18  wrap99: Caissanist: I am not sure but probably it was in Hilbert's Whitaker bio there are some excerpts from Lasker's correspondence which not only show that Lasker and Whitaker were apparently friends but I think Factor is mentioned.
Sep-23-19  Caissanist: Whiteshark's link is broken, as are most links to pages prior to 2018, when they simplified their URLs. I believe this is the current link: .
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