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Jorge E Sammour-Hasbun
Number of games in database: 60
Years covered: 1991 to 2013
Last FIDE rating: 2458
Highest rating achieved in database: 2611

Overall record: +23 -25 =11 (48.3%)*
   * 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:
 Sicilian (13) 
    B94 B75 B99 B42 B70
 Sicilian Najdorf (5) 
    B94 B97 B99 B96
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (5) 
    B33 B91 B66 B90 B40
 Semi-Slav (5) 
    D44 D45 D43
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Passov vs J Sammour-Hasbun, 1991 0-1
   J Sammour-Hasbun vs R Anderson, 2003 1-0
   J Sammour-Hasbun vs J Bonin, 1991 1-0
   J Sammour-Hasbun vs A Ivanov, 2013 1-0
   Shabalov vs J Sammour-Hasbun, 2008 0-1
   J Sammour-Hasbun vs D Kuljasevic, 2007 1-0
   Soltis vs J Sammour-Hasbun, 1996 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Foxwoods Open (2009)
   US Chess Championship (2013)
   United States Chess League (2008)

   🏆 United States Championship
   Shulman vs J Sammour-Hasbun (May-12-13) 1-0
   J Sammour-Hasbun vs V Akobian (May-11-13) 0-1
   R Hess vs J Sammour-Hasbun (May-10-13) 1/2-1/2
   J Sammour-Hasbun vs A Ivanov (May-09-13) 1-0
   Stripunsky vs J Sammour-Hasbun (May-07-13) 1-0

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(born Mar-12-1979, 42 years old) Palestine (federation/nationality United States of America)

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FIDE master, formerly known as Jorge Zamora.

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 60  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Bonin vs J Sammour-Hasbun  1-0401991Manhattan opE97 King's Indian
2. J Sammour-Hasbun vs B Colias  0-1251991Manhattan OpenB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
3. A Passov vs J Sammour-Hasbun 0-1271991Manhattan Chess ClubC58 Two Knights
4. J Sammour-Hasbun vs Kamsky 1-0451991Manhattan Chess ClubB42 Sicilian, Kan
5. J Sammour-Hasbun vs J Bonin 1-025199119th World OpenC07 French, Tarrasch
6. J Sammour-Hasbun vs Taimanov ½-½501992New York Enhance MCCB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
7. J Sammour-Hasbun vs B Kreiman 0-1201993Ch USA (juniors)C56 Two Knights
8. Waitzkin vs J Sammour-Hasbun  0-1321993USA-ch U18B33 Sicilian
9. J Sammour-Hasbun vs E Winslow  0-1241993New York opB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
10. J Sammour-Hasbun vs Shaked  ½-½201993New York USA ch jrB33 Sicilian
11. J Sammour-Hasbun vs Hjartarson  ½-½461994New York opC51 Evans Gambit
12. J Sammour-Hasbun vs G Orlov  1-0341994New York opE86 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6
13. J Sammour-Hasbun vs Shabalov  0-135199422nd World OpenE10 Queen's Pawn Game
14. J Sammour-Hasbun vs R Byrne 0-1411994New York opB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
15. Soltis vs J Sammour-Hasbun  ½-½301996BermudaB10 Caro-Kann
16. W J Donaldson vs J Sammour-Hasbun  1-0381996Bermuda OpenA13 English
17. J Sammour-Hasbun vs J Yedidia 0-132199656th New England opA88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
18. J Sammour-Hasbun vs Oll  0-1191997National opD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
19. A Ivanov vs J Sammour-Hasbun  0-1331997US ChampionshipB66 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6
20. J Sammour-Hasbun vs W J Donaldson  0-1321997Mermaid Beach Club IMB30 Sicilian
21. Shabalov vs J Sammour-Hasbun 1-031199829th National CCD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. Benjamin vs J Sammour-Hasbun 0-160199829th National Chess CongressB40 Sicilian
23. J Oms Pallisse vs J Sammour-Hasbun  1-0202001III Sants Hostafrancs OpenD80 Grunfeld
24. J Sammour-Hasbun vs R Anderson 1-037200312th Chicago OpenB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
25. J A Rizzitano vs J Sammour-Hasbun  0-1502007Eastern Class-chD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Mar-26-07  ChessVip: An old spanish article about Jorge Zamora:
Zamora born in Honduras.
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  chancho: I remember seeing this game in Chess Life back in 1991. He was 12 at the time.

J Medina-Zamora vs J Bonin, 1991

Mar-26-07  veigaman: how old is he now?
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  chancho: About 28 years of age.
Mar-27-07  DP12: Zamora and the ICC admins, like JFernandez, must be friends. Also he is ,among US players, famously talented and easily a blitz GM, like some of those famous Moscow blitz husslers. I could see some of those making a run at a DH championship.
Mar-27-07  Strongest Force: DP12, you've hit the nail right on the head. Jorge is very well known amongst internet people.
Mar-27-07  Prugno: OK, I apologize, it looks like Mr. Zamora (easier to write than his new name) definitely wasn't cheating, apparently there even was an ICC arbiter at his home during the event. Still, <JointheArmy> got the point of my previous remark: in the past the managers of this tournament had been perhaps a bit too quick in banning successful participants. For instance, just a few days before the final I played in one of the qualifiers where GM Landa got disqualified after scoring 11/12.

I haven't looked at the games, so I have no idea what it was all about, but anyway results in online events should never be taken seriously unless an arbiter is present. Computer cheating can perhaps be inferred, but if I invite an IM friend at home (perhaps even asking him to play openings from my repertoire) the games will look very "human" and still be played at a much higher standard than mine!

Mar-27-07  Strongest Force: Thanks for the arbiter info Prugno. The ICC has become to big & full of themselves. I was there when they were still free & I could write a book on the shady things that both the ICC & its members perpetrate on a daily basis. It was a smart move for Jorge to have an arbiter present.
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  JointheArmy: I wasn't even aware you could have an arbiter present at your home. What a brilliant idea. Pretty soon you could have USCF rated tournaments with that.
Mar-29-07  a.nugent: Jorge has enough GM norms!Can't the USCF submit the application?What gives USCF?
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  chancho: This is one of Jorge's biggest wins from 1991 when he was only 12 years of age. He was white in this game and the opponent with the black pieces was Gata Kamsky. the game was played at the Marshall Chess Club in New York.

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Bd3 Nf6 6.0–0 Qc7 7.Nc3 Bc5 8.Nb3 Ba7 9.Kh1 Nc6 10.Bg5 h5 11.f4 Ng4 12.Qe2 d6 13.Rae1 f6 14.Bh4 Ne7 15.f5 e5 16.h3 Nh6 17.Qxh5+ Nf7 18.Qg4 g5 19.Bf2 Bxf2 20.Rxf2 b5 21.Nd5 Nxd5 22.exd5 Bb7 23.Qf3 Rh4 24.Be4 Ke7 25.g4 Rah8 26.Rh2 Rc8 27.c3 Qb6 28.Qe3 Qxe3 29.Rxe3 Rc4 30.Kg1 Ra4 31.a3 Rh8 32.Kf2 Kd7 33.Ke2 Kc7 34.Kd3 Kb6 35.Re1 a5 36.Ra1 Ba6 37.Nd2 b4+ 38.Kc2 bxc3 39.bxc3 Ka7 40.Kb3 Bb5 41.c4 Bd7 42.Kc3 Nh6 43.Re2 Nf7 44.Re3 Rb8 45.Bc2 1–0

Oct-01-07  ChessVip: According to this guy is playing with Palestine flag, but don´t have any FIDE Title!!
May-17-08  Augalv: Jorge Sammour-Hasbun of the Boston Blitz has won an award for the best game of the US Chess League, for his win against IM Davorin Kuljsevic.

Aug-20-08  myschkin: . . .

"USCL 2008 Game of the Year: Sammour-Kuljasevic"

(by Dennis Monokroussos, runtime 46:15)

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  notyetagm: <myschkin: . . .

"USCL 2008 Game of the Year: Sammour-Kuljasevic"

(by Dennis Monokroussos, runtime 46:15)>

Thanks, I'll have to check this out later.

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  notyetagm: <DP12: Zamora and the ICC admins, like JFernandez, must be friends. Also he is ,among US players, famously talented and easily a blitz GM, like some of those famous Moscow blitz husslers. I could see some of those making a run at a DH championship.>

Yes, Genrikh Chepukaitis was a famous non-titled player who often beat the world's best GMs (Petrosian, Spassky, Korchnoi!!!) in blitz games.

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  notyetagm: Ane example of Jorge's awesome tactical ability:

[Event "ICC 5 0"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "2011.01.20"]
[Round "-"]
[White "OfficeMan"]
[Black "NECF-InSchools"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ICCResult "White resigns"]
[WhiteElo "2395"]
[BlackElo "2552"]
[Opening "Ruy Lopez: open Berlin defense, l'Hermet variation"] [ECO "C67"]
[NIC "RL.07"]
[Time "01:56:17"]
[TimeControl "300+0"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. d4 Nd6 6. dxe5 Nxb5 7. a4 Nbd4 8. Nxd4 Nxd4 9. Qxd4 d5 10. exd6 Qxd6 11. Re1+ Be6 12. Qe3 Be7 13. Nc3 O-O 14. Nb5 Qd7 15. Bd2 a6 16. Nd4 Bc5 17. Bc3 Rad8 18. Red1 Rfe8 19. Qg3 Bg4 20. f3 Bf5 21. Kf1 Bg6 22. Rd2 Bd6 23. Qh4 b5 24. axb5 axb5 25. Ne2 Qc6 26. Rad1 h6 27. Qd4 f6 28. Qg4 Kh7 29. Kg1 h5 30. Qh4 Bc5+ 31. Kh1 Rxd2 32. Rxd2 b4 33. Bxb4 Qa4 34. c3 Qa1+ 0-1

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  notyetagm: Jorge videos on ICC:

Aug-27-11  Strongest Force: JSH was in the NYC area when he was 8 and he was always a special blitz player. His best friend in his late-teens was Josh Waitzkin. With help from sponsors he was able to take lessons from Tal.
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  RookFile: It sounds like it was a very smart move on Jorge's move to have the arbiter at his house. It stops the accusation of cheating before it really gets started.
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  notyetagm: Jorge E Sammour Hasbun

White to play: 29 ?

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Black's previous move was 28 ... ♖d5xb5??, grabbing a useless pawn on the queenside.

Black overlooks two critical tactical points pertaining to his <KING SAFETY>:

1) Black g7-king is <STALEMATED>

2) <TWO LOOSE SQUARES NEAR HIS KING>: the h8-square is attacked by the White c8-rook and the h6-square is attacked by the White e3-bishop and -both- of these squares are <DEFENDED> -only- by the Black g7-king. But since -one- piece cannot <DEFEND> -two- squares (in general), this tactical situation suggests that the Black g7-king is <OVERWORKED> and can be <DEFLECTED>.

White does not miss his chance, meeting the blunder 28 ... ♖d5xb5?? with 29 ♗e3xh6+!,

Position after 29 ♗e3xh6+! 1-0

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forcing Black's immediate resignation due to the forced mate 29 ♗e3xh6+! ♔g7x♗h6 <deflection from h8> 30 ♖c8-h8+ ♔h6-g7 31 ♕c2-h7#.

(VAR) 29 ♗e3xh6+! ♔g7x♗h6 30 ♖c8-h8+ ♔h6-g7 31 ♕c2-h7#

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This puzzle is also a great illustration of the power of the <LINE PIECES ♕♖♗> when they are on <OPEN LINES> (files, diagonals, and ranks). Not one of the White c8-rook, c2-queen, or e3-bishop is -anywhere- near the Black g7-king, yet they are able to perform a mate in 3 because they have <OPEN LINES> to the Black king.

A big win for Jorge Sammur-Hasbun (White) on his way to retaining his Dos Hermanas ICC internet blitz title in 2008.

[Event "FI32"]
[Site "Internet Chess Club"]
[Date "2008.04.05"]
[Round "15"]
[White "NECF-InSchools"]
[Black "Indiana-Jones"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ICCResult "Black resigns"]
[WhiteElo "3196"]
[BlackElo "3094"]
[Opening "English: symmetrical, hedgehog system"]
[ECO "A34"]
[NIC "EO.40"]
[Time "17:12:10"]
[TimeControl "180+0"]

1. c4 c5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Bb7 5. Bg2 e6 6. O-O Be7 7. e3 O-O 8. Qe2 d5 9. cxd5 Nxd5 10. d4 Ba6 11. Nb5 Nc6 12. a4 cxd4 13. exd4 Rc8 14. Rd1 Bf6 15. h4 h6 16. Ne5 Qe7 17. Ng4 Rfd8 18. Be3 Qb4 19. Bxd5 Rxd5 20. Nxf6+ gxf6 21. Rac1 Kh7 22. Rc4 Qb3 23. Rdc1 Ne7 24. R1c3 Bxb5 25. axb5 Qa2 26. Qc2+ Kg7 27. Rxc8 Nxc8 28. Rxc8 Rxb5 29. Bxh6+ 1-0

Aug-15-16  joddle: How is he not a Grandmaster or even an International Master having achieved a FIDE rating of 2611?!
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  Shams: <joddle> FIDE won't let him in under the Palestinian flag and I'm not sure he'd accept sponsorship from another federation. That's the story I've heard at any rate.
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  chancho: He's a member of the Arab Chess Federation:

(non profit organization)

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