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Sam Sloan
S Sloan 
Photo courtesy of Sam Sloan.  
Number of games in database: 85
Years covered: 1956 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 1772 (1880 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 1992
Overall record: +38 -37 =10 (50.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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A00 Uncommon Opening (31 games)
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B40 Sicilian (2 games)
B90 Sicilian, Najdorf (2 games)
B14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack (2 games)

   🏆 46th World Open
   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, 78 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.

Wikipedia article: Sam Sloan

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 85  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 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 B Zuckerman  0-1251969Chess House OpenB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
18. J Peters vs S Sloan 0-1231969Continental Amateur ChampionshipB01 Scandinavian
19. S Sloan vs Myron Zelitch  1-0341969U. S. Amateur ChampionshipB30 Sicilian
20. G Kramer vs S Sloan  1-0411969Manhattan Chess Club PreliminariesB01 Scandinavian
21. S Sloan vs J A Gutierrez  0-1571969San Juan, Puerto RicoB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
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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Dec-07-15  Rama: I used to visit his webpage years ago, what a blast!
Dec-07-15  zanzibar: Here's an equally colorful, but more revealing, photograph of him:

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  HeMateMe: he reminds me of Harry Dean Stanton:


Dec-07-15  zanzibar: <HMM> Definite resemblance in the craggy feature departure.

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

Dec-12-15  zanzibar: chessforum (kibitz #23886)
Jan-11-16  dumbgai: I find it interesting that Sloan plays standard openings when faced with 1. d4, as opposed to Damiano's defense against 1. e4. I know what I would play with the white pieces if facing him.
Feb-03-16  offramp: Sam is running for President.
Feb-04-16  offramp: From the video above Sam seems very clued-up and statesmanlike. He would probably make a good full-time politician. He cannot hope to rise too high, though, as I believe he has some "skeletons in the cupboard".

Whatever happens I won't vote for him, because I'm British, so I can't.

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  beatgiant: <offramp>
<"skeletons in the cupboard"> And you think that's a disqualification? (Cue all the kibitzers on the Rogoff page)
Feb-27-16  Caissanist: He got 14 votes in New Hampshire. So far as I know, that was the only state where he was on the ballot: .
Jun-08-16  blazerdoodle: I've been away, and coming back see that he is a controversial as ever, lol. This site used to drive me up the wall!

No games recently. I wonder if he still plays.

Jun-08-16  Caissanist: Looks like he still play but he is, after all, a 1900 player: .
Jun-08-16  posoo: Apparently DIS man maried a lady named HUNZAGOAL. imagine DA!
Jul-10-16  offramp: Very senior US politicians are not normally good at chess. Here are some of Sam's recent games.

[Event "World Open"]
[Site "Philadelphia PA USA"]
[Date "2016.07.03"]
[Round "06"]
[White "Melashvili, Nino"]
[Black "Sloan, Sam"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A04"]
[WhiteElo "2205"]
[BlackElo "1972"]

1.Nf3 f5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 d5 4.b3 e6 5.Bb2 Bd6 6.d3 O-O 7.Nbd2 c6 8.O-O Qc7 9.e4 fxe4 10.dxe4 dxe4 11.Ng5 Be5 12.c3 e3 13.fxe3 Bxg3 14.hxg3 Qxg3 15.Ngf3 Nbd7 16.Qe1 Qg6 17.Qh4 b6 18.Ng5 Ne5 19.c4 h6 20.Nge4 Neg4 21.Nxf6+ gxf6 22.Qg3 Bb7 23.Rxf6 Rxf6 24.Bxf6 Qxf6 25.Qxg4+ Kh7 26.Rf1 Qe7 27.Qh5 Qg7 28.Rf7 1-0

[Event "World Open"]
[Site "Philadelphia PA USA"]
[Date "2016.07.03"]
[Round "07"]
[White "Sloan, Sam"]
[Black "Shtivelband, Richard"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A00"]
[WhiteElo "1972"]
[BlackElo "2302"]

1.g4 e5 2.d3 h5 3.g5 Ne7 4.c4 Ng6 5.h4 d5 6.cxd5 Qxd5 7.Nf3 Nc6 8.Nc3 Bb4 9.a3 Bxc3+ 10.bxc3 e4 11.dxe4 Qxe4 12.Qd3 Qxd3 13.exd3 O-O 14.Be3 Re8 15.Kd2 Bg4 16.Bg2 Rad8 17.Rab1 b6 18.d4 Na5 19.Rhe1 Nc4+ 20.Kc1 Nxa3 21.Ra1 Nb5 22.c4 Bxf3 23.Bxf3 Nxd4 24.Bd1 a5 25.Kb2 Nxh4 26.Ba4 Re4 27.Rh1 Nhf5 28.Rxh5 Nxe3 29.fxe3 Ne6 30.Rah1 Kf8 31.Rh8+ Ke7 32.Rxd8 Nxd8 33.Rd1 c6 34.Kc3 Rxe3+ 35.Kd4 Rg3 36.Ke5 Rxg5+ 37.Kf4 Rc5 38.Re1+ Ne6+ 39.Kg3 Rxc4 40.Bd1 a4 0-1

[Event "World Open"]
[Site "Philadelphia PA USA"]
[Date "2016.07.04"]
[Round "08"]
[White "Arun, Siddharth"]
[Black "Sloan, Sam"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "A40"]
[WhiteElo "2212"]
[BlackElo "1972"]

1.d4 e5 2.dxe5 Nc6 3.Nf3 Qe7 4.Qd5 f6 5.exf6 Nxf6 6.Qb3 d5 7.Bf4 Bd7 8.Nbd2 O-O-O 9.e3 h6 10.Bb5 g5 11.Bg3 g4 12.Bxc6 Bxc6 13.Ne5 Be8 14.Qd3 h5 15.Qd4 b6 16.Qd3 Kb7 17.h3 Bg7 18.hxg4 Nxg4 19.Nxg4 hxg4 20.Rxh8 Bxh8 21.O-O-O Qf6 22.Qd4 Qxd4 23.exd4 Bxd4 24.Re1 Bd7 25.Re7 Re8 26.Rxe8 Bxe8 27.Nf1 c5 28.Ne3 1/2-1/2

[Event "World Open"]
[Site "Philadelphia PA USA"]
[Date "2016.07.04"]
[Round "09"]
[White "Sloan, Sam"]
[Black "Myers, Dominique"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A00"]
[WhiteElo "1972"]
[BlackElo "2220"]

1.g4 e5 2.d4 exd4 3.Qxd4 Nc6 4.Qe3+ Be7 5.Bd2 d5 6.h3 Be6 7.Bg2 Bf6 8.c3 Nge7 9.f4 Bh4+ 10.Kf1 O-O 11.Nf3 Bf6 12.f5 Bd7 13.g5 Nxf5 14.Qf2 Be7 15.Nh4 Nxh4 16.Qxh4 Bf5 17.Na3 Bg6 18.Rd1 f6 19.Bf3 fxg5 20.Qg4 Bf5 21.Qg2 Ne5 22.Be3 Be4 23.Ke1 Nxf3+ 24.exf3 Bxf3 25.Qg1 Bxa3 26.bxa3 Qe7 27.Kd2 Qxa3 28.Bc5 Qb2+ 29.Kd3 Qe2+ 30.Kd4 Rf4# 0-1

Sam did pretty well, despite his usual handicap of totally crappy openings.

Nov-27-17  blazerdoodle: What the heck. I've been quiet on here just reading reading reading, and playing through games of course. Hope he's still playing.
Nov-27-17  JimNorCal: The somewhat goofy smile in the photo makes me think of Ivanchuk.
Oct-02-18  botvinnik64: Sam the Man is posting from Batumi as we kibbutz here on CG...
Feb-12-20  Caissanist: Sam seems to be building a base of support in New Hampshire. This year he got at least 37 votes, up from 15 last time around. Maybe we'll see him on the debate stage around 2032 or so.
Feb-12-20  JimNorCal: Didn't see Sam in the vote totals list which included several candidates with 0 (so he was not missing due to a low count). Maybe they're not listing write-ins.
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  OhioChessFan: I did a Google search of "New Hampshire vote totals" and Sam was listed with 39.
Dec-03-20  Gallicrow: Looking every day of his 76 years here:
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  perfidious: Such is the price of spending one's days always tilting at the windmills.
Dec-04-20  Granny O Doul: More recently, Sloan sought the Democratic nomination for New York's 14th congressional district seat; just this past June, in fact. He finished behind the incumbent Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, and Badrun Khan, who, respectively, garnered about 74.6, 18.2 and 5.0 percent of the vote, to Sloan's 2.2.
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  Fusilli: The author of the article is J.C.Hallman, the author of The Chess Artist. I loved The Chess Artist.
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  Check It Out: That was a very interesting article.
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