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Samuel Sloan
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Sam Sloan
Born (1944-09-07) September 7, 1944 (age 75)
ResidenceMorris Heights, Bronx, New York City[1]
Other namesHaji Mohammad Ismail Sloan
Known forChess {{|ranking =|FideID = 2030390 }}
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Anda Baumanis ( m. 1978 - div. 1979)
Honzagool (m. 1980)
Kayo Kimura (m. 2002 - div. ?)[2]
ChildrenPeter Julius (b. 1978)
Mary Rachel (b. 1979)
Shamema Honzagool (b. 1981)
Michael Rankoth (b. 1988)
George Rankoth (b. 1990)
Anusha Rankoth (b. 1991)
Jessica Vithanage (b. 1988 d. 2010)
Sandra Kimura (b. 2001) [2]
  • Leroy Bayfield Sloan (father)
  • Dr. Marjorie Jacobson Sloan[2] (mother)

Samuel Howard Sloan (born September 7, 1944) is an American chess player, publisher and political figure based in New York City. In 2006, Sloan served on the Executive Board of the United States Chess Federation. In 2006 Sloan was elected as an officer to the Manhattan Libertarian Party County Committee as Director of Media Relations.

In 1970, Sloan established a registered broker-dealer that traded over-the-counter stocks and bonds. Sloan had no formal legal training but orally argued a case before the Supreme Court after litigating against the Securities and Exchange Commission over policies regarding the trading of penny stocks. The Court ruled in his favor, 9–0. Sloan is the last non-lawyer to argue before the court. He has run unsuccessfully or attempted to run for several other city, state and national government political offices, including for President of the United States.

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Early life and education

Sloan was born in Richmond, Virginia in 1944 to attorney Leroy Bayfield Sloan, who was a Special agent in the Audit Division of the Internal Revenue Service and to child psychiatrist Dr. Marjorie Jacobson Sloan.[3][4] His family later moved to Lynchburg, where he graduated from E.C. Glass High School. Sloan studied chess from an early age.[5]

Sloan left Lynchburg in 1962 to study at University of California, Berkeley; he majored in mathematics and later switched to criminology, but he left Berkeley in 1967 and did not graduate. At Berkeley he became one of the leaders of the Anti-War movement and promoted a branch of the Sexual Freedom League. He held more than forty sexually liberal parties in Berkeley.[6][7][8]


After leaving Berkeley, Sloan worked two years for the Wall Street investment banking firm of Hayden, Stone & Co. in the over-the-counter trading department. In 1970, he established Samuel H. Sloan & Company, a registered broker-dealer primarily trading over-the-counter stocks and bonds. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) brought civil actions against Sloan & Co. in 1971–5 alleging he had failed to maintain adequate books and records. In 1975, the SEC revoked Sloan's broker-dealer registration. After years of litigation, Sloan in 1978 prevailed in the U.S. Supreme Court. Sloan argued the case pro se. The opposing attorney was Harvey Pitt, who was later Chairman of the SEC from 2001 to 2003. Sloan won before the U.S. Supreme Court 9–0, concerning his claim that the "tacking" of 10-day summary suspension orders for an indefinite period was an abuse of the agency's authority and a deprivation of due process. Sloan is the last non-lawyer to argue before the court.[9][10][11][12]

Sloan has written in 1981 a lexicon of Khowar, a language spoken in Chitral, Pakistan.[13] Sloan had a minor role in a 1984 commercially produced film, Mahjong hōrōki, that later became a video game, Mahjong Hōrōki Classic.[14] Since 1994, Sloan has operated Ishi Press.

Sloan is a chess journalist[citation needed] and author. He claims to have traveled to 78 countries, primarily attending chess tournaments. During a speech on April 29, 2006 at a Libertarian Party of New York's convention Sam Sloan has claimed to have "won the World Championship of Chinese Chess in Beijing, China, in 1988". He is rated an FM (Federation Master) by the World Xiangqi Association.[15] Sloan has competed in tournaments in Makrook and shogi chess.[citation needed]

Election to USCF Board

In July 2006, Sloan was elected to the Executive Board of the United States Chess Federation (USCF). He advocated a major expansion of scholastic chess, stating that the USCF should establish a program to certify school chess teachers. He criticized the USCF's recent move from New Windsor, New York to Crossville, Tennessee. As second-place finisher (out of five) in the special election, Sloan was elected to a one-year term on the board (the first-place finisher received a three-year term). Sloan's term of service began in August 2006. In 2007, Sloan ran for reelection to the USCF Executive Board, but was unsuccessful, finishing a distant ninth out of ten candidates. On October 2, 2007, Sloan filed suit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York seeking to overturn the results of the 2007 USCF election, and alleging that more than 2,000 obscene "Fake Sam Sloan" newsgroup postings prior to the election had been made by a rival candidate.[16] On August 28, 2008, US District Judge Denny Chin dismissed the suit with prejudice pursuant to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 12(b)(1), 12(b)(2) and 12(b)(6).[17] The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal but modified it, saying that it was "without prejudice" as the case had not gone to a hearing.

USENET postings incident

On April 3, 2008, posts appeared on USENET, apparently placed by Sloan, claiming that some of his websites had been closed down by law enforcement in Amherst County, Virginia, apparently because Sloan listed the home addresses of parties involved in his long-running but moot child custody dispute involving his daughter. The USENET posting mentions County investigator Christopher Smith. During that same time, Smith was conducting a broad campaign against Internet crime in the State.[18][19]

Mentions in 2011 media

In a 2011 book about Bobby Fischer, Frank Brady wrote "Aided by an eidetic memory, [Sloan] was the last non-lawyer to argue a case before the United States Supreme Court – a case he won. Bobby trusted him."[20]

Three dialogues with Sloan are incorporated in the 2011 documentary Bobby Fischer Against the World.

Sloan tied for the lead in the 3rd round of the 2011 World Championship of Chinese Chess (the total number of rounds or his final result was not stated).

Sloan won the 2011 Silver Medal in Senior Division (of two entries) at the World Memory Championship in Guangzhou, China.[21][22]

Xiangqi championships

Sloan competed in the World Championship of Chinese Chess in 2011 and 2013 and 2015 and 2017, held in Jakarta, and in Huizhou, China and in Munich, Germany and in Manila, Philippines respectively.

Political campaigns

In an April 30, 2006, email to Michael Badnarik's 2004 presidential campaign mailing list, an individual claiming to be Sloan announced his intention to seek the Libertarian Party nomination for Governor of New York State.[citation needed] From 2002 to 2006, Sloan had been active in the Libertarian Party of New York attempting to influence its policy agenda and candidate nominations.[citation needed]

Later in 2006, Sloan was elected as an officer to the Manhattan Libertarian Party County Committee as Director of Media Relations. He was not re-elected to that position in 2007. He was a delegate to the 2008 Libertarian National Convention and the 2010 Libertarian National Convention. On May 25, 2008 in Denver, Colorado, Sloan was nominated to the National Committee of the Libertarian Party and made a speech addressing the Libertarian National Convention.[23]

Sloan made a bid for governor in the New York gubernatorial election, 2010, facing off against attorney Warren Redlich and former madam Kristin M. Davis. Sloan, by his own admission, was not popular within the Libertarian Party of New York and did not expect to win the nomination.[24] He testified that a faction in the party who opposed Redlich's nomination needed another candidate. Sloan eventually lost the nomination to Redlich in a two-way battle, by a vote of 27 for Redlich and 17 for Sloan, after Davis refused to show up at the convention. Despite his failure to secure the nomination, Sloan was the first to submit petitions to the board of elections with the Libertarian Party line, which effectively gives him the nomination; the down-ballot selections on Sloan's petitions are identical to those confirmed by the party committee. However, because his petitions failed to contain the requisite 15,000 signatures, the nomination went to Redlich; it has been speculated that Sloan used the ploy to file a lawsuit against Redlich in his long-running dispute with the state Libertarian Party.[25] Prior to the November elections, Roger Stone Davis's campaign manager, claims that Sloan fed him information that Stone passed on to a group entitled "People for a Safer New York", who created a flyer labeling Redlich a "sexual predator".[26]

In January 2012, Sloan announced his candidacy for the Libertarian Party's 2012 presidential nomination.[27][28] He lost the nomination to Gary Johnson.

In November 2013, Sloan was on the ballot for the New York City mayoral election, 2013, as an independent under the War Veterans line; he received 166 votes (0.02%, or 1/5,000 of the total vote).[29][30]

In June 2014, Sloan ran for the Democratic nomination for New York's 15th congressional district, against incumbent José E. Serrano. He lost the primary election by 91% to 9%. Later that summer, Sloan attempted to submit petitions for the 2014 gubernatorial election, one for the Democratic primary (with Nenad Bach as the running mate) and another an "ambush" of the Libertarian Party line similar to the one he attempted in 2010 (with Tom Stevens as the running mate). Both petitions were ruled invalid.[31]

On September 29, 2015, Sloan filed with the FEC to run for the Democratic Party presidential candidates, 2016.[32][33] As a candidate for US President, Sloan attempted to run paid television ads on KCCI, the major TV station in Des Moines Iowa, and WMUR TV, the major TV station in Manchester, New Hampshire. Both of these TV stations are owned by Hearst Television. Sloan ran as an anti-war candidate opposing the US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Both TV stations refused to run the Sloan paid TV ads on the ground that Sloan had failed to meet his burden to substantiate bona fide candidacy for the Office of the President of the United States under the threshold established by the Communications Act of 1934 and regulations of the Federal Communications Commission. Sloan then sued in the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire, in Concord, New Hampshire. Sloan also named as a defendant Debbie Wasserman Schultz for allowing only two Democratic Party (United States) Candidates, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders into the Democratic Party TV Debates thus making it virtually impossible for any other Democratic Party candidate to run. Sloan alleged that Communications Act of 1934 and Title 47 of the Code of Federal Regulations 47 USC 315 requires federally licensed broadcasters to provide all candidates running for public office equal opportunity to utilize the broadcast station. Judge Paul J. Barbadoro, U.S. District Judge disagreed and found and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed that there is no private right of action under this statute and therefore Sloan's case was dismissed.[34] He was only on the New Hampshire ballot and received 15 votes. He lost to Hillary Clinton on July 26, 2016.

In 2016, Sloan ran in the Democratic primary for US Congress in the New York's 13th congressional district (upper Manhattan/lower Bronx area).[35][36] The primary was held June 28, 2016 and he received 197 votes (0.46%), placing 8th in a field of 9 candidates and losing to Adriano Espaillat.[37] Despite opening a campaign account for another run for governor in 2018 (which received no donations), Sloan did not submit any petitions for the 2018 gubernatorial election on any party line.

Personal life

Sloan has been married three times. Sloan's second wife, Honzagool, was a native of Chitral (Pakistan) and they had a daughter named Shamema. 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 child custody struggle, which lasted several years, with that Virginia couple over that same daughter. On September 5, 1991, during an attempt to regain custody of his daughter Shamema, Sloan was arrested. Sloan was convicted of attempted abduction of Shamema and spent 18 months in state prison.[38][39][40][41]

As of 2016, Sloan's FIDE chess rankings were 1896 and 1923 for blitz.[42]


  • Khowar English Dictionary (as Mohammad Ismail Sloan, 1981) (originally published in Pakistan) (reprint in 2006 by Ishi Press) ISBN 0-923891-15-3
  • Chinese Chess for Beginners (1989) ISBN 0-923891-11-0
  • The Slave Children of Thomas Jefferson (originally published in 1992, reprinted in 2007) ISBN 1-881373-02-9
  • How to Take over an American Public Company (1992) ISBN 1-881373-01-0
  • The Farm Book by Thomas Jefferson with light notes and annotations by Sam Sloan ISBN 0-923891-80-3
  • Sam Sloan Teaches A+ 50 Helpful Questions ISBN 0-923891-06-4
  • Phiona's Greatest Games of Chess ISBN 4-87187-727-2
  • History of the Campus Sexual Rights Forum at the University of California at Berkeley 1966-1967 ISBN 4-87187-397-8


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  2. ^ a b c "Sam Sloan's Big Combined Family Trees". Retrieved May 20, 2016.
  3. ^ "Dr. Marjorie Jacobson Sloan, June 27, 1937 – May 16, 2002". Retrieved June 1, 2010.
  4. ^ "Leroy Bayfield Sloan, May 2, 1910 – January 19, 1986". Retrieved June 1, 2010.
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  6. ^ Pitcher, Michelle (February 13, 2015). "A brief history of sexual liberation, orgies at UC Berkeley". The Daily Californian. Retrieved June 20, 2016.
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  14. ^ Mahjong Hourouki. Retrieved May 20, 2016.
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  18. ^ "Amherst County Sheriff shuts down Sam Sloan's websites". April 3, 2008. Archived from the original on July 13, 2011. Retrieved June 1, 2008.
  19. ^ "§ 2006 Code of Virginia § 18.2-186.4 - Use of a person\'s identity with the intent to coerce, intimidate, or harass; penalty". Retrieved February 1, 2012.
  20. ^ Brady 2011, p. 173.
  21. ^ "The Official Website for the World's Greatest Test of Memory Founded in 1991 by Tony Buzan & Raymond Keene OBE The Official website of the World Memory Championships". October 26, 1991. Archived from the original on February 3, 2012. Retrieved February 1, 2012.
  22. ^ "World Senior Memory Championship 2011". Retrieved June 25, 2016.
  23. ^ Video: Sam Sloan Interviewed on the Harold Channer Show on YouTube June 19, 2008
  24. ^ Karlin, Rick (April 23, 2010). "Tomorrow: Three-way Libertarian smack-down in Albany!". Albany Times Union. Archived from the original on April 26, 2010. Retrieved April 23, 2010.
  25. ^ Wilder, Kimberly (August 13, 2010). "Libertarian Sam Sloan files for Governor of NY". Retrieved August 15, 2010.
  26. ^ Stone, Roger (November 4, 2010). "Libertarian Payback". Archived from the original on July 18, 2011. Retrieved November 4, 2010.
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  29. ^ "Statement and Return Report for Certification - General Election - November 5, 2013" (PDF). Board of Elections in the City of New York. Retrieved January 2, 2014.
  30. ^ "2013 NYC Voter Guide: Mayor".
  31. ^ "Candidate Petition List". Retrieved September 26, 2014.
  32. ^ "Sam Sloan FEC filing" (PDF). FEC. September 29, 2015. Retrieved October 20, 2015.
  33. ^ "2016 Presidential Form 2 Filers".
  34. ^ Sloan v. Hearst Media Co. (1st Cir. 2016), Court of Appeals Docket #: 16-1885.
  35. ^ "2016 New York Elections, Primary, Candidates, Races and Voting". Retrieved June 20, 2016.
  36. ^ Rocchio, Patrick (June 17, 2016). "13th Congressional district primary June 28". Retrieved June 20, 2016.
  37. ^ "NYS Board of Elections Unofficial Election Night Results". June 29, 2016. Archived from the original on November 7, 2013. Retrieved June 29, 2016.
  38. ^ Go, Marilyn (June 28, 1993). "92 Civ. 2388 (RJD) Report and recommendation". Retrieved June 1, 2010.
  39. ^ "Virginia Court System". Archived from the original on May 21, 2016. Retrieved June 29, 2016. On menu, pick Case Status Information/Circuit Court/Case Information. Pick Lynchburg Circuit Court. That should arrive at this web page. Enter case number CR91003195-00 on form and press Case Number Inquiry.
  40. ^ "§ 18.2–47 of the Code of Virginia: Abduction and kidnapping defined; punishment". Retrieved February 1, 2012.
  41. ^ "§ 18.2–26 of the Code of Virginia: Attempts to commit noncapital felonies; how punished". Retrieved February 1, 2012.
  42. ^ "Sloan, Sam FIDE Chess Profile - Players Arbiters Trainers<". Retrieved November 28, 2016.

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