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Jacob Levin
Number of games in database: 73
Years covered: 1925 to 1946
Overall record: +31 -13 =29 (62.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born 1904, died Jun-17-1992, 88 years old) Latvia (federation/nationality United States of America)

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 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 73  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Levin vs S T Sharp 0-1551925Pennsylvania st-chC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
2. J Levin vs B Winkelman  1-0241932Philadelphia chD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
3. H Morton vs J Levin  1-0321933Boston vs. PhiladelphiaC29 Vienna Gambit
4. Kashdan vs J Levin  ½-½441933Metropolitan Chess LeagueC71 Ruy Lopez
5. J Levin vs Kashdan  0-1381939Manhattan v PhiladelphiaA22 English
6. J Levin vs M Bain 1-0171939Ventnor CityA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
7. Santasiere vs J Levin  ½-½401939Ventnor CityA04 Reti Opening
8. J Levin vs J J Leary  1-0731939Ventnor CityA53 Old Indian
9. H Burdge vs J Levin  ½-½621939Ventnor CityC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
10. M L Hanauer vs J Levin  ½-½601939Ventnor CityE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
11. J Levin vs H R Morris  ½-½261939Ventnor CityD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
12. J Levin vs E McCormick  1-0261939Ventnor CityD49 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
13. O Ulvestad vs J Levin  1-0551939Ventnor CityA03 Bird's Opening
14. J W Collins vs J Levin  0-1371939Ventnor CityC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
15. J Levin vs T Knorr  1-0611939Ventnor CityD96 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
16. F Reinfeld vs J Levin  ½-½351939Ventnor CityD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. M L Hanauer vs J Levin  ½-½301941Ventnor CityA15 English
18. J Levin vs A Mengarini  ½-½401941Ventnor CityD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
19. J Levin vs Santasiere  0-1401941Ventnor CityD77 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O
20. A Pinkus vs J Levin  0-1341941Ventnor CityC12 French, McCutcheon
21. J Levin vs F Reinfeld  ½-½221941Ventnor CityD56 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. W Adams vs J Levin  0-1211941Ventnor CityC24 Bishop's Opening
23. J Levin vs S Bernstein  1-0641941Ventnor CityE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
24. J F Donovan vs J Levin  0-1601941Ventnor CityC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
25. J Levin vs R Durkin  1-0281941Ventnor CityD56 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-12-15  zanzibar: his player is (maybe) talked about by John Donaldson in his history of the Mechanics Institute, in reference to Eugene Levine:

<[ Eugene Levin ] Having learned the game at the age of six from his father, Jacob Levin, he didn't start studying the game seriously until 1944.>

The question is whether Donaldson is thinking of this player or not in reference to Eugene's father.

Jul-12-15  zanzibar: This is some mention of Jacob Levin in contemporaneous newspaper reporting from BDE Thurs 1941-07-17 p15:



Levin Proves Popular Victor in 3d Annual Ventnor City Tourney

(Hermann Helms)

To the scroll of honor which records the outstanding achievements of the heroes of the annual series of invitation tournaments, the third of which has just been concluded at Ventnor City, N. J. may now be added the name of Jacob Levin of Philadelphia, a Latvian by birth, but for 35 of his 36 years a resident of these United States.

One of the prize winners at the original meeting of 1939, Levin, a graduate of the Central High School and the University of Pennsylvania, has not been in the limelight of late. Married earlier this year, he decided upon the short resort for a vacation from his law work when Tournament Director Wayne telephoned him an invitation to be one of 10 to compete this Summer.

It was not so much that the victor did not have a really fine background in Pennsylvania and intercity chess, but the fact that he had withdrawn for two years from the arena left the impression that he was an able but not too dangerous contender.

That his was a most popular victory was evidenced by the resounding applause which greeted the presentation of the first prize and the Press Union Newspapers Trophy by Mayor Harry S. Hodson, head of the local committee of the Ventnor City Chess Club. Levin's wife and mother were both present, and their faces glowed with pleasure as they, in common with the crowd that filled the Solarium on the Municipal Pier, shared in the triumph his skill had earned for him.>

Jul-12-15  zanzibar: Two important pieces of information to mention.

First, even though he was born in Latvia, this person was basically raised in the US (35 of his 36 years).

Second, in regards to the possibility of his being father of Eugene Levine - this is unlikely given the above.

Jacob was born in 1904, and could have fathered a son in 1930 (the year Eugene was born). But the article is from 1941, and he is newly married.

The possibility remains, but it is far less likely given this info.

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  GrahamClayton: Winner of the 1944 Ventnor City, NJ tournament with a score of 6.5/2.5, ahead of Pinkus, Santasiere and Shainswit.
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  HeMateMe: < Pinkus, Santasiere and Shainswit.>

Didn't they have a deli on the lower east side? I think I used to buy egg creams there. One day, I almost tripped over the pickle barrel.

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  Annie K.: Eugene Levin, Eugene's son contacted us with the information that his grandfather was a different Jacob Levin.

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