Jacob Levin (chess player)

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Jacob Levin (February 18, 1904 – June 17, 1992)[1] was an American chess master.[2]

He reached the best results of his career in Ventnor City. He tied for 2nd–3rd in 1939 (Milton Hanauer won), was a winner in 1941, took second behind Daniel Yanofsky in 1942, tied for 5th–7th in 1943, and won again in 1944.[3][4] He tied for 8–9th at New York 1942 (US Chess Championship, Samuel Reshevsky and Isaac Kashdan won),[5] and took 4th at New York 1946 (US-ch, Reshevsky won).[6]

Levin was a member of the U.S. reserve team in the famous United States vs. the Soviet Union radio match in September 1945.[7] In 2019, Levin, alongside suitemate Andrew Blank, was declared the hand-and-brain chess champion of the world on his Twitch stream, unseating the likes of Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana.


  1. ^ Rootsweb Social Security Death Index search for Jacob Levin. Retrieved on 4 July 2010.
  2. ^ Gaige, Jeremy (1987), Chess Personalia, A Biobibliography, McFarland, p. 247, ISBN 0-7864-2353-6
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 14, 2006. Retrieved November 11, 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ http://www.thechesslibrary.com/.search?p=cities
  5. ^ http://members.aol.com/graemecree/chesschamps/us/1942.htm
  6. ^ http://members.aol.com/graemecree/chesschamps/us/1946.htm
  7. ^ http://sbchess.sinfree.net/Steiner_RadioMatch_US.html