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11th World Championships of Chinese Chess
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samsloan
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Ishi Press International
1664 Davidson Avenue
Suite 1B
Bronx NY 10453

917-507-7226
917-659-3397
646-938-0454

***@gmail.com

August 27, 2008

New York Passport Agency
Greater New York Federal Building
376 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014-3621

Dear Sirs,

We are a publisher of books, especially books on Chinese culture. We
are especially known for our books on the Chinese game of Weiqi, which
is known in English as Go.

We have also published among many others the following books on
Chinese Culture

Chinese Chess For Beginners ISBN 0-923891-11-0

Illustrated Catalog of Chinese Coins in three volumes ISBN
0-923891-18-8

Musings on Rare Chinese Notes and Foreign Banknotes in China ISBN
0-923891-03-X

Chinese Chess for Beginners (DVD)

Chinese Opening (about the game of weiqi) ISBN 4-87187-033-2

The 11th World Championship of Chinese Chess (Xiangqi) is about to
take place in Xintin City, Shandong Province, China. The tournament
will be held from August 28 to September 3, 2009.

It is essential that our representative attend this event. He is the
author of a book “Chinese Chess for Beginners”. He competed in the
1988 Seven Stars Cup in Beijing China and won the prize of "First
Foreigner of Chinese Chess". He also competed in the World Chinese
Chess Championships in Singapore in 1990 and 1995. He is ranked by the
WXF, the World Chinese Chess Federation, as an FM or “Foreign Master”,
the only native born American with that or any higher title.

Unfortunately, we failed to realize in time that the Chinese have a
rule that the effective date of the passport much be six months after
entry. The passport of our representative, M. Ismail Sloan, will
expire on October 21, 2009. This should not be a problem, as he will
be returning to America no later than September 10, 2009. However, due
to the fact that this is a high travel season, the US Passport Office
will not give an appointment to extend or renew the passport no
earlier than September 3, 2009, which will be too late to attend this
event.

Also, thus far the Chinese have been unwilling to bend the rule that
the passport must expire more than six months after entry.

The passport number is 112200263 issued in New York City on October
22, 1999.

Would you please extend our representative's passport on an emergency
basis so that he can arrive in China in time for this event.


Very Truly Yours,




Sam Sloan
CEO and President


Ishi Press International
1664 Davidson Avenue
Suite 1B
Bronx NY 10453

917-507-7226
917-659-3397
646-938-0454

***@gmail.com

August 27, 2008

Chinese Passport Agency
520 12th Avenue
New York, NY 10036

Dear Sirs,

We are a publisher of books, especially books on Chinese culture. We
are especially known for our books on the Chinese game of Weiqi, which
is known in English as Go.

We have also published among many others the following books on
Chinese Culture

Chinese Chess For Beginners ISBN 0-923891-11-0

Illustrated Catalog of Chinese Coins in three volumes ISBN
0-923891-18-8

Musings on Rare Chinese Notes and Foreign Banknotes in China ISBN
0-923891-03-X

Chinese Chess for Beginners (DVD)

Chinese Opening (about the game of weiqi) ISBN 4-87187-033-2

The 11th World Championship of Chinese Chess (Xiangqi) is about to
take place in Xintin City, Shandong Province, China. The tournament
will be held from August 28 to September 3, 2009.

It is essential that our representative attend this event. He is the
author of a book “Chinese Chess for Beginners”. He competed in the
1988 Seven Stars Cup in Beijing China and won the prize of "First
Foreigner of Chinese Chess". He also competed in the World Chinese
Chess Championships in Singapore in 1990 and 1995. He is ranked by the
WXF, the World Chinese Chess Federation, as an FM or “Foreign Master”,
the only native born American with that or any higher title.

Unfortunately, we failed to realize in time that China has a rule that
the effective date of the passport much be six months after entry. The
passport of our representative, M. Ismail Sloan, will expire on
October 21, 2009. This should not be a problem, as he will be
returning to America no later than September 10, 2009. However, due to
the fact that this is a high travel season, the US Passport Office
will not give an appointment to extend or renew the passport no
earlier than September 3, 2009, which will be too late to attend this
event.

Also, thus far you have been unwilling to bend the rule that the
passport must expire more than six months after entry.

The passport number is 112200263 issued in New York City on October
22, 1999.

Would you please extend our representative's passport on an emergency
basis so that he can arrive in China in time for this event.


Very Truly Yours,




Sam Sloan
CEO and President
samsloan
2009-08-27 15:40:51 UTC
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See http://wxf.org/xq/in.htm
Post by samsloan
Ishi Press International
1664 Davidson Avenue
Suite 1B
Bronx NY 10453
917-507-7226
917-659-3397
646-938-0454
August 27, 2008
New York Passport Agency
Greater New York Federal Building
376 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014-3621
Dear Sirs,
We are a publisher of books, especially books on Chinese culture. We
are especially known for our books on the Chinese game of Weiqi, which
is known in English as Go.
We have also published among many others the following books on
Chinese Culture
Chinese Chess For Beginners                                                     ISBN  0-923891-11-0
Illustrated Catalog of Chinese Coins in three volumes                           ISBN
0-923891-18-8
Musings on Rare Chinese Notes and Foreign Banknotes in China            ISBN
0-923891-03-X
Chinese Chess for Beginners (DVD)
Chinese Opening (about the game of weiqi)                                       ISBN    4-87187-033-2
The 11th World Championship of Chinese Chess (Xiangqi) is about to
take place in Xintin City, Shandong Province, China. The tournament
will be held from August 28 to September 3, 2009.
It is essential that our representative attend this event. He is the
author of a book “Chinese Chess for Beginners”. He competed in the
1988 Seven Stars Cup in Beijing China and won the prize of "First
Foreigner of Chinese Chess". He also competed in the World Chinese
Chess Championships in Singapore in 1990 and 1995. He is ranked by the
WXF, the World Chinese Chess Federation, as an FM or “Foreign Master”,
the only native born American with that or any higher title.
Unfortunately, we failed to realize in time that the Chinese have a
rule that the effective date of the passport much be six months after
entry. The passport of our representative, M. Ismail Sloan, will
expire on October 21, 2009. This should not be a problem, as he will
be returning to America no later than September 10, 2009. However, due
to the fact that this is a high travel season, the US Passport Office
will not give an appointment to extend or renew the passport no
earlier than September 3, 2009, which will be too late to attend this
event.
Also, thus far the Chinese have been unwilling to bend the rule that
the passport must expire more than six months after entry.
The passport number is 112200263 issued in New York City on October
22, 1999.
Would you please extend our representative's passport on an emergency
basis so that he can arrive in China in time for this event.
                                                        Very Truly Yours,
                                                        Sam Sloan
                                                        CEO and President
Ishi Press International
1664 Davidson Avenue
Suite 1B
Bronx NY 10453
917-507-7226
917-659-3397
646-938-0454
August 27, 2008
Chinese Passport Agency
520 12th Avenue
New York, NY 10036
Dear Sirs,
We are a publisher of books, especially books on Chinese culture. We
are especially known for our books on the Chinese game of Weiqi, which
is known in English as Go.
We have also published among many others the following books on
Chinese Culture
Chinese Chess For Beginners                                                     ISBN  0-923891-11-0
Illustrated Catalog of Chinese Coins in three volumes                           ISBN
0-923891-18-8
Musings on Rare Chinese Notes and Foreign Banknotes in China            ISBN
0-923891-03-X
Chinese Chess for Beginners (DVD)
Chinese Opening (about the game of weiqi)                                       ISBN    4-87187-033-2
The 11th World Championship of Chinese Chess (Xiangqi) is about to
take place in Xintin City, Shandong Province, China. The tournament
will be held from August 28 to September 3, 2009.
It is essential that our representative attend this event. He is the
author of a book “Chinese Chess for Beginners”. He competed in the
1988 Seven Stars Cup in Beijing China and won the prize of "First
Foreigner of Chinese Chess". He also competed in the World Chinese
Chess Championships in Singapore in 1990 and 1995. He is ranked by the
WXF, the World Chinese Chess Federation, as an FM or “Foreign Master”,
the only native born American with that or any higher title.
Unfortunately, we failed to realize in time that China has a rule that
the effective date of the passport much be six months after entry. The
passport of our representative, M. Ismail Sloan, will expire on
October 21, 2009. This should not be a problem, as he will be
returning to America no later than September 10, 2009. However, due to
the fact that this is a high travel season, the US Passport Office
will not give an appointment to extend or renew the passport no
earlier than September 3, 2009, which will be too late to attend this
event.
Also, thus far you have been unwilling to bend the rule that the
passport must expire more than six months after entry.
The passport number is 112200263 issued in New York City on October
22, 1999.
Would you please extend our representative's passport on an emergency
basis so that he can arrive in China in time for this event.
                                                        Very Truly Yours,
                                                        Sam Sloan
                                                        CEO and President
samsloan
2009-08-28 00:05:10 UTC
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I got a new passport today so I am coming to China.

I had lost my passport and had been searching for it for weeks.

Suddenly I found it two days ago.

Then, the Chinese would not give me a visa because my passport expires
in two months.

However, I applied for and received an emergency rush passport today.

So, I should be able to make it to the tournament. I realize that I
have not been invited and I will probably get there late as well, but
I feel that there is a chance that they will let me play anyway. After
all, there are few foreigners who play Chinese chess.

Sam Sloan
ltlee1
2009-08-28 01:25:43 UTC
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Post by samsloan
I got a new passport today so I am coming to China.
I had lost my passport and had been searching for it for weeks.
Suddenly I found it two days ago.
Then, the Chinese would not give me a visa because my passport expires
in two months.
However, I applied for and received an emergency rush passport today.
So, I should be able to make it to the tournament. I realize that I
have not been invited and I will probably get there late as well, but
I feel that there is a chance that they will let me play anyway. After
all, there are few foreigners who play Chinese chess.
Hi Sam. glad that you get your visa.

I would like to ask you a question. When you play Chinese chess, what
kind of strategy do you have on your mind? How is it different from
western chess?

First of all, in western chess, to occupy and/or control the center of
the board is of utmost importance. Such concerns appear to be of less
importance in Chinese chess because 1. the borad is larger, and there
are less offensive pieces.

The opening moves and getting the pieces out is also more formulaic,
i.e. less variety, in Chinese chess.
Post by samsloan
Sam Sloan
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2009-08-28 03:32:12 UTC
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I got a new passport today so I am coming to China.
I had lost my passport and had been searching for it for weeks.
Suddenly I found it two days ago.
It's not that easy, Mr. Sloan. I've been telling
the Great Dr.IMnes that rgc-ers want to see you
play someone worthy of your mettle-- someone
like me.

Now, /all of a sudden/, you seem to have
come up with an excuse to FLEE the country!
You can run, Mr. Sloan, but you cannot hide.

Stay in China as long as you like. Flee to
Australia, if you think you'll feel safer down
under-- farther away from the imminent threat
back here in America. Flee to Tibet-- hide in
the Himalayas, or go underground in some
remote cave system in Mongolia. But you
cannot escape forever; I will find you. Don't
forget what happened when Mr. Fischer tried
to escape me by fleeing to the far East!

Fact is, I'm not /ready/ to play our match just
yet. First, I want to come up with a few chess
openings which are even more ridiculous than
your own favorites, and this could take me
quite some time. Next, I want to study up on
endgames where I may have a Queen against
your Rook, or two Knights against your pawn.
But rest assured, when you tire of hiding out
amongst the Chinese and sneak back home,
I will be waiting for you.


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samsloan
2009-08-30 15:04:32 UTC
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I am in Jinan Airport right now.

Nobody here knows about the Xiangqi Tournament, or where it is.

Please tell me where the tournament is so that I can come there.

Can you send somebody to pick me up.
Post by samsloan
Ishi Press International
1664 Davidson Avenue
Suite 1B
Bronx NY 10453
917-507-7226
917-659-3397
646-938-0454
August 27, 2008
New York Passport Agency
Greater New York Federal Building
376 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014-3621
Dear Sirs,
We are a publisher of books, especially books on Chinese culture. We
are especially known for our books on the Chinese game of Weiqi, which
is known in English as Go.
We have also published among many others the following books on
Chinese Culture
Chinese Chess For Beginners ISBN 0-923891-11-0
Illustrated Catalog of Chinese Coins in three volumes ISBN
0-923891-18-8
Musings on Rare Chinese Notes and Foreign Banknotes in China ISBN
0-923891-03-X
Chinese Chess for Beginners (DVD)
Chinese Opening (about the game of weiqi) ISBN 4-87187-033-2
The 11th World Championship of Chinese Chess (Xiangqi) is about to
take place in Xintin City, Shandong Province, China. The tournament
will be held from August 28 to September 3, 2009.
It is essential that our representative attend this event. He is the
author of a book "Chinese Chess for Beginners". He competed in the
1988 Seven Stars Cup in Beijing China and won the prize of "First
Foreigner of Chinese Chess". He also competed in the World Chinese
Chess Championships in Singapore in 1990 and 1995. He is ranked by the
WXF, the World Chinese Chess Federation, as an FM or "Foreign Master",
the only native born American with that or any higher title.
Unfortunately, we failed to realize in time that the Chinese have a
rule that the effective date of the passport much be six months after
entry. The passport of our representative, M. Ismail Sloan, will
expire on October 21, 2009. This should not be a problem, as he will
be returning to America no later than September 10, 2009. However, due
to the fact that this is a high travel season, the US Passport Office
will not give an appointment to extend or renew the passport no
earlier than September 3, 2009, which will be too late to attend this
event.
Also, thus far the Chinese have been unwilling to bend the rule that
the passport must expire more than six months after entry.
The passport number is 112200263 issued in New York City on October
22, 1999.
Would you please extend our representative's passport on an emergency
basis so that he can arrive in China in time for this event.
Very Truly Yours,
Sam Sloan
CEO and President
Ishi Press International
1664 Davidson Avenue
Suite 1B
Bronx NY 10453
917-507-7226
917-659-3397
646-938-0454
August 27, 2008
Chinese Passport Agency
520 12th Avenue
New York, NY 10036
Dear Sirs,
We are a publisher of books, especially books on Chinese culture. We
are especially known for our books on the Chinese game of Weiqi, which
is known in English as Go.
We have also published among many others the following books on
Chinese Culture
Chinese Chess For Beginners ISBN 0-923891-11-0
Illustrated Catalog of Chinese Coins in three volumes ISBN
0-923891-18-8
Musings on Rare Chinese Notes and Foreign Banknotes in China ISBN
0-923891-03-X
Chinese Chess for Beginners (DVD)
Chinese Opening (about the game of weiqi) ISBN 4-87187-033-2
The 11th World Championship of Chinese Chess (Xiangqi) is about to
take place in Xintin City, Shandong Province, China. The tournament
will be held from August 28 to September 3, 2009.
It is essential that our representative attend this event. He is the
author of a book "Chinese Chess for Beginners". He competed in the
1988 Seven Stars Cup in Beijing China and won the prize of "First
Foreigner of Chinese Chess". He also competed in the World Chinese
Chess Championships in Singapore in 1990 and 1995. He is ranked by the
WXF, the World Chinese Chess Federation, as an FM or "Foreign Master",
the only native born American with that or any higher title.
Unfortunately, we failed to realize in time that China has a rule that
the effective date of the passport much be six months after entry. The
passport of our representative, M. Ismail Sloan, will expire on
October 21, 2009. This should not be a problem, as he will be
returning to America no later than September 10, 2009. However, due to
the fact that this is a high travel season, the US Passport Office
will not give an appointment to extend or renew the passport no
earlier than September 3, 2009, which will be too late to attend this
event.
Also, thus far you have been unwilling to bend the rule that the
passport must expire more than six months after entry.
The passport number is 112200263 issued in New York City on October
22, 1999.
Would you please extend our representative's passport on an emergency
basis so that he can arrive in China in time for this event.
Very Truly Yours,
Sam Sloan
CEO and President
Just A Patzer
2009-08-30 16:09:18 UTC
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What?!?! You can post to the newsgroup, but you couldn't use
Google?!?! What's more, you went all the way to China not having
bothered to look up the address?!?!

The tournament is at:

Rongfeng International Hotel
East New Black Dragon Road
Xin Tai City, Shandong Province, China 271200
tel: 0538-7299999

You're just 80 miles away :-)
Post by samsloan
I am in Jinan Airport right now.
Nobody here knows about the Xiangqi Tournament, or where it is.
Please tell me where the tournament is so that I can come there.
Can you send somebody to pick me up.
Post by samsloan
Ishi Press International
1664 Davidson Avenue
Suite 1B
Bronx NY 10453
917-507-7226
917-659-3397
646-938-0454
August 27, 2008
New York Passport Agency
Greater New York Federal Building
376 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014-3621
Dear Sirs,
We are a publisher of books, especially books on Chinese culture. We
are especially known for our books on the Chinese game of Weiqi, which
is known in English as Go.
We have also published among many others the following books on
Chinese Culture
Chinese Chess For Beginners ISBN 0-923891-11-0
Illustrated Catalog of Chinese Coins in three volumes ISBN
0-923891-18-8
Musings on Rare Chinese Notes and Foreign Banknotes in China ISBN
0-923891-03-X
Chinese Chess for Beginners (DVD)
Chinese Opening (about the game of weiqi) ISBN 4-87187-033-2
The 11th World Championship of Chinese Chess (Xiangqi) is about to
take place in Xintin City, Shandong Province, China. The tournament
will be held from August 28 to September 3, 2009.
It is essential that our representative attend this event. He is the
author of a book "Chinese Chess for Beginners". He competed in the
1988 Seven Stars Cup in Beijing China and won the prize of "First
Foreigner of Chinese Chess". He also competed in the World Chinese
Chess Championships in Singapore in 1990 and 1995. He is ranked by the
WXF, the World Chinese Chess Federation, as an FM or "Foreign Master",
the only native born American with that or any higher title.
Unfortunately, we failed to realize in time that the Chinese have a
rule that the effective date of the passport much be six months after
entry. The passport of our representative, M. Ismail Sloan, will
expire on October 21, 2009. This should not be a problem, as he will
be returning to America no later than September 10, 2009. However, due
to the fact that this is a high travel season, the US Passport Office
will not give an appointment to extend or renew the passport no
earlier than September 3, 2009, which will be too late to attend this
event.
Also, thus far the Chinese have been unwilling to bend the rule that
the passport must expire more than six months after entry.
The passport number is 112200263 issued in New York City on October
22, 1999.
Would you please extend our representative's passport on an emergency
basis so that he can arrive in China in time for this event.
Very Truly Yours,
Sam Sloan
CEO and President
Ishi Press International
1664 Davidson Avenue
Suite 1B
Bronx NY 10453
917-507-7226
917-659-3397
646-938-0454
August 27, 2008
Chinese Passport Agency
520 12th Avenue
New York, NY 10036
Dear Sirs,
We are a publisher of books, especially books on Chinese culture. We
are especially known for our books on the Chinese game of Weiqi, which
is known in English as Go.
We have also published among many others the following books on
Chinese Culture
Chinese Chess For Beginners ISBN 0-923891-11-0
Illustrated Catalog of Chinese Coins in three volumes ISBN
0-923891-18-8
Musings on Rare Chinese Notes and Foreign Banknotes in China ISBN
0-923891-03-X
Chinese Chess for Beginners (DVD)
Chinese Opening (about the game of weiqi) ISBN 4-87187-033-2
The 11th World Championship of Chinese Chess (Xiangqi) is about to
take place in Xintin City, Shandong Province, China. The tournament
will be held from August 28 to September 3, 2009.
It is essential that our representative attend this event. He is the
author of a book "Chinese Chess for Beginners". He competed in the
1988 Seven Stars Cup in Beijing China and won the prize of "First
Foreigner of Chinese Chess". He also competed in the World Chinese
Chess Championships in Singapore in 1990 and 1995. He is ranked by the
WXF, the World Chinese Chess Federation, as an FM or "Foreign Master",
the only native born American with that or any higher title.
Unfortunately, we failed to realize in time that China has a rule that
the effective date of the passport much be six months after entry. The
passport of our representative, M. Ismail Sloan, will expire on
October 21, 2009. This should not be a problem, as he will be
returning to America no later than September 10, 2009. However, due to
the fact that this is a high travel season, the US Passport Office
will not give an appointment to extend or renew the passport no
earlier than September 3, 2009, which will be too late to attend this
event.
Also, thus far you have been unwilling to bend the rule that the
passport must expire more than six months after entry.
The passport number is 112200263 issued in New York City on October
22, 1999.
Would you please extend our representative's passport on an emergency
basis so that he can arrive in China in time for this event.
Very Truly Yours,
Sam Sloan
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On Aug 30, 11:04 am, samsloan <***@gmail.com> wrote:
"I am in Jinan Airport right now.
Nobody here knows about the Xiangqi Tournament, or where it is.
Please tell me where the tournament is so that I can come there.
Can you send somebody to pick me up.
On 8月27日, 下午11时39分,"-- samsloan

Why not hire a rickshaw?
help bot
2009-08-30 18:16:38 UTC
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Post by samsloan
I am in Jinan Airport right now.
Nobody here knows about the Xiangqi Tournament, or where it is.
Please tell me where the tournament is so that I can come there.
Can you send somebody to pick me up.
It looks like things are even worse than I had
imagined. Instead of just performing worse than
in the distant past, it now appears that Mr. Sloan
is going to miss the event almost entirely. What
a pity, for this could have generated oodles of
material for the we-hate-Sloan people. Without
a doubt, a few of them would have asked why
Mr. Sloan, having touted himself as the greatest
Western player of Chinese chess, was not
thumping everybody else in the tournament.

BTW, if I were you, I would not send any young,
beautiful girls to pick Mr. Sloan up and bring him
to the site. Instead, send someone who looks
like, say, Dr. IMnes or Louis Blair. Have them
take the long way around, and show up just in
time for the awards presentation and banquet.
Humor the poor man-- give him a fortune cookie
or something.


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samsloan
2009-09-01 15:49:58 UTC
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Things have worked out quite well.

The tournament ends tomorrow. After that is over, there is said to be
an event in Guangshi Province but nobody seems to know where it is.

Although I arrived two days late, they sent a driver to the airport to
pick me up. This was a big deal because the tournament was held 80
miles from the airport and they had not provided the name of the hotel
or a contract address.

They wound up giving me observor status and a hotel room plus meals.

As there were 77 players, I tried to get them to let me in so as to
make the number of players even and avoid anybody getting a bye. This
concept exscaped them completely.

Any way, I certainly cannot complain.

I have a flight reservation to fly back to America on September 14,
2009. I am trying to figure out what to do until then.

I am typing this in an Interney Cafe in the center if Xintai City.
They are charging me 2 renmenbi per hour I think. This is about 30
cents per hour. I am surrounded mostly by kids playing video games.

Sam Sloan
Post by samsloan
Ishi Press International
1664 Davidson Avenue
Suite 1B
Bronx NY 10453
917-507-7226
917-659-3397
646-938-0454
August 27, 2008
New York Passport Agency
Greater New York Federal Building
376 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014-3621
Dear Sirs,
We are a publisher of books, especially books on Chinese culture. We
are especially known for our books on the Chinese game of Weiqi, which
is known in English as Go.
We have also published among many others the following books on
Chinese Culture
Chinese Chess For Beginners ISBN 0-923891-11-0
Illustrated Catalog of Chinese Coins in three volumes ISBN
0-923891-18-8
Musings on Rare Chinese Notes and Foreign Banknotes in China ISBN
0-923891-03-X
Chinese Chess for Beginners (DVD)
Chinese Opening (about the game of weiqi) ISBN 4-87187-033-2
The 11th World Championship of Chinese Chess (Xiangqi) is about to
take place in Xintin City, Shandong Province, China. The tournament
will be held from August 28 to September 3, 2009.
It is essential that our representative attend this event. He is the
author of a book “Chinese Chess for Beginners”. He competed in the
1988 Seven Stars Cup in Beijing China and won the prize of "First
Foreigner of Chinese Chess". He also competed in the World Chinese
Chess Championships in Singapore in 1990 and 1995. He is ranked by the
WXF, the World Chinese Chess Federation, as an FM or “Foreign Master”,
the only native born American with that or any higher title.
Unfortunately, we failed to realize in time that the Chinese have a
rule that the effective date of the passport much be six months after
entry. The passport of our representative, M. Ismail Sloan, will
expire on October 21, 2009. This should not be a problem, as he will
be returning to America no later than September 10, 2009. However, due
to the fact that this is a high travel season, the US Passport Office
will not give an appointment to extend or renew the passport no
earlier than September 3, 2009, which will be too late to attend this
event.
Also, thus far the Chinese have been unwilling to bend the rule that
the passport must expire more than six months after entry.
The passport number is 112200263 issued in New York City on October
22, 1999.
Would you please extend our representative's passport on an emergency
basis so that he can arrive in China in time for this event.
Very Truly Yours,
Sam Sloan
CEO and President
Ishi Press International
1664 Davidson Avenue
Suite 1B
Bronx NY 10453
917-507-7226
917-659-3397
646-938-0454
August 27, 2008
Chinese Passport Agency
520 12th Avenue
New York, NY 10036
Dear Sirs,
We are a publisher of books, especially books on Chinese culture. We
are especially known for our books on the Chinese game of Weiqi, which
is known in English as Go.
We have also published among many others the following books on
Chinese Culture
Chinese Chess For Beginners ISBN 0-923891-11-0
Illustrated Catalog of Chinese Coins in three volumes ISBN
0-923891-18-8
Musings on Rare Chinese Notes and Foreign Banknotes in China ISBN
0-923891-03-X
Chinese Chess for Beginners (DVD)
Chinese Opening (about the game of weiqi) ISBN 4-87187-033-2
The 11th World Championship of Chinese Chess (Xiangqi) is about to
take place in Xintin City, Shandong Province, China. The tournament
will be held from August 28 to September 3, 2009.
It is essential that our representative attend this event. He is the
author of a book “Chinese Chess for Beginners”. He competed in the
1988 Seven Stars Cup in Beijing China and won the prize of "First
Foreigner of Chinese Chess". He also competed in the World Chinese
Chess Championships in Singapore in 1990 and 1995. He is ranked by the
WXF, the World Chinese Chess Federation, as an FM or “Foreign Master”,
the only native born American with that or any higher title.
Unfortunately, we failed to realize in time that China has a rule that
the effective date of the passport much be six months after entry. The
passport of our representative, M. Ismail Sloan, will expire on
October 21, 2009. This should not be a problem, as he will be
returning to America no later than September 10, 2009. However, due to
the fact that this is a high travel season, the US Passport Office
will not give an appointment to extend or renew the passport no
earlier than September 3, 2009, which will be too late to attend this
event.
Also, thus far you have been unwilling to bend the rule that the
passport must expire more than six months after entry.
The passport number is 112200263 issued in New York City on October
22, 1999.
Would you please extend our representative's passport on an emergency
basis so that he can arrive in China in time for this event.
Very Truly Yours,
Sam Sloan
CEO and President
None
2009-09-01 16:24:36 UTC
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On Sep 1, 11:49 am, samsloan <***@gmail.com> wrote:
"I have a flight reservation to fly back to America on September 14,
2009. I am trying to figure out what to do until then."--SSloon

How's the rice?
Taylor Kingston
2009-09-01 16:40:41 UTC
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"I have a flight reservation to fly back to America on September 14,
2009. I am trying to figure out what to do until then."--SSloon
How's the rice?
Rice is nice:


samsloan
2009-09-01 16:41:35 UTC
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Why don't you become the permanent free lance USCF correspondent in China, find a nice young Chinese wife and join the Chinese Chess Federation. Just think of the millions of chess players over there you can entertain. You can move your publishing business to China, where it will be much cheaper to produce other's books. You could be King in China
I realize that you are being sarcastic but China is very adanced now.

Everybody carries a cell phone here. There are high rise apartment
buildings going up as far as the eye can see. And I am in a remore
province, in a small town.

No way that I would be a king here. More likely a lowly peasant.

I am typing this in an Internet Cafe where they are charging me 2
Renmenbi per hour. This is about 30 cents per hour.

Sam Sloan
samsloan
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Another feature of this event was the trip to the top of Mount Tai.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Tai

The trip was memorable although I am not sure I would have gone if I
had known what it was going to be like.

The players took a standard tour bus to the base of the mountain. We
then transferred to smaller busses capable of negotiating the narrow
winding road up the mountain. When the busses could go no further, we
transferred to a cable system where gondolas carried us up the
mountain by cable. This was quite scary, as we could look down and see
that there was a quarter-mile drop if the cable broke.

At the top of the cable car system, then we had to talk. It was a
winding road up the mountain and there were vendors all along the way
to sell us things. We passed several Buddhist temples and two police
stations.

Finally, at the top was a large Buddhist temple. The summit is known
as Emporers Peak. There was a sign at the summit saying that it is
1545 meters high.

I found out that there was a short way down and so I took it. The way
was certainly shorter but a bit dangerous, as the steps were steep and
narrow. One mistaken step could lead to a serious fall and a major
injury.

However, I was very carefull and did not miss any steps, so I made it
to the bottom safely.

Sam Sloan
who is still in Xintai, Shandong Province, China
None
2009-09-04 15:11:48 UTC
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On Sep 4, 6:45 am, samsloan <***@gmail.com> wrote:
"However, I was very carefull and did not miss any steps, so I made
it
to the bottom safely."--Sam Sloan, who is still in Xintai, Shandong
Province, China

More's the pity.
samsloan
2009-09-07 12:40:03 UTC
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I am now in Shenyang, in North Eastern China, near the border with
Korea.

I had to give up on Xintai, although it was a very nice town, because
almost nobody there spoke English. Here in Shenyang I almost
immediately found a few English speakers.

I came here because two of my friends (who do not know each other)
told me about this place and told me that there is a lot of business
activity here and a lot of opportunities.

I came here from Jinan in a 45 birth sleeper bus. Instead of seats it
had beds!! As it had two levels, top and bottom, the births were seven
rows long times three wide plus three extra upper level births = 45.

I would have preferred normal seats, as I wanted to look out the
windows and see the Chinese countryside and it is difficult to do that
when you are lying down.

The bus left Jinan at 8:30 PM and arrived in Shenyang at 11:30 AM, a
trip of exactly 15 hours.

The entire trip was on an 8-lane wide modern super-highway. It seemed
to be new and new construction seemed to be taking place on the road.
It reminded me of the New Jersey Turnpike.

I am now staying at the Hua Feng Commerce Hotel at 32 Shenyang Road,
Yuhong District, Chongshandonglu, China, tel. 86-24-31519696.

Sam Sloan
Detectorist
2009-09-08 07:52:20 UTC
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I am now in  Shenyang, in North Eastern China, near the border with
Korea.
I had to give up on Xintai, although it was a very nice town, because
almost nobody there spoke English. Here in Shenyang I almost
immediately found a few English speakers.
I came here because two of my friends (who do not know each other)
told me about this place and told me that there is a lot of business
activity here and a lot of opportunities.
I came here from Jinan in a 45 birth sleeper bus. Instead of seats it
had beds!! As it had two levels, top and bottom, the births were seven
rows long times three wide plus three extra upper level births = 45.
I would have preferred normal seats, as I wanted to look out the
windows and see the Chinese countryside and it is difficult to do that
when you are lying down.
The bus left Jinan at 8:30 PM and arrived in Shenyang at 11:30 AM, a
trip of exactly 15 hours.
The entire trip was on an 8-lane wide modern super-highway. It seemed
to be new and new construction seemed to be taking place on the road.
It reminded me of the New Jersey Turnpike.
I am now staying at the Hua Feng Commerce Hotel at 32 Shenyang Road,
Yuhong District, Chongshandonglu, China, tel. 86-24-31519696.
Sam Sloan
Hey Sam, I hear North Korea is beautiful this time of year. Check it
out and send us a report, will ya?
samsloan
2009-09-08 14:31:33 UTC
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Hey Sam, I hear North Korea is beautiful this time of year. Check it
out and send us a report, will ya?
I have been thinking the same thing.

Since I cannot get a visa I will just wander across the border and
pretend I got lost.
They will be so happy that an American has come to visit them and
everything will be OK.
Kalyan
2009-09-08 15:49:13 UTC
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Post by Detectorist
Hey Sam, I hear North Korea is beautiful this time of year. Check it
out and send us a report, will ya?
I have been thinking the same thing.
Since I cannot get a visa I will just wander across the border and
pretend I got lost.
They will be so happy that an American has come to visit them and
everything will be OK.
In that case, don't expect Bill Clinton to come yet again to secure
your release!
rst0wxyz
2009-09-08 16:10:33 UTC
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Post by Kalyan
Post by samsloan
Post by Detectorist
Hey Sam, I hear North Korea is beautiful this time of year. Check it
out and send us a report, will ya?
I have been thinking the same thing.
Since I cannot get a visa I will just wander across the border and
pretend I got lost.
They will be so happy that an American has come to visit them and
everything will be OK.
In that case, don't expect Bill Clinton to come yet again to secure
your release!
Marry a Japanese girl. Japan will get you out just as Charles Jenkins
did.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Robert_Jenkins

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