The Friends of Maple Grove Cemetery

honors the memory of
Sam Loyd 
“America’s Puzzle King”


(January 30, 1841 – April 10, 1911)
Sam Loyd is buried at Maple Grove Cemetery and this year marks the 175th Anniversary of his birth! 

Sam Loyd (January 30, 1841 – April 10, 1911),

born in Philadelphia and raised in New York, was an American chess player,

chess composer, puzzle author, and recreational mathematician. He became known as “America’s Puzzle King.” As a chess composer, he authored a number of chess problems, often with interesting themes.

At his peak, Loyd was one of the best chess players in the US, and was ranked 15th in the world, according tochessmetrics.com. Loyd was inducted into the US Chess Hall of Fame in 1987. Following his death, his book Cyclopedia of 5000 Puzzles was published (1914) by his son. His son, named after his father started publishing reprints of his father's puzzles.


Sam Loyd is buried at Maple Grove, Cemetery in Kew Gardens, NY. The Friends of Maple Grove Cemetery honor the memory of Sam Loyd. This year we mark the 175th Anniversary of his birth! Please visit the samloyd.com website to learn more!

Friends of Maple Grove


127-15 Kew Gardens Road Kew Gardens, New York, 11415 





Friends Organization Est Nov. 30, 2005