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Samuel Shankland
Number of games in database: 342
Years covered: 2008 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2661 (2641 rapid, 2639 blitz)
Overall record: +134 -60 =144 (60.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      4 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (30) 
    B90 B76 B33 B64 B39
 French Defense (16) 
    C07 C03 C05 C11 C18
 Slav (13) 
    D17 D15 D10 D11 D16
 French Tarrasch (11) 
    C07 C03 C05 C04
 King's Indian (10) 
    E92 E99 E94 E63 E67
 Ruy Lopez (9) 
    C67 C97 C65 C95 C87
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (41) 
    B90 B84 B47 B99 B23
 Caro-Kann (18) 
    B18 B10 B12 B13 B11
 Sicilian Najdorf (14) 
    B90 B99 B91 B92 B96
 Slav (14) 
    D18 D11 D10 D12 D15
 Grunfeld (10) 
    D85 D78 D90 D97 D92
 Semi-Slav (8) 
    D45 D48 D43 D44
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   S Shankland vs Akobian, 2014 1-0
   S Shankland vs A Chandra, 2016 1-0
   Leko vs S Shankland, 2011 0-1
   Kaidanov vs S Shankland, 2011 0-1
   S Shankland vs Jiri Houska, 2014 1/2-1/2
   S Shankland vs K W Troff, 2012 1-0
   S Shankland vs Le Quang Liem, 2008 1-0
   S Shankland vs B Michiels, 2015 1-0
   S Shankland vs V Pechenkin, 2014 1-0
   S Shankland vs Ftacnik, 2013 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   11th Edmonton International (2016)
   USA Junior Championship (2010)
   Fagernes GM Open (2014)
   Tata Steel Group B (2015)
   9th Edmonton International (2014)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   Politiken Cup (2015)
   Berkeley International (2011)
   Millionaire Chess (2014)
   US Championship (2014)
   10th Edmonton International (2015)
   United States Chess League (2008)
   Philadelphia Open (2010)
   Gibraltar (2010)
   41st Annual World Open (2013)

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(born Oct-01-1991, 24 years old) United States of America

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Sam Shankland is from the San Francisco Bay area and was awarded the grandmaster title after earning his third GM norm at the Berkeley International (2011). He tied for first in the 2008 World under-18 championship (thereby gaining his IM title) and was California state champion in both 2008 and 2009. He won the USA Junior Championship (2010) from Ray Robson and Parker Bi Guang Zhao on tiebreak. Qualifying for the World Cup (2011) through Zonal 2.1, Shankland got off to a flying start by defeating Hungarian super-GM Peter Leko in the major upset of the first round, but fell in the second round to Indian GM and 2008 World Junior Champion Abhijeet Gupta. The US Championship (group B play-off) (2011) took him as far as the US Championship (Knock-out) (2011) stage, before Gata Kamsky eliminated him. He qualified for his second World Cup, to be held in 2015, when he was runner-up on tiebreak behind Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga at the 9th American Continental Championship held in October 2014.

Playing "super-sub" (board 5 reserve) for the USA at the Chess Olympiad (2014), Shankland scored a powerful 9/10 to win individual gold for board 5, returning a TPR of 2831.

Shankland's equal first result on the leader board at the American Continental Championship in 2014 qualified him to play at the World Cup (2015) where he defeated Ivan Popov in the first round but lost to compatriot Hikaru Nakamura in the second round rapid game tiebreaker to exit the tournament.

Shankland maintains a website at

Wikipedia article: Samuel Shankland

 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 342  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. F Poetz vs S Shankland  0-144 2008 Open 18-wyccB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
2. S Shankland vs Le Quang Liem 1-054 2008 Open 18-wyccB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
3. S Shankland vs S Galant  1-026 2008 US ChampionshipC07 French, Tarrasch
4. E Perelshteyn vs S Shankland  1-052 2008 World OpenD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
5. S Shankland vs V Kulakov 0-139 2008 Open 18-wyccB10 Caro-Kann
6. R Costigan vs S Shankland 0-145 2008 United States Chess LeagueC00 French Defense
7. Kaufman vs S Shankland  1-039 2008 US ChampionshipD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. S Shankland vs Khoa Bao  1-084 2008 Open 18-wyccB33 Sicilian
9. P Karthikeyan vs S Shankland  0-134 2008 Open 18-wyccD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
10. J Friedel vs S Shankland  1-033 2008 US ChampionshipB10 Caro-Kann
11. S Shankland vs M Khachiyan  0-162 2008 World OpenB30 Sicilian
12. I Saric vs S Shankland  1-033 2008 Open 18-wyccB65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4
13. S Shankland vs C Galofre  1-047 2008 United States Chess LeagueC45 Scotch Game
14. S Shankland vs Fedorowicz  0-136 2008 US ChampionshipB42 Sicilian, Kan
15. S Shankland vs J Readey  1-066 2008 US Chess LeagueB06 Robatsch
16. R Pereira vs S Shankland  ½-½43 2008 Open 18-wyccB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
17. D Gurevich vs S Shankland 1-041 2008 US ChampionshipA15 English
18. S Shankland vs I Schneider 1-046 2008 United States Chess LeagueC03 French, Tarrasch
19. Shabalov vs S Shankland 0-135 2008 World OpenB50 Sicilian
20. S Shankland vs Ngoc Truongson Nguyen  ½-½25 2008 Open 18-wyccC05 French, Tarrasch
21. M Pasalic vs S Shankland  1-034 2008 United States Chess LeagueA25 English
22. B Finegold vs S Shankland  1-087 2008 US ChampionshipD01 Richter-Veresov Attack
23. S Shankland vs J Bick 1-037 2008 US Chess LeagueC11 French
24. S Shankland vs A Pavlidis  1-029 2008 Open 18-wyccB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
25. D Rensch vs S Shankland  0-147 2008 United States Chess LeagueB65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4
 page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 342  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Dec-08-14  HeMateMe: He has to get to the next level and get wins against Fabio, Giri, Nepi, and some of the other young stars. Building up rating points beating fellow Americans isn't quite the same as beating the best Europeans and Russians.
Dec-08-14  SirRuthless: He won individual gold at the olympiad easily. Not saying he is going to be board 1/2 material but he is definitely going to be world class if he isn't already. 2700 is only a matter of time. He has the stuff.
Dec-08-14  me to play: Shankland has been steadily rising. If he continues his pace he will eventually get chances to play Giri, Caruana, etc. For now he just has to continue doing well against the ones across the board from him. He will have a chance to get some valuable experience soon when he plays ( along with Sevian ) in the "B" section of Tata steel. Opponents include GM Navara, Wei, L'ami, Potkin, Saleh, et al.
Dec-08-14  schweigzwang: <He won individual gold at the olympiad easily>

You know, there was actually some ringer for a poor team who was knocking off the less-talented lower boards of the less-talented opposing sides his team was facing. For a while there he led in the stakes for reserve board medals but then took a loss, allowing Sam to prevail.

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  Jambow: Sam is talented enough that it is very doubtful he has not reached his maximum potential. I do think it seem likely he will cross 2700 soon enough. He almost quit chess about 5 years ago but decided to become a proffesional and has gained steadily ever since.

American chess has some real hopefuls too bad Caruana got away and Nakamura hasn't fulfilled his utmost potential at least not yet.

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  Penguincw: I know it's late, but congrats to Shankland for returning to the top 100 in the live ratings. He got off to a slow start at Tata Steel, but won back to back and is now at an undefeated +2 through 8 rounds. He's currently in 3rd place, but a point and a half behind the leaders, Navara and Wei Yi.
Jan-21-15  ketchuplover: 1 loss in last 68 games!
Jan-25-15  jia: I just logon to say i really like Sam and should he continue to be a pro he definitely has chances to break 2700. 2800 though might be a challenge.
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  Penguincw: Congrats to Samuel Shankland for his performance at the Tata Steel (Group B) (2015) tournament. Aside for Navara and Wei Yi, he was the only other undefeated player (+5).
Jan-26-15  SirRuthless: Yes, Sam is alright. He is on his way to 2700 territory and is proving to be a tough nut to crack. IF he were able to cash in on some of the nice position he gets a little bit more he would be top 30 at least. He rarely loses but his only problem is letting winning positions slip and that won't do vs. the very top players so he still has some work to do but he produces so many nice positions in his games the potential is there and he is still young enough to get "there". Go Sam!
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  docbenway: Shams: <chancho> <Whatever he is doing to improve, may it lead him to more success.> An insight to turn <Ulhumbrus> green with envy! ;) Misread or not, it made me laugh.
Mar-31-15  ketchuplover: 5 losses in Hawaii :(
Aug-03-15  Bruce Graham: Well done in Denmark. Congratulations.
Aug-24-15  ketchuplover: 1/2 in Abu Dhabi so far
Aug-26-15  ketchuplover: 2.5/5 now
Aug-31-15  ketchuplover: He appears to have dropped out with 3/6

Hope all's well.

Sep-07-15  ketchuplover: Good luck vs. Popov
Sep-13-15  ketchuplover: Destroy Nakamura!!!!!!!!!!
Dec-24-15  ketchuplover: Not handling the Qatar heat well :(
Dec-26-15  ketchuplover: May have dropped out. Hope all is well.
Dec-26-15  choosea: Dec-26-15 JohnBoy: It's probably been discussed here already, but can someone quickly say what happened to Shankland? Dec-26-15
delete choosea: what happened to Shankland?


Dec-26-15  mrbasso: He appears to have dropped out with 3/6
Nope. He dropped out after a loss against Harika with 2/5 as far as I can see and this game wasn't really played.

1.b3 1-0 ...

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  whiteshark: <Sam Shankland had to withdraw from the tournament for health reasons and handed Harika Dronavalli <a forfeit win>>

The forfeit was caused by some misguided communication so to speak and not intentional as Shankland posted today in a statement...

Jun-27-16  jerseybob: <FSR: "Surfing" Safarli.> Beautiful!
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  offramp: He and Robson are huge talents.
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