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Samuel Shankland
S Shankland 
From the 2018 US Championship
Photo: Lennart Ootes
Number of games in database: 455
Years covered: 2008 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2671 (2643 rapid, 2639 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2679

Overall record: +177 -72 =194 (61.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 12 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (39) 
    B90 B76 B64 B33 B32
 French Defense (19) 
    C07 C05 C18 C03 C11
 Slav (16) 
    D17 D15 D10 D11 D16
 Ruy Lopez (14) 
    C67 C65 C87 C95 C63
 King's Indian (13) 
    E94 E99 E92 E63 E70
 Queen's Gambit Declined (13) 
    D37 D31 D35 D30 D38
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (47) 
    B90 B84 B92 B23 B63
 Caro-Kann (21) 
    B18 B12 B10 B13 B11
 Sicilian Najdorf (18) 
    B90 B92 B94 B91 B99
 Queen's Gambit Declined (16) 
    D35 D30 D38 D37 D31
 Slav (16) 
    D10 D18 D11 D17 D12
 Grunfeld (13) 
    D85 D86 D90 D78 D83
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Kaidanov vs S Shankland, 2011 0-1
   S Shankland vs Le Quang Liem, 2008 1-0
   S Shankland vs D Haessel, 2014 1-0
   S Shankland vs S P Sethuraman, 2016 1-0
   S Shankland vs Akobian, 2014 1-0
   M Arias Santana vs S Shankland, 2012 0-1
   S Homa vs S Shankland, 2009 0-1
   S Shankland vs S Sevian, 2015 1/2-1/2
   S Shankland vs Jiri Houska, 2014 1/2-1/2
   Leko vs S Shankland, 2011 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   US Championship (2018)
   11th Edmonton International (2016)
   Capablanca Memorial (2018)
   American Continental (2018)
   Fagernes GM Open (2014)
   USA Junior Championship (2010)
   Tata Steel Group B (2015)
   9th Edmonton International (2014)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   10th Edmonton International (2015)
   Politiken Cup (2015)
   United States Chess League (2008)
   Gibraltar (2010)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2017)
   Chess Olympiad (2016)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Carl kann by Mirfak

   🏆 American Continental
   S Shankland vs Tomas Sosa (Jun-10-18) 1-0
   J Xiong vs S Shankland (Jun-09-18) 0-1
   S Shankland vs S Mareco (Jun-08-18) 1/2-1/2
   S Shankland vs J Cori (Jun-07-18) 1/2-1/2
   N Delgado Ramirez vs S Shankland (Jun-07-18) 1/2-1/2

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(born Oct-01-1991, 26 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 came in clear first at the US Championship (2018) and followed up with first at the Capablanca Memorial (2018), a point and a half clear of outright second placed Alexey Dreev. He crossed into the 2700 plus rating zone with his final game of the US championship and added another 16 rating points from his powerful win in the Capablanca Memorial, bringing him to a live rating of 2717.2 and a ranking of No. 30 in the world. Shankland's good form continued in the American Continental (2018) which he won outright with 9/11, boosting his live rating to 2727.2 and live ranking to #27 in the world. His result in the American Continental also qualifies him to compete in the World Cup 2019.

Shankland maintains a website at

(1) (audio podcast with Ben Johnson from January, 2017), (2) Wikipedia article: Samuel Shankland

Last updated: 2018-06-10 16:04:30

 page 1 of 19; games 1-25 of 461  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. D B Gurevich vs S Shankland 1-0412008US ChampionshipA15 English
2. J Friedel vs S Shankland  1-0332008US ChampionshipB10 Caro-Kann
3. S Shankland vs S Galant 1-0262008US ChampionshipC07 French, Tarrasch
4. S Shankland vs D Ippolito  1-0352008US ChampionshipC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
5. B Finegold vs S Shankland  1-0872008US ChampionshipD01 Richter-Veresov Attack
6. S Shankland vs Fedorowicz 0-1362008US ChampionshipB42 Sicilian, Kan
7. Kaufman vs S Shankland  1-0392008US ChampionshipD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. S Shankland vs D Ludwig  ½-½532008US ChampionshipB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
9. M Langer vs S Shankland  1-0222008US ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
10. Shabalov vs S Shankland 0-1352008World OpenB50 Sicilian
11. S Shankland vs Khachiyan  0-1622008World OpenB30 Sicilian
12. E Perelshteyn vs S Shankland  1-0522008World OpenD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. S Shankland vs D Ippolito  ½-½262008World OpenC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
14. S Shankland vs I Schneider  1-0212008United States Chess LeagueC05 French, Tarrasch
15. M Pasalic vs S Shankland  1-0342008United States Chess LeagueA25 English
16. S Shankland vs C Galofre  1-0472008United States Chess LeagueC45 Scotch Game
17. R Costigan vs S Shankland 0-1452008United States Chess LeagueC00 French Defense
18. S Shankland vs M Esserman  ½-½392008United States Chess LeagueB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
19. D Rensch vs S Shankland  0-1472008United States Chess LeagueB65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4
20. S Shankland vs J Readey  1-0662008US Chess LeagueB06 Robatsch
21. S Shankland vs J Bick 1-0372008US Chess LeagueC11 French
22. S Shankland vs Khoa Bao  1-0842008Open 18-wyccB33 Sicilian
23. F Poetz vs S Shankland  0-1442008Open 18-wyccB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
24. S Shankland vs Ngoc Truongson Nguyen  ½-½252008Open 18-wyccC05 French, Tarrasch
25. S Shankland vs P Darini  1-0392008Open 18-wyccB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
 page 1 of 19; games 1-25 of 461  PGN Download
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  SugarDom: Sudden improvement. I think he's using steroids.
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  MissScarlett: Laxatives, more likely.
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  Whitehat1963: Keep Shanking em, Sammy!
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  Jambow: <Sugardom> No doubt been training with Canelo Alverez from what I hear.
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  Penguincw: And Shankland remains red hot by winning the Capablanca Memorial (2018) by a point and a half.

Congrats Sam!

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  Whitehat1963: Hes turning the yard into his personal Shankland.
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  HeMateMe: Perhaps he purchased the Susan Polgar chess course? The Lev alburt chess course? The Judit Polgar chess course? Bruce Pandolfini's Outrageous Moves?
May-22-18  Howard: Wrong on all counts! He obviously must have purchased Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess.
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  offramp: I remember one of the first times I was in France, and I saw a poster for a local theatre's staging of "<Jean Sans Terre> de William Shakespeare". I was baffled as to which Shakespeare play that was. I knew all the titles...

Much later, back in London, it dawned on me that Jean Sans Terre is John Without Land or John Lackland, better known as KING JOHN. Yes, Robin Hood's King John.

John Lackland was a descendant of Edmund Longshanks, and when you sellotape those two names together you get SAMUEL SHANKLAND.

And here he is.

May-27-18  Retireborn: AA Milne wrote a poem about King John. It's funnier than that Shakespeare play.
May-27-18  Granny O Doul: So did Edmund Clerihew Bentley. It went like this:

I doubt if King John
Was a sine qua non.
I could rather imagine it
Of any other Plantagenet.

Personally, I don't think Shakespeare was trying to be funny.

Jun-01-18  indianchessupdates: Shankland since his defeat against Anthony Bellaiche in the 8th round of Biel Master Tournament 2017 has a unbeaten streak of 41 games considering the 1st round victory he had in the ongoing American Continental Championship 2018
Jun-04-18  indianchessupdates: Shankland has a unbeaten streak of 45 games (22 wins & 23 draws) considering the 5th round victory he had in the ongoing American Continental Championship 2018 against Moradiabadi.

He jumped to a career high live ranking of 2720.8 elo

His last defeat came against Anthony Bellaiche in the 8th round of Biel Master Tournament 2017

Jun-08-18  Scuvy: Hopefully, Shankland as current US champion, will be accorded the privilege of 1st board on the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team. I realize he is generally not considered a world-class grandmaster as Caruana, So and Nakamura are. The fact remains: all four players competed and Shankland won the title.
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  Petrosianic: Do you want to assign all four boards and reserve through the US Championship results, or only Board 1?
Jun-08-18  maelith: Shankland is on fire lately.
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  Jambow: has a serious lag issue probably need to have someone they trust help keep up with things...
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  Jambow: Shankland didn't just enter the 2700 club looks like he is setting up shop.
Jun-10-18  Bobby Spassky: The ratings are off.

std. 2717
rapid 2622
blitz 2639

Jun-10-18  indianchessupdates: Congrats Shankland for winning the American Continental Championship and also for his unbeaten streak of 51 games with 25 wins & 26 draws

Top unbeaten streaks in Chess (min 50 games unbeaten) with win and draws.

Mikhail Tal in 1973-74 - 95 games (46 wins & 49 draws)

Vladimir Malakhov durung 2015-2017 - 93 games (37 wins & 56 draws)

Mikhail Tal in 1972-73 - 86 games (47 wins & 39 draws)

Wang Yue in 2008 - 85 games (30 wins & 55 draws)

Milan Drasko in 2006-07 - 84 games

Vladimir Kramnik in 1999-00 - 82 games

Ding Liren in 2017-18 - 76 games ongoing (20 wins & 56 draws)

Wesley So in 2016-17 - 67 games (25 wins & 42 draws)

Vachier Lagrave in 2015-16 - 67 games (27 wins & 40 draws)

Capablanca during 1916-24 - 63 games (40 wins & 23 draws)

Le Quang Liem in 2016-17 - 59 games (26 wins & 33 draws)

Wesley So in 2014-15 - 54 games (30 wins & 24 draws)

Sam Shankland in 2017-18 - 51 games ongoing (25 wins & 26 draws)

Fabiano Caruana in 2016-17 - 50 games (19 wins & 31 draws)

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  morfishine: Congratulations GM Shankland! Very well done indeed against quite stiff competition! Very impressive!
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  kingfu: I see GM Shankland Number 27 in The World. He is playing very well right now to say the least.

Is he hot or has his game gone to the next level Way Up There??

I checked his web page and other sources. Does anybody know what is next for GM Shankland?

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  OhioChessFan: A surprising surge at 26 years old. He crossed 2600 at 21, and stayed pretty steadily there for the next 5 years, when he crashed through to 2700.

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  Penguincw: Another tournament win for Shankland.

Impressive 9/11 at the American Continental Championship, winning by half a point.

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  Whitehat1963: Time for some elite-level invites? Or way too soon?
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