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Samuel Shankland
Number of games in database: 267
Years covered: 2008 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2661 (2618 rapid, 2601 blitz)
Overall record: +110 -50 =106 (61.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      1 exhibition game, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (25) 
    B76 B33 B90 B32 B64
 French Defense (14) 
    C03 C05 C07 C11 C18
 Slav (11) 
    D15 D17 D11 D10 D16
 French Tarrasch (10) 
    C03 C05 C07 C04
 Nimzo Indian (7) 
    E32 E21 E39 E42 E20
 King's Indian (7) 
    E92 E94 E67 E99 E91
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (37) 
    B90 B84 B47 B99 B23
 Caro-Kann (15) 
    B18 B10 B13 B12 B11
 Slav (12) 
    D18 D11 D10 D12 D15
 Sicilian Najdorf (11) 
    B90 B99 B91 B96 B93
 Grunfeld (7) 
    D85 D78 D97 D80
 Semi-Slav (6) 
    D45 D48
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   S Shankland vs Akobian, 2014 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 B Michiels, 2015 1-0
   S Shankland vs K W Troff, 2012 1-0
   S Shankland vs Le Quang Liem, 2008 1-0
   S Shankland vs Ftacnik, 2013 1-0
   S Shankland vs Wei Yi, 2015 1/2-1/2
   S Shankland vs Leko, 2011 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USA Junior Championship (2010)
   Fagernes GM Open (2014)
   Tata Steel (Group B) (2015)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   Berkeley International (2011)
   9th Edmonton International (2014)
   Millionaire Chess (2014)
   US Championship (2014)
   United States Chess League (2008)
   National Open (2012)
   Philadelphia Open (2010)
   US Chess Championships (2013)
   Foxwoods Open (2009)
   Gibraltar (2010)
   41st Annual World Open (2013)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Notable Games Young Talents ! by FLAWLESSWIN64
   2008 WYCC (open) U-18 by gauer

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(born Oct-01-1991, 23 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. 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 maintains a website at

Wikipedia article: Samuel Shankland

 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 267  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. K Saravana vs S Shankland  0-140 2008 Open 18-wyccB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
2. S Shankland vs C Galofre  1-047 2008 United States Chess LeagueC45 Scotch Game
3. S Shankland vs D Ludwig  ½-½53 2008 US ChampionshipB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
4. F Poetz vs S Shankland  0-144 2008 Open 18-wyccB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
5. S Shankland vs Le Quang Liem 1-054 2008 Open 18-wyccB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
6. S Shankland vs S Galant  1-026 2008 US ChampionshipC07 French, Tarrasch
7. E Perelshteyn vs S Shankland  1-052 2008 World OpenD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
8. S Shankland vs V Kulakov 0-139 2008 Open 18-wyccB10 Caro-Kann
9. R Costigan vs S Shankland 0-145 2008 United States Chess LeagueC00 French Defense
10. Kaufman vs S Shankland  1-039 2008 US ChampionshipD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. S Shankland vs Khoa Bao  1-084 2008 Open 18-wyccB33 Sicilian
12. P Karthikeyan vs S Shankland  0-134 2008 Open 18-wyccD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
13. J Friedel vs S Shankland  1-033 2008 US ChampionshipB10 Caro-Kann
14. S Shankland vs M Khachiyan  0-162 2008 World OpenB30 Sicilian
15. I Saric vs S Shankland  1-033 2008 Open 18-wyccB65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4
16. S Shankland vs M Esserman  ½-½39 2008 United States Chess LeagueB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. S Shankland vs Fedorowicz  0-136 2008 US ChampionshipB42 Sicilian, Kan
18. S Shankland vs J Readey  1-066 2008 US Chess LeagueB06 Robatsch
19. R Pereira vs S Shankland  ½-½43 2008 Open 18-wyccB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
20. D Gurevich vs S Shankland 1-041 2008 US ChampionshipA15 English
21. S Shankland vs I Schneider  1-021 2008 United States Chess LeagueC05 French, Tarrasch
22. Shabalov vs S Shankland 0-135 2008 World OpenB50 Sicilian
23. S Shankland vs Ngoc Truongson Nguyen  ½-½25 2008 Open 18-wyccC05 French, Tarrasch
24. D Rensch vs S Shankland  0-147 2008 United States Chess LeagueB65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4
25. B Finegold vs S Shankland  1-087 2008 US ChampionshipD01 Richter-Veresov Attack
 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 267  PGN Download
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  Shams: Oops. I read "it may" for "may it". Nevermind.
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  perfidious: <dx9293: <Shams> 800 is always added to the rating average for perfect scores, no matter how many rounds are played. Why 800? That I do not know.>

This strikes me as bizarre indeed.

Aug-15-14  dx9293: Similarly, 800 is subtracted from the adjusted rating average of the opponents, for zero scores.
Aug-20-14  ketchuplover: Hope all is well with Sam
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  MarkFinan: You wouldn't know because you can't play chess! Why did you join a chess site?? Come on I want to know why someone who's only contribution to a chess game is "Oh. He found good move! " joined a chess site??? Which player are you obsessed with now LOL 😄
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  Penguincw: Happy 23rd birthday to GM Samuel Shankland.
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  waustad: Happy b'day!
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  twinlark: Congratulations to GM Shankland for his =1st at the American Continental Championship and his qualification to next year's World Cup.
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  Jambow: <No wonder Methuselah was the first GM.> he he he I know I'm late but that made me lol.
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  SetNoEscapeOn: Another great showing for the future Anchor of the upcoming US Olympiad Dynasty.
Dec-08-14  detritus: Shankland (2653.1) has bubbled up to #99 on the live ratings list, at least for the moment. The cut line for the Top 100 is kind of volatile, but Shankland makes the cut for today.
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  Jambow: Sam's are hot in America right now, or is it SS? Shankland and Sevian both on the move.
Dec-08-14  SirRuthless: Good for him. I think he is a 2700+ talent who has somehow evaded being noticed like he deserves for a long time. With Shankland, Troff, Sevian, So and others coming online American chess will be in good hands for the next 20 years
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 :(
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