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Samuel Shankland
Number of games in database: 216
Years covered: 2008 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2632 (2618 rapid, 2601 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2634
Overall record: +85 -50 =80 (58.1%)*
   * 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 (22) 
    B76 B33 B43 B93 B90
 French Defense (8) 
    C03 C11 C05 C07
 Slav (8) 
    D15 D17 D16 D11
 French Tarrasch (6) 
    C03 C05 C07
 Nimzo Indian (6) 
    E32 E21 E20 E42 E25
 King's Indian (6) 
    E92 E94 E67 E91
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (30) 
    B90 B91 B22 B52 B84
 Caro-Kann (12) 
    B10 B18 B13 B12
 Sicilian Najdorf (9) 
    B90 B91 B99 B96
 Slav (9) 
    D18 D11 D10 D15 D19
 Grunfeld (7) 
    D85 D78 D97 D80
 English, 1 c4 e5 (6) 
    A28 A29 A22 A20 A25
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Leko vs S Shankland, 2011 0-1
   S Shankland vs Akobian, 2014 1-0
   Kaidanov vs S Shankland, 2011 0-1
   S Shankland vs Le Quang Liem, 2008 1-0
   S Shankland vs Ftacnik, 2013 1-0
   S Shankland vs K W Troff, 2012 1-0
   S Shankland vs Leko, 2011 1/2-1/2
   S Shankland vs Ehlvest, 2009 1/2-1/2
   E Postny vs S Shankland, 2014 1/2-1/2
   T Galinsky vs S Shankland, 2014 0-1

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

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(born Oct-01-1991) United States of America

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Sam Shankland is from the San Francisco Bay area and is now a Grandmaster, having won his 3rd 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.

Shankland maintains a website at

Wikipedia article: Samuel Shankland

 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 216  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. S Shankland vs J Bick 1-037 2008 US Chess LeagueC11 French
2. S Shankland vs A Pavlidis  1-029 2008 Open 18-wyccB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
3. M Pasalic vs S Shankland  1-034 2008 United States Chess LeagueA25 English
4. M Langer vs S Shankland  1-022 2008 US ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
5. S Shankland vs P Darini  1-039 2008 Open 18-wyccB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
6. S Shankland vs I Schneider 1-046 2008 United States Chess LeagueC03 French, Tarrasch
7. S Shankland vs D Ippolito  1-035 2008 US ChampionshipC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
8. S Shankland vs D Ippolito  ½-½26 2008 World OpenC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
9. K Saravana vs S Shankland  0-140 2008 Open 18-wyccB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
10. S Shankland vs C Galofre  1-047 2008 United States Chess LeagueC45 Scotch Game
11. S Shankland vs D Ludwig  ½-½53 2008 US ChampionshipB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
12. F Poetz vs S Shankland  0-144 2008 Open 18-wyccB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
13. S Shankland vs Le Quang Liem 1-054 2008 Open 18-wyccB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
14. S Shankland vs S Galant  1-026 2008 US ChampionshipC07 French, Tarrasch
15. E Perelshteyn vs S Shankland  1-052 2008 World OpenD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
16. S Shankland vs V Kulakov 0-139 2008 Open 18-wyccB10 Caro-Kann
17. R Costigan vs S Shankland 0-145 2008 United States Chess LeagueC00 French Defense
18. Kaufman vs S Shankland  1-039 2008 US ChampionshipD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. S Shankland vs Khoa Bao  1-084 2008 Open 18-wyccB33 Sicilian
20. P Karthikeyan vs S Shankland  0-134 2008 Open 18-wyccD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
21. J Friedel vs S Shankland  1-033 2008 US ChampionshipB10 Caro-Kann
22. S Shankland vs M Khachiyan  0-162 2008 World OpenB30 Sicilian
23. I Saric vs S Shankland  1-033 2008 Open 18-wyccB65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4
24. S Shankland vs M Esserman  ½-½39 2008 United States Chess LeagueB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
25. S Shankland vs Fedorowicz  0-136 2008 US ChampionshipB42 Sicilian, Kan
 page 1 of 9; games 1-25 of 216  PGN Download
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Apr-19-11  MaxxLange: The interview with Klein? I thought he seemed nice enough
Apr-19-11  Nina Myers: <The interview> How about posting the link?
Apr-19-11  MaxxLange: I saw it on the round 4 live coverage from yesterday's US Championship. They have archives at, but I can't direct link to it
Apr-19-11  Nina Myers: Thanks <MaxxLange>, here is the direct link:

<zubenator ...he kinda sounded like a jerk> That's bulllshit!

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  wordfunph: “Today I thought I played extremely well. Last year it took me nine rounds to get 2.5 points.”

- GM Samuel Shankland (after collecting 2.5 points after three rounds in 2011 U.S. Chess Championship)

Apr-22-11  hellopolgar: this guy just eliminated Alexander Onischuk...and he did it in style too!!!
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  wordfunph: GM Shankland marches to the Finals by beating GM Onischuk 1.5-0.5 in the playoff.

..and now the cast is complete with GMs Gata, Shulman, Hess and Shankland.

Gata may be the favorite to win the title but GM Hess will give him a good fight.

Apr-23-11  James Bowman: G.M. elect Shankland holds former world champion challenger Gata Kamsky to a draw even having a slight edge with a minor piece vs two extra pawns.

Hess holds Shulman to a draw too.

Up and commings not dissapointing the fans U.S. open better than expected inspite of Nakamura's absence.

My general observations are that both Shankland and Hess play solid but persistant chess and press for an advantage with out being overly risky. Both seem skilled in the endgame for their level.

Sam Shankland seems likely to enter the 2600 club quickly IMHO.

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  HeMateMe: In the final, Armaggedon game to determine 3rd place at the US championship, Shank bid 20 minutes to get black w/draw odds, Hess bid 19 min 55 seconds.

No matter, Shankland won, with white.

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  ketchuplover: Down goes Leko! (first game of world cup)
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  wordfunph: great win against Leko! interesting game tonight with Shankland handling white.
Aug-28-11  fab4: Great name !

I thought my eyes were seeing Samarkand at first.. but it's getting late. .. that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.

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  notyetagm: USA! USA! USA!

Leko must win a big game tomorrow, and he is *not* known for clutch wins.

Aug-29-11  positionalgenius: I think his win over leko might be good enough to make it to "notable games"...
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  notyetagm: <dangerhump: Shankland accepts draw and advances. Yay, chessbucks!>


Premium Chessgames Member
  Nf3em: Congratulations GM Sam Shankland!!! nice games against GM Peter Leko ... ;-)
Aug-29-11  Strongest Force: Sam stuck the Shank where the sun don't shine: sstswtsds!
Premium Chessgames Member
  dangerhump: After his win against Leko and a victory in this years NIC, Shankland is conspicuously absent in the lineup for the 2012 US Championship.
Oct-01-12  LoveThatJoker: Happy 21st Birthday, GM Shankland!


Oct-01-12  rapidcitychess: I know someone who is considering taking lessons from you. Maybe it will be your birthday present?

~Happy birthday~

Oct-15-12  DrNine: Someone should upgrade the rating to 2605...that's a pretty big milestone -- congrats sam!
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: "I think that I will always win if I am wearing my lucky boxer shorts."

- GM Samuel Shankland (when asked for superstitions in chess)

Mar-16-13  BadKnight: Shankland is a very good teacher. I love his videos.
Oct-05-13  Llawdogg: Happy Belated Birthday Sam!
Jun-17-14  Edmontonchessclub: GM Shankland's next tournament, competing against top GMs Wesley So and Vassily Ivanchuk, is featured here on Chessgames: 9th Edmonton International (2014)

The 9th Edmonton International starts this Saturday, June 21st.

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