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Samuel Shankland
S Shankland 
From the 2018 US Championship
Photo: Lennart Ootes
Number of games in database: 478
Years covered: 2008 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2727 (2622 rapid, 2639 blitz)

Overall record: +186 -75 =205 (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 (41) 
    B90 B76 B33 B32 B64
 French Defense (19) 
    C07 C05 C18 C03 C10
 Slav (18) 
    D17 D15 D11 D10 D12
 Queen's Gambit Declined (14) 
    D37 D35 D31 D38 D30
 Ruy Lopez (14) 
    C67 C65 C95 C87 C78
 King's Indian (13) 
    E94 E92 E99 E63 E84
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (48) 
    B90 B84 B92 B22 B63
 Caro-Kann (22) 
    B18 B12 B10 B13 B11
 Sicilian Najdorf (19) 
    B90 B92 B99 B91 B94
 Slav (17) 
    D11 D12 D10 D18 D17
 Queen's Gambit Declined (16) 
    D35 D30 D38 D37 D31
 Grunfeld (14) 
    D85 D97 D73 D80 D92
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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
   Shabalov vs S Shankland, 2008 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

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

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   # American Chess Magazine 7 by Qindarka
   Carl kann by Mirfak

   🏆 Chess Olympiad
   Li Chao vs S Shankland (Oct-05-18) 1/2-1/2
   H Melkumyan vs S Shankland (Oct-04-18) 0-1
   S Shankland vs J Tomczak (Oct-03-18) 1/2-1/2
   R Mamedov vs S Shankland (Oct-02-18) 0-1
   S Shankland vs A Brkic (Oct-01-18) 1-0

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(born Oct-01-1991, 27 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 20; games 1-25 of 478  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. E Perelshteyn vs S Shankland  1-0522008World OpenD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
12. S Shankland vs Khachiyan  0-1622008World OpenB30 Sicilian
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 P Darini  1-0392008Open 18-wyccB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
25. S Shankland vs Ngoc Truongson Nguyen  ½-½252008Open 18-wyccC05 French, Tarrasch
 page 1 of 20; games 1-25 of 478  PGN Download
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  morfishine: Congratulations GM Shankland! Very well done indeed against quite stiff competition! Very impressive!
Jun-11-18  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.

Jun-17-18  Whitehat1963: Time for some elite-level invites? Or way too soon?
Jul-02-18  searchforbobby1: He should get invited in Sinquefield 2018
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  Appaz: <Whitehat1963: Time for some elite-level invites? Or way too soon?>

I would say it's the right time for him to get the first ones.

<searchforbobby1: He should get invited in Sinquefield 2018>

This however is a little too late for formal reasons and maybe a little to early considering his rating. Maybe in 2019 if he continues his development.

Jul-27-18  UncleBent: Shankland has begun play in the Danzhou Super GM tournament, in the Chinese, island province of Hainan. The tournament has 8 players with a rating average of 2729 and is a 7 RR. Participants include Jan Duda, Wei Yi, Vladimir Fedoseev, Santosh Vidit, Bu Xiangzhi, Yu Yangyi and Le Quang Liem -- all rated above 2700.
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  chancho: He drew GM Bu Xiangzhi with the black pieces.

Jul-27-18  JimNorCal: Looks like at one point Sam was somewhat better with R+R+N vs Q+N. But in the end Sam had to set up a fortress for R+N vs Q
Jul-28-18  JimNorCal: Sam drew again ... but he did have more time on the clock at the end :)
Jul-28-18  indianchessupdates: After 2nd round in Hainan, Shankland unbeaten streak has extended to 53 games

Sam Shankland in 2017-18 - 53 games ongoing (25 wins & 28 draws)

How long can he continue to be unbeaten ?

Jul-29-18  JimNorCal: <icu>: How long ...

Sadly for Sam, today was that day. He lost to GM Vidit.

Jul-29-18  indianchessupdates: Shankland unbeaten streak of 53 games has come to an end with 3rd round defeat to Vidit, India in the Hainan Danzhou Tournament. It must be one of the best runs in recent times. The standout performance of the series was winning the US Championship ahead of So, Caruana and Nakamura.

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

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

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

Wesley So in 2016-17 - 67 games (25 wins & 42 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 - 53 games (25 wins & 28 draws)

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

Jul-29-18  nok: <After 2nd round in Hainan, Shankland unbeaten streak has extended to 53 games (...)
How long can he continue to be unbeaten ?>

That was a pretty effective jinx.

Jul-30-18  UncleBent: Sam now has a current unbeaten streak of 1. Earlier today, he defeated Jan Duda in the 4th round of the Danzhou Super GM tourney.
Aug-03-18  UncleBent: Finished 3-4 (1+2-4=) in Danzhou. I am assuming Sam would have been satisfied to go .500 and validate his 2727 rating, but, in the penultimate round, Le, Quang Liem applied the pressure just before time control, and the roof caved in on Shank's position. Nice execution.
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  whiteshark: With 3/7 points (+1 -2 =4) he came last but one in Danzhou, <UncleBent>. Yu Yangyi won with 4.5/7.
Sep-09-18  Everett: Apparently worked with Aagaard for some toms, and credits him as part of the intro to “Inside the Box”
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  piltdown man: How many toms did he get?
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  Check It Out: As Neal Peart will tell, one can never have too many tom toms.
Oct-01-18  Ironmanth: Happy birthday, Grandmaster Sam Shankland.
Oct-04-18  mycroft2120: Tomorrow's match against China could come down to Shankland's game on board 4.

* Fabi with white may not get a winnable edge against Liren, * So will be OK with a draw with black against a 2750, and * Naka is just plain out of form -- maybe he'll get pissed after his loss and thrash Xiangzhi.

My prediction:

Boards 1-3 all drawn;
Sam wins a long grinding endgame with the black pieces against Li Chao and clinches the tournament gold for the USA tomorrow!! GO SAM!!! USA!! USA!!! USA!!!

Oct-11-18  Everett: some *time*
Nov-21-18  ketchuplover: Good luck at Wijk aan Zee Sam.
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