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Samuel Shankland
Number of games in database: 409
Years covered: 2008 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2678 (2641 rapid, 2639 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2679

Overall record: +159 -67 =175 (61.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 8 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (38) 
    B90 B76 B33 B32 B64
 French Defense (18) 
    C07 C03 C05 C18 C11
 Slav (16) 
    D17 D15 D10 D11 D16
 Ruy Lopez (13) 
    C67 C65 C87 C96 C63
 French Tarrasch (11) 
    C07 C03 C05 C04
 King's Indian (11) 
    E94 E92 E99 E84 E63
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (46) 
    B90 B84 B92 B22 B99
 Caro-Kann (19) 
    B18 B12 B10 B13 B11
 Sicilian Najdorf (18) 
    B90 B92 B99 B94 B91
 Slav (16) 
    D18 D10 D11 D12 D17
 Grunfeld (13) 
    D85 D70 D80 D97 D78
 Queen's Gambit Declined (12) 
    D30 D35 D37 D38 D31
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Kaidanov vs S Shankland, 2011 0-1
   S Shankland vs S P Sethuraman, 2016 1-0
   S Shankland vs Akobian, 2014 1-0
   S Shankland vs Le Quang Liem, 2008 1-0
   Leko vs S Shankland, 2011 0-1
   S Shankland vs Jiri Houska, 2014 1/2-1/2
   M Arias Santana vs S Shankland, 2012 0-1
   S Shankland vs A Chandra, 2016 1-0
   S Shankland vs Belsar Valencia, 2016 1-0
   R Hess vs S Shankland, 2011 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   11th Edmonton International (2016)
   USA Junior Championship (2010)
   Fagernes GM Open (2014)
   Tata Steel Group B (2015)
   Politiken Cup (2015)
   9th Edmonton International (2014)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   Winter Classic (2017)
   10th Edmonton International (2015)
   United States Chess League (2008)
   Berkeley International (2011)
   US Chess Championships (2013)
   Gibraltar (2010)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2017)
   Chess Olympiad (2016)

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

   S Shankland vs D Naroditsky (Apr-08-17) 1/2-1/2
   Kamsky vs S Shankland (Apr-07-17) 1/2-1/2
   S Shankland vs J Xiong (Apr-06-17) 0-1
   Nakamura vs S Shankland (Apr-05-17) 1/2-1/2
   S Shankland vs Robson (Apr-04-17) 1-0

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(born Oct-01-1991, 25 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

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

Last updated: 2017-04-16 15:17:41

 page 1 of 17; games 1-25 of 409  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. D Gurevich vs S Shankland 1-041 2008 US ChampionshipA15 English
2. J Friedel vs S Shankland  1-033 2008 US ChampionshipB10 Caro-Kann
3. S Shankland vs S Galant  1-026 2008 US ChampionshipC07 French, Tarrasch
4. S Shankland vs D Ippolito  1-035 2008 US ChampionshipC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
5. B Finegold vs S Shankland  1-087 2008 US ChampionshipD01 Richter-Veresov Attack
6. S Shankland vs Fedorowicz  0-136 2008 US ChampionshipB42 Sicilian, Kan
7. Kaufman vs S Shankland  1-039 2008 US ChampionshipD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. S Shankland vs D Ludwig  ½-½53 2008 US ChampionshipB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
9. M Langer vs S Shankland  1-022 2008 US ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
10. Shabalov vs S Shankland 0-135 2008 World OpenB50 Sicilian
11. E Perelshteyn vs S Shankland  1-052 2008 World OpenD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
12. S Shankland vs M Khachiyan  0-162 2008 World OpenB30 Sicilian
13. S Shankland vs D Ippolito  ½-½26 2008 World OpenC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
14. S Shankland vs I Schneider  1-021 2008 United States Chess LeagueC05 French, Tarrasch
15. M Pasalic vs S Shankland  1-034 2008 United States Chess LeagueA25 English
16. S Shankland vs C Galofre  1-047 2008 United States Chess LeagueC45 Scotch Game
17. R Costigan vs S Shankland 0-145 2008 United States Chess LeagueC00 French Defense
18. S Shankland vs M Esserman  ½-½39 2008 United States Chess LeagueB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
19. D Rensch vs S Shankland  0-147 2008 United States Chess LeagueB65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4
20. S Shankland vs J Readey  1-066 2008 US Chess LeagueB06 Robatsch
21. S Shankland vs J Bick 1-037 2008 US Chess LeagueC11 French
22. S Shankland vs Khoa Bao  1-084 2008 Open 18-wyccB33 Sicilian
23. F Poetz vs S Shankland  0-144 2008 Open 18-wyccB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
24. S Shankland vs P Darini  1-039 2008 Open 18-wyccB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
25. S Shankland vs Ngoc Truongson Nguyen  ½-½25 2008 Open 18-wyccC05 French, Tarrasch
 page 1 of 17; games 1-25 of 409  PGN Download
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  ketchuplover: 1/2 in Abu Dhabi so far
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  ketchuplover: 2.5/5 now
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  ketchuplover: He appears to have dropped out with 3/6

Hope all's well.

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  ketchuplover: Good luck vs. Popov
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  ketchuplover: Destroy Nakamura!!!!!!!!!!
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  ketchuplover: Not handling the Qatar heat well :(
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  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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  diagonal: Sam Shankland wins the traditional Masters Open Tournament (MTO) at the 49th edition of Biel Chess Festival outright, ahead of Eltaj Safarli from Azerbaijan who finished as clear runner-up. Congratulation to the US (and US born) Grandmaster!

Final standings:

Aug-03-16  Shams: Also ahead of Vitiugov and Rodshtein. Big summer for Shankland already! He may have reached a new personal high ELO as well though I'm not clear on that.
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  diagonal: 99 seconds interview with Sam Shankland at Biel Festival 2016:

- "My dog!" -

that was the answer, if you want to know which the corresponding question by Danny King was, you have to spend 99 seconds :)

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  offramp: His restaurant, Sammy's Gilded Pawn in Detroit MI, was recently featured in an episode of <Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares USA>.

It featured a bout of fisticuffs between Ramsay and Shankland which was won rapidly by Ramsay.

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  WannaBe: It was a pre-arrange 'draw'. =))
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  ketchuplover: Hope you learned how to use a machete by now Sam :)
Mar-10-17  JimNorCal: Detroit has pawn shops, but not pawn-themed restaurants.
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  Sally Simpson: Apparently, according to another site,

Sam is on a FOX reality show 'Kicking and Screaming.'

Thursdays at 9PM Eastern/8PM Central.

Mar-11-17  JimNorCal: Sam with machete? Or one of the other contestants?

Does Sam resemble Harry Potter, would you say? In general, not that specific photo

Mar-11-17  waustad: Has anybody seen this?
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  ketchuplover: Adios Sam. Hope you had fun while it lasted.
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  HeMateMe: some of those people, I don't think they should be baby sitting your children. The Duck Dynasty beards are always a red flag.
Mar-16-17  catlover: Versus a survivalist and an former Marine sniper? Not exactly even odds. Somebody ought to mix the teams up a little.

<HeMateMe> Yeah, the dude with the beard looks like a member of the local motorcycle gang.

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