chessgames.com
Members · Prefs · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

  
Samuel Shankland
Number of games in database: 254
Years covered: 2008 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2642 (2618 rapid, 2601 blitz)
Overall record: +105 -50 =98 (60.9%)*
   * 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.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (25) 
    B76 B90 B32 B64 B33
 French Defense (12) 
    C03 C07 C11 C05 C16
 Slav (11) 
    D15 D17 D16 D11 D10
 French Tarrasch (9) 
    C03 C07 C05 C04
 Nimzo Indian (7) 
    E32 E21 E39 E20 E42
 King's Indian (7) 
    E92 E94 E99 E67 E91
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (36) 
    B90 B84 B91 B22 B52
 Caro-Kann (15) 
    B18 B10 B13 B12 B11
 Slav (12) 
    D18 D11 D12 D10 D15
 Sicilian Najdorf (10) 
    B90 B91 B99 B96 B93
 Grunfeld (7) 
    D85 D78 D97 D80
 Semi-Slav (6) 
    D45 D48
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   S Shankland vs Jiri Houska, 2014 1/2-1/2
   Leko vs S Shankland, 2011 0-1
   Kaidanov vs S Shankland, 2011 0-1
   S Shankland vs Akobian, 2014 1-0
   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 M Martinez Romero, 2014 1-0
   S Shankland vs A Hambleton, 2014 1-0

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

Search Sacrifice Explorer for Samuel Shankland
Search Google for Samuel Shankland
FIDE player card for Samuel Shankland


SAMUEL SHANKLAND
(born Oct-01-1991, 23 years old) United States of America

[what is this?]
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 www.samshankland.com.

Wikipedia article: Samuel Shankland


 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 254  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. S Shankland vs Ngoc Truongson Nguyen  ½-½25 2008 Open 18-wyccC05 French, Tarrasch
2. M Pasalic vs S Shankland  1-034 2008 United States Chess LeagueA25 English
3. B Finegold vs S Shankland  1-087 2008 US ChampionshipD01 Richter-Veresov Attack
4. S Shankland vs J Bick 1-037 2008 US Chess LeagueC11 French
5. S Shankland vs A Pavlidis  1-029 2008 Open 18-wyccB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
6. D Rensch vs S Shankland  0-147 2008 United States Chess LeagueB65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4
7. M Langer vs S Shankland  1-022 2008 US ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
8. S Shankland vs P Darini  1-039 2008 Open 18-wyccB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
9. S Shankland vs I Schneider  1-021 2008 United States Chess LeagueC05 French, Tarrasch
10. S Shankland vs D Ippolito  1-035 2008 US ChampionshipC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
11. S Shankland vs D Ippolito  ½-½26 2008 World OpenC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
12. K Saravana vs S Shankland  0-140 2008 Open 18-wyccB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
13. S Shankland vs M Esserman  ½-½39 2008 United States Chess LeagueB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
14. S Shankland vs D Ludwig  ½-½53 2008 US ChampionshipB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
15. F Poetz vs S Shankland  0-144 2008 Open 18-wyccB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
16. S Shankland vs Le Quang Liem 1-054 2008 Open 18-wyccB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
17. S Shankland vs S Galant  1-026 2008 US ChampionshipC07 French, Tarrasch
18. E Perelshteyn vs S Shankland  1-052 2008 World OpenD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
19. S Shankland vs V Kulakov 0-139 2008 Open 18-wyccB10 Caro-Kann
20. R Costigan vs S Shankland 0-145 2008 United States Chess LeagueC00 French Defense
21. Kaufman vs S Shankland  1-039 2008 US ChampionshipD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. S Shankland vs Khoa Bao  1-084 2008 Open 18-wyccB33 Sicilian
23. P Karthikeyan vs S Shankland  0-134 2008 Open 18-wyccD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
24. J Friedel vs S Shankland  1-033 2008 US ChampionshipB10 Caro-Kann
25. S Shankland vs M Khachiyan  0-162 2008 World OpenB30 Sicilian
 page 1 of 11; games 1-25 of 254  PGN Download
  REFINE SEARCH:   White wins (1-0) | Black wins (0-1) | Draws (1/2-1/2) | Shankland wins | Shankland loses  

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 5 OF 5 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Aug-14-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Someone forgot to read virtually every improving player the script: if twenty points per year were the norm, they would all give it up as a bad job!
Aug-14-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  waustad: <zanzibar>They have changed the k factors very recently. At the olympiad they were all 10, 20, or 40. See the k column here: http://chess-results.com/tnr140380....
Aug-14-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  ketchuplover: Kudos on your Olympiad gold medal!
Aug-14-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: <Shams: From <chancho>'s link:

< A 20-point increase in a year is considered a big jump for most aspiring players.>>

An astute observation: that is why a youngster who starts off with, say, a 600 rating at age 10 probably will be unable to reach 2200 until he's 90 or so. No wonder Methuselah was the first GM.

Aug-14-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Shams: My own increase has been roughly 20 points a year. But I didn't start playing until college and I have little natural talent for the game. Even so, I regard my progress as achingly slow.

Congrats again to Longshanks!

Aug-14-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  chancho: He sure stuck the <shank> on the opposition, didn't he?

Whatever he is doing to improve, may it lead him to more success.

Aug-14-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Shams: <chancho> <Whatever he is doing to improve, may it lead him to more success.>

An insight to turn <Ulhumbrus> green with envy! ;)

Aug-14-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Shams: Oops. I read "it may" for "may it". Nevermind.
Aug-15-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  ketchuplover: Hope all is well with Sam
Aug-20-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  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 😄
Oct-01-14  Penguincw: Happy 23rd birthday to GM Samuel Shankland.
Oct-01-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  waustad: Happy b'day!
Oct-26-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  twinlark: Congratulations to GM Shankland for his =1st at the American Continental Championship and his qualification to next year's World Cup.
Dec-02-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jambow: <No wonder Methuselah was the first GM.> he he he I know I'm late but that made me lol.
Dec-04-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
Dec-08-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.

Dec-08-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.

Jump to page #    (enter # from 1 to 5)
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 5 OF 5 ·  Later Kibitzing>
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, totally anonymous, and 100% free--plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, or duplicating posts.
  3. No personal attacks against other users.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform an administrator.


NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific player and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, you might try the Kibitzer's Café.
Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of Chessgames.com, its employees, or sponsors.
Spot an error? Please suggest your correction and help us eliminate database mistakes!


home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | advertising | contact us
Copyright 2001-2014, Chessgames Services LLC
Web design & database development by 20/20 Technologies