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|Aug-14-14|| ||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|| ||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|| ||ketchuplover: Kudos on your Olympiad gold medal!|
|Aug-14-14|| ||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|| ||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|| ||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|| ||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|| ||Shams: Oops. I read "it may" for "may it". Nevermind.|
|Aug-15-14|| ||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|
|Aug-20-14|| ||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|| ||waustad: Happy b'day!|
|Oct-26-14|| ||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|| ||Jambow: <No wonder Methuselah was the first GM.> he he he I know I'm late but that made me lol.|
|Dec-04-14|| ||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|| ||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.
|Dec-08-14|| ||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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