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Samuel Shankland
Number of games in database: 380
Years covered: 2008 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2674 (2641 rapid, 2639 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2679

Overall record: +151 -63 =158 (61.8%)*
   * 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 (35) 
    B90 B76 B33 B64 B32
 French Defense (18) 
    C07 C05 C03 C18 C11
 Slav (16) 
    D17 D15 D10 D11 D12
 French Tarrasch (11) 
    C07 C05 C03 C04
 King's Indian (11) 
    E94 E99 E92 E91 E63
 Queen's Gambit Declined (10) 
    D37 D30 D35 D31 D38
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (44) 
    B90 B84 B92 B22 B99
 Caro-Kann (18) 
    B18 B12 B10 B13 B11
 Sicilian Najdorf (17) 
    B90 B92 B91 B94 B99
 Slav (15) 
    D18 D10 D11 D17 D12
 Grunfeld (12) 
    D85 D90 D86 D83 D92
 Queen's Gambit Declined (11) 
    D30 D35 D38 D37 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 Le Quang Liem, 2008 1-0
   S Shankland vs Akobian, 2014 1-0
   Leko vs S Shankland, 2011 0-1
   S Shankland vs Jiri Houska, 2014 1/2-1/2
   S Shankland vs Belsar Valencia, 2016 1-0
   S Shankland vs A Chandra, 2016 1-0
   R Hess vs S Shankland, 2011 1/2-1/2
   S Shankland vs B Michiels, 2015 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USA Junior Championship (2010)
   Fagernes GM Open (2014)
   11th Edmonton International (2016)
   9th Edmonton International (2014)
   Politiken Cup (2015)
   Tata Steel Group B (2015)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   10th Edmonton International (2015)
   Berkeley International (2011)
   United States Chess League (2008)
   Qatar Masters (2014)
   Foxwoods Open (2009)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2017)
   Gibraltar (2010)
   Chess Olympiad (2016)

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

   S Shankland vs D Debashis (Jan-28-17) 1/2-1/2
   D Kollars vs S Shankland (Jan-28-17) 1/2-1/2
   S Shankland vs E Paehtz (Jan-28-17) 1-0
   A Donchenko vs S Shankland (Jan-28-17) 1/2-1/2
   S Shankland vs F Libiszewski (Jan-28-17) 1/2-1/2

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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

Wikipedia article: Samuel Shankland

 page 1 of 16; games 1-25 of 380  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
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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.

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  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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  Penguincw: I know it's late, but congrats to Shankland for returning to the top 100 in the live ratings. He got off to a slow start at Tata Steel, but won back to back and is now at an undefeated +2 through 8 rounds. He's currently in 3rd place, but a point and a half behind the leaders, Navara and Wei Yi.
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  ketchuplover: 1 loss in last 68 games!
Jan-25-15  jia: I just logon to say i really like Sam and should he continue to be a pro he definitely has chances to break 2700. 2800 though might be a challenge.
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  Penguincw: Congrats to Samuel Shankland for his performance at the Tata Steel (Group B) (2015) tournament. Aside for Navara and Wei Yi, he was the only other undefeated player (+5).
Jan-26-15  SirRuthless: Yes, Sam is alright. He is on his way to 2700 territory and is proving to be a tough nut to crack. IF he were able to cash in on some of the nice position he gets a little bit more he would be top 30 at least. He rarely loses but his only problem is letting winning positions slip and that won't do vs. the very top players so he still has some work to do but he produces so many nice positions in his games the potential is there and he is still young enough to get "there". Go Sam!
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  docbenway: Shams: <chancho> <Whatever he is doing to improve, may it lead him to more success.> An insight to turn <Ulhumbrus> green with envy! ;) Misread or not, it made me laugh.
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  ketchuplover: 5 losses in Hawaii :(
Aug-03-15  Bruce Graham: Well done in Denmark. Congratulations.
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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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