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Samuel Shankland
S Shankland 
From the 2018 US Championship
Photo: Lennart Ootes
Number of games in database: 629
Years covered: 2008 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2679 (2609 rapid, 2704 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2727

Overall record: +206 -93 =257 (60.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 73 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (44) 
    B90 B33 B76 B64 B32
 Slav (23) 
    D10 D17 D15 D12 D11
 French Defense (22) 
    C11 C07 C03 C18 C10
 Queen's Gambit Declined (20) 
    D37 D38 D31 D35 D30
 Ruy Lopez (19) 
    C67 C65 C78 C84 C95
 King's Indian (16) 
    E94 E99 E63 E92 E80
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (59) 
    B90 B48 B84 B92 B91
 Slav (29) 
    D12 D10 D17 D18 D11
 Queen's Pawn Game (29) 
    A45 D02 D00 A46 E10
 Caro-Kann (26) 
    B12 B18 B13 B10 B11
 Sicilian Najdorf (22) 
    B90 B92 B91 B99 B94
 Ruy Lopez (18) 
    C67 C65 C78 C85 C92
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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 Y Bacallao Alonso, 2018 1-0
   S Shankland vs Caruana, 2018 1/2-1/2
   Leko vs S Shankland, 2011 0-1
   S Shankland vs D Haessel, 2014 1-0
   S Shankland vs S P Sethuraman, 2016 1-0
   Z Izoria vs S Shankland, 2018 0-1
   S Shankland vs A Liang, 2018 1-0
   S Shankland vs Akobian, 2014 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   American Continental (2018)
   11th Edmonton International (2016)
   Capablanca Memorial (Elite) (2018)
   US Championship (2018)
   Fagernes GM Open (2014)
   Biel (2019)
   Tata Steel Challengers (2015)
   USA Junior Championship (2010)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   10th Edmonton International (2015)
   Politiken Cup (2015)
   Champions Showdown (2019)
   Gibraltar (2010)
   Chess Olympiad (2018)
   PRO League Group Stage (2019)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   # American Chess Magazine 8 by Qindarka
   2018 Thank You Qindarka! by fredthebear
   # American Chess Magazine 7 by Qindarka
   Carl kann by Mirfak

   🏆 European Club Cup
   Leko vs S Shankland (Nov-16-19) 1/2-1/2
   S Shankland vs V Plat (Nov-15-19) 1/2-1/2
   L Brunner vs S Shankland (Nov-14-19) 0-1
   S Shankland vs Mihajlo Stojanovic (Nov-13-19) 1-0
   K Alekseenko vs S Shankland (Nov-12-19) 1/2-1/2

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(born Oct-01-1991, 28 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 26; games 1-25 of 629  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 Ngoc Truongson Nguyen  ½-½252008Open 18-wyccC05 French, Tarrasch
25. S Shankland vs P Darini  1-0392008Open 18-wyccB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
 page 1 of 26; games 1-25 of 629  PGN Download
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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.

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Mikhail Tal in 1973-74 - 95 games (46 wins & 49 draws)

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Wang Yue in 2008 - 85 games (30 wins & 55 draws)

Milan Drasko in 2006-07 - 84 games

Vladimir Kramnik in 1999-00 - 82 games

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.
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  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*
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  ketchuplover: Good luck at Wijk aan Zee Sam.
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  ketchuplover: Drawn goes Shak!
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  ketchuplover: 36 ply draw. Shame on thee.
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  ketchuplover: Down goes Van Foreest
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  ketchuplover: brain fart today :(
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  Dionysius1: What a player, and what a result from Tata Steel 2019!

First time in the Masters, and he beat Kramnik and Nepomniachtchi. Came out level, finishing higher than Kramnik, Mamedyarov and Duda.

Jan-29-19  rogl: From Sam's twitter:
"Do me a favor and and never resign another drawn position" - Border Control Agent at SFO while stamping my passport. I really never will live this one down!
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  ketchuplover: He's getting rapped by Rapport :(
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  Check It Out: A boarder control agent was aware of the world of chess? Amazing.
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  Fusilli: <Check It Out: A boarder control agent was aware of the world of chess? Amazing.>

This made me smile. I bet it made Sam smile too.

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  Penguincw: Shankland pretends to be a beginner at chess.

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