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Sam Shankland
From the 2018 US Championship
Photo: Lennart Ootes
Number of games in database: 774
Years covered: 2005 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2691 (2609 rapid, 2704 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2727

Overall record: +217 -96 =291 (60.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 170 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (55) 
    B33 B90 B32 B76 B64
 Slav (24) 
    D10 D15 D17 D12 D11
 Ruy Lopez (24) 
    C67 C78 C80 C65 C84
 Queen's Gambit Declined (24) 
    D37 D38 D31 D35 D30
 French Defense (23) 
    C11 C07 C18 C05 C03
 King's Indian (19) 
    E94 E92 E63 E99 E91
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (79) 
    B90 B48 B92 B52 B84
 Queen's Pawn Game (34) 
    D02 A45 D00 A46 E10
 Slav (32) 
    D12 D10 D11 D17 D18
 Sicilian Najdorf (29) 
    B90 B92 B91 B99 B94
 Caro-Kann (27) 
    B12 B18 B13 B10 B11
 Ruy Lopez (22) 
    C67 C65 C78 C69 C92
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Kaidanov vs Shankland, 2011 0-1
   Leko vs Shankland, 2011 0-1
   Shankland vs D Haessel, 2014 1-0
   Shankland vs Le Quang Liem, 2008 1-0
   Shankland vs A Liang, 2018 1-0
   Shabalov vs Shankland, 2008 0-1
   Shankland vs Caruana, 2018 1/2-1/2
   S Homa vs Shankland, 2009 0-1
   M Arias Santana vs Shankland, 2012 0-1
   Nakamura vs Shankland, 2021 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   11th Edmonton International (2016)
   49th Biel Master Open (2016)
   US Championship (2018)
   American Continental (2018)
   Fagernes GM Open (2014)
   Biel (2019)
   Tata Steel Challengers (2015)
   American Continental (2014)
   Tromso Olympiad (2014)
   10th Edmonton International (2015)
   Politiken Cup (2015)
   United States Chess League (2008)
   Champions Showdown (2019)
   PRO League Group Stage (2019)
   World Cup (2021)

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

   🏆 Tata Steel India Blitz
   Shankland vs D Gukesh (Nov-21-21) 0-1, blitz
   Shankland vs Aronian (Nov-20-21) 0-1, blitz
   Erigaisi vs Shankland (Nov-20-21) 1-0, blitz
   Shankland vs V S Gujrathi (Nov-20-21) 1-0, blitz
   Shankland vs P Maghsoodloo (Nov-20-21) 0-1, blitz

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(born Oct-01-1991, 30 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 Tromso 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 (Elite) (2018), a point and a half clear of outright second placed Aleksey 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 qualified him to compete in the World Cup 2019.

Shankland maintains a website

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

Last updated: 2021-10-05 05:43:52

 page 1 of 31; games 1-25 of 766  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Shankland vs T Castro 1-0552005AJ Fink AmateurB32 Sicilian
2. Shankland vs Y Bukh  1-0472005AJ Fink AmateurC16 French, Winawer
3. Shankland vs R De Guzman  1-0392007Cal Chess MastersB01 Scandinavian
4. J F Wheeler vs Shankland 0-1312007USCL - Tennessee vs San FranciscoD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
5. D Gurevich vs Shankland 1-0412008US ChampionshipA15 English
6. J Friedel vs Shankland  1-0332008US ChampionshipB10 Caro-Kann
7. Shankland vs S Galant 1-0262008US ChampionshipC07 French, Tarrasch
8. Shankland vs D Ippolito  1-0352008US ChampionshipC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
9. B Finegold vs Shankland  1-0872008US ChampionshipD01 Richter-Veresov Attack
10. Shankland vs Fedorowicz 0-1362008US ChampionshipB42 Sicilian, Kan
11. Kaufman vs Shankland  1-0392008US ChampionshipD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. Shankland vs D Ludwig  ½-½532008US ChampionshipB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
13. M Langer vs Shankland  1-0222008US ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
14. Shabalov vs Shankland 0-135200836th World OpenB50 Sicilian
15. E Perelshteyn vs Shankland  1-052200836th World OpenD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
16. Shankland vs Khachiyan  0-162200836th World OpenB30 Sicilian
17. Shankland vs D Ippolito  ½-½26200836th World OpenC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
18. Shankland vs I Schneider  1-0212008United States Chess LeagueC05 French, Tarrasch
19. M Pasalic vs Shankland  1-0342008United States Chess LeagueA25 English
20. Shankland vs C Galofre 1-0472008United States Chess LeagueC45 Scotch Game
21. R Costigan vs Shankland 0-1452008United States Chess LeagueC00 French Defense
22. Shankland vs M Esserman  ½-½392008United States Chess LeagueB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
23. D Rensch vs Shankland  0-1472008United States Chess LeagueB65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4
24. Shankland vs J Readey  1-0662008US Chess LeagueB06 Robatsch
25. Shankland vs J Bick 1-0372008US Chess LeagueC11 French
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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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  Jambow: Lol just watched the video those are always fun... Thanks <Penguincw>
May-08-20  SirChrislov: <"Magnus is a born troll. If he wasn't the best chess player in the world I can see him like easily having his own like prank channel or something and being really, really good at it.>

-- GM Sam Shankland

Jun-23-21  Albertan: Shankland triumphs in Prague:
Sep-07-21  Albertan: Sam Shankland on ´´Cover stories with Chess Life ´:

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