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Shankland's Blog


    • A Norwegian Adventure

      I just finished the Fagernes International with 7.0/9 and a performance rating of 2770, definitely my best result yet. Remarkably, it was not even enough for first as there was a huge swing in the final round where the other critical game went fro... | Read More

      • GM Shankland
      • | Apr 20, 2014
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      • | 7 comments
    • A shocking development

      Having been an active member of the US Chess scene for many years, as a player of many different levels throughout my life, I've definitely come to notice those who inspire us and make the biggest contributions to our community. There are many big... | Read More

      • GM Shankland
      • | Apr 1, 2014
      • | 3689 views
      • | 16 comments
    • Better lucky than good

      A couple weeks ago I finished the 2014 Northern California International with 6.5/9, resulting in a 6 way tie for first place. I had won this event quite convincingly in 2012, so after a year off in 2013, as the defending champion I had very high ... | Read More

      • GM Shankland
      • | Jan 23, 2014
      • | 1746 views
      • | 7 comments
    • A humble request

      When I was 14, I did some volunteer work directing tournaments at my local chess club. It was quite taxing work, and directing tournaments with 30 players was quite difficult- I can only imagine the challenge facing those who direct large tourname... | Read More

      • GM Shankland
      • | Dec 30, 2013
      • | 2025 views
      • | 12 comments
    • End of the Line

      Well, that is that. New England has been eliminated from the US Chess League by the New York Knights. We had a good run, and my teammates all had very good seasons, but at the end of the day we came up short. To be honest I am not completely sure ... | Read More

      • GM Shankland
      • | Nov 17, 2013
      • | 2574 views
      • | 4 comments
    • Supporting my children

      While it is true that since being awarded the Samford Fellowship I have ceased any and all chess instruction, I will always remain a lifelong fan of all those who entrusted me with their chess development. With this in mind, I'd like to use this b... | Read More

      • GM Shankland
      • | Oct 12, 2013
      • | 2361 views
      • | 4 comments
    • 2013 USCL Debut

      While I don't have quite the USCL presence that I once did, it's still a nice place to keep myself from getting too rusty in the time between tournaments. Couple this with being a fan and feeling supportive towards the cities I live/have lived in,... | Read More

      • GM Shankland
      • | Sep 15, 2013
      • | 1863 views
      • | 4 comments
    • Back on Track

      I remember not so long ago, going into a slump made me feel like the world was going to end. This displayed a lack of maturity on my part- any chess player knows that they will have swings, days and tournaments when they play great and days and to... | Read More

      • GM Shankland
      • | Aug 19, 2013
      • | 2145 views
      • | 10 comments
    • Shang Kelan and the Abandoned Child Soldiers

      I just finished playing in the Yin Zhou Cup, a friendly match between the US and Chinese teams. The tournament was a lot of fun and my result was good, if unspectacular (2.5/5 in the slow games with 3 blacks, only losing to Wang Yue, and 6.5/10 in... | Read More

      • GM Shankland
      • | Jul 28, 2013
      • | 2207 views
      • | 10 comments
    • Shanky's Samford Travels Part 1

      My first travels as a Samford Fellow took me to the East Coast of the United States for two tournaments: The New York International and the World Open. The former concluded last Sunday, and it was a very up and down event for me. I started out by... | Read More

      • GM Shankland
      • | Jun 27, 2013
      • | 2240 views
      • | 8 comments