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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
      • | 3945 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
      • | 2015 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
      • | 2242 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
      • | 2844 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
      • | 2027 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
      • | 2370 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
      • | 2447 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
      • | 2508 views
      • | 8 comments
    • Lifechanger

      Everyone has moments that will change their lives forever. Such moments are usually few and far between, often with years separating them, but they do happen. And when they happen, the person knows it. I myself have had many such moments, both as ... | Read More

      • GM Shankland
      • | Jun 11, 2013
      • | 4552 views
      • | 37 comments