13148 Players currently online!
Man vs. Machine - good luck!
Turn-based games at any time!
Vote for the best move to win!
Do you have what it takes?
Sharpen your tactical vision!
Get advice and game insights!
Learn from top players & pros!
View millions of master games!
Your virtual chess coach!
Perfect your opening moves!
Test your skills vs. computer!
Find the right private coach!
Can you solve it each day?
Bring it all together!
Beginners, start here!
Make friends & play team games!
News from the world of chess!
Search all Chess.com members!
Find local clubs & events!
Who's the best of your friends?
Read what members are saying!
No ShankyPanky. What gives?
At a quick glance, precisely 1 of those players was born in the US (Robert Hess) a great indication of the chess melting pot that is the United States or an indictment of the native born talent? (Please don't bring race or xenophobia into this, I'm just stating a fact).
Vease, Grandmasters aren't compensated well enough in this country (for playing) for most of them to do it.
The vast majority of American-born players who could become GMs decide that it isn't worthwhile for them to do it financially.
Most of the GMs here, born in other countries, were already chess professionals in their home country (I'll leave out players like Reshevsky, Seirawan, Nakamura, and Lenderman, since they all arrived here at a young age).
I know, I was stretching a point there, Ray Robson may have been born in Guam but thats practically the 51st State! Seirawan comes across as American as apple pie as they say and Nakamura and Lenderman also grew up in the states. I just wonder what the attitude of home grown players who are kept out of their own championship by the likes of Onischuk,Akobian, Stripunsky and Shulman might be?
Vease, I'll choose the first one. Remember, Stinetz won the first world championship match playing under the American flag. Also, Robson was born in a US territory, Guam. Seirawan and Nakumura both learned to play chess as children in the US. Also, not to bring up what has really been worked to death here, but Nakamura was born abroad to an American mother, and has always been a US citizen. I suppose I object somwhat to the idea of the players being somehow less American because they were born elswhere and later became naturalized citizens. But I have no reason to expect share the opinion on such maters with someone from a country with different laws and histroy.
I really am curious though. Why isn't Sam Shankland participating?
@GenericZebra - Like I said, I'm not trying to start any arguments or get flamed here. The US has a long tradition of assimilating 'Foreign' players like Mason, Reshevsky, Benko, Kavalek, Shamkowitch etc,etc. Its a sign of how much the American Dream lay (or lies) in the consciousness of Eastern Europeans in particular that the country attracts such talent. However.. I remember seeing a quote (unattributed not surprisingly) in some Chess literature in the 1980's about a USA v USSR match at one of the Olympiads from a presumably bitter American player who said the match was just 'our Russians against their Russians'. That kind of set me thinking about the whole qualification process for the US Championship.
I guess Sam Shankland isn't playing because his rating isn't high enough?
The games have started! Surprise already!:
Round 1: GM blundered on move 11 & resigned! (Stripunsky vs Onischuk)
what is most important in a game of chess ?
by Squarely 5 minutes ago
Please analze this game by kulinarist where he sacs two rooks in the opening
by Iluvsmetuna 10 minutes ago
Windows Phone 8 Beta Testers Needed
by Squarely 12 minutes ago
10/25/2014 - White To Draw
by dbirdman54 15 minutes ago
Who's your fav in the Top Ten?
by trotters64 18 minutes ago
pwning a n00b
by boss11111 19 minutes ago
Ruy Lopez - what to play as Black?
by GodIike 20 minutes ago
Chronos Chess Clocks are Back!!!
by azbobcat 24 minutes ago
I suck at chess. Bad.
by LongIslandMark 26 minutes ago
Hurt/Heal World Champions
by camberfoil 28 minutes ago
Why Join | Chess Topics |
Help & Support |
© 2014 Chess.com
• Chess - English
We are working hard to make Chess.com available in over 70 languages. Check back over the year as we develop the technology to add more, and we will try our best to notify you when your language is ready for translating!