Chess.com - Play. Learn. Share. Online chess community where you can play chess, learn strategies and tactics, read chess news, see book reviews, find rules & tips, get free downloads, and more! http://www.chess.com/ 2007 Chess.com A shocking developmentHaving 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/Shankland/a-shocking-developmentTue, 01 Apr 2014 07:21:14 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Shankland/a-shocking-developmentBetter lucky than goodA 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 ...http://www.chess.com/blog/Shankland/better-lucky-than-goodThu, 23 Jan 2014 11:15:49 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Shankland/better-lucky-than-goodA humble requestWhen 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/Shankland/a-humble-requestMon, 30 Dec 2013 23:18:40 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Shankland/a-humble-requestEnd of the LineWell, 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 ...http://www.chess.com/blog/Shankland/end-of-the-lineSun, 17 Nov 2013 16:01:03 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Shankland/end-of-the-lineSupporting my childrenWhile 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/Shankland/supporting-my-childrenSat, 12 Oct 2013 15:17:02 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Shankland/supporting-my-children2013 USCL DebutWhile 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,...http://www.chess.com/blog/Shankland/2013-uscl-debutSun, 15 Sep 2013 18:45:49 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Shankland/2013-uscl-debutBack on TrackI 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/Shankland/back-on-trackMon, 19 Aug 2013 01:33:09 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Shankland/back-on-trackShang Kelan and the Abandoned Child SoldiersI 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/Shankland/shang-kelan-and-the-abandoned-child-soldiersSun, 28 Jul 2013 02:15:48 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Shankland/shang-kelan-and-the-abandoned-child-soldiersShanky'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...http://www.chess.com/blog/Shankland/booThu, 27 Jun 2013 08:25:11 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Shankland/booLifechangerEveryone 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 ...http://www.chess.com/blog/Shankland/lifechangerTue, 11 Jun 2013 11:05:28 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Shankland/lifechangerWisdom Lost, Wisdom Gained This is me from last Friday, icing my face to help recover from losing the last 4 pieces of wisdom I had. While a few days of applesauce and no exercise or any kind of physical activity certainly did not sound appealing to me, in particular at a...http://www.chess.com/blog/Shankland/wisdom-lost-wisdom-gainedTue, 28 May 2013 22:25:33 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Shankland/wisdom-lost-wisdom-gainedThe Road to Recovery This is roughly how I feel right now. The US Championship concluded a couple days ago, and every now and then there are tournaments where absolutely nothing goes right. Things started off very poorly- I was playing Conrad Holt with black in roun...http://www.chess.com/blog/Shankland/the-road-to-recoveryTue, 14 May 2013 13:03:25 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Shankland/the-road-to-recoveryTomorrowWe have a very big day ahead of us tomorrow, that will bring huge celebrations and sorrows among chess players and fans everywhere. The last 2 rounds of the Candidates tournament have been incredibly dramatic- Magnus finally losing a game of chess...http://www.chess.com/blog/Shankland/tomorrowSun, 31 Mar 2013 18:09:44 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Shankland/tomorrowHaving FaithRecently I had a very interesting experience playing in the Pan-American Team Championship in Brazil. To set the stage for the most interesting moment in the tournament, first have a look at my first game: Definitely one of my better games in re...http://www.chess.com/blog/Shankland/having-faithWed, 27 Feb 2013 09:38:09 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Shankland/having-faithThe Year in SummationAt the end of every year, I look back at my progress and how that year went. 2012 was definitely not the kind of roaring success for me that 2011 was, but when I actually looked back at it, I don't think it was so bad. I started the year with a FI...http://www.chess.com/blog/Shankland/the-year-in-summationSat, 19 Jan 2013 20:29:17 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Shankland/the-year-in-summationKramnik Channeling Topalov!We all know that Kramnik and Topalov, 2 former world champions, have not had the best relation with each other in the past, largely stemming from the contraversy in their world championship match. However, what I've seen out of Kramnik recently is...http://www.chess.com/blog/Shankland/kramnik-channeling-topalovSun, 09 Dec 2012 13:43:23 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Shankland/kramnik-channeling-topalovChess's taboo wordThere are a lot of words in the English language that are considered taboo, and being a family friendly site, I don't feel the need to cite examples here. However, I will say what I think the worst word a chessplayer can use is, so brace yourselve...http://www.chess.com/blog/Shankland/chesss-taboo-wordMon, 29 Oct 2012 11:19:34 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Shankland/chesss-taboo-wordHomeward BoundAfter leaving for Europe on July 20, I never got a chance to head back to my native California until last weekend. 2 months away from home is nothing unusual for me- going to school 3000 miles away and being a part time chess professional has that...http://www.chess.com/blog/Shankland/homeward-boundSun, 30 Sep 2012 11:14:18 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Shankland/homeward-boundThe Shanky Summer Sum-upThe summer of chess is finally over. As a full-time college student I have limited time to play during the school year, but I always manage to squeeze in a few tournaments here and there. However, summer is a different story. I played a bunch of t...http://www.chess.com/blog/Shankland/the-shanky-summer-sum-upTue, 28 Aug 2012 12:26:57 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Shankland/the-shanky-summer-sum-upA sad farewellI've just now learned that Olivier Breisacher, a great person who worked very hard to organize the Biel International Chess Festival and promote international sport in many different ways, drowned yesterday in a horrible accident. We will miss his...http://www.chess.com/blog/Shankland/a-sad-farewellMon, 13 Aug 2012 04:25:45 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Shankland/a-sad-farewell