GM Sam Shankland, fresh off nine straight draws, needed a victory in the recently completed Tata Steel tournament.
All he had to do was not get checkmated first.
After a Classical French Defense (Burn Variation), the game turned into a race that GM Shankland had to win.
Find out how GM Shankland navigated this furious attacking game in his instructive video lesson. | Watch video
GM Sam Shankland continues his battle with the Dutch legend Jan Timman in the Tata Steel super tournament.
Picking right up where he left off in the late middlegame, GM Shankland explains his thinking in a truly wild position, filled with sharp attacking ideas.
See if you can spot an unbelievable move that both of the grandmasters missed late in the game.
You don’t want to miss the ending of this extremely complicated tactical slugfest. | Watch video
GM Sam Shankland faces off with the legendary Dutch grandmaster Jan Tinman on his home turf in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands.
After starting the Tata Steel challengers tournament with three draws, Shankland is in the mood to mix things up in this hard-fought French Winawer.
GM Shankland takes you move-by-move through the opening and early middlegame of this instructive tilt. | Watch video
How did GM Sam Shankland win a gold medal at the 2014 Chess Olympiad? By winning crucial games like this one!
In the conclusion of this informative series, GM Shankland annotates his win as Black against GM Federico Perez Ponsa.
Learn how GM Shankland’s knowledge of his opponent’s favorite opening book helped him gain an edge in the Slav Defense.
The game builds up the tactical tension before suddenly resolving itself as a strategic win for GM Shankland. | Watch video
In the recently concluded 2014 Chess Olympiad, GM Sam Shankland had the honor of playing against the legendary GM Judit Polgar in her final game before retiring from chess.
GM Shankland shows you move-by-move what he was thinking in this excellent win over Polgar that helped him win a gold medal at the Olympiad.
Find out how GM Shankland reacts when Polgar sacrifices her last piece in a chess career filled with thrilling sacrifices.
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GM Sam Shankland starts out a new video series for Chess.com demonstrating his gold-medal-winning performance at the recently concluded chess Olympiad.
In this first game, GM Shankland shows you how to put away a lower-rated player in a game you’re supposed to win — which is often easier said than done.
Take a look at this sharp Sicilian Richter-Rauzer game and learn how to win a gold medal. | Watch video
Playing one more move - well, it beats resigning! GM Sam Shankland finds himself in a miserable position against his former trainer, but resolves to make the win as difficult as he can for GM Josh Friedel. Suddenly Black's pieces get coordinated, the attack on his king is stabilized, and the passed d-pawn is released! Watch this great comeback and you'll see how to put up maximum resistance from a losing position! | Watch video
You've heard GM Finegold's take on this game, now get the analysis straight from the source. GM Shankland walks you through his decisions in winning the best game prize at the 2014 U.S. Championship. He's far less critical of GM Akobian's choices than others were - Black simply had a rotten position early on. Shankland's now a $1000 richer, and you're at least that much smarter - we all win! | Watch video
GM Shankland is back after a long break to show how he stopped a runaway train at the U.S. Championship earlier this month. He'd played GM Lenderman eight times previously, all as White! Shanky lines up with Black and after a surprise in the opening, walks the tightrope between brilliant play and trapping his own queen. After that White's structure is crippled, and Black slowly munched on the helpless soldiers. | Watch video
Sam brings his review of the games from the Pan-American Team Championships to a close today by providing in-depth analysis of his second encounter against GM Suarez. Sam takes you through his goals of the game, first to equalize and then to succeed with an attack on the queenside. Ultimately, his team's strong position may have caused him to "let up" slightly in the end, but his analysis proves that his strong play could have led to much more... | Watch video