Live chat with Sam Shankland

  • Chess_Informant
  • | Aug 21, 2014

Right now - live chat with Sam Shankland on Facebook!!!
The USA Golden Boy from the Tromso Olympiad, GM Sam Shankland, has come to Belgrade as a guest of Chess Informant. Playing as a reserve player for the US team, Shankland made a Fischer-like achievement with seven out of seven and finished with 9 points out of ten. He collected a gold medal on the virtual Board 5 with the best percentage scored in the entire Olympiad.
In the following days Sam played a rapid tournament with the members of the Serbian national team, and got training sessions with Grandmasters Ivanisevic, Indjic and Perunovic.
The 22-year-old grandmaster from San Francisco, California, is already a long-term contributor and author of theoretical articles for Chess Informant. In the upcoming Chess Informant 121 Midnight Sun, he will present his Olympiad achievement from Game 1 to Game 10.
There is a long tradition of US chess players who come to Belgrade as a sort of chess pilgrimage. It all started with Bobby Fisher, who was in Belgrade in the late 50s before gaining international fame. Major media outlets in Serbia, a country that has great respect for chess, have been very informative about the “young chess wizard” in Belgrade.


  • 2 years ago


    Who is this smiling person and what has he done with the Sam Shankland of Valley Forge 2010? :) In all seriousness, though, I'm glad to see him doing so well and fufilled in his work four years later.

  • 2 years ago


    Is that his girlfriend?,no wonder he's smiling!

  • 2 years ago


    Nice waitress. What was the point of the rest of the article? All forgiven though for the pic of the waitress. :) :)

  • 2 years ago


  • 2 years ago


    Sam Shankland, welcome 2 Serbia.

    Congratulations for good games @ Olympiad :)

  • 2 years ago


    GM SAm Shankland, how are you

    e4-e5, Nf3-b6,Bd3-B7...should I castle Queen side?  I always lose because the black bishop on b7 is attacking my pawn on d4 and threatening g2 pawn!

    Thank you,


  • 2 years ago


    Ibrahim Hdz
    Aug 21st, 4:03pm
    hi can u give some advice about openning and how to make right moves thx

    Sam Shankland
    Aug 21st, 4:08pm
    Play mainlines, do not be scared to play sharp positions, and never use the rational "this is too hard for me" or "this is too much theory" to justify playing unambitious opening systems. Any opening that has "exchange" in it's name is a bad idea
  • 2 years ago


    i already asked him a few  Question and he replied very fast :D check his page and u will see 

  • 2 years ago


    Dude above wrote "Boycott any facebook farce meeting" lol.

    But big congratz to SamShank.  I only really got into chess a couple years ago.  When I saw some of his videos on Kasparov I was hooked.  Good stuff.

    By the way, anyone here tried out Chess 2 The Sequel on steam?  Its amazing.

  • 2 years ago


    He's already made a few videos. He doesn't have to be exclusively with

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