Taking the personality test

Taking the personality test

GM Shankland
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Dec 16, 2015

Greetings to all, It's been a long time since my last blog- feel free to speculate as for the reasons. I was asked by some people to take the chess personality quiz and finally got around to doing it- probably the fad is over by now, but this is...

A Norwegian Adventure

A Norwegian Adventure

GM Shankland
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Apr 20, 2014

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...

A shocking development

A shocking development

GM Shankland
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Apr 1, 2014

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...

Better lucky than good

Better lucky than good

GM Shankland
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Jan 23, 2014

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 ...

A humble request

A humble request

GM Shankland
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Dec 30, 2013

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...

End of the Line

End of the Line

GM Shankland
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Nov 17, 2013

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 ...

2013 USCL Debut

2013 USCL Debut

GM Shankland
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Sep 15, 2013

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,...

Back on Track

Back on Track

GM Shankland
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Aug 19, 2013

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...

Shang Kelan and the Abandoned Child Soldiers

Shang Kelan and the Abandoned Child Soldiers

GM Shankland
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Jul 28, 2013

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...

Shanky's Samford Travels Part 1

Shanky's Samford Travels Part 1

GM Shankland
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Jun 27, 2013

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...

Lifechanger

Lifechanger

GM Shankland
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Jun 11, 2013

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 ...

Wisdom Lost, Wisdom Gained

Wisdom Lost, Wisdom Gained

GM Shankland
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May 28, 2013

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...

The Road to Recovery

The Road to Recovery

GM Shankland
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May 14, 2013

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...

Tomorrow

Tomorrow

GM Shankland
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Mar 31, 2013

We 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...

Having Faith

Having Faith

GM Shankland
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Feb 27, 2013

Recently 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...

The Year in Summation

The Year in Summation

GM Shankland
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Jan 19, 2013

At 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...

Kramnik Channeling Topalov!

Kramnik Channeling Topalov!

GM Shankland
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Dec 9, 2012

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...

Chess's taboo word

Chess's taboo word

GM Shankland
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Oct 29, 2012

There 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...

Homeward Bound

Homeward Bound

GM Shankland
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Sep 30, 2012

After 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...

The Shanky Summer Sum-up

The Shanky Summer Sum-up

GM Shankland
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Aug 28, 2012

The 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...

A sad farewell

A sad farewell

GM Shankland
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Aug 13, 2012

I'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...

Aggression!

Aggression!

GM Shankland
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Aug 13, 2012

Greetings to all! Hopefully this blog post finds everyone enjoying a lovely summer. I'm currently sitting in seat 32c of a Norwegian Air jet somewhere over Copenhagen, and I think it's totally awesome to have free wifi on board! Hopefully some US ...

Controlling Emotions

Controlling Emotions

GM Shankland
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Aug 4, 2012

Hey everyone, It's been awhile since my last blog post, so today I would like to start  a new topic- one about controlling your emotions during the game. Like many chessplayers, I am very emotionally attached to the results I post, and since tour...

Practice what you Preach!

Practice what you Preach!

GM Shankland
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May 31, 2012

Hello Everybody! Today, I have a confession to make. I have not abided by my own suggestions that I made in my last post, "Staying Strong", available here:  http://blog.chess.com/Shankland/staying-strong  I do maintain that physical strength is a...

Staying Strong

Staying Strong

GM Shankland
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May 2, 2012

For this month's blog, I'd like to talk about staying physically strong and how it helps improve your chess. Chess is a really grueling game, and the amount of energy I put into each individual game is enormous, not even counting the time I spend ...

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