Sam Shankland

Samuel L. Shankland (born 1 October 1991 in Berkeley ) is an American chess grandmaster.


Samuel Shankland played his first chess tournament at the age of ten years. In 2006 he was awarded the title of National Champion. In July 2008 he became the youngest player until then the championship of California. In September 2008, he arrived at the World Youth Championship in third place and became International Champion. In 2009 he again won the California Cup, scoring in tournaments in New York and Philadelphia, his first two grandmaster norms. In July 2010, he won the Junior Championship of the United States. In April 2011, he arrived at the state championship of the USA at # 3 and reached its last required Grandmaster norm. The title was bestowed on him in June 2011. In September 2011, Shankland created a stir when he switched off at the World Chess Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk in the first round of the favored Péter Lékó with 1.5:0.5. However, in the second round he lost to Abhijeet Gupta.

His Elo rating is 2605 (as of November 2013), so it is number 8 in the national rankings.

Samuel Shankland studied since 2010 at Brandeis University.