March 6-14: Saint Louis Spring Classic (Saint Louis, Missouri)
March 15: “Small Steps to Giant Improvement” Book signing tour (Saint Louis, Missouri)
March 20: “Small Steps to Giant Improvement” Book signing tour (San Francisco, CA)
March 24: “Small Steps to Giant Improvement” Book signing tour (San Jose, CA)
April 16-29: 2018 US Championship (Saint Louis, Missouri)
June 1-11: 2018 American Continental Championship (Montevideo, Uruguay)
|Dec 6, 2008||Interview with an American Medalist – IM Sam Shankland||(#3 Best of CLO, 2008)|
|July 31, 2010||US Junior Champ!|
|Jan 22, 2011||My Final Final Norm?|
|May 7, 2011||An inside story of the US Championship|
|Sept 6, 2011||Shankland on the World Cup: Making the Most of Luck||(#5 Best of CLO, 2011)|
|Mar 19, 2013||Shankland selected as 2013 Samford Fellow|
|Nov 11, 2014||Shankland on Brazil: Focused on the Knockout||(#2 Best of CLO, 2014)|
|Feb 3, 2015||Shankland on his Rise from GM to Top Hundred, Part I|
|Feb 12, 2015||Shankland on his Rise from GM to Top Hundred, Part II|
My career highlights range from 1991-2017 and include when our Team USA won the Olympiad for the first time in 79 years in Baku!
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The Shankland Method Part 1
This 16 hour video course reveals GM Sam Shankland's approach to becoming a master calculator and finding the most forcing, powerful moves at the board.
The Shankland Method Part 2
This stunning 16 hour course breaks down the deadliest tactics from top-level play, uniquely splitting them into 6 categories, ranging from Attacking the King to Endgame Tactics.
GM Sam Shankland represents the new generations of American chess powerhouses and was part of the gold-medal winning USA team at the 2016 Olympiad.
So when he agreed to share his chess improvement formula in a comprehensive step-by-step course, we made that our mission; the result is the Shankland Method Parts 1 and 2! Each 3-disk set features 16 hours of video instruction.
Small Steps to Giant Improvements
In chess you cannot take your move back, but you can always return a misplaced piece to its former square at the cost of some time. Pawns on the other hand can never move backwards, making pawn moves truly permanent decisions.
This irreversibility makes Pawn Play among the most difficult aspects of chess strategy, which is one reason few books have been written about this topic – and some that have are almost incomprehensible. Double Olympiad gold medallist Sam Shankland has gone the other way – breaking down the principles of Pawn Play to basic, easily understandable guidelines every chess player should know. Shankland starts with extremely simple examples, but then lifts the level, illustrating the universality of the book’s guidelines by showing how grandmasters could have made better decisions by using them.
Sam Shankland is a Grandmaster and permanent member of the US national team, winning an Individual Gold Medal in 2014 and Team Gold in 2016. In 2015 and 2017 he played Board 1 for the US team at the World Team Championship. This is his first book.
ISBN: 978-1-78483-051-9 – 336 pages – Provisional Release (hardcover) End of March 2018
In eleven short years, Sam Shankland took himself from a smiling 11 year old yet to play his first tournament to the highest rated US-born player in the country since Bobby Fischer. He uses the same training regimen with all of his students to assist them in reaching their maximum potential. Shankland is highly sought after and has worked for the reigning World Champion, Magnus Carlsen.
Sam Shankland is available for private and group lessons, lectures, simultaneous exhibitions, appearances, and of course tournaments.
Contact Sam Shankland directly here for tournament invitations, sponsorship offers, and lesson/appearance inquiries.