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  1. neiman
    May 23rd, 2018 at 09:18 | #1

    Great video, Shankland looks cool, and easy, a clear head.
    Interesting to see him when he will meet other big guns, hope that he will be able to keep his confidence, and self control. Best wishes !

  2. Jacob Aagaard
    May 23rd, 2018 at 10:10 | #2

    @neiman
    He has played board 1 for the US at the World Teams twice already. Did fine.

  3. PG
    May 23rd, 2018 at 14:48 | #3

    Does he plan to get married too?

  4. May 23rd, 2018 at 20:48 | #4

    It’s hard to play the U.S. Championship these days and dodge “Big Guns”.

  5. neiman
    May 24th, 2018 at 10:14 | #5

    @Alex Relya
    @JacobAagaard True, of course. But the pressure is different, once you are one of them… Before, Shankland beeing around 2650, playing solid and achieve a draw against a +2750 -which he did quite often- was some success. Now, he will meet another task : show that he is worth his newrating.If he manages it, it will be a huge result, because not many people of his age could manage it before, after such a elo jump. Shankland will need a lot of self confidence to confirm, in all cases the successes he had recently are invaluables.

  6. Jacob Aagaard
    May 25th, 2018 at 08:12 | #6

    Did you actually see the games from the US Championship? Against Nakamura and Caruana? Two near misses, for them.

  7. neiman
    May 25th, 2018 at 10:03 | #7

    I saw quickly most of the games, and was also impressed by the level of his games in the Capa memorial; great technical games, in the style of the best Leko, I thought.

  8. JB
    May 25th, 2018 at 13:12 | #8

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Pawn up but not sure he was ever winning after a dodgy opening against Fabi. Probably still kicking himself for the Naka game- strategically won (and as black) approaching time control with Hikaru short on time and got unnecessarily sucked into blitzing out the final moves to match Naka when he had plenty of time to find the kill

  9. Maik
    June 11th, 2018 at 15:26 | #9

    Now he is also the “American Continental Champ” 🙂 Congrats to Sam! 🙂 Let’s cross the fingers for him to get more invitations to tournaments with the top 10 or something similar! 🙂

  10. middlewave
    June 11th, 2018 at 15:31 | #10

    @Maik
    That should keep him away from Wimbledon too 🙂

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