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    • Lifechanger

      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 ... | Read More

      • GM Shankland
      • | Jun 11, 2013
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      • | 37 comments
    • Wisdom Lost, Wisdom Gained

      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... | Read More

      • GM Shankland
      • | May 28, 2013
      • | 2548 views
      • | 11 comments
    • The Road to Recovery

      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... | Read More

      • GM Shankland
      • | May 14, 2013
      • | 2722 views
      • | 16 comments
    • Tomorrow

      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... | Read More

      • GM Shankland
      • | Mar 31, 2013
      • | 2014 views
      • | 10 comments
    • Having Faith

      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... | Read More

      • GM Shankland
      • | Feb 27, 2013
      • | 1898 views
      • | 2 comments
    • The Year in Summation

      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... | Read More

      • GM Shankland
      • | Jan 19, 2013
      • | 2256 views
      • | 7 comments
    • Kramnik Channeling Topalov!

      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... | Read More

      • GM Shankland
      • | Dec 9, 2012
      • | 3238 views
      • | 12 comments
    • Chess's taboo word

      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... | Read More

      • GM Shankland
      • | Oct 29, 2012
      • | 3700 views
      • | 15 comments
    • Homeward Bound

      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... | Read More

      • GM Shankland
      • | Sep 30, 2012
      • | 1626 views
      • | 3 comments
    • The Shanky Summer Sum-up

      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... | Read More

      • GM Shankland
      • | Aug 28, 2012
      • | 2055 views
      • | 6 comments