The Shankland Method – GM Sam Shankland

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Advanced Chess Lessons: The Sam Shankland Master Method

The Shankland Method – Gm Sam Shankland

This incredible 16-hour chess course from Super-GM Sam Shankland (2727 Elo) reveals his approach to becoming a master calculator and finding the most forcing, powerful moves at the board.

In each of the 55 chess lessons, GM Sam Shankland examines an instructive, dynamic game, revealing why and how the winner was able to create chances and convert them into victory.

Sam asks us to consider one question: if we have a strategic or tactical aim but our opponent seems to be preventing it, what happens if we play it anyway?

It’s this consideration that allows us to put maximum pressure on our opponents and opens up a new world of creative possibilities on the board.

About the Author:

Sam Shankland is an American Chess Grandmaster and the 2018 US Chess Champion. He is a mainstay on the US Olympic Team, a two-time Olympiad Gold Medallist (2014 and 2016), a former World U-18 co-champion (2008), and the winner of numerous international events.

He has worked as an analyst for the reigning World Champion, Magnus Carlsen, training with him to prepare for his World Championship matches. In 2018, Sam broke the 2700-Elo barrier and he put down his success to his efforts on improving his calculation skills – making him the perfect coach to help you do the same, with results that back up his methods.

The Shankland Method – Gm Sam Shankland

Sam has carefully selected the games so that most of them should be new to you, even though they feature some of the biggest names in the game, including Carlsen, Anand, Topalov, Kasparov, and Aronian. Of course, Sam includes plenty of his own games too – losses as well as wins – revealing the secrets he has found in his analysis.

Is this course for me?

The Shankland Method – Gm Sam Shankland

If you want to become a master calculator and find the most forcing, powerful moves at the board, The Shankland Method teaches you not only techniques but the mindset required to become a chess champion.

With these advanced chess lessons you’ll learn counter-intuitive skills and ideas that only masters understand such as:

-A method to reverse-engineer openings and achieve the same results as your heroes (one example is GM Charboneau taking a ten-year-old idea from Kasparov, adapting it and destroying his strong opponent in exactly the same way!)

-Carlsen’s technique for calmly and rationally dealing with threats (when facing a terrifying attack, how does Magnus fearlessly capture all sacrificed material, dry up the position and win effortlessly? You’re about to discover how!)

-The astonishing reason why even a powerful Ukrainian prodigy couldn’t mate GM Shankland’s king, despite it being in the middle of an open board! (With the right skills, your king is much harder to checkmate than you think!)

Sam teaches at a fast pace and demands the interaction necessary for you to make real improvement. For any ambitious player looking to take their calculation, attacking play and dynamism to a very high level, there is simply no other course like this.

On top of the lessons, this course includes a 1-hour bonus of GM Sam Shankland playing online blitz, voicing his thoughts and analysis in real-time, plus a fascinating insight into his personal philosophy and best advice for improving players in a Q&A session.

Enjoy your advanced chess lessons with one of the strongest players in the US and the world!

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Running Time

16 hours



Type of Video

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Chapter List


1) Topalov-Anand
2) Shankland-Barbosa
3) Shankland-Nyzhnyk
4) Carlsen-Wang Yue
5) Charbonneau-Yedidia
6) Shankland-Safarli
7) Wang Hao-Shankland
8) Kamsky-Gelfand
9) Kramnik-Carlsen
11) Kramnik-Aronian
12) Shankland-Esserman
13) Kaufman-Shankland
14) Kasparov-Kramnik
15) Gashimov-Bacrot
16) Shankland-Kraemer
17) Morozevich-Leko
18) Shankland-Kacheishvili
19) Shankland-Ganguly
20) Short-Kramnik
21) Kasparov-J.Polgar
22) Shankland-Gozzoili
23) Molner-Shankland
24) Shankland-Romanenko
25) Shankland-Sanikidze
26) Nakamura-Gelfand
27) Shankland-L’ami
28) Shankland-Martinez
29) Dominguez-Svidler
30) Ivanisevic-Caruana
31) Kramnik-Anand
32) Shankland-Dominguez
33) Shankland-Getz
34) Kamsky-Seirawan
35) Ali Marandi-Moiseenko
36) Shankland-Turov
37) Shankland-Gopal
38) Van Wely-Topalov
39) Carlsen-Gelfand
40) Shankland-Saric
41) Carlsen-Karjakin
42) Nakamura-Shankland
43) Shankland-Gareev
44) Ivanchuk-So
45) Topalov-Kasimdzhanov
46) Carlsen-Aronian
47) Shankland-Ortiz
48) Shankland-Li
49) Javakhishvili-Shankland
50) Karjakin-Anand
51) Erdogdu-Morozevich
52) Ponomariov-Shankland
53) Aronian-Anand
54) Krasenkow-Nakamura
55) Shankland-Hernandez

Bonus: Blitz Session
Bonus: Q and A Session