Why Play 1.d4? – GM Sam Shankland

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Why Play 1.d4? - Gm Sam Shankland

Why Play 1.d4? – GM Sam Shankland

Why Play 1.d4? - Gm Sam Shankland

Sam Shankland makes the case for opening with 1.d4 with White, using some of his most memorable games as arguments.


To explain the creative potential of playing 1.d4 with White, and to showcase White’s strategies against Black’s main options.

Sam Shankland introduces the reasons behind his decision to devote his time and energy into studying and creating a course for 1.d4.

About the Author:

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

He has worked as an analyst for the reigning World Champion, Magnus Carlsen, training with him to prepare for the 2014 and 2016 World Championship matches.

With a peak rating of 2731, he was ranked as high as #24 in the world.

Why Play 1.d4? - Gm Sam Shankland

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Content Outline

  • Introduction
  • Shankland-Yu Yangyi
  • Shankland-So
  • Shankland-Bruzon
  • Shankland-Vidit
  • Shankland-MVL
  • Shankland-Polgar
  • Conclusion