Just weeks after becoming the newly crowned US Champion, Sam Shankland won the 2018 Capablanca Memorial by a convincing 1.5 point margin. Shankland went undefeated and finished with +5. This victory brings Shankland to a new peak FIDE rating, 2717, and boosts him into the top 30 players in the world.
Shankland’s victories throughout the tournament were based on excellent piece activity and precise calculation. Can you find how Shankland gained the advantage in this double-edged position against Lazaro Bruzon Batista?
Sam Shankland vs. Lazaro Bruzon Batista
White to move.
Between this win and his unexpected victory at the US Championship over the “Big Three” American players, Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So, and Hikaru Nakamura, Shankland has been on an incredible winning streak, gaining 46 rating points and rising 40 spots in the world rankings. What’s next for this impressive American super-grandmaster?
For more information on Sam Shankland, check out:
- “Sam Shankland, 2018 US Chess Champion”
- “GM Shankland on the World Team Championship – Web Extra”
- “Shankland Reaches a New Peak”
Find GM Shankland’s new book, Small Steps to Giant Improvement, on US Chess Sales.
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