Won the American Continental with 9.0/11. 2019 World Cup ticket punched, 3 tournament wins in a row, 60 classical games without a loss, 2727 live. Will come back to earth some day, but for now, I'm a happy guy!
This puts Sam at an all-time high of 2727, and #27 on the live rankings list, a nice symmetry noted by chess.com. His 27th birthday is in October, but at this rate, his ranking will precede his age by then.
21. Bxg6! hxg6 22. Rxg6+ Bg7 23. Rh4! and Rhg4 is coming with devastating impact.
Play through the full game below.
Sam Shankland also beat compatriot Jeffery Xiong in the penultimate round in a wild Dragondorf.
Xiong finished on a high note with a final round victory over GM Ivan Fernandez Morovic.
Jeffery Xiong Photo: Austin Fuller
The American Delegation:
Grandmaster Robert Hungaski also had a fantastic result, and tied for third with 8/11 (currently involved in a tiebreak for World Cup spots). Among Hungaski’s victories was this thrilling win over IM Thavandiran (Canada).
FM Josh Colas
Xiong, Sergey Erenburg and Awonder Liang all tied for 10th with 7.5. Many other Americans also had incredible results, gaining dozens of rating points, including Josh Colas, who finished on 7/11 and Thalia Cervantes, who scored 6/11. Update by Grant Oen of US Chess: “Thalia Cervantes scored a WIM norm. Erik Santarius achieved a live rating over 2400 during the event, and thus fulfilled the last requirement to become an IM (he has three norms and his title application will be reviewed at the FIDE Presidential Board Meeting next month)”