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The Shankland Method #1 – GM Sam Shankland

The Shankland Method #1 – GM Sam Shankland

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Whether you want to refine your middlegame understanding, sharpen up tactically or develop cutting-edge opening strategies - The Shankland Method delivers. Despite his towering chess strength (2674 Elo), GM Shankland teaches his course in plain, easy-to-understand language you’ll immediately just “get”. This all sounds superb, but what are you getting specifically? 15 hours of high-quality videos lessons with GM Shankland (teaching his approach to all areas of the game from opening prep to risk-taking sacrifices and how to develop strategic mastery!)

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Special Price $39.98



This incredible 15-hour course from Super GM Sam Shankland (2674 Elo) reveals his approach to becoming a master calculator and finding the most forcing, powerful moves at the board.

In each of the 55 chapters, GM 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.

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.

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.

Includes a 1-hour bonus of GM 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!


High quality videos

15 hours of high-quality videos lessons - GM Shankland

Video lessons with GM Shankland (teaching his approach to all areas of the game from opening prep to risk-taking sacrifices and how to develop strategic mastery!)

Complete PGN

Complete PGNs for All Videos

The complete PGN for the course for you to review with your favorite engine; practical tests for you to check your understanding against and a course summary for easy reference! 

Printable Course Summary

Printable course summary for easy reference [PDF]
Course summary - Shankland Method
Puzzles - Shankland Method


Practical tests to etch what you’ve learned into your permanent memory



Shankland's Q&A
Shankland's Live Blitz



  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
  10. Morozevich-Giri
  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
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This is an excellent series Review by flynpenoyer
In this series Shankland focused on the idea - if you have a positional idea your opponent seems to be preventing you must ask the question - What if I do it anyway?

It turns out that this is very connect to the correct method for calculation which says you need to look at all the checks, captures, and forcing moves even if they might look silly at first.

I love his presentation. (Posted on July 4, 2019)
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Sam is very good at getting the key issues of the position across to his audience. Review by ntseven
Sam Shankland uses interesting dynamic positions and games to explain how to play better positional chess by using tactics. Many games end in crushing attacks or total dominance of the board. I found the games to be modern, relevant and very interesting covering a multitude of players as well a Sam own games and experiences. (Posted on September 10, 2018)
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Must have instructions Review by AbsoluteZero
Very enjoyable and easy to understand. Sam makes things easy for us. Excellent!!! (Posted on September 8, 2018)
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Over 100 rating points! Review by MikeWzd
This is an awesome video by GM Shankland. Anyone who pays attention to Sam's ideas in this video will gain an easy 100 points,unless they're already over 2300. I hope ICC triples the price on this one so my opponents don't buy it! (Posted on June 16, 2018)
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fantastic Review by daunpenh
Sam Shankland's incisive analysis of dozens of positional moments (a mixture of his own games and those of other top players) is inspiring: after only 4 hours of the total 15 promised, my play is improving rapidly. His catchphrase "What happens if you do it anyway?" is awesome. For anyone around 1400 (or above) and wanting to add a few hundred to your rating, I can't recommend this course highly enough. Only one problem: Sam speaks so fast about the possible moves, it's difficult to keep. So sometimes I have to play the video at about 75% normal speed. But that's only because his brain works so quickly. Well worth the money. (Posted on June 4, 2018)
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Amazing Video Series Review by TaijiChess22
Amazing Video on how to get to the next level. This will make you a stronger chess player. You can’t miss it! (Posted on June 4, 2018)
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Good material, poor teaching Review by mashandu
Sam has selected good material for a difficult subject. However his delivery is poor and at times to quick and unintelligible. He speaks at a similar speed to his mind works and comes across as one GM talking to another. If you are happy to frequently pause and rewind the ideas are good. (Posted on June 3, 2018)
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I like his style Review by lameduck
Mr. Shankland gets right to the point. I like his down-to-earth style and find the examples very instructive. It is a lot of useful information and he really shares his thought process. Definitely worth it! (Posted on May 30, 2018)
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Excellent strategical position instruction Review by bvp
Mr. Shankland uses consistent and cogent examples of critical strategic situations. He then gives the plans and variations needed to resolve them. Highly recommended. (Posted on May 30, 2018)
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Supplement to first review Review by NachoMama
On the first video GM Shankland talks way to fast. But on the second he speaks with a far less frenetic pace. I should have waited on my first review until I was a little further along. I am not a highly ranked player on ICC. My best ranking for standard is a little over 1800. This tutorial is a 15 hour series that will take even longer when you consider all the pausing to study the position. I am hopeful that the pace of the rest of the videos will be more like the second on than like the first. (Posted on May 28, 2018)
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