Master Method Series #06
Advanced Chess Lessons: The Sam Shankland Master Method
This incredible 16-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 at 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!
Here is some of the great stuff inside:
- The unique psychology behind his opening choices, as well as his decision-making method for regularly making game-winning sacrifices – all explained in fascinating detail with eye-opening examples.
- Discover the simple strategy Kramnik followed to leave Nigel Short busted and embarrassed in under 20 moves as white (hint: Kramnik didn’t use or need any tactics in the game!)
- Learn the powerful opening preparation method that helped Anand predict the first 24 moves of an important game and win virtually without playing (you’ll soon begin to do this regularly in your own tournament games!)
- Why in a critical game, Kasparov sacrificed his entire queen for a rook, then went on to dominate an opponent who most normal GMs are terrified of! (The formula for such deep sacrifices is revealed inside!)
- GM Shankland’s pawn phalanx method where he sacrifices a whole rook for a 3 pawn avalanche that engulfs everything in its path (Yes! a queen, knight and the king were finally overwhelmed by 3 little pawns!)
- Kramnik’s “patzer” plan that in a single move, handed a powerful opponent the bishop pair and a chance to double his pawns (disclaimer: he was playing Carlsen and still destroyed him! But HOW? Learn Kramnik’s secrets from GM Shankland!)
- Nakamura’s jaw-dropping tactical idea to sacrifice his queen for a single pawn and go on to win with a violent king-hunt (you’ll learn exactly how he throws the position into chaos, so you too can play dynamic, exciting games!)
- GM Shankland’s maestro-like endgame approach is revealed in detail, teaching you to methodically convert the slightest edge in your own games (nothing worse than dominating an opponent who then slips off the hook in the endgame, trust me!)
- And much more!
GM Sam Shankland (FIDE 2679)
is an American Chess Grandmaster on the United States National Team, the reigning Olympic Champions. He is a two time Olympiad Gold Medallist (2014 and 2016), a former World u-18 co-champion (2008), winner of several international events, and the third highest rated homegrown American player of all time. 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.