Sam Shankland is an American chess Grandmaster. He won bronze at the 2008 World U18 Championship, and was the 2010 U.S. Junior Champion. In 2014, Shankland won a gold medal at the 41st Olympiad for best reserve board player. He was undefeated, ending with a score of 9 out of 10. In 2016, Shankland was part of the U.S. team at the 42nd Chess Olympiad, where the team earned gold for the first time since 1976. Shankland won the 2018 U.S. Championships, winning with a score of 8.5/11 and crossed the 2700 barrier for the first time. In the same year, he also won the American Continental Chess Championship, finishing clear first with 9/11.In 2021, Shankland won Prague Master, and reached the quarterfinals in the 2021 FIDE World Cup, earning him a spot in the 2022 FIDE Grand Prix.