Greetings Chess Players. My name is Chris Torres and this is my daily chess musing for Sunday July 4, 2021.

For those of us in America, the Fourth of July is Independence Day.  But, since this is a chess musing, rather than talk about Uncle Sam I will be presenting a chess game played by Grandmaster Sam.

Sam Shankland is an American Grandmaster who grew up, like myself, in Northern California. In fact, he is five-time California State Chess Champion, won the U.S. Chess Championship in 2018 and has been awarded the medals while representing Team USA at two Chess Olympiads. But we aren’t going to look at those performances today. Instead, let’s look at a beautiful game GM Sam Shankland played on July 4th, 2013.

In early July of 2013, Sam Shankland was participating in the 41st World Open in Arlington, Virginia. Its large prize fund attracted a strong field of titled players. GM Sam Shankland was black in the fourth round against FM Taibur Rahman. And while Arlington is known to have an extravagant Fourth of July fireworks show, Shankland put on an amazing display of tactical pyrotechnics of his own with the black pieces. Explosive tactics and sparkling accuracy allowed GM Sam Shankland defeated his opponent in just 24 moves! Let’s see how he did it.

Play through the game HERE

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Chris Torres is a nationally renowned scholastic chess coach working in the San Francisco Bay Area. His classes have attracted players of strengths ranging from rank beginners to world champions. A chess professional since 1998, Chris is widely recognized as one of the main driving forces behind the explosion in popularity and sudden rise in quality of scholastic chess in California. Chris Torres served as the President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy from 2005-2020 and currently is recognized as a correspondence chess master with the United States Chess Federation. Since 1998 Chris Torres has taught 6 individual national champions as well as led multiple school teams to win national championship titles. In addition, Chris Torres has directed and taught at 10 different schools which have been California State Champions at chess. In 2011 and 2012, several former and current students of Chris Torres have been selected to represent the United States at the World Youth Chess Championships. Mr. Torres’ hobbies include playing classical guitar and getting his students to appear on the national top 100 chess rating lists.

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