2018 US Champion GM Sam Shankland Headlines G & T Summer Camps!

2018 US Champion GM Sam Shankland Headlines G & T Summer Camps


We are thrilled to announce that 2018 US Champion, GM Sam Shankland will headline our 2018 G & T Summer Camp schedule. We will kick off our summer programming with GM Sam Shankland leading the way July 9th - 13th.

GM Shankland will be on sight the entire week providing daily themed lectures, giving group post-mortem game review, providing his personal insights on his journey to becoming the US Champion and also interacting with campers during sports / social activities including bug-house and blitz play. 

  • This camp is only open to our first 50 registrants.

  • The first 20 campers will qualify for a simul with GM Shankland. (FULL)

  • Each camper will receive a signed GM Shankland chess board


About GM Sam Shankland:

Samuel L. Shankland is an American chess grandmaster and the current U.S. Chess Champion.

Shankland learned to play chess at the age of 6 and played in his first tournament at the age of 10. He was California State Champion in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012, and Champion of State Champions in 2009. He won bronze at the 2008 World U18 Championship, and was US Junior Champion in 2010.[2] He earned his international master title in 2008 and his grandmaster title in 2011.

Shankland surpassed a FIDE rating of 2600 in 2012, and entered the world's top 100 players in 2014. As a member of the United States team, he won the gold medal for the best individual performance on the reserve board at the 41st Chess Olympiad. He also was part of the team at the 42nd Chess Olympiad, where the United States won team gold for the first time in forty years. In 2018, he won the U.S. Chess Championship, simultaneously breaching the 2700 barrier for the first time in his career. 

About G & T Chess:

Over the years G & T Chess has helped develop many of NYC's top scholastic players. Through their weekly Quads and select intensive camps, G & T Chess has built a vibrant community of like minded and like-skilled high performing NYC competitors.

Through the support of this community, access to world class coaches and the introduction of fun and innovative leaning techniques G & T Chess continues to deliver the very best in competitive scholastic chess education & training.

Our G & T Summer Training Camps provide a perfect combination of USCF rated match play, group analysis, individual coaching opportunities, daily themed lectures, social play and much more.

You may register for a single day, a full week or the entire summer.

G & T Summer Training Camp Featuring GM Sam Shankland (July 9th - 13th)

Our G & T Summer Camps will be held at PS 33 (CHELSEA PREP, 281 9th Ave.)

Two Daily Skill Groups:

  • U 1500

  • 1500 +

Approximate Schedule:

  • 9:00 - 9:30 - Settle in / social play

  • 9:30 - 10:15 - Opening lecture and training positions w/ GM Shankland

  • 10:15 - 11:30/12:00 - (U 1500 USCF) Daily Rated USCF matches (G45, D5)

  • 10: 15 - 11:45 - (1500 + USCF ) Group post-mortem (starting day 2) game review, interactive group discussions and daily themed lectures. (Led by GM Shankland)

  • 11:30/12:00 - Individual post-mortem game review with G & T Camp coaches.

  • 11:30/12:00 - 1:00 - Lunch, sports, park play/gym play, free play, bughouse, blitz.

  • 1:00 - 3:00 - (U 1500 USCF) Group post-mortem game review, interactive group discussions and daily themed lectures. (Led by GM Shankland)

  • 1:00 - 3:00 - USCF Rated matches (1500 + USCF)

  • 3:00 - 4:00 - Daily blitz, bug-house, social play with GM Shankland. (blitz rated & unrated opportunities)

  • 4:00 - 5:00 PM - Snacks, free play, park play/gym play, pick-up.

* Campers who register for either our 4 or 8 week summer package can include the GM Shankland week as part of their summer camp dates. 

Russ Makofsky