Sam Shankland in TV reality show 'Kicking and Screaming'

by Albert Silver
3/8/2017 – Imagine one of those survival contest shows with a hefty $500 thousand prize at the end. Now imagine it is a team of two, with one survival pro such as a former military specialist, and one who has never even camped under the stars such as an etiquette coach or... a professional chess player like Sam Shankland! The humorous reality show premieres March 9 and is not to be missed!

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Official teaser / trailer

The official poster

As a sample of the contestants, on the never-done-this-before side there is Elaine Swann, Etiquette Coach

Angelica Bridges, Former Baywatch Babe Turned Beverly Hills Mom

And of course GM Sam Shankland, who needs no introduction to our readers: one of the top grandmasters in the US

Sam Shankland tweeted on the experience

Among the babysitting pros are Ras Vaughan, Off-The-Grid Survivalist

Brady Cervantes, Ex US Marine Scout Sniper

Be sure to tune in and check it out! For more information, see the official Facebook page of Kicking and Screaming.



Born in the US, he grew up in Paris, France, where he completed his Baccalaureat, and after college moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He had a peak rating of 2240 FIDE, and was a key designer of Chess Assistant 6. In 2010 he joined the ChessBase family as an editor and writer at ChessBase News. He is also a passionate photographer with work appearing in numerous publications.
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David Sprenkle David Sprenkle 3/11/2017 08:47
I can't decide if I want GM Shankland to survive a long time and possibly even win the competition--or get kicked out quickly so he can be spared further lunacy :)
KevinC KevinC 3/11/2017 04:09
I watched it, and they barely showed Sam. He did well in the challenge, and I suspect he did well overall, and we will see more of him when the more flamboyant idiots are pruned.
ChiliBean ChiliBean 3/9/2017 03:00
Can't wait to see Sam tonight. LoL!
BonaFides BonaFides 3/8/2017 03:42
Sam's facial appearance is so funny when his machete stuck on the tree.
Steven E DuCharm Steven E DuCharm 3/8/2017 02:02
Go Sam Go!
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