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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