Turning the Screw
Meet the PlayerAndrew Shingleton is a Chorlton regular and a nice guy, regularly contributing some good results to the Chorlton 5 team. As well as many others at the club, he adds a great diversity in character and playing style.
Notes on the gameAndrew's review: "It's probably amongst one of the best games I've ever played! I was feeling confident because John & I had drawn both our previous games. I've always enjoyed playing against the Caro Kann, too, although I've never played it as well as I did here....."
In this game, played online, his opponent is John Reyes of the Urmston club who is strongly involved in local chess and a solid player. This is a good win by Andrew!
Getting a result against opponents at a higher level, as well as the two previous draws shows Andrew has really good potential!
The Game Itself[Analysis by TheQuietMove]
What can we learn from this game?
- Castling is not always required
- An exchange sacrifice is a powerful weapon
- When ahead due to a positional advantage, keep turning the screw!
Castling - not always!White had no need to castle in this game, as black got nowhere near his king. White used his positional edge to improve gradually until it all became too much for black to handle!
Exchange SacrificeEspecially when material up, giving up the exchange to drive home a victory is a useful resource. Here, Andrew's 31. R1xc3!! meant black had no chance to prevent the mate.
Without this exchange, black could have hung on longer!
Keep turning the screwOne stand out feature of white's play was how he never tried to go for a quick win, it was a nice, slow methodical build up to earn a deserved victory - well played!