Amateur Game – Shingle all the way!

Turning the Screw

Meet the Player

Andrew 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 game

Andrew'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]
[Event "Let's Play!"] [Site ""] [Date "4 May 2018"] [White "Chorlton69"] [Black "JohnReyes"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "1666"] [BlackElo "1744"] [TimeControl "1 in 3 days"] [SetUp "1"] [Termination "Chorlton69 won by resignation"] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 e6 6. Nf3 Nf6 7. Bd3 (7. Nf5 exf5 8. Bd3 {would offer white a very good game due to the fragmented pawns and bishop pair}) Bg6 8. c3 {solid play, consolidating a strong centre and making black work for any kind of edge!} Bd6 9. Bxg6 hxg6 10. Bg5 Be7 11. Qd2 Nbd7 12. Qf4 Nd5 13. Qd2 Bxg5 14. Nxg5 (14. Qg5 Qg5 15. Ng5 {should fizzle out to a level ending}) N7b6 15. b3! {a nice move, preventing Nb6-c4 and severely restricting black's options} Qe7 16. c4 Nc7 17. N3e4 f6 18. c5! Nbd5 (18...fxg5 19. cxb6 axb6 20.Nxg5 {leaves white way ahead positionally}) 19. Nd6+ Kd7 20. Nge4 {tightening the pressure} b6 21. f4 f5 22. Ng5 Nb5 23. Ngf7 Rhf8 (23...Nxd6 {might be better}) 24. Ne5+ {white is now in total control!} Kc7 25. Nxg6 Qf6 26. Nxf8 Rxf8 27. Nxb5+ cxb5 28. Rc1 bxc5 29. Rxc5+ Kb6 30. Ke2 b4 31. Rhc1 Nc3+ 32. R1xc3!! {having done all the hard work and already an exchange up, returning the rook to get at the vulnerable king is definitely the right choice!} bxc3 33. Qxc3 Kb7 34. Rb5+ {mate is dangerously close!} 1-0

What can we learn from this game?


What do you do with a positional advantage? Turn the screw!

  • 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 Sacrifice

Especially 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 screw

One 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!
Screw - Friends Chorlton

Andrew amongst friends when not turning the screw on his opponents!

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