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About shingywan

I was probably 11 years old when my dad taught me the moves and I never gave it further thought back then. I mostly ignored it for 24 years of my life. Now I'm closer to 40 than I am 30 and I think it's one of the greatest games around. My dad used to play for Wakefield and had an ECF close to 170 back in the day. He would work in a restaurant all day, come back, practice and then catch the bus to play for his club. It's great I can share this game with him.

My interest has come so late though! I'd love to reach a level where I can give him a good game but my dog, an English Springer Spaniel named Poppy, limits my time... and my wife who I don't want to turn into a Chess widow! My other loves are playing football (soccer) and boxing which I practice as an amateur welterweight (5'9"/175cm, 69kg/156lb).

I do use the Analyze tool but if you message me I can make a gentleman's agreement that I will not use it at all. Time to time, I will make a stupid move and that's the problem I find playing online and playing the game in broken stages. If my mistake is too severe then I will resign and I do so with the utmost respect to my opponent. Please do not be offended.

Skulls... I will always try and contact you once and give you a day or two to reply. But if it's a repeat thing then I have to go for the timeout I'm afraid!

Chess is a great game. When you get past the basics, studying finer concepts such as tempo, initiative and position; open up all kinds of doors. Forget about your rating once in a while, play someone lower, play someone higher. Give someone the benefit and pleasure of playing against you so you can *both* improve.

If you're hovering around an online rating of 800 - 1500 then Jeremy Silman's "How to Reassess Your Chess" is the best book I ever read that helped me improve my game. Very readable and simply awesome advice.

You can follow me on Twitter @shingywan

Don't stress out - just play

Rating Trend (last 50 games)

Rated Won / Drawn / Lost

All Rated

275 games

As White

124 games

As Black

151 games

Player Stats

All Games Played429
In Progress2
All Moves14133
Moves This Month32
Tournament Entry Rating1885

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275 games


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Rated Timeouts


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90 days1 Year5 Years
Highest Rating189218921892
Average Rating188118331467
Lowest Rating187817731050
Opponent Average Rating157316231416
Games Rated737275
  • Moves This Month is the number of moves made since the 1st of the month.
  • Highest Rating excludes provisional (first 20) games.
  • Tournament Entry Rating is calculated by the formula (CurrentRating + HighestRating) / 2. The entry rating will never drop to more than 100 points below your Highest Rating.
  • Rated stats are updated within 24 hours of the last completed rated game. Last refreshed on 17 Jun '18 .