Month: September 2016

September 29, 2016 Matthew Sadler 2 comments

In 1932, Bogoljubov and Spielmann played a 10-game match in Semmering, Austria which Spielmann edged 5,5-4,5. In his biography of Bogoljubov, Soloviov is dismissive of the match, stating “…after [Bogoljubov] won the first two games, he failed to press home a huge advantage in the third game and then he blundered a piece in game 4….

September 22, 2016 Matthew Sadler 4 comments

The most intriguing part of a game is the turning point: exactly which moves shifted the objective balance of the game and put one of the players on the back foot? With complex games, I start analysing close to the end of the game from a position in which I can demonstrate a clear advantage…

September 16, 2016 Matthew Sadler No comments exist

A little while back I analysed the double-edged idea …c5-c4 in Queen’s Gambit Declined structures (http://matthewsadler.me.uk/chess-for-life/c5-c4-dogma/) and explained the conditions necessary to make this a viable plan for Black. At the recent Baku Olympiad, Nigel Short won a fascinating game in this structure against his young 2746-rated Chinese opponent:   Li,Chao b – Short,Nigel D…

September 8, 2016 Matthew Sadler 2 comments

Most of my chess activities nowadays take place in the train on the way to work. A recent spate of engineering works has lengthened my journey considerably with the happy result that I’ve been studying chess for an extra half hour a day!   I’ve spent that time playing through lots of Efim Bogolyubow’s games…