Category: The Middlegame

October 6, 2017 Matthew Sadler No comments exist

While idly flicking through recent games of Vishy Anand, my eye was drawn to the position on move 24 in his game against Robert Ruck.     It reminded me strongly of a very impressive game that Gawain Jones had played against Boris Gelfand at the 2013 London Classic:   1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+…

September 22, 2017 Matthew Sadler No comments exist

The next instalment in our examination of my games from the ROC Nova College Open in July is my 4th round game, the 3rd game of a rather tiring Saturday! I was desperate to finish promptly and have an early night but as always in such cases, the exact opposite happened! As always, a playable…

September 8, 2017 Matthew Sadler 2 comments

In this column, we continue our examination of episodes from the ROC Nova College Open in July. Going into the last round I was leading with 4,5 / 5 after a tightly-controlled win with Black against the second seed GM Maxim Turov. I had been expecting to play another GM but the pairing system threw…

August 24, 2017 Matthew Sadler No comments exist

In this column, we start to take a look at some interesting moments from the recent Nova College tournament in Haarlem which I managed to win for the 4th time, and for the 3rd time outright. I wasn’t at my best for most of the tournament, but that led at least to plenty of excitement!…

June 15, 2017 Matthew Sadler No comments exist

My first game of the last 4NCL weekend was a fraught draw against Matthew Turner which fitted in well with the pattern of the match in which we scraped past the Barbican amateurs with a 4,5-3,5 win.   The game ended quickly, but after a quick swim to get rid of the frustration and tension,…