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Posted by Matthew Sadler on 11th August 2017

Lessons from the Limburg Open 2017 – Part III

Playing 2 or even 3 games a day makes a weekend tournament into a test of endurance. Being able to defeat weaker players without expending too much energy is a key skill of the seasoned road warrior. I didn’t manage to demonstrate this skill convincingly in either Limburg or Haarlem. My second rounds in particular

Posted by Matthew Sadler on 29th July 2017

Lessons from the Limburg Open 2017 – Part II

We carry on our examination of my games from the recent 2017 Limburg Open with brief episodes from 2 crucial games: my win against the Dutch IM Koen Leenhouts in the 5th round which took me to shared first, and the crazy finale to the tournament against Ivan Sokolov which secured me a share of

Posted by Matthew Sadler on 14th July 2017

Online chess novelties

From time to time, I get the urge to play online blitz chess. I’ve played on the Internet Chess Club for years but a few weeks ago my “Chess for Life” co-author Natasha Regan tipped me off about Chess24 blitz tournaments to which she was currently addicted! And indeed, I can say that I also spent much

Posted by Matthew Sadler on 29th June 2017

Lessons from the Limburg Open 2017 – Part I

A rare tournament outing at the 2017 Limburg Open, a 7-round international open, was a reasonable success, ending in shared first place on 6/7 with GM Roeland Pruijssers (winner on tie-break) and GM Christian Bauer. I played with a lot of spirit, but I lacked some accuracy and calculation speed. That’s fortunate in a way

Posted by Matthew Sadler on 15th June 2017

Lessons from the 4NCL – May 2017 Part III

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,