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Posted by Matthew Sadler on 15th December 2017

The London Classic 2017 Dinner

The London Classic 2017 was rounded off according to tradition with a lavish closing dinner at Simpson’s-in-the-Strand. As well as beautiful food and wine, guests can take part in a raffle and – more importantly – a silent auction for chess memorabilia (for example a board signed by all participants of the Classic) and events

Posted by Matthew Sadler on 17th November 2017

King, Rook and 2 Pawns vs King, Rook and Pawn – Part 1

I’ve been spending some time looking through Muller and Konoval’s “Understanding Rook Endgames” presents findings about King, Rook & 2 Pawns versus King, Rook & Pawn endings using the latest 7-man tablebases.     One fact that amazed me was that the superior side wins 46% of King, Rook, a & b / g & h

Posted by Matthew Sadler on 3rd November 2017

Lessons from Haarlem 2016 – it ain’t necessarily so

Looking through some old analysis, I came across these fragments from a tournament I played just over a year ago. They seemed interesting to me so I hope you like them too! One of them at least is pretty spectacular!   From round 1: Sadler,Matthew D – De Roode,Martijn Haarlem 2016     We had

Posted by Matthew Sadler on 20th October 2017

Wedging with Alexei Shirov

While casually browsing through a compilation of positions, I came across this unusual position from the game Shirov-Topalov Bosnia 2000. The game was given as an example of a pawn wedge in the enemy camp which is quite understandable when you see the rest of the game! It’s worth playing it through without comments just

Posted by Matthew Sadler on 6th October 2017

Kingside attacks in the French structure

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+