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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+

Posted by Matthew Sadler on 22nd September 2017

Lessons from the ROC Nova College Open 2017 – Part III

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

Posted by Matthew Sadler on 8th September 2017

Lessons From The ROC Nova College Open 2017 – Part II

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

Posted by Matthew Sadler on 24th August 2017

Lessons from the ROC Nova College Open 2017 – Part I

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!