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Posted by Matthew Sadler on 9th February 2017

Rook and Bishop vs Rook – Part III

In this final article in this series on the rook and bishop versus rook ending, I would like to examine both some typical mistakes and some unexpected saving resources from over 600 master games.   Cochrane’s Defence. The hidden pitfall.   Cochrane’s Defence is the most reliable way to defend this ending when starting from

Posted by Matthew Sadler on 3rd February 2017

Rook and Bishop vs Rook – Part II

In a previous article, I examined the winning technique from the Philidor position in detail. In the next couple of articles, I want to spend some time on the best way to defend the rook and bishop against rook ending.   To help me, I put together a database of decisive rook and bishop against

Posted by Matthew Sadler on 27th January 2017

Rook and Bishop vs Rook – Part I

Part of my routine daily work as a chess professional was to run through a set of about 100 endings and make sure they were committed to memory. These encompassed typical endings in various material configurations, and of course R&B vs R was one of them. I don’t have time to do that sort of

Posted by Matthew Sadler on 19th January 2017

Learning from your losses

November and December have been crazy months, primarily from a work point of view but also from a chess point of view. On the 4th December I took part in the first Rapid Chess Tournament organised by the British Bangla Chess Association (http://britishbanglachess.com/4th-december-2016/)     It was a fun day though the chess ended in

Posted by Matthew Sadler on 12th January 2017

Hidden dynamic factors

While researching a previous blog article on the plan of …c5-c4 in Queen’s Gambit Declined positions, I came across the game Botvinnik-Capablanca AVRO 1938. None other than Garry Kasparov dedicates great attention to this wonderful game both in Chessbase and in his book “My Great Predecessors Volume II”. His comment to Capablanca’s 14th move (14…c4)