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Matthew Sadler LCC London 2013
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"Re-Engineering the Chess Classics"

Nominated for the 2023 Chess.com Book of the Year

Re-Engineering the Chess Classics. A silicon reappraisal of thirty-five classic games.
Re-Engineering the Chess Classics by Matthew Sadler and Steve Giddins

"The Silicon Road to Chess Improvement"

The Silicon Road to Chess Improvement by Matthew Sadler
The Silicon Road to Chess Improvement by Matthew Sadler

"Game Changer" won the ECF Book of the Year 2019 and the FIDE Book of the Year 2019

Game Changer by Matthew Sadler and Natasha Regan
Game Changer by Matthew Sadler and Natasha Regan

22nd February 2024
Matthew Sadler

Getting Leela to analyse and play in the style you want! Part 2 – Introducing Crazy Leela’s GROB Semi Slav?!?!

In a previous post, I described how to set up the new Leela feature called WDL Contempt (described here by the Leela team: The Lc0 v0.30.0 WDL rescale/contempt implementation – Leela Chess Zero (lczero.org)) In this post I look at one of the opening discoveries I made using a Leela optimised to search for promising lines against a prospective (fictitious!) opponent rated 400 ELO points below me! (A roughly 2700 ELO vs 2300 ELO scenario)

18th February 2024
Matthew Sadler

Getting Leela to analyse and play in the style you want! Part 1 – Setting up WDL Contempt

I was recently triggered to investigate (finally!) a new Leela feature called WDL Contempt. This feature was beautifully described in this blog article (The Lc0 v0.30.0 WDL rescale/contempt implementation – Leela Chess Zero (lczero.org)) by the Leela team, but the implementation is slightly fiddly so you need an hour of quiet time to set things up right.

11th February 2024
Matthew Sadler

The Google Searchless chess engine

Just a few days ago, I was pointed to a new scientific paper by Google DeepMind. It’s amazing as it’s from Google DeepMind, it’s about chess, but it’s not about AlphaZero! The Google DeepMind researchers were trying to build a “searchless” chess engine: an engine that doesn’t calculate at all but finds great moves by “understanding” the position through evaluation only.

8th February 2024
Matthew Sadler

Deep Blue rediscovered: introduction to my YouTube series on the 1997 match

Garry won the 1996 match against Deep Blue by 4-2, though not without losing the first game. The 1997 match was thus eagerly awaited: what had / could Deep Blue learn from the first match and how much would it have improved?

"The secret of my success: with every move I force the opponent to think for themselves!"

- Alexander Alekhine

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I am a Chess Grandmaster and writer, and one of England's top players. When I am not doing my job as an IT Consultant, I fill my free time with as much chess as possible

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Writing and discussing chess has always been one of my passions. I review chess books in a regular column for New in Chess magazine and have written 8 books myself. I also contribute to chess videos regularly.

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"How many moves do I consider when analysing? Only one, but it's always the best one!"

- Emanuel Lasker

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