Category: Defence

January 19, 2017 Matthew Sadler 1 comment

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…

November 25, 2016 Matthew Sadler 2 comments

One of the best games of Yates’ career was the victory with Black in the 1930 San Remo against Milan Vidmar. Yates had a fantastic result at San Remo 1930. No-one could keep pace with Alekhine of course, but 5th place in this company was something to be proud of!     Vidmar was a…

November 17, 2016 Matthew Sadler No comments exist

F.D. Yates was a great admirer of Alekhine’s play as shown by his fulsome tribute in the Yorkshire Post of 29th November 1927 on the occasion of Alekhine’s victory over Capablanca: “After many encounters with Alekhine personally, I can say he has the pure love of the beauty of the combinations of the game, evolved…

September 22, 2016 Matthew Sadler 4 comments

The most intriguing part of a game is the turning point: exactly which moves shifted the objective balance of the game and put one of the players on the back foot? With complex games, I start analysing close to the end of the game from a position in which I can demonstrate a clear advantage…

September 16, 2016 Matthew Sadler No comments exist

A little while back I analysed the double-edged idea …c5-c4 in Queen’s Gambit Declined structures (http://matthewsadler.me.uk/chess-for-life/c5-c4-dogma/) and explained the conditions necessary to make this a viable plan for Black. At the recent Baku Olympiad, Nigel Short won a fascinating game in this structure against his young 2746-rated Chinese opponent:   Li,Chao b – Short,Nigel D…