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Posted by Matthew Sadler on 1st May 2020

Istvan Bilek’s missed brilliancy against Tal

A few months ago, my friend and former coach Steve Giddins decided to sell the greater part of his fantastic chess book collection. My tiny flat is already creaking under the weight of the review copies I receive every month from New in Chess, but I purchased the maximum I could fit in! One excellent

Posted by Matthew Sadler on 1st February 2019

The Lasker-Marshall rivalry – Part 5. Lasker’s struggle against the Exchange Slav

The last game in this series was a Marshall near-miss: the exciting game where Marshall was White against Lasker in New York 1924. The game featured an Exchange Slav – a favourite of Marshall’s (“A capture I have favoured throughout my career, and with very good results”) which was later taken up with great success

Posted by Matthew Sadler on 21st January 2019

The Lasker-Marshall rivalry – Part 4. Marshall against the QGD Tarrasch

One intriguing thing during the match was how much Lasker varied his repertory as Black against 1.d4. The 3 games he played with his own Lasker variation in the Queen’s Gambit Declined (1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e3 Ne4) netted him 2.5 points out of 3 games and some pretty good positions

Posted by Matthew Sadler on 17th January 2019

The Lasker-Marshall rivalry – Part 3

The World Championship Match of 1907 played in the US was a complete disaster for Frank Marshall as he was defeated by eight wins to none with 7 draws. In “Marshall’s Best Games of Chess”, Marshall doesn’t even mention the match taking place which probably indicates just how much the match affected him. Despite the

Posted by Matthew Sadler on 10th January 2019

The Lasker-Marshall rivalry – Part 2

After winning their first encounter, Frank Marshall had to wait another 40 years to defeat Emanuel Lasker! This game was played 6 months before Lasker’s death at an exhibition match played next to the 1940 US Championship. It was a very interesting game with a fraught tactical episode on the 23rd move. I think that