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Posted by Matthew Sadler on 9th April 2016

When we were young…

Looking through old albums for pictures for the website photo gallery put me into a nostalgic mood. Some games in your career take on almost mythical proportions in your mind. One such game is my game against J Thomson in the 1984 Thanet Major. I was very young – just 10 at the time –

Posted by Matthew Sadler on 7th April 2016

Interview with Alekhine

Just recently, I came across a couple of interesting posts about Alekhine. Have you ever wondered how the 4th World Champion sounded, and how he moved the pieces? Take a look at these links! On the chess24.com Community page: 1938 radio interview with Alexander Alekhine On the Chessbase.com site: Rare film footage of Alexander Alekhine

Posted by Matthew Sadler on 3rd April 2016

Tactical Rook Endings

For the section on Keith Arkell’s rook endings in my new book “Chess for Life” (co-authored with WIM Natasha Regan) I played through more than 300 of Keith’s rook endings. A heroic effort I hope you agree! The effort seems to have rubbed off on my play – I’ve had more rook endings than ever

Posted by Matthew Sadler on 26th March 2016

Alekhine’s Themes – at you right from the opening!

One of the things that made Alekhine very frightening to play against was his inventiveness in the openings. His particular forte was provoking quick crises in solid-looking 1.d4 openings. Alekhine was a master at forcing the opponent to solve concrete problems an at unexpectedly early moment in the game. Without the buffer of modern opening

Posted by Matthew Sadler on 25th March 2016

70th Anniversary of Alexander Alekhine’s death

A day late on my site, but still heartfelt. A post to mark the 70th anniversary of Alexander Alekhine’s death. During a visit to Paris a couple of summers ago, I made a trip to the beautiful Cimetière du Montparnasse to visit his grave. I took a chessboard with me on which Kasparov had once