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Posted by Matthew Sadler on 29th February 2016

Alekhine’s Themes – Major piece warfare

One of the most enjoyable books I’ve read in the past couple of years is “Learn from the Legends – Chess Champions at their Best” by Mihail Marin (Quality Chess). Marin takes 9 great champions – Rubinstein, Alekhine, Botvinnik, Tal, Petrosian, Fischer, Karpov, Kortchnoi and Carlsen – and examines a particular facet of their play

Posted by Matthew Sadler on 25th February 2016


Hi everybody, and welcome to my new website! First of all, a big thank you to my brother’s web design company “6/8 Innovation” and of course to my brother in particular. I could never make anything look as nice as this!  This article is a quick way to get you started by pointing you right

Posted by Matthew Sadler on 21st February 2016

Castling queenside in the Ruy Lopez with Sergei Tiviakov

One of my favourite chapters in Chess for Life (a new book I co-authored with WIM Natasha Regan – see the books section on this blog for more details) is dedicated to the analysis of the Black opening repertory of Russian Grandmaster Sergei Tiviakov, in particular his use of the 3…Qd6 Scandinavian (1.e4 d5 2.exd5

Posted by Matthew Sadler on 21st February 2016

Alekhine’s Themes – b4!

Apart from analysing kingside attacks, my other favourite chess pastime is accumulating themes from the games of the great players. In my forthcoming book Chess for Life (co-authored with WIM Natasha Regan) I explain how I used the analysis of themes from Capablanca’s games to help me prepare for the games against Kramnik and Svidler

Posted by Matthew Sadler on 21st February 2016

Maroczy Bound (hand and foot)

One of Alekhine’s most famous and spectacular sacrificial victories is his win against the super-solid Hungarian player Geza Maroczy at the Bled 1931 tournament. Bled was a massive success for Alekhine as he scored 20,5/26 undefeated and finished 5,5 points clear of the rest of the world-class field! As always, there’s plenty new to discover even