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Posted by Matthew Sadler on 2nd March 2016

Chess for Life is Live!

Saturday 27th February was a memorable day! A knock at the door of my parents’ house and a few moments later, I had a copy of “Chess for Life” in my hands for the first time – such a proud moment! Natasha and I first discussed the idea for the book during the Summer of

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