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Posted by Matthew Sadler on 2nd January 2019

The Lasker-Marshall rivalry – Part 1

Recently, there has been a lot of attention for the games of the great World Champion Emanuel Lasker (World Champion from 1894 to 1921). A couple of years ago, John Nunn wrote an excellent book “John Nunn’s Chess Course” which – although you might not realise it from the title – was a complete chess

Posted by Matthew Sadler on 27th December 2018

The London Classic 2018 Dinner

Once again, the last chess event of the year for me was the London Classic dinner at Simpsons-in-the-Strand. It’s the traditional joyful end to the London Chess Classic, by far the most prestigious and fun event in the British Chess calendar. From the start, the London Chess Classic has aspired to be a festival of

Posted by Matthew Sadler on 11th July 2018

Lessons from Kings Place 2018 – Part I

Last weekend was an opportunity for some good practice at the excellent Kings Place rapid tournament (http://chess-results.com/tnr362015.aspx?lan=1&art=1&rd=6&flag=30) After a very busy period at work, I wasn’t in inspired form but did enough to finish =2nd on 5/6 together with GM Luke Mcshane and IM Peter Roberson behind the winner GM David Howell. However, it’s always

Posted by Matthew Sadler on 20th June 2018

Activity and Zugzwang in Endings

Invigorated by preparing a training on endings for some keen youngsters, I’d like to share some general thoughts about activity in endings, and in particular in rook and pawn endings. Why are endgames important to study? Mastering endgames means understanding how to maximize the mobility and activity of each of your pieces, and understanding how

Posted by Matthew Sadler on 15th June 2018

Attacking with Tal – Part 3

I’ve been enjoying reading through Tibor Karolyi’s 3-volume Best Games Collection of Mikhail Tal and especially the 3rd volume dealing with Tal’s later games (1972-1992). I love those later games: Tal’s style is a wonderful blend of the swashbuckling attacking with which he stormed the pinnacle of the chess world with some smooth positional play