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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

Posted by Matthew Sadler on 25th March 2016

Thank you to our “Chess for Life” Role Models!

Since the book has appeared, we’ve been catching up with our role models to hand over signed copies and thank them for their participation. At the recent 4NCL we caught up with Jon Speelman, Keith Arkell and Ingrid Lauterbach. Thanks to the help of a passing English GM, we managed to get a photo of

Posted by Matthew Sadler on 22nd March 2016

Compact at the 4NCL

One of the nicest themes we discuss in “Chess for Life” comes up in the chapter on Sergei Tiviakov. In this chapter we discuss one of Sergei’s most significant contributions to chess theory: the 3…Qd6 Scandinavian (1.e4 d5 2.ed Qd5 3.Nc3 Qd6). While writing the book, I played the opening a few times to get

Posted by Matthew Sadler on 15th March 2016

Bygone books

While playing through Alekhine’s “Collection of Best Games”, my attention was caught by this position from Alekhine-Reti Vienna 1922.   It’s a famous position of course, but I couldn’t escape from the feeling I’d seen this diagram in another old book: I had an image in my head of how it looked on the page