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Posted by Matthew Sadler on 8th May 2018

Sir George Thomas – Part I

In the next few months, I am going to spend some time looking at the games of one of the strongest British players of the 1920s and 1930s, 2-times British Champion Sir George Thomas. It is strange that the British players of this period have attracted so little attention, when so many other long-forgotten players

Posted by Matthew Sadler on 27th April 2018

Paul List and the 1953 British Lightning Championship

In this month’s New in Chess, I review a fantastic book by the Odessan study composer and historian Sergei Tkachenko published by the Elk and Ruby publishing house and entitled “Alekhine’s Odessa Secrets. Chess, War and Revolution”. Apart from detailing Alekhine’s activities in Odessa during and after the 1st World War, the book also excelled

Posted by Matthew Sadler on 27th April 2018

Blitz and Beer in Memoriam

Having moved back to England gives me the opportunity to take part a little more in English chess life. This year I was glad to be able to take part again in the “Celebration In Memoriam 2018” held at the King’s Head pub on 17th February. The tournament is sponsored by GM David Norwood and organised

Posted by Matthew Sadler on 27th April 2018

Attacking with Tal – Part 1

Chess has taken a back seat for me after a recent move back to the UK from Holland. It’s been quite strange to fit back into British life after 18 years abroad, but 6 months on I can barely believe I ever lived anywhere else but here! As everything is settling down now, chess is

Posted by Matthew Sadler on 15th December 2017

The London Classic 2017 Dinner

The London Classic 2017 was rounded off according to tradition with a lavish closing dinner at Simpson’s-in-the-Strand. As well as beautiful food and wine, guests can take part in a raffle and – more importantly – a silent auction for chess memorabilia (for example a board signed by all participants of the Classic) and events