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Matthew Sadler
Number of games in database: 293
Years covered: 1986 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2670 (2661 rapid, 2630 blitz)
Overall record: +100 -53 =113 (58.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      27 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (32) 
    E32 E52 E42 E43 E54
 King's Indian (15) 
    E80 E61 E92 E94
 Sicilian (10) 
    B30 B40 B31 B27 B22
 Semi-Slav (9) 
    D47 D45
 Queen's Gambit Declined (8) 
    D31 D35 D36
 Pirc (7) 
    B07 B09
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (46) 
    B90 B52 B92 B99 B22
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (27) 
    D20 D27 D24 D21 D23
 Sicilian Najdorf (25) 
    B90 B92 B99 B96 B93
 English, 1 c4 e5 (11) 
    A25 A29 A26 A20
 Queen's Pawn Game (11) 
    A40 D00 A41 D02 D01
 French Defense (8) 
    C11 C03 C05
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   D Zagorskis vs Sadler, 1998 0-1
   Karpov vs Sadler, 1998 0-1
   Sadler vs Kudrin, 1988 1-0
   Sadler vs Hebden, 1988 1-0
   E Relange vs Sadler, 1997 0-1
   I Rausis vs Sadler, 1999 0-1
   Illescas Cordoba vs Sadler, 1995 0-1
   Ponomariov vs Sadler, 1999 1/2-1/2
   Sadler vs K Asrian, 1999 1/2-1/2
   Sadler vs E Kengis, 1997 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1997/98 (1997)
   Oslo Chess International (2011)
   Hastings 1998/99 (1998)
   Tata Steel Group C (2012)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1992/93 by suenteus po 147
   Tilburg Fontys 1998 by suenteus po 147
   Hastings Premier 1997/8 by protean
   Hastings Premier 1998/9 by protean

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(born May-15-1974, 42 years old) United Kingdom

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GM from England. Winner of the British Championship in 1995 and 1997 (=Michael Adams), and winner of the 13th International Open in Barcelona in 2011 with 8.5/10 and the Oslo Chess International (2011) with 8/9, the latter representing a TPR of 2849. Member of the Guildford 1 team that won the 4NCL 2013-14.

Wikipedia article: Matthew Sadler %28chess player%29

 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 293  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Sadler vs K Ellis  1-019 1986 King's Head QuickplayD02 Queen's Pawn Game
2. Hebden vs Sadler ½-½53 1987 Hastings D20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
3. Sadler vs Kudrin 1-036 1988 London (England)A01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
4. Sadler vs Fedorowicz  ½-½40 1988 It (cat.8)E80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
5. D Norwood vs Sadler ½-½28 1988 It (open)A07 King's Indian Attack
6. D Norwood vs Sadler  ½-½20 1988 It (cat.8)A07 King's Indian Attack
7. Sadler vs Gelfand  0-164 1988 OakhamE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
8. Adams vs Sadler 1-060 1988 London LloydsB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
9. Suba vs Sadler  ½-½37 1988 London LloydsA09 Reti Opening
10. Sadler vs Hebden 1-029 1988 London WFWE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
11. Judit Polgar vs Sadler  1-053 1989 Hastings/SW,5,20B42 Sicilian, Kan
12. Sadler vs Adams 1-050 1989 London WFWE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
13. Suba vs Sadler  1-054 1989 London WFWA20 English
14. Sadler vs N Davies  ½-½24 1989 London (England)A01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
15. Sadler vs Larsen  0-149 1989 London WFWE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
16. Sadler vs E Vladimirov  ½-½40 1990 Hastings Challengers 9091D20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
17. Speelman vs Sadler  ½-½29 1990 London (England)A29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
18. Petursson vs Sadler  1-041 1990 AostaA25 English
19. Miles vs Sadler 1-059 1991 Oostende opA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
20. Sadler vs Suba  0-142 1991 London WFWE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
21. N Davies vs Sadler  ½-½30 1991 It (cat.11)A26 English
22. Piket vs Sadler  ½-½34 1991 Oostende opA06 Reti Opening
23. Sadler vs Robert E Byrne  0-133 1991 London WFWD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
24. Sadler vs Chandler 1-040 1991 London (England)E49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
25. Larsen vs Sadler ½-½115 1991 London WFWA00 Uncommon Opening
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Oct-23-09  tal60: Sadler was a great player... one of my favorite authors.

In "Tips for Young Players" he gives a little idea of why he quit (besides the money) .. he basically said whenever he would study with Kramnik or Anand they would see things in a flash and then start throwing pieces around, whereas he would ask "wait, why not this?" and they would just look at him and tap a piece... he felt he wasnt on that level.

but still an amazing player and elite author

Jan-09-10  HeadCrunch: Just been watching this guy on the playchess server, he's still got a lot of magic in his game, great to see the guy playing.
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  wordfunph: GM Matthew Sadler authored..

+ Queen's Gambit Declined
+ The Semi-Slav
+ The Slav
+ Tips for Young Players

happy 36th birthday Matthew!

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  wordfunph: In British Chess Magazine July 1997 issue, it was stated that Matthew Sadler set a record that may never be beaten on his 10 consecutive wins with black that he scored for England in the 1996 Yerevan Olympiad followed by the 1997 European Team Championship in Pula.
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  OrigamiArtist: Matthew Sadler has been playing again recently in the Netherlands (where he now resides). In May he won a rapidplay event in Wageningen with 7/7 and a perfomance rating of 3117 beating GMs Timman, Fridman and Van den Doel along the way. Now he is playing in the Nova College Tournament, another Dutch event.
He is on 3/3 with this nice little game against the talented young IM Chiel Van Oosterom in round 2.

[Event "Nova College"]
[Date "2010.07.02"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Van Oosterom, Chiel"]
[Black "Sadler, Matthew"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B00"]
[WhiteElo "2413"]
[BlackElo "2617"]

1. e4 a6 2. d4 h6 3. Bd3 c5 4. dxc5 e6 5. Be3 Qc7 6. b4 Nc6 7. c3 d6 8. cxd6 Bxd6 9. Nf3 Nf6 10. h3 g5 11. a3 g4 12. Nd4 Ne5 13. Be2 Nxe4 14. hxg4 Bd7 15. g5 O-O-O 16. gxh6 Bc6 17. Nxc6 Qxc6 18. Qb3 Bc7 19. a4 Ng3 20. fxg3 Qxg2 21. Rf1 Nd3+ 22. Bxd3 Rxd3 0-1

Aug-19-10  Birthday Boy: wow, interesting 1...a6 and 2...h6!!!!
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  GrahamClayton: What a shame he probably won't make a comeback for England in future Olympiads.
Aug-05-11  BIDMONFA:

SADLER, Matthew D.

Oct-09-11  Paint My Dragon: The astonishing comeback continues. Two more tournaments played and won at Barcelona (Sants Open) and then Oslo (with a round to spare). There's no doubt he'll be enjoying this revival, but such a pity it's just going to remain a holiday pastime. His potential is as big now as ever it was.
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  twinlark: Sadler's death defying acrobatics at Barcelona and Oslo have pushed him into the top 100 on the live rating list.

Not bad for a part-time hobbyist!

Does make you wonder how he would have done if he'd been serious about chess.

Oct-13-11  nok: Man, you scared the hell out of me starting your post that way.
Oct-13-11  rapidcitychess: <twinlark>

I'm not sure if "death-defying" and "chess" can be used together. ;D

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  twinlark: <nok> Sorry about that.

I just came back and when I checked on the kibitz log on my home page, I actually had the same reaction for a brief shocking moment before I realised it was actually my post.

Oct-14-11  bronkenstein: <...Matthew Sadler had already been invited to Wijk aan Zee in July, for the Grandmaster Group C, and accepted. In an article on tournament director Jeroen van den Berg says he's (pleasantly) surprised about Sadler's recent results, and admits that he belongs in the B group. Since that group is already full, he'll 'have a chat' with Sadler about the situation.> from
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  parmetd: Despite repeated claims by Sadler of turning down invites to play RR tournaments... he accepted one! Tata group C:
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  Penguincw: I don't know how long it's been since he last played, but today he beat Hopman in 40 moves.
Jan-29-12  Diarrhea: Sadler has had a shocking tournament as I'm sure he would agree. With his rating at 2660 and many players rated 2200, 2300, 2400, he should have chalked up a good number of wins, but drew most of the games. It admittedly must be anoying playing in a tournament with lots of players rating much lower than you, as you have to win more games to maintain the same rating, but he really should have steamrolled many of the lower graded players who he drew against.
Jan-29-12  AlphaMale: He can retire again now in good conscience.
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  Penguincw: Yep indeed. Sadler lost 29 points, the most in the whole tournament. The next biggest loser was Topalov (in Group A) who lost 18.
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  RookFile: < wow, interesting 1...a6 and 2...h6!!!!>

It's not so interesting when you do what Botvinnik said. Against weird stuff, you should contruct a strong pawn center (pawns at c4, d4, e4, f4 etc.) and ask black what he does now. The mistake is to emphasize piece play.

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  wordfunph: coming soon! Study Chess with Matthew Sadler..

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  PhilFeeley: An interesting game (missing here) from when Sadler returned to regular play in the Dutch League:

F. Elburg - M. Sadler, Dutch League, 2011

1. c4 b6 2. Nc3 Bb7 3. e4 e6 4. d3 c5 5. g3 Nf6 6. Bg2 Be7 7. Nge2 d6 8. 0-0 Nc6 9. h3 h6 10. Be3 a6 11. Qd2 g5 12. f4 gxf4 13. gxf4 Qd7 14. Kh2 Rg8 15. Bf3 0-0-0 16. Rg1 Na5 17. Bf2 d5 18. cxd5 exd5 19. e5 d4 20. Bxb7 Qxb7 21. exf6 dxc3 22. bxc3 Rxg1 23. Rxg1 Bxf6 24. Qe3 Qd5 25. d4 Nc4 26. Qd3 Kb7 27. Qg3 Nd2 28. Rd1 Nf3+ 29. Kg2 Nxd4+ 30. Kf1 Nxe2 0-1

Also discussed in his new book <Study Chess with Matthew Sadler> where he provides a lot of variations.

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  PhilFeeley: In the book, he discusses (Ch. 2) how he came to take up the Dutch Defense. There should be more of those games here. Some may be mislabeled "Queen's Pawn Game."
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  PhilFeeley: Another Dutch missing from here, and a very interesting game:

E. De Hann - M. Sadler, Dutch Cup, 2011

1. d4 e6 2. c4 f5 3. g3 Nf6 4. Bg2 Be7 5. Nf3 0-0 6. 0-0 c6 7. b3 d5 8. Ba3 Nbd7 9. Bxe7 Qxe7 10. Nbd2 b6 11. Qc2 a5 12. Rfc1 Ba6 13. e3 Rac8 14. cxd5 Nxd5 15. Nc4 c5 16. Qd2 Rfd8 17. Qe1 Nb4 18. Bf1 Bb7 19. Qe2 Be4 20 a3 Nc6 21. Ncd2 Bd5 22. Qb5 cxd4 23. exd4 Na7 24. Qa6 Rxc1 25. Rxc1 Qxa3 26. Rc7 Nc6 27. Bc4 Qa1+ 28. Kg2 Qxd4 29. Qb7 Qxd2 30. Bxd5 Qxd5 31. Qxc6 Nc5 32. Qxb6 Nd7 33. Qa7 Kf7 34. Qb7 Qxb7 35. Rxb7 Kf6 36. Ra7 Nc5 37. Rxa5 Nxb3 38. Ra7 Nc5 39. h4 h6 40. Rc7 Ne4 41. Rc2 g5 42. hxg5 hxg5 43. Ng1 Rd2 44. Rxd2 Nxd2 45. f3 Ke5 46. Kf2 Kd4 47. Nh3 Nxf3 48. Kg2 g4 49. Ng5 Nxg5 0-1

Mar-16-16  pazzed paun: Had a chance to skim sadlers new book chess for life about making a comeback at an advanced age

Excessive amount of pace devoted to openings and their statistics

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