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Matthew Sadler vs Aleksey Dreev
Groningen Candidates (1997), Groningen NED, rd 3, Dec-15
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran. Wade Variation (D47)  ·  0-1



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Jul-30-03  ksadler: So here's a question...doesn't GM Sadler have a book on the Semi-Slav, and yet according to this database, this is the only game in which he has played the Semi-Slav from either side...strange.
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  AgentRgent: With all due respect to the database is hardly complete.

Or an alternative suggestion, since he wrote the book, no one is willing to let him play a semi-slav. ;-)

Jul-30-03  refutor: he may not have played the semi-slav, but he has trained and worked with GM Lautier who has played many games with and against the semi-slav, so that's probably where he gets most of his information form
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  plang: The decisive game 2 from their third round match in the World Championship tournament after a short draw in the first game. Dreev went on to defeat Zvagincev in the fourth round before losing to Gelfand in round five. A month and a half prior to this game at the World Team Championship in Lucerne Sadler had won a brilliancy against Dreev after Dreev played 13..0-0-0 (voted the 5th best game in Informant #71 but not included in this database). In the second round of this tournament Dreev had introduced 13..Bd6 against Nenashev so Sadler could not have been surprised. 16 Qe1 was new; Nenashev had played 16 Qe2 (and drawn). Sadler offered a draw after 20 Nf3 not happy with how the opening had gone. Some obscure complications ensued. Dreev played 25..Rxe4? missing the response 26 Ne2! which wins the exchange. Fortunately, Sadler also missed it and when the smoke cleared Dreev had a winning endgame due to Sadler's pawn weaknesses. If 33 Rc7?..Kxf7 34 Bf5..Bc6 and black wins.
Jul-09-12  wordfunph: "I dug myself into a hole and found I couldn't dig my way out."

- GM Matthew Sadler (as he went to collect his loser's cheque of just over US$15,000)

Source: Chess Asia Vol. 14 No.1

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