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Matthew Sadler
Number of games in database: 645
Years covered: 1986 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2694 (2673 rapid, 2646 blitz)

Overall record: +267 -94 =242 (64.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 42 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (62) 
    E32 E42 E41 E52 E53
 King's Indian (45) 
    E80 E73 E92 E94 E61
 Slav (22) 
    D10 D15 D12 D18 D11
 Semi-Slav (20) 
    D47 D45 D46 D48
 Queen's Pawn Game (18) 
    D02 A40 E00 A41 E10
 Queen's Gambit Declined (17) 
    D31 D35 D36 D37 D38
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (96) 
    B90 B22 B93 B52 B92
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (68) 
    D27 D20 D26 D25 D29
 Sicilian Najdorf (49) 
    B90 B93 B92 B99 B96
 English, 1 c4 e5 (26) 
    A25 A21 A29 A26 A27
 French Defense (18) 
    C03 C11 C01 C02 C05
 Queen's Pawn Game (17) 
    D02 A46 A40 D00 A45
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   D Zagorskis vs Sadler, 1998 0-1
   Karpov vs Sadler, 1998 0-1
   Illescas Cordoba vs Sadler, 1995 0-1
   E Relange vs Sadler, 1997 0-1
   Sadler vs Kudrin, 1988 1-0
   Sadler vs S Ernst, 2011 1-0
   I Rausis vs Sadler, 1999 0-1
   Morozevich vs Sadler, 1999 0-1
   Sadler vs K Murugan, 1993 1-0
   F Rayner vs Sadler, 2014 0-1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (1999)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Cannes Open (1995)
   British Championship (1995)
   Yerevan Olympiad (1996)
   European Team Championship (1997)
   Oslo Chess International (2011)
   British Championship (1998)
   British Championship (1997)
   Dublin Zonal (1993)
   World Team Championship (1997)
   British Championship (1996)
   Bundesliga 1998/99 (1999)
   Bundesliga 2000/01 (2000)
   Bundesliga 2003/04 (2003)
   British Championship (1990)
   Tromso Olympiad (2014)

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

   🏆 16th ROC Nova College
   H Jonkman vs Sadler (Jun-29-19) 0-1
   Rapport vs Sadler (May-06-19) 1/2-1/2
   K Arkell vs Sadler (May-05-19) 0-1
   Sadler vs S T Ansell (May-04-19) 1-0
   J Camacho Collados vs Sadler (Feb-10-19) 0-1

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(born May-15-1974, 49 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

Last updated: 2022-05-15 09:34:21

 page 1 of 27; games 1-25 of 652  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Sadler vs K Ellis  1-0201986King's Head QuickplayD02 Queen's Pawn Game
2. Sadler vs J Gallagher  ½-½68198610th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
3. H Barber vs Sadler  0-151198610th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
4. Sadler vs D Norwood  ½-½104198610th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
5. P Cramling vs Sadler  ½-½43198610th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
6. Sadler vs T Karolyi Jr.  ½-½44198610th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Sadler vs D V Prasad  1-052198711th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenA65 Benoni, 6.e4
8. T Karolyi Jr. vs Sadler  ½-½32198711th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenD26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
9. Sadler vs J Gallagher  0-125198711th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenE77 King's Indian
10. Sadler vs D A Wood  1-042198711th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenE61 King's Indian
11. G Flear vs Sadler 1-046198711th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. Sadler vs K Harandi  1-048198711th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
13. G Canfell vs Sadler  0-1381988Oakham Young MastersB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
14. Sadler vs Gelfand  0-1641988Oakham Young MastersE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
15. C Foisor vs Sadler  ½-½701988Oakham Young MastersD02 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Sadler vs A Patrat  1-0291988Oakham Young MastersE10 Queen's Pawn Game
17. O Schulte vs Sadler  0-1591988Oakham Young MastersD21 Queen's Gambit Accepted
18. Sadler vs Janjghava  0-1411988Oakham Young MastersD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
19. D Norwood vs Sadler ½-½281988Oakham Young MastersA07 King's Indian Attack
20. C Garcia Palermo vs Sadler  ½-½241988Oakham Young MastersD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
21. Sadler vs L Stratil Jr  1-0171988Oakham Young MastersA61 Benoni
22. D King vs Sadler  ½-½501988London WFWB23 Sicilian, Closed
23. Sadler vs L D Evans  1-0661988London WFWE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
24. P Motwani vs Sadler  0-1401988London WFWB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
25. Sadler vs Hodgson  0-1431988London WFWA57 Benko Gambit
 page 1 of 27; games 1-25 of 652  PGN Download
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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
Nov-25-11  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.
May-02-12  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.

Aug-05-12  wordfunph: coming soon! Study Chess with Matthew Sadler..

Oct-11-13  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.

Oct-11-13  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."
Oct-11-13  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

Jun-14-16  Caissanist: For someone who's basically retired (only 6 rated games in the past year), he's doing awfully well. Currently he's only one rating point away from being England's #2 player. No doubt it helps that he lives in a country where he can get a single game against a strong opponent pretty much whenever he wants to.
Apr-25-17  Caissanist: Continuing to steadily improve as a 42 year-old amateur, Sadler now has his highest FIDE ranking in 15 years. For the past few years he's only played in the English 4 Nations Chess League but, with a result of 7.5-0.5 in the last year's games, it seems that he knows what he's doing.
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  MissScarlett: Sadler's game face:
Apr-12-18  zanzibar: If that's what he looks like in a totally winning position I'd hate to see his game face when he's losing.
Sep-02-19  Sally Simpson: ***

Mathew is the 'World Colour Chess' Champion. (I had no idea what that was either).

Basically, you have two moves each every turn. The board has many different colours, if you move to a blue square your opponent must move to a blue square.

Then you opponent makes another move to any colour of square he likes, you must then copy the colour move and make a move of your choice.

Normal chess rules apply.

I'd like to see a pgn of a colour game

Mar-25-20  0o0o0o0o0: He is defying chess gravity by getting better with age. At 45 he almost has a record high of 2700.
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  keypusher: <0o0o0o0o0: He is defying chess gravity by getting better with age. At 45 he almost has a record high of 2700.>

I blame AlphaZero.

Mar-28-20  0o0o0o0o0: @keypusher

:) he finally found his muse!

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  perfidious: <0o0o0o0o0: @keypusher

:) he finally found his muse!>

Sometimes it takes a while, but was it worth the wait?

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  MissScarlett: <British Chess Magazine>, April 1988, p.151:

<Do You Know Your Fischer?

Matthew Sadler does! The Kent junior appeared on an ITV game show, "You Bet", on February 20, claiming to be able to identify any Fischer game he was shown on a chess board. He coped almost totally successfully. The astute viewer may have noticed the clue "Gligorich". The games were all taken from the Faber book <My 60 Memorable Games>, recently reprinted.

However, the programme was planned last October but there was an unanticipated difficulty. The LWT producer could not lay hands on a copy of the book in London shops, or from the publisher. However the <BCM> helped out, as we still had a few left on the shelf!>

I imagine Matthew sometimes wakes at night in a cold sweat, having dreamt about this clip having turned up and gone viral on the Internet.

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  fm avari viraf: The sweet memories of sharing 1st Runner-up Prize with GM Mathew Saddler & my Russian friend Alekzandre Volkzin in the International Chess Tournament at Hastings, England still linger in my mind! After winning the most coveted World Ama. Chess Championship Title & a Gold Medal for India I participated in the International Chess Tournaments in United Kingdom for many consecutive years & won many prizes!
Oct-05-22  James J. Henderson: <WhiteRook48: I have one of Sadler's books. He has a win against some guy named Richardson that is outstanding. It doesn't seem to be in the database>

I assume WhiteRook48 is referring to Sadler's book "The Slav" (Everyman Chess, 1997, ISBN 9781901259001), in which Game 1 is referenced as Richardson-Sadler, Islington Open 1995. (Sadler writes of this game: "This was a crucial game for me: I was leading the Islington Open by only half a point and only a win would guarantee first place. However, even more importantly, only a win would be good enough to pip Keith Arkell for the Leigh Grand Prix!") Does anyone know if the Richardson whom Sadler defeated in this game is Kevin Derek Richardson, with FIDE I.D. 405477?

May-20-23  WhiteRook48: <James J. Henderson> I don't think "The Slav" was the title of the book that I had (I also don't think I still have it). I think I had his "Tips for young players" (1999) instead.
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