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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Chess: There's nothing like retirement

Inspiring return: GM Matthew Sadler

Hi Everybody!

The most beautiful thing about chess is that once it fills your life, it never deserts you. Even if you retire! And, you can always make a comeback.

For now, at least that's true for Grandmaster Matthew Sadler who didn't play a tournament for 11 years but returned to tournament chess in Haarlem, The Netherlands. He won the weekend tournament. Sadler is a former British Chess Champion and an Olympiad gold medalist.

You can read an interesting report about him here. Here is a nice game played by Sadler. You can run it in our pgnplayer or watch it in flash below.

PGN: 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 e6 7. Qf3 Nbd7 8. O-O-O Be7 9. g4 Qc7 10. h4 b5 11. Bxf6 Nxf6 12. a3 Bb7 13. g5 Nd7 14. Bh3 Ne5 15. Qg3 Nc4 16. Bxe6 fxe6 17. Nxe6 Qd7 18. Nxg7+ Kd8 19. Nd5 Bxd5 20. exd5 Kc8 21. Ne6 Kb7 22. f4 Rhg8 23. Qh3 Ka7 24. Nd4 Qxh3 25. Rxh3 Rae8 26. b3 Nb6 27. f5 Nxd5 28. Nc6+ Kb7 29. Nxe7 Nxe7 30. f6 Rgf8 31. fxe7 Rxe7 32. Rxd6 Rc7 33. Kb2 Rf4 34. Rh6 1-0

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