Sadler storms on!

I had not intended another post this weekend, but the news from Oslo compels it. Following on from his successful comeback to international chess in Barcelona in August (see “Back in the Sadler“), Britain’s Matthew Sadler has now proved that it was no fluke. This afternoon, he clinched the Oslo International Open with a round to spare, his score of 7/8 leaving him a point and half clear of a field that includes GMs Tiviakov, Burmakin, Hammer, Rozentalis, Ernst, and others.  The young Norwegian talent Jon-Ludwig Hammer generously commented on Twitter “In awe of Matthew Sadler – there’s simply no one who can stop him!” It is a remarkable performance from Sadler, who in the space of two months has surely established himself as a strong candidate for the 2012 England Olympiad side, always assuming he wishes to play and can secure the time off work.

Sadler (left) v Ernst, in the game below (Photo: Sergey Tiviakov/Chessbase)

[Event “Oslo Chess International”]

[Date “2011.10.02”]

[Round “5”]

[White “Sadler, Matthew D”]

[Black “Ernst, Sipke”]

[WhiteElo “2625”]

[BlackElo “2581”]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e3 Bf5 5. cxd5 cxd5 6. Qb3 Bc8 7. Nf3 Nc6 8.Ne5 e6 9. f4 Be7 10. Bd3 O-O 11. O-O Nd7 12. Bd2 Ndxe5 13. fxe5 Bd7

14. Rf3 Nb4 15. Be2 a5 16. a3 a4 17. Qd1 Nc6 18. Bd3 g6 19. Qe2 f6 20. exf6 Rxf6 21. Raf1 Kg7

22. Be1 Rxf3 23. Qxf3 Bf6 24. Bg3 Na5 25. Bc7 Qe7 26. Bd6 Qd8 27. Bc7 Qe7 28. Bd6 Qd8

29. h4 Nc6 30. h5 Be8 31. h6+ 1-0

Great stuff from Matthew.  I can only put it down to the quality of the coaching he had when young…

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