International Grandmaster Matthew Sadler, joint British Champion, 1997, is thirty-eight today.
Sadler was bronze medallist in the 1989 World Under 16s and at Senior level played in many English teams with impressive results. His powers of concentration are ‘otherwhere’!
He has been living on the continent for several years now and although he returned to chess recently – he played in Holland – seems unlikely to comeback fully. He is honourably retired with every laurel.
His book ‘queen’s gambit declined’ (Everyman 2000) was hailed. He writes regularly for the magazine, New In Chess. He was perhaps the last Englishman to have the label ‘prodigy’ hung around his neck.