Chess has been part of my life since my grandfather taught me the moves at the age of 7. I became an International Master at the age of 14, a Grandmaster at the age of 19 and won the British Championship twice, establishing myself as the England No.3 behind Michael Adams and Nigel Short.
After retiring in 1999, normal life began as I moved to Holland and started work as an IT Consultant. In 2010, I got the urge to start playing chess again, and my very first tournament back - a strong rapid tournament in Wageningen - ended in victory with a 100% score. From that point on, my spare time just hasn't been safe from chess!
Throughout my career I've loved writing about chess. I've reviewed books for New in Chess for many years, recorded a series of chess videos for Chess24.com, and written 6 books, the most recent of which - Chess for Life, co-authored with WIM Natasha Regan - appeared in February 2016. My blog and website on http://matthewsadler.uk is updated regularly with analysis and instructional articles.