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Chess According To ih8sens

An in depth perspective of anything and everything chess...


    • All Time High

        This is very exciting for me.  I was just told that my latest tournament victory at the Sudbury Championship moved my rating from 2300 to 2314, putting me in the top 50 in Canada! A few of my best games along the way...         ... | Read More

      • NM ih8sens
      • | Oct 29, 2014
      • | 374 views
      • | 7 comments
    • 2014 Sudbury Championship - Part 4 - Sunday

      Sunday was a little tougher for me.  I felt like I was 'in form' on Saturday, somehow a little less on Sunday.   My fourth round game was a very long, very hard fought draw where I never managed to get more than a small edge, didn't do a great ... | Read More

      • NM ih8sens
      • | Oct 27, 2014
      • | 314 views
      • | 4 comments
    • 2014 Sudbury Championship - Part 3 - My All-Time Fastest Win

      So I've decided to blog my second round game after all.   This is one of my quickest wins ever in terms of number of moves, but it is my number one quickest win in terms of time used.  I used seven minutes on my clock.   | Read More

      • NM ih8sens
      • | Oct 27, 2014
      • | 334 views
      • | 12 comments
    • 2014 Sudbury Championship - Part 2 - Saturday

      Normally, the Sudbury Championship is a three day event.  Actually, in the olden days before I existed, it was a two day event.  The problem was that so many local players were taking round 1 byes because they didn't want to wake up early and/or... | Read More

      • NM ih8sens
      • | Oct 25, 2014
      • | 391 views
      • | 3 comments
    • 2014 Sudbury Championship - Part 1 - Preparation

      Well, it's here.  The local championship, probably my favourite tournament, has arrived and is set to be the strongest event my northern city has ever seen.  The top four seeds have a fairly clear lead over the rest of the pack... 1. NM Nichols... | Read More

      • NM ih8sens
      • | Oct 24, 2014
      • | 421 views
      • | 11 comments
    • Calculation

      There was a time where I had this idea in my head that if I found a way to apply basic principles into every move I made, I'd be able to play straightforward, Fischeresque chess... and win every game. Turns out the single most important thing in ... | Read More

      • NM ih8sens
      • | Sep 29, 2014
      • | 1246 views
      • | 14 comments
    • Hitting 2300

      So I guess it's not that big a deal, as I was 2298 before this game... but yeah... I did it! Here's an interesting little King's Gambit for you to enjoy.  I've made note of my actual thoughts before, during, and after the game as well... so mayb... | Read More

      • NM ih8sens
      • | Mar 13, 2014
      • | 1755 views
      • | 16 comments
    • My New Best Blitz Win

      Beat a fairly strong player in blitz online this morning... thought I should share :). | Read More

      • NM ih8sens
      • | Feb 15, 2014
      • | 1545 views
      • | 7 comments
    • The 703

      What a game! I'm so impressed with Todd. Just take a look at the ratings involved here...   I've tried my best to analyze this game without the assistance of an engine.  The opening was very rich in tactical possibilities.  Maybe Todd got ... | Read More

      • NM ih8sens
      • | Feb 11, 2014
      • | 1224 views
      • | 7 comments
    • The Scotch/Spanish Endgame

      A nice game demonstrating some of white's plusses in the Scotch/Spanish (exchange) endgame.  White's chances come on the kingside and are often more dangerous than it first seems. It's a little more complex than my blog about the f5 theme in the... | Read More

      • NM ih8sens
      • | Feb 3, 2014
      • | 1031 views
      • | 5 comments