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    • Your Games Analyzed - Second Edition

      Another interesting game with an instructive ending! My notes in regular text.  Player's notes are in (brackets). So... A few lessons: - Again, a very solid opening, but solid can mean passive if you aren't careful. - In a position where whi... | Read More

      • NM ih8sens
      • | Jun 4, 2015
      • | 2067 views
      • | 6 comments
    • Your Games Analyzed - First Edition

      Here it is!  My first "Your Games Analyzed" blog.  Enjoy! Player's notes in (brackets).  My notes in regular text.   In conclusion, I don't believe black was ever better.  We do learn several lessons:  Trading your 'good' bishop in an o... | Read More

      • NM ih8sens
      • | Jun 3, 2015
      • | 770 views
      • | 8 comments
    • Have Your Games Analyzed By a Master

      Okay so just a clown NM with no talent ;). If you look through my blog you'll notice I've posted a whole bunch of my own games with notes and variations and little tidbits that I think are educational.  But now I'm sick of my own games and would... | Read More

      • NM ih8sens
      • | Jun 3, 2015
      • | 632 views
      • | 1 comment
    • Bringing Online Chess To The Next Level

      I've decided to introduce a new concept here on chess.com.  We'll see how it goes... This is an online tournament with a cash prize fund!   Here's the flyer: Super Saturday Showdown When: Saturday, May 2 - Starts at 9PM EST Where: chess.com... | Read More

      • NM ih8sens
      • | May 1, 2015
      • | 1703 views
      • | 24 comments
    • Chigorin

      Neat little game.  First time I've faced the Chigorin since getting my title a couple years back and I've never taken the time to prep it.   It was fun playing a game that took me out of book so early.   My hope is that this post starts a lit... | Read More

      • NM ih8sens
      • | Apr 28, 2015
      • | 1447 views
      • | 13 comments
    • Birth Of A Novelty

      Full disclosure, there is no actual theoretical novelty in this game.  Technically the 'novelty' has been played a few times before.  I will take credit for being one of the first to have an opportunity to demonstrate the correct interpretation,... | Read More

      • NM ih8sens
      • | Feb 14, 2015
      • | 2151 views
      • | 8 comments
    • First Game Back

      So I've taken a few months off chess.  Dove into a few other hobbies of mine for a bit (squash, poker, stock markets, and a few others)... But now I'm back!  Joined a fancy little game-a-week event in Sudbury and played my first round today.  ... | Read More

      • NM ih8sens
      • | Feb 11, 2015
      • | 1196 views
      • | 6 comments
    • Apparently Carlsen Is Boring

      I don't have a game for you guys to look at in this blog, but I wanted to take a minute to comment on Magnus Carlsen, the undisputed World Champion who looks poised to defend his title with relative ease. I watched a couple of the games live and ... | Read More

      • NM ih8sens
      • | Nov 22, 2014
      • | 5139 views
      • | 23 comments
    • 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
      • | 1374 views
      • | 12 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
      • | 988 views
      • | 4 comments