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Chess According To ih8sens

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


    • 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
      • | 145 views
      • | 4 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
      • | 1209 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
      • | 1730 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
      • | 1525 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
      • | 1195 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
      • | 1012 views
      • | 5 comments
    • The f5 Breakthrough In The French

      Hi guys! I'd like to show you a very simple game which demonstrates the central attacking theme in many structures where black has a pawn on e6.  Of course, this occurs most commonly in the French Defense, where black has played e6 on move 1.  I... | Read More

      • NM ih8sens
      • | Jan 9, 2014
      • | 1536 views
      • | 8 comments
    • The Many Faces Of Potential - Part 2

      Here's a game from the Sudbury Championship that really caught my eye.  White did the same thing I did in part 1... tried to force a win that wasn't there.  A huge congratulations to my student, Todd, for playing a fearless game against a very ... | Read More

      • NM ih8sens
      • | Dec 13, 2013
      • | 1389 views
      • | 10 comments
    • The Many Faces Of Potential - Part 1

      This year's Sudbury Championship was special for me.  Of course, it's special to win the local championship.  It's also a neat feeling to do it 3 times in a row... but most special was the opportunity to play in a local championship that feature... | Read More

      • NM ih8sens
      • | Dec 6, 2013
      • | 1314 views
      • | 6 comments
    • 2013 Sudbury Chess Championship

      Today is the last day of this year's 2013 Sudbury Championship.  This has been the strongest Sudbury CC of all time, with an average player rating nearing 1800.  The first three rounds have produced very exciting chess.  I'll try to hunt down a... | Read More

      • NM ih8sens
      • | Dec 1, 2013
      • | 1434 views
      • | 1 comment