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Chess According To ih8sens

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


    • 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
      • | 1468 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
      • | 1358 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
      • | 1065 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
      • | 872 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
      • | 1390 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
      • | 1232 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
      • | 1160 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
      • | 1295 views
      • | 1 comment
    • Phun In The Philidor

      My round 1 game at the recently finished Aurora Fall Open with annotations. | Read More

      • NM ih8sens
      • | Oct 29, 2013
      • | 1104 views
      • | 6 comments
    • Just Keep Moving - Part 3

      ... The one that got away.  Although it is probably just personal preference, I don't believe in playing for a win straight away with black.  You likely won't see me trying a Najdorf or King's Indian against a strong opponent in a tournament gam... | Read More

      • NM ih8sens
      • | Oct 22, 2013
      • | 887 views
      • | 7 comments