Chess.com - Play. Learn. Share. Online chess community where you can play chess, learn strategies and tactics, read chess news, see book reviews, find rules & tips, get free downloads, and more! http://www.chess.com/ 2007 Chess.com Apparently Carlsen Is BoringI 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 ...http://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/apparently-carlsen-is-boringSat, 22 Nov 2014 05:13:10 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/apparently-carlsen-is-boringAll 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...         ...http://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/all-time-highWed, 29 Oct 2014 20:55:58 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/all-time-high2014 Sudbury Championship - Part 4 - SundaySunday 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 ...http://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/2014-sudbury-championship---part-4---sundayMon, 27 Oct 2014 18:08:52 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/2014-sudbury-championship---part-4---sunday2014 Sudbury Championship - Part 3 - My All-Time Fastest WinSo 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.   http://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/2014-sudbury-championship---part-3---my-all-time-fastest-winMon, 27 Oct 2014 09:41:15 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/2014-sudbury-championship---part-3---my-all-time-fastest-win2014 Sudbury Championship - Part 2 - SaturdayNormally, 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/2014-sudbury-championship---part-2---saturdaySat, 25 Oct 2014 19:15:21 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/2014-sudbury-championship---part-2---saturday2014 Sudbury Championship - Part 1 - PreparationWell, 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/2014-sudbury-championship---part-1Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:57:11 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/2014-sudbury-championship---part-1CalculationThere 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 ...http://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/calculationMon, 29 Sep 2014 07:23:33 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/calculationHitting 2300So 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/hitting-2300Thu, 13 Mar 2014 19:10:01 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/hitting-2300My New Best Blitz WinBeat a fairly strong player in blitz online this morning... thought I should share :). http://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/my-new-best-blitz-winSat, 15 Feb 2014 08:31:50 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/my-new-best-blitz-winThe 703What 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 ...http://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/the-703Tue, 11 Feb 2014 13:48:59 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/the-703The Scotch/Spanish EndgameA 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/the-scotchspanish-endgameMon, 03 Feb 2014 12:45:21 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/the-scotchspanish-endgameThe f5 Breakthrough In The FrenchHi 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/the-f5-breakthrough-in-the-frenchThu, 09 Jan 2014 09:25:02 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/the-f5-breakthrough-in-the-frenchThe Many Faces Of Potential - Part 2Here'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 ...http://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/the-many-faces-of-potential---part-2Fri, 13 Dec 2013 10:45:43 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/the-many-faces-of-potential---part-2The Many Faces Of Potential - Part 1This 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/the-many-faces-of-potentialFri, 06 Dec 2013 12:36:54 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/the-many-faces-of-potential2013 Sudbury Chess ChampionshipToday 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/2013-sudbury-chess-championshipSun, 01 Dec 2013 04:23:04 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/2013-sudbury-chess-championshipPhun In The PhilidorMy round 1 game at the recently finished Aurora Fall Open with annotations. http://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/phun-in-the-philidorTue, 29 Oct 2013 23:14:53 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/phun-in-the-philidorJust 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/just-keep-moving---part-3Tue, 22 Oct 2013 06:12:59 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/just-keep-moving---part-3Review - Finding The Right Tactics Trainer For YouAs all my students know (and hear on an almost-daily basis), tactical training is the key to fast tracking improvement from class E to A.  After that strategy and openings and especially endgames (although all 3 are very important) may tend to ca...http://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/review---finding-the-right-tactics-trainer-for-youMon, 30 Sep 2013 07:02:36 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/review---finding-the-right-tactics-trainer-for-youPirc MiniatureI wasn't going to show this game because of the huge rating mismatch, but sometimes these games show the key ideas with a greater degree of clarity, as the weaker side is often unable to complicate matters. This is an Austrian Attack in the Pirc,...http://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/pirc-miniatureSun, 29 Sep 2013 22:26:25 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/pirc-miniatureAn Exceptional StudyThis study by Afek (sp?) absolutely blew my mind.  Took about 15 minutes to work it out...  Try to solve it without a computer! http://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/an-exceptional-studyThu, 19 Sep 2013 18:32:02 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/an-exceptional-study