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 Hitting 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-studyTaking On The CatalanSo the sample game I'm giving here is a blitz game, and one played by me, so it's not perfectly played by any means.  On the other hand, this method of handling the Catalan has been popular lately, and so I'd like to introduce you to it :).   ...http://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/taking-on-the-catalanTue, 17 Sep 2013 16:49:52 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/taking-on-the-catalanSuccess In The Opening - Failure In The EndgameA 45 minute game with a 45 second increment which I just finished on ICC.  White misplayed the opening (although Sam Shankland did some video's for chess.com and said that he believes black is probably fine anyways) and I was able to get a tempor...http://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/success-in-the-opening---failure-in-the-endgameThu, 12 Sep 2013 14:54:24 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/success-in-the-opening---failure-in-the-endgameI'm Learning Too! - The Schliemann RevisitedThere's a particular user on this site (who I will not name because calling somebody out online should be reserved for young children (you have no idea how many 11 year olds have slept with my mother in xbox land...)), who finds it amusing to writ...http://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/im-learning-too---the-schliemann-revisitedMon, 09 Sep 2013 10:33:40 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/im-learning-too---the-schliemann-revisitedA System Against The SchliemannI almost made a 'Taking Out The Trash' article about this one, but that series was (is) reserved for openings that you would never see as a main weapon at the GM level (Budapest, Latvian, maybe even the Smith Morra).  The Schliemann, on the other...http://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/a-system-against-the-schliemannFri, 06 Sep 2013 20:15:27 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/a-system-against-the-schliemannBeginner To Master - Part 2Link to Part I My rather hilarious student wanted this blog to be called "The Rise of Todd", so we can pretend it is :). Here's another annotated game played by the same student (I will use other students, I promise) at a recent tournament.  I'...http://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/beginner-to-master---part-2Wed, 04 Sep 2013 16:08:23 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/beginner-to-master---part-2Highly Original TacticThis one was pretty neat.  Not especially difficult, but I don't think I've ever seen this concept before... http://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/highly-original-tacticTue, 27 Aug 2013 09:22:11 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/highly-original-tacticFatigueAs a shift worker who works a pretty random schedule, I have the unfortunate opportunity to experience how fatigue and tiredness affect my abilities as a chess player.  A look at my blitz rating here paints a pretty clear picture.  When I'm on m...http://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/fatigueTue, 23 Jul 2013 07:05:13 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/fatigue