ih8sens On The "Draw Problem"

ih8sens On The "Draw Problem"

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13 days ago

I have a slightly different opinion on this nonsense. What nonsense? Well for those of you who have been living under a rock, Carlsen and Caruana just drew 12 consecutive classical games in their WC match and a bunch of people are screaming that...

First Blog In A While...

First Blog In A While...

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Jul 27, 2018

Neat little game... It shows a few ideas of how to play a symmetrical pawn structure where one side has a space advantage.  Also, I'm thinking of starting a youtube channel so that I can annotate games more effectively. Let me know if you'd b...

2017 Sudbury Fall Rapid

2017 Sudbury Fall Rapid

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Sep 24, 2017

The Sudbury Fall Rapid ended yesterday.  I was pleased to finish with a 6/6 score and clear first place by at least a point and a half. I've included the games with a few instructive notes. Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Because ...

Game-A-Day (August 28, 2017)

Game-A-Day (August 28, 2017)

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Aug 27, 2017

I didn't get a chance to play one yesterday, so sorry for the wait! This game was okay.  My opponent completely blew it early but my conversion wasn't so good. What I learned: The early Nbd7 idea screws up all of white's tr...

Game-A-Day (August 25, 2017)

Game-A-Day (August 25, 2017)

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Aug 25, 2017

This wasn't as fun as yesterday.  I didn't play well but my opponent wasn't very good... again. I learned: I need to learn some Stonewall theory.  What a waste of my life, but people still play it so... The endgame that I've ...

Game-A-Day (Aug. 24, 2017)

Game-A-Day (Aug. 24, 2017)

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Aug 24, 2017

So I've decided to start blogging again.  I think I have an idea for improving my chess, and that's to play one (only one) 15 minute game every day.  I'll then study the game in depth and post my work on my blog.   The goal is ...

Fun Miniature Featuring Harry The H-Pawn

Fun Miniature Featuring Harry The H-Pawn

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May 23, 2017

So I just got back from the 2017 Ontario Open in Ottawa.  As usual I scored 3/6 (50%) in the Open section, which sounds pretty good but resulted in a loss of rating points.  I'm thinking I need to go play in New York at some point.  ...

Basic Strategy - The Berlin Structure

Basic Strategy - The Berlin Structure

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Feb 3, 2017

When I'm in a good mood and decide I want to ruin it, I go online and find a live broadcast and watch the chat.  What I see there is 50 or so people talking about how 'boring' a particular game is because the computer is showing "0.00" or "0....

An Instructive Moment

An Instructive Moment

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Jan 30, 2017

After a long game full of errors we reached the following position.  This is from the 2016 Sudbury Ch. Black to move... It's a good thing I had a fair bit of time left on my clock, because it took me nearly 35 minutes to make a decisio...

2016 Sudbury Ch Round 2

2016 Sudbury Ch Round 2

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Jan 28, 2017

Having now won the Sudbury championship 6 times, I think I'll retire... the event is dying anyways.  I'll be focusing on bigger southern events. Anyway, here's the critical game.  Not surprisingly, it's against my long time rival. ...

Sudbury Rapid Ch 2016

Sudbury Rapid Ch 2016

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Dec 10, 2016

A couple games from the Sudbury Rapid Ch completed today.  The official Sudbury Ch had to be postponed until January 28/29, but most of the top players will be there, so I suppose it'll be worth the wait. I've included a few notes.&nbs...

A Hole On d4

A Hole On d4

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Sep 26, 2016

This game should be instructive for players rated 1200-1800.  The analysis is in text, rather than countless variations.  I tried to honestly explain my thoughts during the game, rather than providing post mortem explanations that won't ...

Why You Need To Play In Real Tournaments

Why You Need To Play In Real Tournaments

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Sep 20, 2016

I can't say for a certainty, but I get the feeling many of my readers are long time chess players in the 1500-1800 range.  I suspect most of them don't play in tournaments often, or perhaps have never played in a rated tournament before. ...

From The Archives - A True Novelty

From The Archives - A True Novelty

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Sep 13, 2016

I was digging through my old games for a friend of mine and I stumbled upon one that brought up great memories.  I remember this game because my opponent freaked out in time trouble and hit the clock before making his move.  And then the...

A Startling Discovery

A Startling Discovery

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Sep 8, 2016

Sorry for the misleading title lol...  I just discovered something and it's scary and I want advice from the internet, because that always works. Since I got my title in 2013, my tactics trainer rating graph is basically completely ...

Deja Vu

Deja Vu

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Sep 4, 2016

Haven't blogged for a while.  Thought I'd share a game.  Started reading some of my other blogs (tl;dr) and decided to make this one short and sweet. This pushes me to an all time high rating of 2346, 31st in Canada.  I'll ...

Finally You Can Afford A Master Coach!

Finally You Can Afford A Master Coach!

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Jun 10, 2016

After taking a good year off coaching, I've decided to start again and with a very unique approach!   Starting Sunday, June 19, and every Sunday after this at 1:30PM Eastern time (New York/Toronto) I am offering group lessons!   The lessons wi...

Friday, June 10 - Looking For A Game

Friday, June 10 - Looking For A Game

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Jun 9, 2016

Hey everyone, I'm looking for a training game tomorrow morning, starting at 9am eastern time (New York/Toronto). As usual, I'd prefer a NM/FM opponent, but anybody with a real life rating over 2100 will do! If anybody is interested in a 90'+...

World Championship Openings

World Championship Openings

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May 19, 2016

I've compiled a list of the openings played in World Championship games.     At the moment I've considered all match-style WC games since the unification of FIDE in 2006.   There were a total of 75 games played, including tiebreaks.   Openin...

My Path to FM - Week 15/16

My Path to FM - Week 15/16

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May 14, 2016

So it's been a few months since I set the goal of moving from NM to FM.  I've noticed some interesting changes over the years.  I remember in one of my first tournaments as a 1700 player I sacked a bishop on h7 (Greek gift) against some Expert and...

My Path to FM - Week 14

My Path to FM - Week 14

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May 3, 2016

More of the same this week.  Most likely I'm about 1 year away from the Zonal where I hope to pull off a GM level performance and earn my FM title.  It's probably safe to say I won't be able to score well against the Canadian GM's, but I already d...

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