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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! https://www.chess.com/ 2007 Chess.com A Hole On d4This 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 ...https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/a-hole-on-d4Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:30:31 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/a-hole-on-d4Why You Need To Play In Real TournamentsI 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.&nbsp...https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/why-you-need-to-play-in-real-tournamentsTue, 20 Sep 2016 06:50:22 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/why-you-need-to-play-in-real-tournamentsFrom The Archives - A True NoveltyI 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...https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/from-the-archives-a-true-noveltyTue, 13 Sep 2016 08:26:57 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/from-the-archives-a-true-noveltyA Fun OnePlayed a pretty fun game today at a rapid tournament. https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/a-fun-oneSat, 10 Sep 2016 15:14:35 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/a-fun-oneCrazy StudyThis is super pretty...  https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/crazy-studyFri, 09 Sep 2016 11:02:06 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/crazy-studyA Startling DiscoverySorry 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 ...https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/a-startling-discoveryThu, 08 Sep 2016 16:50:32 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/a-startling-discoveryDeja VuHaven'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 ...https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/deja-vuSun, 04 Sep 2016 18:33:38 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/deja-vuFinally You Can Afford A Master Coach!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...https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/finally-you-can-afford-a-master-coachFri, 10 Jun 2016 16:53:21 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/finally-you-can-afford-a-master-coachFriday, June 10 - Looking For A GameHey 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'+...https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/friday-june-10---looking-for-a-gameThu, 09 Jun 2016 07:32:01 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/friday-june-10---looking-for-a-gameWorld Championship OpeningsI'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.   Op...https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/world-championship-openingsThu, 19 May 2016 09:37:12 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/world-championship-openingsMy Path to FM - Week 15/16So 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 a...https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/my-path-to-fm-week-15-16Sat, 14 May 2016 19:51:02 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/my-path-to-fm-week-15-16My Path to FM - Week 14More 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...https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/my-path-to-fm-week-14Tue, 03 May 2016 09:40:05 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/my-path-to-fm-week-14My Path to FM - Week 12/13I'm slacking! Uhoh!  I played in a tournament last weekend, so I have some neat stuff to write about.  Let's get right into it...   There were a few critical positions that I think I handled pretty well, and one that I didn't handle well at ...https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/my-path-to-fm-week-12-13Tue, 26 Apr 2016 20:36:30 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/my-path-to-fm-week-12-13Sudbury Open - Round 2Thought I'd share an instructive game I played today.  One way to play against an IQP is to turn it into weak 'hanging pawns' with Nxc3.  I hope you like the game and accompanying notes. https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/sudbury-open-round-2Sat, 16 Apr 2016 20:06:01 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/sudbury-open-round-2How To Be BetterBlack just played Rd4 with a Petrosian-esque exchange sacrifice.  Should white take it?  If so, how should both sides continue? Does black have enough compensation for the exchange?   https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/how-to-be-betterWed, 13 Apr 2016 08:42:53 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/how-to-be-betterMy Path to FM - Week 10/11This is a double whammy lol.  I didn't have much to write about last week so I figured I'd take a break.  This blog will take on a slightly different format because I haven't been training in exactly the same way.   I should start by mentioni...https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/my-path-to-fm-week-10-11Mon, 11 Apr 2016 20:37:12 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/my-path-to-fm-week-10-11A Repertoire For The Aspiring MasterSo I'm thinking about writing a book.  "That's nice Matt, but you're not strong enough to write a book."  Good point, collective audience, but here's the thing.  Quite by accident, I've found myself interested in top correspondence games while ...https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/a-repertoire-for-the-aspiring-masterWed, 06 Apr 2016 18:39:16 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/a-repertoire-for-the-aspiring-masterCalling Ontario Players!There's a tournament coming up on the April 16,17 weekend.     Here's the flyer!   Sudbury Spring OpenDate: April 16 - 17, 2016Venue: Laurentian University, Classroom Building, C-306Type: Five round swissTime control: 90 minutes plus 30s / ...https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/calling-ontario-playersMon, 04 Apr 2016 13:21:27 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/calling-ontario-playersMy Path to FM - Week 9Well I didn't get any long training games in this week, but played a few 15 minute games that were quite serious.  There are two that I'd like to share with some notes this week.  I lost one, which I think I learned quite a lot from.  The one I...https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/my-path-to-fm-week-9Sun, 27 Mar 2016 11:39:30 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/my-path-to-fm-week-9FAQ With ih8sensPretty much every day I get a message or two on here asking one of a small handful of questions.  I tend to ignore these messages because they're silly, but I decided to look a bunch over today and write a blog. Here are a few questions that I g...https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/faq-with-ih8sensThu, 24 Mar 2016 07:32:47 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/faq-with-ih8sens