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! https://www.chess.com/ 2007 Chess.com World 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-ih8sensMy Path to FM - Week 8Sorry I'm late! Life got crazy lol...   This week was pretty interesting.  I played a lot of training games and learned a bunch of new stuff.  It seems that against IM's and GM's, I do fine in openings that I'm familiar with.  I seem to get ...https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/my-path-to-fm-week-8Tue, 22 Mar 2016 19:35:43 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/my-path-to-fm-week-82 GM's in 24 Hours!Another GM scalp! This was also a 15 minute game in ICC.  I've made a few notes.   https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/2-gm-s-in-24-hoursTue, 15 Mar 2016 11:39:54 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/2-gm-s-in-24-hoursTenacious DHad to share the game because it's not often I beat a GM in 15 minute play...  It's ugly, and I was dead lost, and frankly I didn't play well, but at least I got away with my poor play by defending well.  It's a nice addition to my recent pract...https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/tenacious-dMon, 14 Mar 2016 15:30:49 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/tenacious-dCalculation vs. EvaluationAlthough they go hand-in-hand, it's been my experience that in a typical OTB game, often the result is decided by somebody underestimating or overestimating a certain line.  Both sides saw the variation, but the resulting position was a little bi...https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/calculation-vs-evaluationSat, 12 Mar 2016 18:40:39 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/calculation-vs-evaluationMy Path to FM - Week 7Already on week 7! Crazy eh? For those who want to review "The Plan" feel free to click here.  And for those who have been reading a little more closely, you'll know that I've taken a small break from tactical problems and opening books and I've...https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/my-path-to-fm-week-7Fri, 11 Mar 2016 12:17:26 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/my-path-to-fm-week-7Bad Bishops, IQP's, And Why Lower Rated Games Are InsructiveBack when I was coaching more frequently, I created a little database which I called the "Mismatch Files".  These were games where a GM wrecked a player in the 1800-2200 range.   I showed my students these games because they found it very instr...https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/bad-bishops-iqp-s-and-why-lower-rated-games-are-insructiveThu, 10 Mar 2016 18:27:17 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/bad-bishops-iqp-s-and-why-lower-rated-games-are-insructiveWhy Everybody Is Stupid - A Factual Opinion PieceWith the Candidates starting in ... a couple hours... I thought I'd throw my two cents in and make a prediction about who is going to win the whole thing.   By the way, this really shouldn't surprise anybody.   Okay so for starters, I've hea...https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/why-everybody-is-stupid-a-factual-opinion-pieceWed, 09 Mar 2016 22:59:00 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/why-everybody-is-stupid-a-factual-opinion-pieceMy Path to FM - Week 6Hey guys!  Can you believe we're on week 6 already?!  Am I an FM yet? Nope.   Am I playing like one? Maybe.  This week will be about Practical Play.     So okay, I played a training game and won.  I won't show it because it was pretty ...https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/my-path-to-fm-week-6Sat, 05 Mar 2016 15:35:21 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/my-path-to-fm-week-6My Path to FM - Week 5 - UpdateSo my last post was pretty whiny because I was overtired and under-performing.  One of the FM's who often reads my blog (and has made some very instructive comments) suggested I take a little break.  Unfortunately I'm a raging chess addict and w...https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/my-path-to-fm-week-5-updateTue, 01 Mar 2016 20:50:01 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/ih8sens/my-path-to-fm-week-5-update