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  • ih8sens
    Online 53 min ago

    Matthew Nicholson | Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

    Joined: Jan 23, 2008

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  • Minority Attack: Turn Your Pawns Into Weapons

    IM Silman Aug 11, 2016, 2:56 AM

    ih8sens (real name: Matt Nicholson) is a national master rated 2329. He asked the following: “I have a position that I’m curious about. The majority of players I’ve asked believe that Black...

  • The Budapest Gambit Revisited

    IM Silman Jan 4, 2010, 12:52 AM

    The Budapest Gambit Revisited 33speedo asked: Hi I was wondering what your opinion is about the Budapest gambit for white and black? Dear 33speedo, In an earlier article on chess.com I mentioned that I personally...

  • Fischer - Tal (1959)

    NM ih8sens Aug 23, 2008, 12:43 PM

    As promised, a very nice game between one of the, if not the, best chess players of all time, 'Bobby' Fischer and Mikhail Tal, still renowned for his dangerous tactics.  This game shows something about Tal...

  • Understanding Tal

    NM ih8sens Aug 15, 2008, 7:11 AM

    Mikhail Tal was a rather unique player.  His wild, sacrificial style lead to some very different opinions of Tal.  To some, he was the most successful patzer ever to play. To others his regular lack of...

  • Employing The French

    NM ih8sens Aug 8, 2008, 4:55 PM

    In the previous article of this series we saw a very interesting miniature climaxed by an incredible white attack.  In the name of keeping the universe balanced (or at least keeping the French lovers happy!),...

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  • FAQ With ih8sens

    NM ih8sens Mar 24, 2016, 7:32 AM

    Pretty 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...

  • My Path to FM - Week 7

    NM ih8sens Mar 11, 2016, 12:17 PM

    Already 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...

  • Good knight, bad bishop

    NM linlaoda Mar 3, 2016, 7:23 AM

    Most of the time, the bishop is superior to the knight by 0.25 points (or so!)However, this is a very superficial statement that does not apply to all positions. Sometimes the knight has the last laugh:   *Answer*White...

  • My Path to FM - Week 5 - Update

    NM ih8sens Mar 1, 2016, 8:50 PM

    So 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...

  • My Path to FM - Week 3 (Part 2)

    NM ih8sens Feb 13, 2016, 7:22 PM

    Part 1 here   Something I've noticed is that success is rarely that exciting.  In early editions of this blog I noted that when I got my title, a lot of it had to do with uninspiring chess where I survived bad positions...

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  • June 19th, 2016 - Group Lesson

    NM ih8sens Jun 13, 2016, 3:17 PM

    Hey everybody!   I just wanted to thank you all for taking a chance and trying out this whole group lesson thing.  It's new for all of us I think, but if it works it's a great way for ambitious players to become...

  • New Event

    NM ih8sens May 4, 2015, 5:31 PM

    Hey Guys! Looks like there's suddenly a fair bit more interest!   Tell your friends :)!  If we can get group membership up around 30 I'll try posting another event.   We'll also be adopting the cheating policy somebody...

  • An Old Favourite Is Back In Town!

    NM ih8sens Sep 20, 2013, 10:10 AM

    Gentlemen and gentlemen!  A tactics website that I have always found fascinating is back up and running properly!  The site is www.chess.emrald.net.  I know you might be thinking "Another tactics website? I need...

  • Fraud

    NM ih8sens Sep 19, 2013, 7:25 PM

    Having twice been the victim of chargeback's via Paypal (and now losing $210USD), I'm afraid I must introduce a new requirement for all NEW students.  This excludes losscause, Toddy89, and olasparov.  This also...

  • A Change To My Payment Policy

    NM ih8sens Aug 10, 2013, 6:06 AM

    Having recently become the victim of Paypal fraud (and losing $150 in the process), I am clarifying one thing regarding Paypal payment. I will no longer be accepting payment for multiple lessons.  Pay-per-lesson...

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