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Location: Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
Joined: 1/23/08
Last Online: 10/21/16
Points: 4328 points

  • Minority Attack: Turn Your Pawns Into Weapons

    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 should not play 18…Bxg3.&... | Read More

  • The Budapest Gambit Revisited

    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 had always done well against... | Read More

  • Destroying The French

    The French Defense is really an interesting opening.  Some players swear by it as black and some players swear they can refute it as white.  The game below is a nice example of the latter. I was privileged to play a rather strong opponent in the... | Read More

    • FAQ With ih8sens

      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 are a few questions that I g... | Read More

      • ih8sens
      • | Mar 24, 2016
    • My Path to FM - Week 7

      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 and opening books and I've... | Read More

      • ih8sens
      • | Mar 11, 2016
    • Good knight, bad bishop

      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 should play 1.d5! which p... | Read More

      • linlaoda
      • | Mar 3, 2016
    • My Path to FM - Week 5 - Update

      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 I'm a raging chess addict and w... | Read More

      • ih8sens
      • | Mar 1, 2016
    • My Path to FM - Week 3 (Part 2)

      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 and capitalized on huge... | Read More

      • ih8sens
      • | Feb 13, 2016