Chess According To ih8sens

An in depth perspective of anything and everything chess...


    • Finally 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... | Read More

      • NM ih8sens
      • | Jun 10, 2016
      • | 1469 views
      • | 11 comments
    • Friday, June 10 - Looking For A Game

      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'+... | Read More

      • NM ih8sens
      • | Jun 9, 2016
      • | 3611 views
      • | 3 comments
    • World Championship Openings

      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.   Op... | Read More

      • NM ih8sens
      • | May 19, 2016
      • | 1805 views
      • | 4 comments
    • My Path to FM - Week 15/16

      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 a... | Read More

      • NM ih8sens
      • | May 14, 2016
      • | 1939 views
      • | 15 comments
    • My Path to FM - Week 14

      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... | Read More

      • NM ih8sens
      • | May 3, 2016
      • | 2058 views
      • | 15 comments
    • My Path to FM - Week 12/13

      I'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 ... | Read More

      • NM ih8sens
      • | Apr 26, 2016
      • | 1511 views
      • | 7 comments
    • Sudbury Open - Round 2

      Thought 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. | Read More

      • NM ih8sens
      • | Apr 16, 2016
      • | 1764 views
      • | 7 comments
    • How To Be Better

      Black 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?   | Read More

      • NM ih8sens
      • | Apr 13, 2016
      • | 2336 views
      • | 17 comments
    • My Path to FM - Week 10/11

      This 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... | Read More

      • NM ih8sens
      • | Apr 11, 2016
      • | 1496 views
      • | 7 comments
    • A Repertoire For The Aspiring Master

      So 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 ... | Read More

      • NM ih8sens
      • | Apr 6, 2016
      • | 2336 views
      • | 24 comments