Chess According To ih8sens

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


    • My Path to FM - Week 2

      To see the plan click - here.   This was a busy non-chess week for me.  I still managed to get lots done though.   Tactics I managed to climb from 2021 to 2056.  At one point I had made 2070something but I failed three in a row trying to ... | Read More

      • NM ih8sens
      • | Feb 7, 2016
      • | 942 views
      • | 3 comments
    • My Path to FM - Week 1

      I've decided to update you guys each weekend about how 'the plan' is going.  Along the way I can share a few neat ideas I learned.   Progress report time!   To start, I should mention that this was only a 4 day week for me.  Still, things ... | Read More

      • NM ih8sens
      • | Jan 31, 2016
      • | 1946 views
      • | 12 comments
    • My Path to FM - Part 3 - The Plan

      ...The whole plan, and nothing but the plan.   Feel free to read part 1 and part 2 if you want to waste 10 minutes of your life on babble.     My Path to FM - Study Plan   Openings My openings have always been a strong point in my game.... | Read More

      • NM ih8sens
      • | Jan 28, 2016
      • | 2132 views
      • | 17 comments
    • My Path to FM - Part 2 - The Motivation

      In part 1 I explained a little bit about my great year in 2013 that earned me the NM title.  After getting the title and not having much more to aspire to, I started playing 'just for fun', which is fine, but it means not studying that hard off ... | Read More

      • NM ih8sens
      • | Jan 28, 2016
      • | 696 views
      • | 0 comments
    • My Path to FM - Part 1 - Reminiscence

      I'll start by saying that (obviously) I'm not an FM yet.  One of my big goals when I started playing in tournaments was the NM title, and when I got it I lost a lot of motivation.     Why was I suddenly so unmotivated?  Well, a couple things... | Read More

      • NM ih8sens
      • | Jan 28, 2016
      • | 778 views
      • | 3 comments
    • Kwazy Kwazy Cupcakes

      I hope you know where the title is from.  Great show.  Anyway, I just played a rather hilarious blitz game that I thought I'd share.  The King's knight went... kwazy.   | Read More

      • NM ih8sens
      • | Jan 26, 2016
      • | 707 views
      • | 4 comments
    • The Lone Queen Sac

      I've never done this before, but I finally searched myself in the database.  I managed to find 47 unique games after a fairly thorough search.  And guess what?  In spite of my stupid crazy style as a Class player and expert, I've only sacrifice... | Read More

      • NM ih8sens
      • | Jan 21, 2016
      • | 1493 views
      • | 7 comments
    • Highlights From My 2016 Guelph Pro-Am

      Having not travelled to a Southern Ontario tournament for well over a year, I had an opportunity to make a bit of a comeback last weekend.   The Guelph Pro-Am runs 3 or 4 times a year, and attracts some of the best players in Canada.   This ti... | Read More

      • NM ih8sens
      • | Jan 12, 2016
      • | 1317 views
      • | 7 comments
    • My Titled Tuesday - Good, Bad, Mostly Ugly

      Yup. Played in my first Chess.com "Titled Tuesday".  A few thoughts about my performance before I show a couple games! The Good I started out crazy strong.  In the first round I was paired against a strong IM with black.  Scary stuff.  The I... | Read More

      • NM ih8sens
      • | Jan 5, 2016
      • | 2101 views
      • | 7 comments
    • Another Practical Endgame You Must Know!

      I actually got this position while studying on chesstempo, and was rather surprised to find I didn't remember what to do! Black has established what appears to be an ideal "long side" defense.  However, white actually wins this position. I'll g... | Read More

      • NM ih8sens
      • | Dec 27, 2015
      • | 2210 views
      • | 14 comments