Chess According To ih8sens

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


    • Why You Need To Play In Real Tournaments

      I can't say for a certainty, but I get the feeling many of my readers are long time chess players in the 1500-1800 range.  I suspect most of them don't play in tournaments often, or perhaps have never played in a rated tournament before. ... | Read More

      • NM ih8sens
      • | Sep 20, 2016
      • | 1430 views
      • | 15 comments
    • From The Archives - A True Novelty

      I was digging through my old games for a friend of mine and I stumbled upon one that brought up great memories.  I remember this game because my opponent freaked out in time trouble and hit the clock before making his move.  And then the... | Read More

      • NM ih8sens
      • | Sep 13, 2016
      • | 1264 views
      • | 4 comments
    • A Fun One

      Played a pretty fun game today at a rapid tournament. | Read More

      • NM ih8sens
      • | Sep 10, 2016
      • | 743 views
      • | 4 comments
    • Crazy Study

      This is super pretty...  | Read More

      • NM ih8sens
      • | Sep 9, 2016
      • | 463 views
      • | 5 comments
    • A Startling Discovery

      Sorry for the misleading title lol...  I just discovered something and it's scary and I want advice from the internet, because that always works. Since I got my title in 2013, my tactics trainer rating graph is basically completely ... | Read More

      • NM ih8sens
      • | Sep 8, 2016
      • | 642 views
      • | 11 comments
    • Deja Vu

      Haven't blogged for a while.  Thought I'd share a game.  Started reading some of my other blogs (tl;dr) and decided to make this one short and sweet. This pushes me to an all time high rating of 2346, 31st in Canada.  I'll ... | Read More

      • NM ih8sens
      • | Sep 4, 2016
      • | 930 views
      • | 15 comments
    • 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
      • | 1807 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
      • | 3816 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
      • | 2046 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
      • | 2207 views
      • | 15 comments