Chess According To ih8sens

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


    • 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
      • | 1008 views
      • | 6 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
      • | 968 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
      • | 1794 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
      • | 1164 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
      • | 1927 views
      • | 24 comments
    • Calling Ontario Players!

      There's a tournament coming up on the April 16,17 weekend.     Here's the flyer!   Sudbury Spring OpenDate: April 16 - 17, 2016Venue: Laurentian University, Classroom Building, C-306Type: Five round swissTime control: 90 minutes plus 30s / ... | Read More

      • NM ih8sens
      • | Apr 4, 2016
      • | 630 views
      • | 0 comments
    • My Path to FM - Week 9

      Well I didn't get any long training games in this week, but played a few 15 minute games that were quite serious.  There are two that I'd like to share with some notes this week.  I lost one, which I think I learned quite a lot from.  The one I... | Read More

      • NM ih8sens
      • | Mar 27, 2016
      • | 1788 views
      • | 3 comments
    • 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

      • NM ih8sens
      • | Mar 24, 2016
      • | 1158 views
      • | 9 comments
    • My Path to FM - Week 8

      Sorry I'm late! Life got crazy lol...   This week was pretty interesting.  I played a lot of training games and learned a bunch of new stuff.  It seems that against IM's and GM's, I do fine in openings that I'm familiar with.  I seem to get ... | Read More

      • NM ih8sens
      • | Mar 22, 2016
      • | 1194 views
      • | 1 comment
    • 2 GM's in 24 Hours!

      Another GM scalp! This was also a 15 minute game in ICC.  I've made a few notes.   | Read More

      • NM ih8sens
      • | Mar 15, 2016
      • | 7352 views
      • | 11 comments