About a month ago, I got interested in chess, and decided to go on a one-year plan to improve and appreciate the game more. After one month, I'm pleased to report that my motivation is still very high! Here's what I've done this month:
* Read Bobby Fischer's books on tactics
* Read Yasser Seirawan's "Play Winning Chess"
* Currently going through Yasser Seirawan's "Winning Chess Tactics"
* Did a lot of tactics problems on chess.com, then switched to chesstempo.com
* I went to see some games at the Quebec Chess Open
As for games, I've mostly played on chess.com, but not that many games (too many at once would be confusing). Unfortunately, I still fall prey to easy-to-avoid tactics, so I've lost more than I've won. I also tried to analyze my own games without and with a chess engine. So far, it looks that one of my main weakness is that I still don't understand what's going on on the board and that I fail to follow through with my own plans and instead play reactionary chess.
I'm hoping to join a local chess club in Montreal in September, where I'll hopefully start gaining more experience and develop as a player. Until then, I'll do my best to try and improve, but it's just as difficult as I imagined it would be. Good thing that I'm still having fun, then!