Since joinging this site a few years ago as a passive player this game has become an integral part of my life. I've made tons of great friends because of this game, some of which I know personally and some of which I've never seen their faces but all of which I value. I've decided that my rank in the game is unimporatant but what is important is to get better so that I can broaden my perspective on what chess has to offer.
That being said I need to set some goals and make a real plan for my 2013 chess progression. I'll set out 3 main goals and hopefully a game plan for getting these goals will solidify shortly thereafter. Okay here we go:
1. Play in at least 2 USCF tournaments this year - I dont care how I place. I just want to get my feet wet. I've been trying to make it to one of these for the last few years and because of my job and some jitters it hasn't happened.
2. Read at least 2 chess books a month - I'm an avid reader. Why not use that to heighten my chess knowledge? I think 1 to 2 hours of chess study a day can make this happen easily. Now Im not saying I've never read chess books before. I have a ton of em. The thing is the information more or less goes in one ear and out the other. I need to start absorbing them. They take much more brain power to understand than the average book I pick up. I need to start challenging myself.
3. Shift my game from long games to short OTB games - If I'm going to be playing in tournaments I need to get some real game experience. I've done moderately well on the 3 days time limit games on this site. They fit my personality and lifestyle. It's easy for me to put a game aside until I have the time or the will to think about it later. It's low stress. This isn't how tournaments work. I need to start playing some 10 minute time limit games to get used to the time crunch.
Okay as most of you know who have played me I'm usually up fishing in Alaska for alot of the year so be patient with these blog post and most of all our games. I'll try to keep you guys updated regularly on my progression and next steps.