So since my last post, I have been trying to settle down into some sort of study routine. I have been reading Yasser Seirawan's Winning Chess series (Now reading the tactics book) and have been doing tactics problems here on chess.com plus a couple of other websites.
While my overall playing progress has slowed a little, I am noticing a steady and progressive improvement in my online ratings, and I have started going to a regular weekly OTB meetup group, where I have been working hard at keeping score and working with a physical clock.
So far, I have been getting my ass beat at the meetup group, but I am learning quite a bit.
My hope is to, in the next few months, start going to the occasional OTB tournament and start getting my USCF rating established. All the while I have been having fun.
I really think that this is more than my usual temporary facination / obsession. I am not getting tired of studying. Quite the opposite really, the more I study and learn, the small improvement in my online ratings which spurrs me on to do more studying.
Even the regular butt whooping at the meetup, I would have thought would make me slow down or take a breather out of frustration, but I find myself each time even more determined to get better.
Well, I guess only time will tell.
As a side note, I have been eyeing a Chronos II clock, since my Excalibur Game Time II clock is proving to be less than spectacular. I bought it about 8 years ago when I had attempted to pick up chess the last time and really never used it. Well with the OTB games I have been playing, I have found how lacking it is when it comes to quickly resetting for the next game, and especially for changing the time controls to something that is not a preset (ie giving one user more time, or giving a delay count to one user).
Problem is, everybody has it on back order!
...and waiting sucks!