Bossk Teaches Chess #4: Set Your Goals
It's Bossk again and I'm back after a long break I'm back and will be doing the live cast that accompanies this post shortly. Why is this #4 and not #1 based on the last blog post you might ask, because this post is a supplement or alternative to cast #4.
Today I want to talk about goals. They are important in both life and in chess. Additionally in both life and in chess we want to have both long and short term goals. I have a game to talk to you about that shows following your goals. The game was played under a strange time control: 1 minute for white(me) and 15 seconds a move for black(andriod chess 2). Before I show you those games let me talk to you about my goals in chess in life(meta right).
I just started playing chess rated a few months ago and before that I played unrated games for about 4 years now. I want to improve and I never really had meterics or goals I wanted to reach so I didn't improve much until about a half a year ago when I laid out my goals. I decided my end goal would be to reach a rating of 2500 and a title of International Master. I believe these are attainable goals, if you plan it out and have short terms objectives. I spent the past 2 weeks laying out my goals on a year by year basis.
My goals for 2011:
Compete in and finish top 3 in the U2000 section at the World Chess Open in Valley Forge.
Compete in and finish top 3 in the U2100 section of the Kings Island Open
End the year with a rating of 2250.
My Goals for 2012:
Compete in and finish top 3 in the U2400 section of the World Chess Open in Valley Forge.
Compete in and finish with a score over 2.5/5 in the Open section of the Kings Island Open
End year with a rating of 2340.
My goals for 2013:
Compete in and finish with a score over 4.5/9 in the Open section of the World Chess Open in Valley Forge.
Compete in and finish top 3 in the Open Section of the Kings Island Open
End the year with a rating of 2400.
My goals for 2014:
Compete in and finish with a score over 6/9 in the Open section of the World Chess Open in Valley Forge.
Earn first International Masters Norm.
End the year with a rating of 2450 or higher.
My goals for 2015:
Compete in and finish in the top 3 of the Open section of the World Chess Open in Valley Forge.
Earn second international Masters norm.
End the year with a rating of 2500.
My goals for 2016:
Win the Open Section of World Chess Open
Earn title of international master.
These goals may or may not be reasonable or attainable but having them listed out gives me something to motivate myself toward and gives me focus. In a chess game we need that same focus.
Without further ado, my first game
The live cast over this game will be in exactly 24 hours(7pm EST on December 30) at livestream.com/Bosskonasegway. I will go in much more depth and detail to this game and will also give a quick overview of another game played under the same time control.
Oh if you have any comments or games you would like me to analyse. Post them in the comments or email me at BosskOnASegway1@gmail.com and I will analyse any level game either live or do a write up(based on time and how much I have to say about a game) I will annotate every single game sent to me so give me a huge work load guys ;)
Edit: Oh, I forgot to ask, what are your goal? What do you think you need to do to accomplish them? If there is any topic you need help with or a way I can help you accomplish your goals let me know.