My One Chess New Year's Resolution (and previous fails)

My One Chess New Year's Resolution (and previous fails)


Well, hey guys! Who's pumped up for the new year 2020?... heck, the new decade?!

I'm sure many of you have, well maybe not necessarily resolutions, more or less at least goals for the new year... I can certainly relate! Two years from this date, I posted my chess new years resolutions on my blog, and BOY do they seem ridiculous looking back at now! You can find the original post here, though I thought I'd list them all, and give my personal feedback on these silly resolutions

  • Break 1850 USCF -- I was 1721 at the time. I actually got relatively close, at 1828, thanks to a good performance at the 2018 TX State Scholastic Championships, though I've plateaued since, back to my normal 1700-1750 self...
  • Beat at least one expert (2000+ USCF) in a rated tournament. I got that done a couple of times!
  • Join and play in at least one FIDE tournament in 2018 OK I ended up doing that in 2019, though I guess technically a fail since I was a year overdue?
  • Break 2100 Chesstempo tactics -- Nope, and I've stopped using Chesstempo since.
  • Know all of the 100 Endgames You Must Know by heart Not even close

I think setting "unrealistic" expectations are fine, though I think a little bit of ego caught me that year. 

Even though I've plateaued, I'm still looking to improve my game. While I do have personal goals chess goals, I'm only going to share and keep you accountable for one right here: every time I study (or even look at) an instructive position, I'm going to save it for future review! Pretty straightforward. For example, if I'm scrolling through games, and see an instructive maneuver by Magnus Carlsen that would be good to remember, I'm going to save it so I can remember in the future. Also, when I attempt Puzzle Rush, I will be sure to fish out the three I got wrong and try to learn the patterns. Checking openings for blitz games. Things like that!

Of course, I've gotta give credit where credit is due. I got the idea from IM Kostya Kavutskyi's video on training habits and really liked the way he laid out this particular method. 

My idea is that if I review something very instructive, I might not remember it in 3 months when I'm in a tournament game! That way, anything that catches my eye, I will capture, and it will be mine!

That's about it. It was brief and laconic, but have a prosperous new year!!!