Path To Chess Prosperity #13: Tough Losses = Deep Motivation!

Path To Chess Prosperity #13: Tough Losses = Deep Motivation!

EOGuel
EOGuel
Jan 8, 2018, 5:56 AM |
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Hey guys! This post will be a brief one (though historically, my "brief" posts are not very brief! ).

Anyways, I had this tournament yesterday, and I was disappointed to lose my round 1 game to a 1236. It was extremely frustrating to swallow, though I was able to recover with a 2.5/3 score in the subsequent rounds. My rating dropped from 1721 -> 1704. 

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My rating went down this time, though I believe I will recover my lost points soon!

All that to say, I also believe as frustrating as this loss was, it did add some motivation, and sounded alarm bells in my head. I feel that I was not mentally prepared for the event. I think fixing that will take a few steps, including to be more productive during my studies. I also plan on playing more longer training games and analyzing them if possible. Anyways, I will tell you guys more about the tournament tomorrow, as I will inform you of my study plan.

Before I proceed, one major change I made to my study routine is that for now, I will not be using Chesstempo. I decided that standard tactics did not quite fit my style, as it can be pretty slow-paced for me, and when I get a problem wrong, it is extremely frustrating. And I am simply not having very much fun on Chesstempo. I would encourage you to check out the video below if you have not already.

And though, I may or may not be a beginner in this context, I really liked Magnus' last point to simply have fun, and as far as chess improvement goes, do whatever you enjoy doing.

I decided to revert back to tactics trainer, and have actually been doing quite a bit of it over the weekend. My rating is roughly 2000. 

Here is my rough training schedule. I will be accumulating some of my usual training time to analyze my tournament games. 

MONDAY:

  • 20 minutes tactics
  • 20 minutes endgames
  • 20 minutes analyze tournament games (plus any other possible free time)

TUESDAY:

  • 20 minutes tactics
  • 40 minutes analyze tournament games
  • Any free time spent analyzing master games (more on that in a future post

WEDNESDAY:

  • 20 minutes tactics
  • 20 minutes endgames
  • 20 minutes analyze tournament games
  • Any free time spent studying Silman's How To Reassess Your Chess

THURSDAY:

  • 30 minutes tactics
  • 30 minutes analyzing tournament games
  • Any free time spent studying Silman's book.

Friday, I will give myself a "free day", to possibly catch up on some work or do... I guess whatever I want chess-wise.

I hope you enjoyed this "brief" post. I may submit my tournament games Friday, and update you guys on my study plan Sunday.

Let me know if you have questions or comments! Until then...