My Improvement Plan Part 2

My Improvement Plan Part 2

Jun 22, 2011, 1:51 PM |

"No. Try not. Do... or do not. There is no try" -Yoda

So here it is finally! This is my study plan for the next few years. I've been working on this for a couple of days and have now created what I'd consider to be a solid routine. Part 1 and the forum thread concerning this can be found here and here if you wan to read them but it's not really nessecary. Instead of specific time limits ( E.g 30 Tactics), I will use time units instead. So if you have less time to study chess then one unit for you might be 15 minutes whereas a national level player would have units in hours. This blog is mainly for me to track my progress and motivate myself to stick with this plan




Day 1 

  •  1 unit tactics
  • 2 units studying endgame 
  • master game studied using the chess solitaire method ( where you try to guess the next move and compare your guess with the move actually played. I only study one game because for this I plan to work thoroughly, spending at least a minute on every move)

Day 2

  • 1 unit tactics
  • 2 units studying middlegame, review 1 annotated game
  • Play 30 minutes of blitz chess on CHESScom

Day 3 

  • 1 unit tactics
  • 2 units studying openings
  • 20-40 master games studied with the Silman method ( Blast through them and try to learn one thing each game. Games can be grouped according to player, opening or theme.


For Opening study:

For openings I will take the following steps learning a new opening or sideline.

  1. Identify the opening/sideline and use MCO to learn basic theory.
  2. Go over master games played in this line
  3. Analyze it alone or with a friend to understand it deeper
  4. Insert it into opening tree on Chess Position Trainer

If there are no new openings to learn that day I will

  1. Check for new developments in lines I play
  2. Go over master games in lines I play
  3.  Watch opening-related videos on CHESScom such as David Pruess's Series On Development


For Middlegame study:

Read/watch/do a book/video/ChessMentor Course

I will update when I have finished something.

Reassses Your Chess -Jeremy Silman ( Currently reading )

My System-Aron Nimzowitztch ( Next)

I will also read the article of the day.


For Endgame study:

Read/watch/do a book/video/ChessMentor Course

I will also update here

Silman's Complete Endgame Course up to and including ClassB. Including puzzles ( Currently reading)

 Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual Blue Text Sections. Including puzzles and tragicomedies. ( Next)

Puzzles in Fundamental Chess Endings related to what I learnt from the Manual ( Next)

Will also read the articles of the day 


For annotated games I am currently going through

Logical Chess Move by Move-Irving Chernev ( Currently Reading) 


 Thats it!