200 points in two months.

Aug 10, 2014, 4:04 PM |

As some of you may know, I am a college student. This only gives me about two months for improvement every year. At the start of summer break, I was rated about 1550 in correspondence on here. Now, I was in a bit of a slump, but fairly soon, I expect to get that up to 1750, and by the time school starts again, I'd like to be up to 1800. 

In this blog, I'll be sharing some games from an unorganized tournament in the USA team. It's called "King of the Hill'' and the players in the two sections (1500+/1500-)play each other in an attempt to reach the top. At the start of this, I was the lowest in the group, so here's that first game.

The next game from this competition. Fairly proud of this one.

The next one is a quickie from my pet bronstein-larsen variation in the caro-kahn.

There were more, but I don't want to overload you all with too many games. My key to improvement? For the first few weeks, I memorized a game a day in an attempt to improve my visualization. Then, I started playing long games. I think this did the least for me as it was hard to always focus on analyzing. I think the number one thing that has proved helpful to me has been taking complicated games and trying to analyze and figure out the best moves. There are tons of interesting tactical ideas which you don't see if you only play on intuition. Here is a good list of positions to analyze where International Master Greg Shahade works them out with you after you analyze.