Critical self review for two years worth of games
On 09 August 2014, my chess.com rating was 1752. On 08 August 2016, my rating is 1854. So I have improved my play about one-half a class (~100 rating points) in two years.
If I were a serious player, I think I might be disappointed. But out of the 633 online/correspondence/turn-based bame I have completed, to date, 203 were unrated. I like to play for fun; to chat; to make friends; and to teach.
I am not a serious student of the game, like perhaps I should be. Call me lazy. Can me unfocused. Both are true. And I can deal with that. Hard work can make up for some lack of natural ability.
I have been working on my endgames, where I have bled away critical half points. My middle game tactics are just so-so. Part of my problem is playing too many games at once - and missing nuances in the position.
But another part is that I just do not understand facets of the game. There have been several games recently where I thought I played really well, only to find in the post-game computer review, I made many mistakes, maybe just not as many as my opponent. So that is a disconnect.
Is 2000 a realistic goal? Hard to say. I like to reach for the stars, but the bruises that come from falling back to Earth can hurt at times.