My first blog post
I just thought I would test this blogging system out. Maybe I will remove the post later.
So I have been on here for several months now, and my rating has gradually gone up, but progress has been slow.
Since I used to play years ago, it seems opening theory has advanced, and I am often in the dark as opponents play strategies I have not seen before (or which used to be considered bad, but which maybe computers have helped reassess).
Although it is not considered cheating here, I never look up an opening during the match, and treat it as a real-world game - no external help.
Special thanks to one particular opponent who is like a coach, though I occasionally win, and another who recommended chesstempo - that and Tactic Trainer have definitely upped my chances at crucial points in my games.