Chess goals for the rest of 2010
No, while I'm not going to read the 'Idiot's Guide to Chess' (although at times I'm sure I could use some of the information, I have decided to make some goals for the remainder of the 2010 year. So far, this is what I've decided are my goals.
1. Learn 5 new openings, in-depth. I'm still not good with openings and I don't believe that I take a big enough advantage in the opening portion of a game, so I'm going to try and spend time each month studying a new opening, and playing live chess using ONLY that opening, in hopes of really understading it's strengths and weaknesses.
2. Join the local, Atlanta Chess club and attend reguarly. I've looked them up online at http://www.atlantachessclub.com/, and they meet every night but Monday, and organize many tournaments.
3. End the year with a rating over 1500. I don't think it'd be THAT difficult to do this, I really just need to put in some more time and effort into my games to achieve this kind of goal. I know that one of my biggest problems is that I'm not patient enough and so I make the move that at first looks right, but more times than it, the move I make is nothing short of a giant blunder.
4. By the end of the year, I want to have over 1,000 tournament points on Chess.com. Now, this is going to be a struggle for me, because it requires me to join MORE tournaments and play MORE games, which with my busy schedule will be more difficult. But this is something that I think would signify that I'm both playing a lot of tournaments AND that I'm performing well in them.
5. To achieve 500 wins on my account on Chess.com. This will also be difficult, especially if I'm playing anything other than 24 hours/move games, but again, this will only require me to be dedicated, patient, and really take the time it requires to win.
Nothing in life, and especially in chess, is easy.