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# My Chess Preparation

Sep 21, 2017, 9:57 PM 6

Hello Chess Lovers! As the title suggests, in this blog, we are going to go through my preparation or an amateur's preparation plan for an upcoming tournament in my city next week. I am going to tell you guys my plans for preparation but these are not just my plans. These are an example of how every amateur's and club player's plans should be. Without further ado, lets see what these 'ideal amateur plans' are.

Where should I focus?

If you remember from one of my previous blogs, I said, that the aspects where you should focus on are your weaknesses and you can know your weaknesses by Analysis. From the Analysis of my recent tournament games, I have found out that my main weaknesses are my Opening and my Endgame. I kept running out of theory very early in the game and drew 2 winning endgames. Therefore, my main focus will be on my opening and endgame. I am not going to devote separate time to my Middlegame and study it while looking at games on Openings. As usual, I am going to devote half an hour of my time to solving problems and tactics.

The Opening

I plan to study Openings from a bunch of books I have about the Openings I want to study. I'd better not reveal my openings as who knows? One of my opponents might read this blog, and I don't want to keep running into everyone's prep .

The Endgame

I am going to study endgames from Dvoretsky's 'Endgame Manual'. The list goes like this - 1 pawn endgame, 2 knight endgames, 2 bishop endgames, 5 rook endgames, 3 queen endgames.

Problem Solving

Just a few weeks ago, to me, problem solving meant only solving tactics, but I got to know that calculation and positional problems are also important.So, I am not only going to do tactics, but also exercises that require you to do calculations and find the best move in a given position, be it tactical or not. For tactics, I am going to do tactics from the books - 'The Art of Chess Combination', and '1000 Checkmate Combinations' and calculation and positional problems from the books - 'The Best Move' and 'Perfect Your Chess'.

Credits

I've been blogging for a while but never given credits to anyone. Therefore, I'd like to apologize to everyone who deserve credits. Anyway, my first credit goes to chess.com because it is only because oh chess.com that I am able to blog. The next credit goes to member @kirkwood for giving me the Top Blogger status. I would like to thank @Aknight2love specially because it is only because of his great advice that I got to know that problem solving is not just about tactics. @SamCopeland also deserves credits as most of the books I am using were suggested in this blog. Some credits also go to my coach for teaching me to analyze my own games and how to prepare for a tourament. So, a big 'THANK YOU' to all these members .