Towards Success : The First Step

Towards Success : The First Step

MiddlegamerUmesh
MiddlegamerUmesh
Jun 30, 2018, 1:36 AM |
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A long time since I wrote, isn't it?

Hello Friends!

        What was I doing all this while? Since my last blog came out, there's been a lot of change in me, as well as on chess.com. One reason I didn't blog was the bug (I think!) that lead to the blogs not being headlined. Thanks to @erik and chess.com, the problem has been solved now

        Let's not talk about why I didn't blog all this while, let me tell you about why I'm blogging now. The title explains it all, or does it? First of all, what does success mean to me?  Expert? Master? Grandmaster? World Champion? No, NO, NO! Then what? I don't know either. Looks like I'm in a muddle, right? That's not the case either. But yes, I do know there's something called success, and I also know that I need to work hard to achieve it, and in my blog, I'm going to talk about how I'm working - so let us move, and take the FIRST STEP TOWARDS SUCCESS.

        In this blog, I am going to talk about my goals, and the work I have decided to do. So, why wait? Let's go!

MY GOALS

1. To cross 1500 FIDE

2. To win a below 1500 Tournament

3. To build a complete opening repertoire

  

   And that's it! Lesser the number of goals, easier to work. When it comes to work, it doesn't mean spending hours with the chess engine. In fact, my study schedule hardly lasts for 2 hours a day. Let us take a look at what I have planned to do -

  • Study Classics
  • Tactics
  • Endgames
  • Openings

Classics

     Thanks to @logozar , I've come to know the importance of studying classics. Following his advice, I've decided to start with Kasparov's 'My Great Predecessors' series. What next? Let me complete this first .

Tactics

     My tactics training includes solving 'small tactics' for 10 minutes, and then solving difficult problems for another 20 minutes. The books I'm using are really nice, and are very handy. One is Lou Hays' 'Winning Chess Tactics for Juniors'. Though this is an outdated and forgotten book, it is really helpful for solving tactics based on theme. The other book is August Livshitz's 'Test Your Chess IQ : Master Challenge'. I hope I can finish this book perfectly, so that I can lay my hands on the Grandmaster Challenge

Endgames

     I am going to work hard on my endgames, both practical and theoretical ones. For the theoretical ones, I've decided to start with '100 Endgames You Must Know'. My aim is to learn 1 Endgame everyday, and to learn it perfectly. As for the practical endgames, I shall follow @alexcolovic's advice and get a 'feel' for the endgame by going through numerous games like those of Capablanca, and also the examples from the book 'How to Play Chess Endgames' by Muller. I hope that I can turn my weakness into a strength .

Openings

     I do not need reams of theory at my level - all I need to do is learn the first few moves and the middlegame plans of the openings I play. For this, all I shall do is go over annotated master games played in my opening. As usual, my opening prep may remain a secret!

PRACTICE

As for practice, I shall use a server other than chess.com (for my own reasons), and also analyze my games. I am not very good at analyzing my own games, so please, please, please give me your suggestions on how to do it.

That's all friends!  Do not forget to comment!

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