My New Year's Resolutions

It's another new year again, that time of the year when we are filled with renewed hope and determination to improve ourselves physically, mentally and spiritually.

In the spirit of the season, I thought I'd blog about a few of my resolutions in the vague hope that it will encourage me to keep them, or more likely provide a record of my unfulfilled ambitions come 2013...Wink

Chess Related Resolutions

1. Join a chess club. I haven't played OTB chess competitively since Margaret Thatcher was kicked out of Downing Street - happy days! I know I would probably enjoy it, and it would definitely be good for my chess but it's difficult to drag myself out of the house in the evenings.

2. Blog about chess more. My inactive blogs litter the internet like allegedly funny pictures of cats. My blogger blog is unloved and largely unused, and even my blog has been neglected recently. I love writing about chess, so in-between writing news articles I really should make time for some blogging.

3. Play more 'live' chess. I've played a lot of turn-based games at, but I've hardly used LIVE chess up to now because I prefer to have more time to think. But with the new improved live chess, I think I should try some 30 minute or 15¦10 games to sharpen my play.

4. Use Chess Mentor more. Every time I use Chess Mentor I remember how great it is. I MUST use it regularly so less of my games look like the one below...!


Other Resolutions

1. Complete a 5k run. Last year I started a program called Couch to 5k, but stopped doing the course after 5 of the 9 weeks. Yet I got a lot of satisfaction and improved fitness out of running. If I can start again and this time finish the course, I should be able to run 5k which is no mean feat for a couch potato like me!

2. Eat healthier home-cooked meals. I stopped eating red meat around 3 months ago and I've lost about 10lbs in weight since then. Now I'd like to learn to cook more healthy meals instead of eating so much processed food.

3. Take a holiday. I haven't had a proper holiday since 2005 when I visited New York, Philadelphia and Boston (some pics here). Time to indulge myself and my wife again!

Me in Philly with the Liberty Bell


Have you made any New Year's resolutions for 2012, chess related or other? Do you have any tips to help me with mine? Cool


  • 5 years ago


    Hi, Great resolutions!

    Why not combine three together, i.e. more holidays & OTB games!, you can play abroad, 1 game a day, in great locations and your partner can enjoy some quite time when you play, and you can both sight see before the game, then blog about itSmile

    Good luck with your plans, I wish to be more ambitious!, in everythingCool

  • 5 years ago


    @ DeepGreene - I think I'll stick to a treadmill for now because it's warmer, flatter and (I've been told) easier on the knee joints!

    If I manage to keep my LIVE chess playing resolution, I'll be happy to trade blunders with you sometime Smile

  • 5 years ago


    @ oginschile - thanks! Everyone who has completed the couch to 5k program seems to have a good opinion of it.

    My brother-in-law just completed the famous Welsh "Nos Galan" 5k race in 40 minutes, and his wife did it in 30 minutes. I have some catching up to do! Smile

  • 5 years ago

    NM flashboy2222


  • 5 years ago


    These are great! I share your resolution to get more Live chess in, and I'm pretty terrible at shorter time controls (i.e. anything less than 90 minutes per side!). Look me up if you want to play a 15|10 or 30, as that sounds like a good place to start.

    Best luck with the running.. There comes a point where the runs become some of the high points of your week. Are you using a treadmill or hitting the streets/trails?

    H N Y!!

  • 5 years ago


    I've been running for a few years now, but last year my wife did the couch to 5k with pretty impressive results. It seems like a good program.

    My sister showed me up though running a 10k last year. I haven't run one of those yet so I suppose that will be my goal.

    Good luck with those goals!

  • 5 years ago


    @ brfc - thanks! The list of events is certainly tempting!  Smile

  • 5 years ago


    I think you should add an addition to that list of resolutions: Go to a Welsh Chess Congress. We don't bite (unless you play us, in which case we do Tongue out

    I'll be at the Welsh Championships and I should be at the SOuth Wales Summer Congress!

    Hope you and your family had a great Christmas and a Happy NEw Year!

    My chess resolution is to get my welsh rating to about 2050-2100

  • 5 years ago


    @ tarnowski - thanks! Happy 2012 to you too! Smile

  • 5 years ago


    Happy new year Sonof! I wish all the best also for your family :) Hope to complete third point with holiday

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