The Start of My Journey
At this point I have played mostly turned-based games on Chess.com and my turn-based rating seems to have settled in the 1500s. I am curious as the whether or not I can achieve a rating of 2000 over time. My goal is not to become a FIDE master. That will never happen. There isn't even an opportunity to play chess competitively in my area. If that ever changes though, I will be on it.
First, I need a short range goal. Let's say that for starters, I want to get my ratings all above 1600. I know that 2000 may take a few years so I need something within reach.
Second, I need a plan for getting there. I need a training cycle that allows me to study for mostly short periods of time (I have kids). I also need a cycle that covers most aspects of the game (opening, middle, and end game). Here is the training cycle that I have come up with:
- Openings – 30 Minutes (Memorize new opening)
- Tactics/End Games –30 minutes
- Play Opening from both sides against computer
- Play Live Chess (Blitz games) – 30 minutes
- Review Games – 30 minutes
- Tactics/End Games -30 minutes
- Chess Videos – 1 hour
- Chess Mentor –15 minutes
- Strategy - 30 minutes
- Chess Visualization – 15 minutes
- Opening Review – 30 minutes (review favorite openings – not one from this week)
- Play Live Chess With Longer Time Limit
- Review and Annotate Game
Well, it is going to be a long hard road, but hopefully I will get to my destination. I welcome and encourage all the constructive criticism I can get along the way.