70 Games in 70 Days

Apr 20, 2014, 5:54 PM |

In 2002, 2003, and 2005, I participated in the World Open tournament in Philadelphia, PA. It was an incredible experience for me, and I loved every minute of it.

The hotel just oozed chess players; everywhere you looked, someone was playing or analyzing or reading about chess. You could go to the skittles room and watch german titled players playing blitz and singing drunkenly. You could go sit in the crowd and watch the top chess talent going at it live. Heck, one night I walked down the street to Denny's for dinner and STILL sat down next to a pair of players analyzing a game.

Anyway, after that, my life got busy. I finished my degree, got engaged and married, moved to a new state, started a career, and had a kid. Chess kind of took a back burner through all that. Then, last fall, I decided to get serious again. I've been fascinated with chess for years, and wanted to give it a real shot. So, I've been taking lessons with the awesome Dan Heisman, and joined a local chess club, with the goal of participating in the World Open again this summer.

Now that event is coming up quickly. Specifically, it starts 10 weeks from tomorrow. I've been pleased with how much I've learned over the past 6 months or so. I've won 7.5 points in 9 club ladder games. I'm certainly a MUCH more mature player now than I was back in the day. But now it's time to take it up a notch.

So my new goal is to play 70 long-time-control games in 70 days. I know there will be days when I miss a game, so I'll have to make up some games on the weekends. Most of my games will be 45 5 games here on chess.com. I'll also continue to play in weekly longer games, which will be good, because the time control at the world open is longer. 

My goal is not just to play a lot of games, though. For each game, I'm going to analyze afterwards and find the WORST move that I made, and figure out where in my thought process I went wrong. Hopefully, this will drill those mistakes home, and I will start making them less often.

I'll plan to post here weekly with a summary of my games from the week and what I learned. Here's to another fun World Open!