Hi everyone! This is about 15 posts overdue, but better now than never. This is the first step in the process of streamlining my blog which I outlined here. This page is the headquarters from which you can access anything on my blog. Let's get started.
What will you find here? Put simply, from here it will be no more than two clicks to anything my blog has to offer, whether you want a brutally honest look at my own games or blogs on events like Untitled Tuesday, an excellent tourney which I run with several other well-respected members of Chess.com. With each series or topic for standalone posts, I'll include a little introduction to the series here, explaining what the series is all about in two or three sentences. There will also be either a link to the actual introduction, which will contain links to every single post in the series, or a link to each individual post after the introduction here.
Now for the actual post links.
Blog News and Announcements is everything important that I need to say relating to the blog but which doesn't really belong in a post, whether it's a new series, an introduction to something, reorganizing, or just thanking all of you for reading my blog.
My Annotated Games is exactly what it sounds like. My more interesting games, annotated thoroughly. Usually there's a particular variation or part of the game that I point to as the reason for posting it, and I talk a little bit about the game afterwards. The complete list is below.
Why Players Plateau (referred to as WPP in the posts) is a brutally honest, but refreshing look at why chess plateaus exist, and why I had one in the 1400s just months ago. To some degree it reflects my belief that lower-rated players are misunderstood, and there are often good reasons why they blunder or botch endgames, but at the same time it stays true to the "brutal honesty" manifesto, offering up my bloodiest and most graphic examples in order to break down the stigma surrounding lower-rated players and have a lot of fun too. The pure and simple truth is this: there are many reasons chess players blow games, and they are all interconnected.
Everything Openings is exactly what it sounds like: an ongoing series on all things opening theory. You won't find super-deep GM theory here, however. As always, there's a focus on opening theory from a class player perspective, featuring the many benefits of opening preparation other than the +/=.
Concrete Problems is about, well, concrete problems, the situations where you make the nastiest mistakes and the struggle to solve just one more problem than your opponent.
Endgames is the section for any endgame I'm currently looking at, whether from a master game or my own.
Tactics is the section for all things tactical, usually tidbits from my games which I look at more deeply in the blog post.
Puzzles is the section for any posts which consist mainly of puzzles designed to test and improve upon your skills.
EVENTS AND TRAINING JOURNAL:
Events is the section where I chronicle events I've played in or observed.
Training Journal is the section where I write about every regarding my own training. You'll find blogs on particularly important chess lessons I had here as well as anything that I'm doing to improve at tactics, endgames or some other area.
As always, thanks for tuning in. I'll have this at the top of my sidebar soon enough so that you can access it any time you need to, and it will be continuously edited every time I post.