In one month I will be playing in the NC Open, my first real and big tournament of my chess career. I am excited and nervous. I have been studying up on tactics and working on some opening lines. Currently, I have even picked up a book on strategy.
My current rating is 1251(P25). However, after playing and losing to IM Battaglini and drawing with a 2076 player both felt that I was playing around 1800 strength. I understand that 1800 is still not that great of a player but considering what my rating says and what my play is saying, I feel that is a big jump.
My biggest weakness as of right now is not knowing how to think and not following through with variations in my head. I also do not know where to lead my thinking in any given position. Whereas a few years ago when I was playing stronger than now I would know because I was playing and studying all the time.
Hopefully, I will be strong enough to win my section and if not then I will study and work harder for the next tournament (I am still unsure when that will be).
I plan on uploading my games after each round or at least after each day with full analysis of my games.