2015 Chess resolutions
So after a decade of playing internet chess, I decided to take the plunge and went for my first chess lesson with a trainer. (A FIDE rated International Master ) It was great to finally talk serious chess face to face with a person. The meeting was cordial and productive. My trainer went through some tactical exercises with me and showed me some lovely chess games in which material was sacrificed for restriction. Following which some advice was given regarding the study of classical games from Capablanca, Fisher. (Which I duly went to buy a book on)
At the start of every year I like to make some chess resolutions. This year chess may have to take a back seat in view of my upcoming first child (EDD early feburary) but I hope to play at least 1 game a day.
I've come up with the following list to try to follow:
1) play 1-2 games at most per day (One as white and the other as Black)
2) analyze all my games (especially my loses!) I have a tendency to focus only on my winning games and not my defeats (Don't we all? =p)
3) read more books on the middlegame and the endgame and focus less on openings. I think this is important and key for my improvement.
4) No more gambit openings but continue to solidify my opening repertoire.
That's about it. Hopefully I can show my readers better games of chess.