Knowing your exact Chess weaknesses and strengths
I have been playing chess for over 10 years now, competitively on and off, but I seemed to have reached a plateau around 2000. One of my biggest problems was that I just had no idea what areas of my chess I needed to improve on in order to get to the next level.
We have spent a lot of time addressing this issue in the Chess Mentor product recently. Each lesson in Chess Mentor is tied to one or more "Themes" which you can search on in the custom training tool mode. Based on how you do in each theme, you are given an avg score for that theme so you can really see where you're weaknesses are. I had an assumption about where I needed the most work, but after going through about 100 lessons, the stats have confirmed this.
Below is just a piece of my progress report/stats page from Chess Mentor and I can see that my endgame themes are pretty well understood, but at the bottom of my graph (not really visible in the picture below) it shows that my strategy is only like 30-40% scores on average, so thats something I really need to focus on. I get to parts of the middle game and I have a hard time coming up with a good plan on how to take advantage of pawn structures, weak & strong squares, piece inbalances, etc.
Anyone else using Chess Mentor should definitely check out the new Progress Report page. Very useful!