Amended: Chess Goals for 2016

Mar 6, 2016, 4:40 PM |

In an earlier goal list for 2016, I made some very specific goals which have not helped me reach my full chess potential. 

Therefore, I am amending my previous goals to be more clear, and I am also adding new goals.


1. Do 5 hours of tactics every week for the entire year. 

2. Study 5 Master's Games per week, and annotate a few.

3. Further study the French Defense, Benoni Defense, London System, and the Noteboom, and learn their main plans and ideas.

4. Analyze every long time control game that I play.

5. Try to reduce the number of pieces and pawns hanging in the game.

6. Study and master up to 1800 level endgames from Silman's Complete Endgame Course.

7. Improve overall strategic awareness in all phases of the game.

8. Get used to playing with and against isolated pawns in the middle/endgame.

9. Reach 1700 Elo playing strength before September 2016.

10. Make a blog post recording my progress every month.


If you don't already do it, goal setting is a very good way to improve in chess. It allows you to know what you need to focus on, and to record your progress on your journey there.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below!