Progress Report: The first 50 Games

Sep 5, 2012, 9:44 PM |

I always liked chess.  I'd take it up here and there, buy a few books and get crushed by the computer a few times.  That would be it.  I never saw a good avenue to improve.  It seemed like I enjoyed reading articles about how to improve more than actually playing.  About a month ago I got the bug again and looked for a place to play online.  I came across and was impressed by the learning materials.  I also liked the way the study plans were laid out.

I started doing lots o tactical problems every day and working the study plans getting through the openings section for beginners.

After a few days I got up the nerve and started playing rated games. Losing a lot more than I won I still felt like I was learning quite a bit. Eventually something clicked... I won 6 in a row and 8 out of 10.  After 50 games I'm 26-24 and my rating is just touching 1000.  I have some games where I got trounced and some others I'm genuinely proud of.

Overall I'm happy with the progress.  Still studying a bit every day.  Long term goal is to reach 1200 in 6 months.  I hope that is reasonable.