I just wanted to start this little blog. Its so awesome that Chess.com gives us this tool. What I write here will be permanently etched in the internet. In twenty years when I have mastered this game I can look back and grin and hopefully somebody in my shoes can learn from it. I think that all success starts with goals so my first chess blog will be the goals that I wish to achieve, with a deadline. A goal without a deadline is merely a wish.
Goal 1: Beat the 1600 computer on Chess.com without takebacks, five times in a row in one session. Reasons for goals are the fuel to the fire. I want to do this because beating it five times in a row proves that it is not a fluke. It will give me an idea of what my rating is. Deadline: 9/5/11.
Goal 2: Memorize mainline of the following openings 15 moves: CaroKann, Tarrasch, QGD, e4, French, Reti, English. Reason? Tactics come from position. If I know the main lines from these openings, it will give me a solid foundation of having correct position. Deadline 8/5/11.
Goal 3: Learning activity goals: 1 video per week minimum. 30 tactics per day. 3 chess mentors per day. 3 games online with similar ratings 15 minutes each Saturday morning. Blog minimum once a week.
I believe that these are aggressive goals but I plan to stick to them. Why do I want to be good at chess? So that I can be viewed as a demigod among my friends and hustle them out of their lunch money =)