Revised Reading Schedule
I've been thinking quite a bit lately about my reading schedule, and am going to revamp it quite a bit. I think that at my level (a weak Class-C player, about 1400) I need to focus on tactics and endgames. There really isn't a huge need to study and memorize opening theory quite yet; what determines the winners in the games I play is a large tactical blow or superior/inferior endgame play. I am pretty decent at tactics for my level I'd say, but quite weak when it comes to endgames. In one game, I have 2 rooks and FOUR passed, connected pawns against a rook and 2 bishops. I am finding myself in a losing situation and am not sure what has happened!
In any case, I've decided that I will study the openings as I play them in my correspondence games. Through the correspondence games, I will learn the openings I choose to play.
Here's the revised reading schedule:
Sunday (endgame) - "Silman's Complete Endgame Course" by Jeremy Silman
Monday (tactics)- "How to Become a Deadly Chess Tactician" by David LeMoir
Tuesday (strategy) - "The Amateur's Mind" by Jeremy Silman
Wednesday (studying master games/endgame) - "Capablanca's Best Chess Endings" by Irving Chernev
Thursday (tactics) - "Looking for Trouble" by Dan Heisman
Friday (studying master games) - "Tal - Botvinnik 1960" by Mikhail Tal
Saturday (studying master games) - "Zurich International Chess Tournament 1953" by David Bronstein