2009-The Year of the Master Title

Feb 3, 2009, 1:07 PM |

This is my first post of the New Year. Let me say Happy New Year to all those I haven't spoken with already.

I have big plans for chess this year.  This is the year that I will dedicate myself to making 2200 OTB.  I have done it several times online on various sites, but I would like to work on my OTB rating.

How do I plan to do this?  Well. Beyond regular study and practice.  I plan to work on concentration drills.  My experience has been that if the game is played quickly, I tend to do better than long 2-3 hour games.

During the longer games, my mind tends to wander when I should be analyzing deeper into the lines of the game.

So I plan on on increasing my concentration on everything that I do.  For the average player, they already have alot to think about during the game.

I plan on implementing a common golf strategy in chess.  That is developing a routine when addressing the ball.  Golf players have a routine that they follow everytime they get ready to hit the ball.  If they feel distracted for any reason, they will step back, take a moment and start their routine all over again.

My routine for chess during tournament Over the Board (OTB) games will be as follows.

1. Remember the opening ideas.  What is it white is trying to accomplish in this opening/what is black trying to accomplish?

2. When I last played this opening what was the result? Was I outplayed? make a blunder? loose on time? etc.

3. How much space does my opponent have? How much do I have? What squares are we controlling?

4. Do I have any bad/underdeveloped pieces? Does my opponent?

5. Does my opponent appear nervous? Does he take breaks away from the board? Does he look comfortable with the position?

These are just some of the things I will think about when I find myself thinking about non-chess things during the game.