This week the plan will be rather simple. I have one game this Wednesday as Black. It's against someone I have played several times and my record is something like one win, five losses, and four or five draws.
So since I know what opening I will be playing I will brush up a little in that regard, but mostly I am going to work on tactics and on playing through annotated games.
Last week I actually did more tactical work than I had been doing lately. It's what allowed me to find a move like Rb5 in my last game . To play through that game go here: http://www.chess.com/blog/ChrisWainscott/back-above-1700-again
I had been struggling to actually get in my tactical work. Mostly out of laziness, so I have no real excuse. But last week I finally got the work in. Clearly it made a difference.
I can also see a difference in my play that is a result of playing over so many annotated games. The difference I see is that I don't rush. I find myself building up slowly and methodically rather than rushing headlong into what may or may not be a good plan.
For example, in the game linked above I could win a pawn with 16. Bxb7 but after 16...Rb8 and 17...Nb3 my opponent would have massive comp for the pawn. So for one of the first times in my life I didn't go pawn grabbing.
So let's hope that the progress continues.