Starting out for the month I stated these goals...
So how did I do? Well, I actually think that I did fairly well.
I did learn how to mate with two bishops. While I don't think that I could do it in the minimum number of moves in a given position I know I could do it in less than 50. So I'll take it.
Strong opening prep. This is the area in which I feel like I fell down the most. My goal was to prep the White side of the Worrall in the Ruy Lopez and to prep the Black side of 1...e5 against the English. I did some prep on the White side of the Worrall. Not a ton, but some.
I didn't do any prep with 1...e5 against the English. Perhaps I will work on that this afternoon, but even if I do I won't have reached that goal.
I am starting to realize that in order to really prep my openings I am going to need to play a lot more speed games online. I need to work in a ton of 10-15 minute games. How else can I truly make sure that I am understanding and memorizing the openings I want to play. I don't get enough reps in right now to make a difference, and that must change.
Rook endings. I worked through 20-30 pages of IM Minev's book A Practical Guide to Rook Endgames. I should have gone through more, but if I keep this up then I will get to where I need to be.
Continued tactical work. This is something I did. Using my iPhone for this has really helped. It makes it so that I can knock out 5-10 puzzles whenever/wherever I feel like it.
So how do I feel about the month overall? I feel OK. Like I did enough to work towards improving, even if perhaps not as much as I would have liked to have done.
On the grading scale I'd say May was a B-