When I started this blog a few months back I seemed to play a lot of everything. I wanted to play 1. e4, 1. d4, 1. c4, and 1. Nf3. I didn't want to choose one, I wanted them all.
As Black? Well, why couldn't I play the Sicilian, French, and Scandinavian against 1. e4 to go along with the KID, Slav, QGD, and maybe learn the Nimzo.
Now...well, I seem to have settled into a rhythm. I've gone back to mostly 1. e4. I have gone back to playing the Sicilian and the Slav. I may trot out some other stuff here and there to liven things up, but I don't feel the need to play everything all the time anymore. I suppose that's a good thing.
So now that I have a repertoire that I feel good about again I feel that I can really start learning the openings that I play. I know that I need to do so. In the past month I've had both my coach and Lev Alburt tell me that I needed to work on openings more.
As for tactics...I've really made some progress there. I have an app on my phone that has a bunch of simple quick tactics. The same stuff as you'd find on ChessTempo.com but since it's on my phone I solve a handful at a time several times a day. Awesome!
Tonight I am going to go read 1000 Checkmate Combinations by Viktor Henkin. A book that is awesome and also funny since there are only around 600 problems, not 1000. Ah, those whacky Russians!
So I feel that a lot of progress has been made, and there is definitely more on the horizon!