A new month is on us! Typically new months have brought with them new plans.
But this month I'm trying something a bit different...
This month I'm going back to the well and redoing the plan for July, with some slight modifications.
As always this remains the weakest link in my overall game. But as I mentioned in a prior post I'm narrowing things down. I will now focus on one opening at a time.
Currently I am working on the Black side of the Slav. I started doing so last month and will continue to do so this month.
I am working on some lines in the Chebanenko currently and feel reasonably confident in my abilities. I don't plan on learning everything perfectly before moving on to the next opening, but rather I want to learn enough to know what I am doing, and then I will continue to work from there until I know the main lines inside, outside, forwards, and backwards.
I will do this the old fashioned way where after playing a game I will look it up in a database to see who varied and how play should have continued. I will also be doing this with the lines I am not currently studying.
On the advice of my coach I will continue to analyze every game until I make master.
So far it is getting a little easier for me to see ideas and variations, but not a lot. This is something that I intend to continue to work at rather hard because I know it's important. I'm trying to learn to think more creatively and out of the box than I currently can, but honestly, this has been the hardest chess skill for me to learn so far. However, since I also know it will be one of the most important skills I learn I'm willing to continue working at this one for as long as it takes.
I will continue to work on quick tactics as well as endgame studies for pure calculation ability. I find myself calculating a little bit better in my games now, but still often wind up with a jumbled mess in my head.
I have been achieving winning positions against Experts lately, but am not converting those points. However, learning to calculate clearer and better will lead to exactly that.
And so that brings me to the addition for August, which has been on some of these lists in the past...
Work on Endings
I am adding this back to the mix because I know that without a solid foundation in the endgame I will never become a master. I can think of a few that have gotten away from me lately that solid endgame technique would have saved.
I think my rating would be 100 points higher right now if I played endgames at the 1800 level instead of the 1500 level I seem to.
Also, I think that this will help greatly with my calculation abilities.
So there you have it...the plan for August.
I think it would be great to hear from some of the readers of the blog on this one.
I see that I get a ton of hit each day, but I rarely get comments. I would love for this to be a dialogue more than a monologue.
Until next time!