- Learn the Sicilian Taimanov
- Work on Calculation
- Work on Analysis
- Study Fischer Games
Learn the Sicilian Taimanov
I did start to read The Sicilian Taimanov: Move by Move by John Emms. And in fact, as noted in an earlier post I sort of play a Taimanov. I didn't play much of one, but I did do some groundwork at least. I feel comfortable in some of the positions since I am comfortable in the Scheveningen lines already.
Work on Calculation
I didn't specifically do any calculation-related drills (i.e. solve endgame studies) but nevertheless I have noticed that my calculation skills are improving. I find myself having an easier time more thoroughly examining lines. I also seem to find candidate moves much easier than I was.
I am fairly certain that this is a byproduct of the hard work I have put in on analyzing my games.
Work on Analysis
I didn't do as much as I would like, for no other reason than I have the last two games I have played unanalyzed to date. I did some post mortem work on them, but nothing in depth and they aren't even in ChessBase.
So lots of work to do in this area, but I did some of what needed to be done and can see the results paying off so far.
Study Fischer Games
This one I did very little of. One of the down sides to reviewing so many books is that I don't really have as much time to chose what I am going to study on my own. That's not necessarily a bad thing since I get to study some truly amazing stuff. For example, I am currently working on the newly released algebraic edition of Alekhine's best games.
So this area was a total failure.
Nevertheless, September saw my first shot at making Class A, and even though I fell a little short I know that getting there is just around the corner. I will make it as long as I keep doing what I have been doing.