Review – August 2016

I made an undertaking last month, and guess what? I stuck to it. Yes, August was officially the first month in 2016 where I did not change my study approach!

That said, I did not spend a lot of time on chess in August. Other priorities in my professional and personal lives kept me very busy and I had ten days away. Being away from chess always creates this peculiar feeling in me. I am not sure if it is a feeling of being rested, or one of apathy towards chess. It feels as if I can take or leave chess and not care either way. Very odd, since I certainly don’t want to give up on playing or improving. Fortunately the regular season starts within the next month or so, and I’m sure that will perk up my enthusiasm.

Here is the dashboard that sets out my activity over the past few months.

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My focus in September will be to

  • complete the opening repertoire capturing so that I can move onto the next phase of committing my repertoire to memory and understanding it,
  • hit that tactics target and shoot well beyond it,
  • hit that endgame study target of 50 pages of Pandolfini’s Endgame Course
  • get the most out of the Yusupov book. It is tough going, but I suspect it will pay good benefits over time.


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