Tag Archives: Goal setting

Review – November 2016

From a chess point of view, October was a non-event. I was away on holiday for two weeks, had visitors for a few days and spent a lot of time on work (a few big tasks all delivering at the … Continue reading

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Review – January 2016

Following a fairly dismal second half of 2015 (especially the last quarter) I was downgraded on the ECF’s December ratings update to 103 (1473 Elo), a drop of around 37 Elo points. Not a disaster, but a hiccup in my … Continue reading

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Book review: “The Score Takes Care Of Itself” by Bill Walsh

I subscribe to Ryan Holiday’s reading recommendation email. His focus is on stoicism and American history, but he reads wider than that and I have found some gems through his recommendations. The latest of these is The Score Takes Care Of … Continue reading

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Review of 2015

Another year has come and gone. Another opportunity to reflect and learn presents itself. Although I feel I have made progress in 2015, that progress is not fully reflected in my rating yet. I started the year at ECF 97 … Continue reading

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Plan for the new season

The new season of regular chess started last night. Despite a severe bout of rustiness (I’m sure I heard my brain squeak at one point last night) after some dormant weeks, I managed a win against a player ranked about … Continue reading

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Hard Work Works – Inspiration from a guitar player

“Guitar Star” is a short television series on Sky Arts. It is a talent contest, aiming to find a star guitar player. I normally avoid talent contests on television like the plague, but since I do like guitar music and Sky … Continue reading

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How Great (Chess) Masters Think

Robin Sharma recently reflected on TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in a blog post entitled How Great Masters Think. As I read through the commonalities Sharma extracted from the list of great achievers in diverse fields, I could not help but think how … Continue reading

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