Tag Archives: Goals

Review – 2016

If I had to sum up the calendar year 2016, I would say it was a year of distilling my study plan and approach, and remembering there is more to life than chess. Here is a quick run-through of where … 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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Season review – 2014/2015

The English Chess Federation (ECF) yesterday published the new grades for the year ending 30 June 2015. My grade is now 108, which is 1510 Elo. Although that is still a relatively poor grade, I made really good progress since my … 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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