This is my study plan for February 2022.
I saw this short video from Kostya Kavutskiy about making a study plan. He broke it down into 3 parts:
- Play: Play longer games, analyze, and learn from your mistakes.
- Learn: Do one book/course at a time. Spend 30-45 minutes on that at least 5 times a week
- Solve: 30-45 minutes a day, every day. Focus on tactics and calculation exercises
I’m going to try to follow this model this month and see how it goes.
February Study Plan
Here are my goals:
- Play 30-Minute Games - At least 2-3 games per week. Playing the moves on a physical board.
- Analyze Every Game - Combination of reviewing the game without an engine first, then using the Chess.com Game Review feature
- Play OTB - Try to play one OTB tournament this month
- Stop Playing Blitz - In the first 2 weeks of January I played 60 games of blitz. It is fun but it isn’t helping me improve, maybe making it harder to improve. I don’t think about my moves and I don’t analyze my blitz games, so I am going to stop.
I looked at my games for 2021 and it looked like when I only played rapid games my rapid rating went up (see this weekly update).
Continue reading The Soviet Chess Primer. I should be spending at least 30 minutes a day on this book, at least 5 times a week. I am taking detailed notes and playing through all the examples and games.
That’s it. The goal is to focus on one thing at a time.
|Type||Time Per Day||Tool||Course|
|Categorized Tactics||10 minutes||Chessable||Learn Chess the Right Way - Book 1: Must Know Checkmates and Book 2: Winning Material.|
|General Tactics||10 minutes||Chessable||Tactics Time 1|
|Personalized Tactics||10-20 minutes||Aimchess||“Personalized Workout” and “Tactics Workout”|
I give all credit for this Chessable method to a blog post by Alex Crompton. I set a timer for 10 minutes, review any moves from the spaced repetition algorithm, and then learn new moves to fill up the time. I also have a cheat sheet for Chessable tactic settings when I start a new course.
What If I Have A Few More Minutes?
If I have done everything above (tactics, book study, analyzing my latest game), here are some things I could do:
- Chess Steps Workbooks: Additional “solve” opportunity here. This is probably better than puzzle rush. I am currently on Level 2.
- Watch a video from my long list of videos to watch. Take notes if possible to be an active learner.
- Do something isn’t chess related! We all need to take breaks!
What I’m Not Doing
- Studying Openings - I need to focus on one thing and one thing only. For now that is The Soviet Chess Primer. At my level just following the opening principles will probably be enough. I will have to be OK with losing some games out of the opening, but that has not been a big problem at my level.
- Studying Endgames - This is an area I need help in. However, in the spirit of “only do one thing at a time” I am going to hold off on this. Likely I will move on to Silman’s Complete Endgame Course when I am done with Soviet Chess Primer.
- Blitz - I said it above, but just to reinforce: stop playing blitz.