What went well?

  • Studying checkmates on chessable is enjoyable. I am doing the spaced repetition until I don’t have many to review and then add on another set of checkmates. I think this is making me look for mates easier, but I’ve only studied a handful of patterns so far.
  • I won 8 out of 16 30-minute rapid games this week. 3/4 of the games were against higher-rated opponents, but I still managed to increase my rating slightly this week.

What could have gone better?

  • I am getting more challenging opponents, which in general is good for learning. However, it is making for more challenging games and I am starting to run into time trouble in 30-minute games.
  • I am getting a little overwhelmed with how much there is to learn. I know that I just need to go slow and steady, but I am having a little bit of a panic attack thinking about getting ready for a tournament in 3 months.

What will I try next?

  • Don’t try to do too much. Focus on a small set of improvements instead of trying to do all the things.