What went well?

  • I have been doing extra tactics lately. Every day I do at least 25 puzzles from chess.com in the “custom” category where I set the range to around where I am (-100 and +200). I am starting to notice that I am getting more and more correct! I have been doing this for at least 2 weeks now.
  • In addition to tactics, my streak continues with other areas as well. I have used Chessable every day for 96 days and Aimchess every day for at least 2 months. The consistency of doing at least a little bit each day makes a big difference.

What could have gone better?

  • I got pretty sidetracked with a new (chess-related technology) project. That really took my focus away from regular training.
  • I have not been playing my best during games this week. I only won 2 of the last 10 games. I am trying a new opening, so I expected more losses, but I am losing on both sides of the board, not just white for my new opening. I feel like I have been pretty distracted during games lately.

What will I try next?

  • Get back to studying master games
  • Get back to doing some basic opening review
  • Work on my focus during games… somehow