What went well?

  • I won all 4 of my rapid games this week, which I did not realized until I was writing this. There was one highlight that was a grind but I was able to win the endgame in 78 moves. It was hard work but I did it!
  • I got over 1300 in Daily games and over 2100 in Chess.com puzzles this week.
  • I started working through Everybody’s First Chess Workbook. I have the physical book, but I’ve been focused on the Chessable version. It is pretty easy so far, and does not take long, but I’m trying to add a section per day until I finish it, just as a bit more tactics practice. I am about 25% of the way through the book

What could have gone better?

  • I’ve been playing Blitz a bit more, all 5+5 games, which is the slowest time control to count as Blitz. I won 54% of those games. That’s still pretty good, but I feel like I could do better. I recently got over 700 in Blitz, and I would like to get over 800. I find that when I play on my computer and focus, I do much better than when I am sitting on the couch on my phone.

What will I try next?

  • Keep going with ChessMood. I have watched over 38 hours already, but I have a lot more to go. I graphed my ChessMood progress here. I am working through the Dutch defense sections of the simplified BlackMood opening.
  • I want to be careful about adding too many things, but sometime soon I would like to work on Calculation a Complete Guide for Tournament Players on Chessable.