Originally Posted by ohsnapzbrah
I didn't start out the year playing chess, I started the year playing poker. With the fall of Everleaf, I transitioned back to chess with a main goal and some side goals.
- 1800 USCF by end of year (1649 now)
- Finish at least 2 books (currently 3/4 thru HTRYC and just starting the Starting Out: Sicilian Najdorf)
- Place in the top three of any section in any OTB tournament (best this year is T4)
- Have a winning record for the year (currently 7-7-4)
With my longterm goal being to be an "expert" >2000 USCF by end of 2013 AND establish a FIDE rating.
I'm changing my goal from 2 books to 3 books. I now see how weak my endgame play is, as so far it's cost me 1 full point. Just started Dvoretsky's endgame manual today. I read ~80 pages in it a few years ago, but it was just so daunting. 30 minutes for 3 pages (as I go through all the diagrams and analysis OTB) and I can tell you what, it WILL improve people's calculating going through the book. I already did some calculating of my own through it and you'll just see little quirks and stuff. That, and I've seen too many stronger players suggesting to improve upon and study endgames to rapidly improve.