It’s time to relaunch this blog.
Why have I been away, you ask?
Well, I am now half owner of a business that runs a lot of scholastic chess events and I have private students and after school programs along with lots of weekend tournaments as a result.
So what have I been doing since I was away?
Well, in addition to the scholastic work I have been training. Not training as hard as I will be when the scholastic season ends around April or so, but training nonetheless. Every day I have been solving tactics on my phone. Mostly, though not solely, using Chessable. Chessable is an amazing website which is now owned partially by Magnus Carlsen. It’s based on the learning concept of spaced repetition and is perfectly suited for learning chess.
So what are my plans for his relaunch?
Well, I’m going back to running this as a blog to truly track and categorize my training efforts. My goal for 2020 is to make a serious run at my all-time peak rating, which currently stands at 1896.
While I typically eschew rating-based goals, this one is achievable. I just need to bring the same level of focus that I had in the past when I was rapidly improving. After drifting in and out of many chess-related ventures I now have a whole new level of motivation. Namely that the higher I can get my rating the more I can pursue serious coaching.
I should also point out that I am getting a lot of inspiration from my friend GM Elshan Moradiabadi. Since becoming a US citizen his drwam has been to play in the US Championship, and as the winner of the 2019 US Open he will be playing in the 2020 US Closed.
So I’m back, and I’m ready. I’m just like Fast Eddie.
Til Next Time,
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