One of the things that I have historically done when I have sat down to study is…whatever I want.
In other words I rarely had a plan on how I would like to improve, but rather would often just do whatever I felt like doing at that moment. On the one hand the idea that it’s easier to stay engaged when you are doing something that interests you has a lot of truth to it. Yet on the other hand not conscientiously working on repairing weaknesses keeps those weaknesses as going concerns for much longer than they should be.
So I sat down a couple of weeks ago to make myself a rough sketch training schedule which looks like this:
Thursday: Entering My Game From That Night Into Chessbase
Friday: Game Analysis
Sunday: Gelfand (i.e. Positional Decision Making in Chess or Dynamic Decision Making in Chess.
The intent behind that is that while my main focus is Yusupov, those non-Yusupov items are still quite important. The approach I take is that Wed-Sun I may still work on Yusupov, but not until I’ve spend a bit of time on the other items.
There is some method to the madness, especially from Wed-Fri. I play tournament games at my club pretty much each Thursday, and I usually know well in advance who I will be playing and with what color. So while I don’t try to do any deep prep, I do work on whatever opening seems the most likely to be played.
Thursdays I play the games, so I can’t really study much on a Thursday. Therefore I try to at least get the game entered in to Chessbase. This takes me to Friday, which is the heavy lifting day.
Fridays are for analysis. My intention is to try to go through my games with my opponents as often as I can. Then I analyze everything as well as I can without a computer. Once that’s done I go back and check with the engine.
I’m not wholly dogmatic to this approach. For example, this past Friday I didn’t get a chance to analyze my game from last Thursday with Curt Neumann, so I analyzed it yesterday and this morning.
For the most part though, if I miss something then I wait for the following week to work on it. This may not be the best approach, but for now it seems to be the most pragmatic.
I’m curious to hear feedback from anyone as to what works or doesn’t work for you!
Til Next Time,