My plan for today had been to go play in one of Hiro Higuchi’s quad’s. It’s a G/60;d10 event, so while it’s faster than I prefer, it’s certainly slow enough to play a solid game in.
Unfortunately for some reason I just could not fall asleep last night. It was somewhere between 4-5am when I finally drifted off. So I had to change my plans and not go.
This means I will end the year at 1774, 25 points below where I began it at 1799.
However, aside from the rating, I feel like this was a solid year for me. I can tell by the way I’m analyzing and annotating games that my understanding has increased quite a bit.
While I haven’t been as consistent as I would have liked to be, I have been putting in a reasonable amount of work. I have been putting in at least an hour, typically closer to 90 minutes, around five times a week. This is in addition to solving tactics on my phone and watching broadcasts of strong events where I analyze and play some guess the move.
For the past week I’ve been working extremely hard since I had some time off. So for the past seven days I’ve been putting in more like 5-7 hours a day. That will continue through Monday, and then I go back to work Tuesday.
I’ve been trying to vary the work a bit, but include a lot of solving. Tactics, Yusupov, Aagaard, etc.
I’ve also been working fairly hard (relative for me) on my openings. While I am not, and never will, work on memorizing for the sake of memorizing, I have been working on learning more theory and figuring out how it applies to the plans in the positions I play.
I am also narrowing my repertoire with the idea that I will learn my openings deeper this way.
All in all I feel like I had a solid year as a player. There are certain things that I don’t think that I did enough which I believe impacted the rating, but I will discuss those in my 2018 preview post, coming up next!
Til Next Time,