Hey there! It's been a while since I've written, but I've been keeping busy with chess things. However, I've started a new project in terms of trying to improve at chess. Basically, I'm going to play a standard time control game every day and analyze it. I am aiming for at least 5 games every 7 days so if I get busy and can't get one in, I won't get too bent out of shape. The key for me is make sure I analyze the games. The general goals of each analysis are the following:
1. Find my critical errors (and my opponent's).
2. Try to figure out what the correct move or plan is for those positions.
3. Develop a understanding of the tactical and strategic thinking I should adopt to find the correct move in the future.
4. Update/correct my opening understanding based on the game.
Here is Game 1 of my project.
Part of my idea here is that instead of playing 10 blitz games, I can play one longer game (this one was 30 minutes) and analyze it. If I do that 300 times this year and learn something meaningful from each one, then I should demonstrate some improvement.