I am more than halfway there, the due date is a little more than three years away, and progress is slim to none.
What has gone wrong?
The time budget has always been infinitesimal and I have not been able to play enough slow games. That is no surprise and part of the equation from the very start. I honestly believed that my chess muscle would grow and a steady diet of tactics puzzles. The tactics muscle has improved (around 1850 at Chesstempo today) but I see no traces of improvement in my few games or in my rating.
Obviously, a lot of time have been wasted in illusionary fake training which comes in many shapes:
- Reading Chess news instead of something beneficial
- Planning, Documenting or changing your training instead of training
- Not spending enough time on a topic and not learning it properly
- Developing knowledge instead of skills
Well, it is time to be more concrete, condensed and minimalistic. Will it help? We will see!
Goals for December 31, 2012