This is the first time I am actually happy doing an update because my rating has improved very satisfactorily since the last time.
Here are the numbers:
A constant focus on tactics training along with analyzing mistakes in the opening as I have been doing for a while has helped a great deal to improve.
Other things that I want to point out that I wasn’t doing before:
- Spend time on moves: These days I always lag behind my opponents in time, and I see it as a good thing because I spend a lot more time thinking on moves than they do and so far I have only lost on one game on time. I think I wasn’t able to do this before and was guilty of playing very fast. I realized my mistake only after observing John Bartholomew’s videos where he commentates while playing live games, and I realized how much time he spends even in 15 minute games analyzing each move, and it was a real eye opener for me.
- Be ready for the grind: I have developed a mindset now where I think that the real game begins only after 15 moves or so and I try to build on my position slowly while keeping an eye out for any mistakes my opponent makes. This is also a difference in mindset from earlier where I used to be in a hurry, but now I look forward to longish games because I have some bit of confidence in my end game (for my level), and look forward to bring my opponents to the end games, and play them out that way.
At this point, I want to continue my tactic training, and focus on openings because I still see a lot of scope for improvement there. Practice is really the key for improving tactics, and I am going through Chess.com puzzles and my ART-4.0 app for that. I will be happy if I can maintain this rating by the end of the year because I know how easy it is to have a sixty to seventy point fall quite quickly so just maintaining this score for the next couple of months will be quite a good result.