I thought I would just drop in a quick post about my goals since I recently invited other similar newbies like myself to follow along with this blog.
So I'm in my mid-40s, and I recognize that I will never become a grandmaster. Fortunately, I'm not looking for that.
I have always enjoyed the game of chess and have studied it off-and-on for years. But I always felt like I never got better, so after a few months I would drop out. The last time I was playing seriously a few years ago, I was actually starting to improve. I found myself looking for forking and skewer opportunities, which was definitely an improvement for me.
And here I am again! A few weeks ago, I started to get serious again for chess. So what does "serious" mean for me? At best, an hour per day; at most. I'm a busy professional, so I doubt I can commit any more time than that. Oh to be 8 years old again and have hours and hours to play chess with a mind exceptionally better at learning than this old man! LOL Yeah, those days are forever gone. So I just want to see improvement.
So my goal is to get up to about 1200-1400 or so in the next year. As I write this, I'm bouncing around 600-800 which I think is what you get if you manage to put the pieces on the board in the right place. LOL
What am I doing to go about this? I will write more about that later.
Thanks for reading.