Greetings players and fellow patzers.
Well I have done it. I have reached my first goal and broke 1600 here on RHP
(please note I do not have a FIDE or USCF rating, as I have not as of yet played a tournament/rated event of this stature.
I have perhaps dedicated more hours to chess than I should have, considering my status as a final year student in university,
however I feel as my time has not been spent in vain and it has thoroughly been enjoyed.
With regards to chess, I still have much more to learn, this I know.
But I have learned the following:
1 - Analyse the safety of your current position before each move/sequence of moves... this includes king safety, pawn structure, piece set-up etc.
2 - Note strengths of position, including territory held, and find ways in which to gain more territory e.g. Holding a certain key square to either solidify an attack, or weaken the threat of the enemy.
3 - Chess is a lot of fun 🙂
Ok you always have to be watching out for things,
and no matter how good you feel you are playing, there's always gonna be someone better than you coming along to whoop your @$$ and remind you that, yes, there is still more to learn,
and by beating you they are in fact helping you raise your game.
I didn't start playing online until I joined here early September.
I am now rated 1622
My next aim is to break 1800.
Hopefully see you all again with the next update in the near future 🙂
p.s. What goals do you currently have? And have you broke any recently?