Originally posted by scandium
Could really use some advice on how to get past the 1700 wall I feel that I'm stuck at and start making some progress. First a little bit on what I think are some of my strengths and weakness:
1. I have a fairly solid opening repetoire. Its not perfect and has some holes in it, but I usually come out of the opening ok. My only real blind spot is probably her improvement ideas they have. Book list to be continued in next post...........
I'm not familiar with most of the books on your list, except by reputation (and in some cases not even that). However, you seem interested in improving planning (...stuck for what to do when...) and for that middlegame books would seem to breach the gap, since your opening theory is basically satisfactory to you and your knowledge of endings is OK but not especially strong.
Another aspect which you failed to mention in your enumeration of chess skills (but suggested in your list of titles) is mating attacks.
Personally, I feel that both of these areas are among my own greatest weaknesses.
Sometimes the board calls for an attack, and knowing how to coordinate your pieces and pawns to build up an attack will in these cases give you a solid middlegame plan; and during the coordination of a mating net, the act of defense may create new targets. In other cases, where quiet positional play is called for, a different kind of middlegame planning is required; and having the books available for your examination, you may be better qualified than anyone else to decide which books offer the best coverage of such material, for a player of your strength.