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  1. 24 Dec '08 02:48
    Since New year's is upon us, I want to know what your chess related New Year's resolutions are. Last year, I resolved to reach 1900 USCF (I was 1650 then) by the end of this year; I am currently 1826 USCF- so a little off, but there is still some time . My New year's goal is to reach 2100 USCF by next year- this may sound ridiculously ambitious, but I plan on studying... a lot... how about you? What are your resolutions?
  2. 24 Dec '08 03:03
    Mine was 1700 USCF last year but I only got to 1690. So 1800 for this year. The big hurdle is actually playing more than 2 events in a year.
  3. 24 Dec '08 03:21
    Resolutions to me are pointless. I'm a driven person anyway so working out losing weight and all that is out the door. Same with chess I am constantly trying to get better and I will reach master one day. I have not focused much of my time on this site and I have played on gameknot a lot more and put a lot more time into my games over there. I'm 1882 and its the highest I've ever been. I was hoping to at least touch 1900. As for uscf I'm coming up from 856, my elementary school rating and I have 18 wins out of 24 games. I am planning on reaching expert over the board by next year.
  4. 24 Dec '08 11:32
    I feel ashamed when I see this because I did not finish even 2 books out of those planned for 2008 ...so my book queue still remains...all the other goals were met
  5. 24 Dec '08 12:36
    I dont really set goals regarding ratings - even if I did manage something like breaking the 2200 barrier it would be a hollow achievement as I would quickly be beaten back down.

    Something real that I could do is get hold of a decent Ruy lopez book and learn it properly rather then making up most of the ideas as I go, it would be handy to have a bit of a deeper understanding.

    Also, some sort of modern defence book would be useful as well, this is another opening that I have started playing more recently and would like a better understanding of.
  6. 24 Dec '08 14:18
    My main goal is to win an OTB tournament (in my rating section). Besides that I'd like to reach 1500 OTB (currently 1200).
  7. 24 Dec '08 14:46 / 1 edit
    my new year resolution is to burn all my chess opening books on the basis that they are worthless pieces of combustible nonsense in a sacrificial effigy to decency and self reliance. watch as my rating spirals downwards in a frenzy of lackluster mediocrity and downright error, only to arise as a phoenix from the ashes of disaster...ahem.
  8. 24 Dec '08 15:12
    Originally posted by chesskid001
    how about you? What are your resolutions?
    give up chess and dedicate more time to my family ;-)
  9. 24 Dec '08 15:14
    Originally posted by polux
    give up chess and dedicate more time to my family ;-)
    The best one I've heard yet!
  10. Donation ketchuplover
    G.O.A.T.
    24 Dec '08 15:22
    Double my thinking time from one millionth of a second to two millionths of a second!
  11. 24 Dec '08 16:14
    Originally posted by ketchuplover
    Double my thinking time from one millionth of a second to two millionths of a second!
    i like this, someone that i can relate to, i also play correspondence chess as if it was blitz!
  12. Donation ketchuplover
    G.O.A.T.
    24 Dec '08 16:52
    Originally posted by robbie carrobie
    i like this, someone that i can relate to, i also play correspondence chess as if it was blitz!
    Quantity over quality
  13. 24 Dec '08 17:46
    Originally posted by zebano
    The best one I've heard yet!
    you never met my wife ..
  14. 24 Dec '08 19:11
    Originally posted by polux
    give up chess and dedicate more time to my family ;-)
    Give up my family and devote more of my time to Chess!
  15. 24 Dec '08 21:35
    Originally posted by polux
    you never met my wife ..
    Or mine..