One of the things I’ve noticed is that I am playing a lot of chess but not studying a lot of chess. I play game after game, without really understanding what I’m doing, and I’m not getting any stronger. So, I have decided to do something radical.
I’m going to quit playing chess.
Don’t worry. I’m not quitting chess forever. I’m just going to quit playing chess for awhile. For the next two or three weeks, I’m not going to play a single game of chess. No classical, rapid, blitz, bullet, or otherwise.
Instead, I’m going to immerse myself in the study of chess. I’m going to study grandmaster games in my chosen openings, work through the books I have selected from my library that I think will give me a well-balanced study, and solve tactical positions on lichess.org.
I can already hear the objections to this. I need to play games and analyze my own games to get stronger is probably the biggest objection. My answer is: I don’t even know how to properly analyze my own games, therefore analyzing my own games could even do more harm than good at this point. I think what I need here is to do some hard work apart from just playing games, to get some good ideas in mind, and finally wrap my brain around the enigmas of positional evaluation, recognizing the most important thing in the position, creating and implementing a plan around that one thing, etc.
I’ll let you know how it’s going.