This summer is make-or-break for the ‘road to Grandmaster’. No, I don’t expect to make GM (or close) in three months, nor is there technically any time limit on my ambitions, but if I don’t make significant progress now then I doubt I ever will.
With that in mind, I intend to dedicate July, August and September largely to chess improvement. I’m open to suggestions on how best to use that time; in particular if anyone knows of any good chess camps or training opportunities I’d be interested to know. In the absence of any special opportunities arising, my basic plan is as follows.
Aim for 40 hours’ study per week. This time will be split roughly evenly between opening, middlegame and endgame training, with plenty of tactics problems. However, I don’t intend to try to divide the time up too strictly as I think that can decrease productivity.
I also plan to play in several tournaments. Ones I’m considering include the 11-round British Major Open in late July and early August, the e2e4 Uxbridge International in mid-August, the Paignton Congress in early September, the e2e4 Sunningdale Congress in mid-September and the e2e4 Gatwick Premier at the end of September. I’m also open to the idea of travelling to a tournament or two in mainland Europe (if my bank balance is healthy enough).