Over the last fortnight I’ve done a little over 9 hours of chess. In the first week the time was split (mainly) between a league game and analysing a couple of my games. The league game wasn’t a great success, as I ended up drawing against a somewhat lower-rated player. I played a line I had previously played against the same player, and he had prepared a forcing line which was unknown to me and took us into a very level position. In my efforts firstly to avoid falling into a trap and secondly to generate some winning chances I consumed a lot of time while he used very little, and was obliged to accept his draw offer when it came.
In the second week the majority of my time was spent playing and analysing my game in the 5th round of the club championship. I eventually managed to overcome my young and relatively inexperienced opponent, but he put up a spirited fight.
Finally, I’d like to address a question I received in a comment recently, in case others are wondering the same: ‘Given your relative lack of recent activity and progress, have you given up?’ No, I’ve not given up, but I am focusing very much on finishing the 4th and final year of my degree at the moment, so chess is currently not my top priority. It’s likely that I will have a gap year or few months after my degree to focus on chess, but what I do after uni is quite a big decision and I won’t decide on any plans for certain until after I graduate in June.