Rather than putting out a T-24 review last week I have decided to bisect the 6 week gap to T-20 and do a T-23 review instead. Thereafter we should revert to the four-weekly schedule.
FIDE standard: 1973-1989 (expected), +16 points
I have played three FIDE-rated games this period; a win against an 1841 in the French League, and then a draw (vs 1943) and a win (vs 2023) this weekend in the 4NCL. I was made to work very hard for that draw – 105 moves of suffering – but managed to hang on. The rating continues to move in the right direction, but the real points will be won or lost in the tournaments I have planned for the summer.
Assessment: Red (cause for concern)
I have again met my 6 hours per week target this period, and the ‘deliverables’ idea I introduced last time has meant that I am starting to make headway on Jacob Aagaard’s ‘Calculation’, which I had been putting off. Whether 6 hours a week is really enough is an open question, but given that I am also playing 2-3 evening league games most weeks and working full time it is about as much as I can manage at the moment.
Note: my study log is not quite up-to-date at the moment; I’ll try to get round to updating it soon.
Assessment: Amber (some cause for concern)
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