This detour might actually save me time!
After studying The Grandmaster’s Openings Laboratory , I chose not to follow Smirnov’s repertoire in his practical part. The way to study his repertoire is with a database and I think I am not good enough for that.
Instead, I chose to build my opening repertoire with books. I think it is easier to study openings with books because of the explanation of the openings. If you choose good books, the author did the work for you and you don’t have to figure out the plans. However, my repertoire is composed of openings that GM Smirnov considers good for non-master players.
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I recently created a training plan for myself, but I’ve kept on procrastinating. Then I realized that the reason why I didn’t start my training program was that I purchased a resource (The Grandmaster’s Secrets ) and I didn’t use it in my plan.
Continue reading “Detour #1: The grandmaster’s secrets”
I recently bought the book Chess Exam And Training Guide and I took the whole test in a day (it was a Sunday). The results were eye-opening! Because of those results, I decided to build my training plan so as to focus on my biggest “real” weaknesses first. Continue reading “My training plan”