Okay, it’s probably about time to state what the next step is.
The next step is 1900, and then Expert. Yes, it’s well known, but it’s probably time to make that next climb up the mountain. Time to let go of the safety of the current ledge, the last few grains of the 90 minute hourglass, and strike up that ratings mountain.
I just played this game on FICS, which is a teency bit of inspiration, since I haven’t written anything else for this glorious Memorial Day weekend. 🙂
And you know what making Expert means….it means taking down a Master! Well, really the goal is to make Master, but Expert would be a huge step toward leaving the small pond, and playing in bigger and better tournaments in the Open section.
Sounds far out there, I’m getting dizzy just thinking about what that entails. But it is possible and achievable, right?! 😉
One thing that keeps smacking me in the head is that better players have an improved feel for the dynamic. This is what Katar has, this is also what IM Greg Shahade has. I watched a few of his videos on the Anand-Topalov match, and players like this, their radar goes off at the slightest whiff of a king-hunt.
When I get time, I want to solve tactics puzzles OTB, which I haven’t done in a while. Most of them involve mates and that seems to be a top priority to improve on.