Another year has past. I put the finishing touches on my 2008 page on my tournament record Excel workbook, and opened my 2009 page. The year ended the same way it started with my rating at 1700, but unlike the past few years, my rating actually moved around a lot as I had some very good results. Unfortunately more often then not, the good results would be followed by some not so good results. I played a little less in 2008, yet I won and drew more games then I did in 2007. Maybe there is hope for me yet. :-)
What will 2009 bring?
4400 tournament games?: I'm only 21 games away from 4100. Given my past few years 400+ games pace I might even hit 4500.
New states to play: Tennesee is a definite when I play in the Parents & Friends at Super Nationals in April. Indiana is a maybe if I play in the US Open in August. Who knows what other states may appear on the radar.
Chess Improvement: I make no promises on this one, but I am really going to try to study more this year. I want to come up with specific things I can do in a set amount of time. Some days I may have more time then others.
How would you spend your time studying if you had:
Tae Kwon Do: Okay it's not chess, but I think a lot of the challenges I've faced in that have helped me with chess. I started the year as a no belt. (Our school makes you in your white belt.) I have progressed to purple belt. Now it gets harder to move on. A lot more is expected as one makes their way closer to black belt. Everything has to be sharper, and the forms become more complex. I went through six levels so far. There are three more (brown, red and bodan) before black. I aim to make bodan by this time next year. Black belt will be a 2010 goal.
Thanks for sharing 2008 with me. Hopefully 2009 will be even more interesting and exciting.