Many players see chess as a winter pursuit, packing up in June and then resuming in September. But in doing so they leave themselves very rusty for when the next season starts and also miss out on a golden opportunity. By staying in practice they could exploit the rust of other players and get off to a flying start!
How should someone keep their chess in shape during the summer? Well the obvious answer is to keep playing, but failing that there are other good ways to keep the engine ticking over.
First of all there are always tactical positions to solve and there are plenty of good venues for this kind of work. It can also be useful to read a good book on chess, something that you were always planning to read but never found time. Taking this with you on holiday can be a good idea; even if your schedule wouldn’t appear to allow it, what happens if you get some unexpectedly bad weather?
I recently posted a more extensive video lesson on this topic at my Tiger Chess site which full members can access here. Meanwhile let me wish you all the best with your summer preparations!