Summing Up 2011

New Year’s Eve often gets us thinking about the future, what will we do during the coming year? I’d maintain suggest that a more productive approach is an objective analysis of what we have done during the previous year, the awareness that is generated lighting the way forward. And for this we need good records.

This is why one of my top recommendations for the chess improver is to keep a tournament diary by which are impressions are recorded at the time or shortly afterwards. Things get distorted when we see them through a fuzzy rear view mirror.

Applying this to LIFE(!) instead of chess, perhaps the best resolution is not to make abstract and random goals but instead to study ourselves via a journal or private blog. This can lead to the kind of self awareness that makes it obvious what we need to do and serves as a constant reminder when we are not doing it.


Author: NigelD

Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in St. Helens in the UK. The winner of 15 international tournaments he is also a former British U21 and British Open Quickplay Champion and has represented both England and Wales on several occasions. These days Nigel teaches chess through his chess training web site, Tiger Chess, which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos and courses. His students include his 15 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Nigel has written a number of chess books that are available at Amazon: