I have used this website as a chess blog before, but that was short lived and I made those invisible for reasons now unknown.
I think it would be fun to start posting a little more, especially now that I’ve played in a couple of OTB tournaments and am playing at a fairly high online rating.
Right now my chess.com rapid rating is about 1750, which is good for ~98th percentile.
I play 3 rapid games each day, and try very hard to win them. I make lots of embarrassing mistakes, but I do go over each of them in detail after I play them. I’ll log them here and hopefully that will make the lessons stick.
I’m working on an almost entirely new opening repertoire from what I played in my two OTB tournaments about a year ago, but at some point I’ll want to add back in more focus on middle and end games.
Right now I’m playing as white:
- 1. e4 followed by
- Italian game if e5 (mostly)
- Open sicilian if c5
- Nc3 french if e6
These make up the vast majority of what I see in rapid. Every single game I played in OTB tournaments was 1. e4 c5, so I’ll really want to dial that in before I play another.
- 1. e4
- …d5! scandi
- 1. d4
- …d5! into semi-slav