"I shall return," as that wild and crazy General MacArthur said. Next Thursday, after an 11-week hiatus, I'm back to tournament play at the Reno CC November swiss.
Eleven months ago when I started playing tournament chess again I stated that my goal was to go from my rating floor of 1600 to 1700 by the end of 2006. In brief, I'm still at 1600 as of now. And I don't have any more study time available than I have in the recent past.
I will do what I can in the training area, but my belief is that if I just use the understanding of chess I have right now I can rise to the 1800 range. I'll be posting my thougts and the results of my efforts on this aspect of tournament play in the future.
As my hero Tarrasch said, "It is not enough to be a good player, you must also play well." I'll be putting it all out there for readers to see.