While getting better will certainly improve your rating, getting your rating higher does not mean you are getting better.
My goal was to get better and get my rating up to 2000, by the Feb 2007 supplement. With the 20 point loss last w-end, the chances of that happening are not so good. I only have 6 more games scheduled before the February cut-off. (Which I think will be around Jan 2-3)
I will probably be paired down in 4 of these 6 games.
The games I have scheduled are:
Three G/45 at FRIDAY NIGHT QUICK CASH - Kansas City, MO
Three(1st round bye) G/70 at McLean County Historical Museum Open - Bloomington, IL
Probably the prudent thing to do is not risk rating points by playing mostly lower rated players in these quick events. But, I enjoy playing too much and I am also trying to improve my time management skills.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, starting Jan 1, I will only have time to play in about 1 tournament a month. I plan to study more and play up when I get a chance. I will also concentrate on getting better and not worry about the rating.
Things I need to concentrate on:
- Lots of tactics (I think that tactics alone can get you to well over 2000)
- Study the type of middle games that come out of these openings
Some one was asking how I got an 1800 floor. I have that covered that here.