I just finished reading "Think Like a Grandmaster". Very interesting approach to chess, in my opinion, and it really made me realize something.
I don't really think when I play chess.
All of the principles outlined in that book seemed like common sense to me until I realized that I didn't actually go by them. Things like "consider all promising moves" and "focus on one variation at a time". In my play I generally just played what seemed like logical moves until tactics appeared. Those games where people outplayed me strategically were the ones that killed me, since I had no idea what to do until a tactic surfaced. I've really got to step it up if I want to do well in Nashville.
2 weeks, 3 days.
Tactics to complete:
Section 4 Circles 2,3,4,5
Section 5 Circles 2,3,4,5
Final Circle of all sections
Books to read:
Art of Attack in Chess
Silman's Complete Ending Course
In a severe state of stress and dementia