Well, its 2015, and I can’t wait for the new year. This will be a big year for me, as I will graduate high school , and by the end of the year, will attend college. While school has been a top priority for me, I still have goals for my chess career before the year ends. Here are my New Year’s Resolutions:
Break the Top 40 for eighteen year olds nationally
I finished 2014 ranked 53rd among all 18 year olds with an official rating of 1993. Now rated 2040, I should have a small jump for January. Hopefully I can cross this goal off the list sooner rather than later.
Win the Virginia Scholastic Chess Championships
I’ll definitely be an underdog, but I’ve been a competitor for my section since 3rd grade. I’ve gotten 8th place in the last two years, but if I can correct my mistakes from my past two appearances, I definitely can do better. With this being my last year of eligibility, there’s no reason to not work towards the state title.
Beat a Titled Player
I drew my first Life Master at the Washington Chess Congress (rated 2293) and my first FIDE Master at the Northern Virginia Open back in November (rated 2480), and I’ve been getting consistent results against Candidate Masters. My openings have become more concrete, and I think a win can’t be that far off.
Become Candidate Master
This is a short term goal, but I believe its fairly realistic. I have two of the five norms from solid performances at the Washington and National Chess Congresses.
Coach my chess team to another National High School National Championship
This will be difficult, but this year, we will have at least four players in the U1600, U1200, and U800 sections. Last year, our team won the U1200 section with seven players, but since our championship victory last year, our team has seen a wider spread of ratings. Depth may be an issue, but if any group can win in back-to-back years, it’s these guys.
Reach National Master
This is the hardest one on the list, but I believe I can gain 160 rating points by December 2015 to reach 2200 and earn the title. I’ve been playing a lot of higher rated players recently, and I definitely feel my understanding of chess to come together more than ever before.
Those are my goals for 2015, feel free to share yours! Happy New Year!