Having some time off work leads naturally enough to spending some time thinking. Not necessarily high quality thinking but this is what I’ve come up with so far (somewhat spontaneously and more for my benefit than yours and in no set order):
* The Modern Defence as the universal answer to any move by white (Steve, that’s 1…g6 regardless of what white does).
* Read a book about the Modern Defence (or just make it up as I go along – the jury’s still out on this one).
* Persist with The English as the universal white opening but with a more aggressive bent.
* Look at endgame play. Basically if I haven’t won (or lost) when there’s still a reasonable amount of material on the board then I will once we get into the endgame.
* Read more books.
* Read less shit books.
*Watch more films.
*Spend more time painting.
So this is what I have so far. Should I surmise certain facts from the fact there are whole areas of life that aren’t covered? There’s no mention of relationships, friendships and social stuff. So should I assume that all these areas are OK or just that I’m ignoring them? Maybe I’ll go and think about these things next.
The picture, BT, is of Mikhail Tal.