If you don't invest very much, then defeat doesn't hurt very much and winning is not very exciting.
I've been jumping all over the place in my studies. Time to make a plan, and set some goals. I will do all these by 11/1/2006:
1. Tactics: Reach 10,000 Chess Tactics Server problems, with 86.5% overall accuracy. I want to raise my CTS rating from 1326 to 1350.
2. Practice: Play 20 rated games against equal competition. I want to raise my Free Internet Chess Server rating from 1487 to 1500.
3. Strategy: Play through and study all 30 annotated games in Nunn's book, Understanding Chess Move by Move.
4. Endgames: Review the Rook endings in Pandolfini's Endgame book.