After more than 10 years of competitive chess, some taken more seriously than others, I found myself having spent the last year or so not having played a game, picked up a book, studied any literature or solved any tactics problems.
On a couple of occasions, having picked up a couple of new hobbies whilst stuck at home for eternity, I even contemplated whether I should just give up chess entirely.
But then how do you explain to your better half, having spent the best part of a house deposit on books, various training materials and coaching that this is the case?
Thankfully, the last couple of months have seen my enthusiasm and commitment return and a project I’ve been contemplating in the back of my mind for at least the last 5 years, JourneytoFM, has taken shape.
I have set myself a target of achieving the FM title in the next 5 years. I have it on good authority I’m capable.
This blog, along with the associated social media feeds – will document the training progress and the games I play on that Journey, amongst other things.