Recently, I’ve noticed two large failings in my chess play:
1. My opening knowledge, while possibly getting wider and/or deeper, has become inaccurate. Even in openings I am familiar with, I have started inserting moves from other variations or otherwise inaccurate or inapposite moves.
2. Some form of tactical blindness. I’ve always felt that tactics were a weak spot for me, and although I try to remedy that, I am not sure if improvement has been seen.
An example of both can be found in the game against IM Ilya Figler below. An inaccurately played opening, and then a missed tactical opportunity that should have been obvious.
To be continued.