After researching chess online I have come up with a plan of action to improve my chess play. My plan consists of 3 parts.
I plan on playing chess at the Internet Chess Club ICC. I have started a membership there under the name SilverKing. I will be trying to play mostly slow games to avoid mistakes. They have a rating system there so I can follow my progress.
Most of the information that I read about chess improvement recommends practicing tactics. I have chosen a software program for my skill level to help me improve. Tasc Chess CD 2 has gotten lots of good reviews and I like the idea of not needing a chess board or a book.
The Chessmaster program that I have stresses the study of the end game. I have chosen the software Theory and Practice of Chess Endings staying with the software instead of books theme.
Method of study
After reading up on chess and chess blogs I discovered a group of people called The Knights Errant. They believe that if you cycle through the same paterns over and over you can burn them into your memory. This sounds perfect for chess improvement. I am going to try this by doing my tactics and end game software 7 times going faster each time. My goal is to finish this by September 1st which will be my 26th birthday. Becoming better at chess is something I have wanted to do for a few years now so what better birthday present to give to myself.