|Anton Smirnov deep in thought against Vasily Papin|
|GM Kazhgaleyev checks out the position of GM Khusnutdinov|
|Eugene Schon sneaking some refreshment on his way to the FM title|
To be honest, it was a little humbling finding myself so short of confidence, although not to be unexpected after the lack of work or practice I've put into chess. Are there any ways for me to remedy this? Well, actually there are, and quite simple things such as playing a little more, analysing regularly and working on a narrow but solid repertoire. At least then I should be able to maintain my level. So those will be my new year's resolutions, but of course, resolutions are there to be broken, so we'll see how I go with them.