Continuing the recent thread looking at my previous performance I have now looked at how my rating (grade) has changed on an annual basis. Interestingly my best year was way back in 2002 after which things went downhill for a few years. Mostly I attribute this to the large amount of voluntary work that I was doing which took spare time away from chess.
When I look at the ICCF rating chart which reflects each rating period of 3 months, the chart is quite choppy with ups and downs. By looking at the data on an annual basis it is quite pleasing to find a nice four year positive trend. However it is disappointing to see that over the last 17 years there has been a slow increase of some 200 rating points.
Hopefully we can keep on the positive path and reach that 2300 goal in a year or two from here.