2) Studying the Classics:
Do you have chess books lying around the house that you haven’t had time to go through? Now is a good time to get acquainted with any chess books you’ve been putting off. I have a habit of starting and stopping with various books, but I do love the feeling of completing a games collection. I find it’s a good way to pick up new positional patterns and also interesting ways of thinking about certain chess positions. With good annotations, you can get inside the thought process of very strong players.
I am currently going through GM Anand’s ‘My Best Games of Chess,’ which I very much enjoy. Vishy does a good job, in my opinion, of not overdoing the variations while still getting to the heart of a position. His clear explanations as well as his sense of humor are both things I enjoy. He is quite candid about how he came upon certain ideas in his games (and what he missed).You can follow along the games with a physical or digital board, or you can tie this into strategy #1 by going through it ‘blindfold.’ If you go this route, use diagrams in the book as reference points (my preferred method). Overall, I think reading games collections of great players is not only a lot of fun but it can prove very useful for helping with strategic understanding.
Feel free to share book suggestions in the comments. If you have questions about a certain genre of book (or recommendations by level), ask away!