Now that I have explained the various aspects of my chess study plan, I thought it would be worth showing an example of what this looks like in summary.
I allocate around two hours per day to chess and a typical week of study would look like this:
Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday:
- Endgame: 45 minutes
- Tactics: 15 minutes
- Opening: 30 minutes (60 minutes on Saturday)
- Watch, study and make notes of a video on GM Davies’ Tiger Chess Building an Opening Repertoire course (25 minutes)
- Play through one or two lines of my opening repertoire (5 minutes)
- Strategy: 20 minutes (45 minutes on Sunday)
- Watch, study and make notes of a video in the Strategy Course on Tiger Chess, or in the Members’ Clinic series on the same site
- Visualisation: 5 minutes
- I did not specify this as a separate aspect in my study plan overview, but will make a post about what I do here, later.
- Tactics and Visualisation only: 20 minutes
- Play Over The Board competitive chess game: Around 3 hours if it goes to the flag, which it often does.
- Endgame: 30 minutes only
- Tactics and Visualisation as usual: 20 minutes
- Review Wednesday’s game: 60 minutes
Two hours per day make fourteen per week, make 728 per year. At that rate, 10,000 hours is a long way off, but I feel I use the two hours per day well. Only time will tell what effect it has on my quality of play. Watch this space!