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stephen902
What percentage of time committed to playing chess should be part of overall training in your opinion?

Assumptions: 15-25 hours a week to study. Goal is to improve. Rapid games with as much analysis as can be reasonably done.

Thanks for thoughts
KeSetoKaiba

In my opinion it really depends from person to person based on their learning style and preferences as well as other factors like their level of motivation or their personal schedule. 

You can experiment a bit with ratio of study time to playing games, but the key is to make sure you are getting a mix of both. In my case, sometimes the lines blur as my study is play and my play is study such as when I play rated games on chess.com, yet then analyze each game briefly before beginning the next game. It then becomes difficult to quantify what exactly counts as "play" and what counts as "study."

CenterMass51075

80% study; 20% play.  Forums & social media do not count as study.

Try:  day 1--study 3 hours; day 2--play 2 games, self-analysis before engine analysis after each game.   Identify topics to work on (opening, strategy,  tactics & calculations, end game).  Day 3 & 4 repeat, 5 & 6 repeat.  15 hours per week.  Add longer study periods, extra game, physical exercise, etc.  Make it fun, but serious. 

XOXOXOexpert

I play 1 10|0 game a day and then review it.

Afterward, I play 10 mins of tactics.

Once a week, I study strategies and openings for 30 mins.

 

tygxc

@1
About 50% play and 50% study.
4 Tactics puzzles as a warm-up.
A 15|10 game using all available time.
If you lose the game, then analyse it thoroughly, else study an annotated grandmaster game.

XOXOXOexpert
tygxc wrote:

@1
About 50% play and 50% study.
4 Tactics puzzles as a warm-up.
A 15|10 game using all available time.
If you lose the game, then analyse it thoroughly, else study an annotated grandmaster game.

I agree.