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Hunan Rostomyan

Hunan Rostomyan 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the article! It reminds me of the book "How to Live on 24 Hours a Day" by Arnold Bennett.

For a couple months I was sticking to a strict schedule of doing tactics, watching courses, etc. But got more and more into watching Twitch streams and participating in non-serious competitions using time controls too fast for me.

I want to go back to my normal, boring study schedule. This was good motivation. Thank you.

GM_Avetik Grigoryan

GM_Avetik Grigoryan 1 week ago

Thank you, my friend!
Oh, I didn't know that book. 
Do you recommend to read it, Hunan? 
Hunan Rostomyan

Hunan Rostomyan 1 week ago

@GM_Avetik_Grigoryan It's a short book and the first half is great. Second half is examples. The basic idea: people budget their money, but you don't hear about budgeting time. Every two years or so I re-read this book to remind myself that there is time: 8 hours for sleep, 8 hours for work, 8 hours for growth.

Wil Helm

Wil Helm 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the article! 

I just have a question according to what we feel at the end of the day.

I have a lots of time to study chess (and a strong "WHY").

I study chess many hours per day (for instance today: 1h of calculation, 1h to study annotated game and I spent 5-6h to read two chapters from a book and do all the exercices related to lessons).

Now I'm done for today, I know I did a lots of work today but I feel/know I could have done more (for instance to work on another annotated game or one hour of calculation again etc.) 

I'd like to know if according to you, I should work more when I feel this way or if I should be ok with this feeling because I planned my training for the next 12 months and I could risk to end overwhelmed and lost the track if I decide to work each day until I'm too tired to continue?

Thank you in advance

GM_Avetik Grigoryan

GM_Avetik Grigoryan 1 week ago

Hey Wil! 
I would highly recommend you the book "Peak performance". 
Be careful from burnout :) 

Intensive work in a flow + quality rest = growth 
Wil Helm

Wil Helm 1 week ago

Thank you for your answer and the recommendation! :)

Duvupov 1 week ago

Do you do that every day? In general one hour every day is better than only training one day and putting in 7 hours. 
Wil Helm

Wil Helm 1 week ago

Yes I do that every day (6days/7)
Llorenç Boldú Zabih

Llorenç Boldú Zabih 2 weeks ago

Thanks for another great article.

I am lazy like Svidler. The difference is that he won 8 times the very strong russian Superleague and I am an intermediate patzer. At least I don't waste my time playing bullet, puzzle rush or watching streams of beautiful 2000 women.

Commitment for 2021, put more hours studying chess. 

GM_Avetik Grigoryan

GM_Avetik Grigoryan 1 week ago

Haha :) :) :) 
They are just super talented :) So, they can allow themselves to be lazy :) 

Mohit Bayyarapu

Mohit Bayyarapu 2 weeks ago

This is a really nice structured article. I like that you gave different examples. I am only 11 so I have a lot of things like school but I can always find time for chess.

I think I  was at a 6 or 7 last year at time management for chess. Earlier in the year maybe the first 5 months I was playing lots of blitz/bullet/rapid tournaments on lichess.

After June I started looking at books more and at tactics and in November I got Chess mood PRO membership and started watching courses and have learned a lot.

Thank You for all the hard work you guys put in to these courses.

GM_Avetik Grigoryan

GM_Avetik Grigoryan 1 week ago

Thanks, too! 
Shahinur Haque

Shahinur Haque 2 weeks ago

I like this article very much. It is shorter than other but it richness is different level.

I tried to answer the question how i spent the last year regarding my chess? I think i did well but still i could do better.

This article is an absolute eye opener . Thanks to chess mood family

GM_Avetik Grigoryan

GM_Avetik Grigoryan 1 week ago

Thanks too! :)