Chess Training Plan for Intermediate Players

The following chess training plan is geared for adult intermediate players with a current rating between 1500-1800. The goal is to gain 100-200 rating points in one year following this plan.

This training plan is made to be:

  • Practical for those with limited study time
  • Focused on deliberate practice (active learning)
  • Relies on spaced repetition training (more on this in future posts)
  • Builds on a foundation of pattern recognition
  • Focused on sports psychology
  • Uses endgame studies as a way to improve calculation skills
  • Is meant to be self directed
  • Uses the Pomodoro Technique

Training Resources

Training Schedule

Time requirements: 1 hour per day in one session or two daily 30 minute sessions.

Monday
Tactics10 minutesTest Your Chess IQ
Solve Studies20 minutesEndgame Challenge
Break5 Minutes
Study Strategy25 MinutesChess Training for Post Beginners
Tuesday
Tactics10 minutesTest Your Chess IQ
Solve Positional20 minutesCan You Be a Positional Chess Genius?
Break5 Minutes
Study Positional25 MinutesCan You Be a Positional Chess Genius?
Wednesday
PlayG > 15
Thursday
Tactics10 minutesTest Your Chess IQ
Game Review20 minutes
Break5 Minutes
Game Review25 minutes
Friday
Tactics25 minutesTest Your Chess IQ
Break5 Minutes
Study Endgame25 MinutesChess Endgame Training
Saturday
Tactics10 minutesTest Your Chess IQ
Solve Openings20 minutesWork on your opening repertoire
Break5 Minutes
Solve Studies25 MinutesEndgame Challenge
Sunday
Mnemosyne Drill25 minutes
Break5 Minutes
Solve Positional25 MinutesCan You Be a Positional Chess Genius?

 

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2 thoughts on “Chess Training Plan for Intermediate Players

  1. chessbuzz says:

    A couple of tweaks can make it useful for a 1300-1500 level player. I would replace the Nunn Endgame Studies sessions with general endgames using the Chess Endgame Training book.
    I would also replace the study positional and study strategy sessions with content from the Yuspov Chess School starting with the Build Up Your Chess book.
    Hope this helps.

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