"I have some thoughts vis-a-vis your observation regarding the 50 hours of driver training but that is not sufficiently on-topic at this point; perhaps at some future point you might address it. The question is this:
There is an assumption that youngsters and adults learn differently. Yet in the case of learning to drive a car, youngsters don't learn this at all; only adults (well, at least much older "children") learn to master driving skills. In this specific case, the adults acquire the requisite (unconscious) skills in approximately 50 hours, not the proverbial 10,000 hours.
WHY DOES THAT LEARNING PROCESS NOT TRANSLATE TO CHESS (OR ANY OTHER SKILL)?!?"
Maybe it does. Lasker said:
"Let us assume that a master who follows a good method, say, the
method of this book, strives to educate a young man ignorant of Chess
to the level of one who, if conceded any odds, would surely come out
the winner. How much time would the teacher need for this achievement?
I think that I am correct in making the following calculation:
[200 hours total]:
- Rules of Play and Exercises: 5 hrs.
- Elementary Endings: 5 hrs.
- Some Openings: 10 hrs.
- Combination: 20 hrs.
- Position Play: 40 hrs.
- Play and Analysis: 120 hrs.
course he would advance to the class specified. Compare with this
possibility, the reality. In fact, there are a quarter of a million
Chess amateurs who devote to Chess at least two hundred hours every
year and of these only a thousand, after a lifetime of study, attain
the end. Without losing myself in calculations, I believe I am safe in
voicing the opinion that our efforts in Chess attain only a hundredth
of one per cent. of their rightful result...."
I have devoted 19 years to chess improvement. I'm probably way over the proverbial 10.000 hours. The measly result is a mere 250 rating points.
My efforts culminated in a tribute to all well intended advice by wannabee dogooders, who have the hard to escape habit to swamp you in ostensibly wise words that they usually haven't lived through themselves.
In order to be able to learn, you need knowledge of good quality. The problem with chess is, there is hardly any usable knowledge available.
When you have to learn how to drive a car, all important knowledge is readily available from your instructor. When you want to learn to play the piano, all important knowledge is available. So there is a relation between hours of practice and the reward.
But in chess, you must unearth the knowledge yourself first. You have to discover and write all lessons yourself BEFORE you can even think of practicing it.
My blog is in the first place a monument of testing all unusable advise. As a help to others to prevent them from wasting their time. Since December 3, I'm writing my own lessons. I look forward to the moment I can start practicing. . .
Only then we can say something about what you can reach in 200 hours.