OTB Master Study Plan


12-week chess study plan for advanced/expert (1700-2299 rating) players. This plan focuses on improvement in slower time controls, intending to reach an OTB master title. This plan includes daily tasks and extra credit!

Study Plans



Do you have a chess.com blitz rating between 2000-2300 (or an ambitious 1700-1999) and looking to reach an OTB master title? The ChessGoals OTB Master Study Plan was designed for you. The twelve-week plan will take the guesswork out of how to improve. Spend ~7 hours per week covering the core components of the plan. These core components are geared towards efficient progress. There is also an additional 7-10 hours per week of extra credit activities. Extra credit intends to give you the highest rating gains based on our improvement data.


This study plan does not attempt to teach you concepts like the traditional chess book. The program will give you a framework for chess improvement and help you build a study habit. To help keep you on track, post your progress on the Chess.com forums or consider joining our community. Joining the ChessGoals community is fun and rewarding as you work on your chess improvement with other chess learners.

Additional Purchases

The OTB Master Study Plan recommends having one endgame manual, a Yusupov training book, and recommends some chess.com features that benefit from premium membership.

Study Plan Contents

  • The layout of the plan summary
  • Getting Started – Initial steps to prepare for the 12 weeks
  • Tasks Explained – How to study each task
  • Tips for reaching OTB master
  • 12 Weeks of printable plans for tracking
  • Efficient and extra credit schedules for all 84 days
  • Final thoughts and next steps


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