Originally posted by kmac272-3 years sounds quite optimistic. -those child prodigies who reach GM around 15 years old, have usually been playing for 10 years already. for most, who have what it takes to begin with, probably 12-20 years to reach GM level seems more reasonable.
thats the order it goes in i'm pretty sure. it takes years to become either one. i'd say 2 or 3 at the minimum but thats if you have hours and hours of practice every day. i'm thinking for the average person it could take 5 to 10 or even never.