GP34 is right. You don't really ever finish the book. I catch myself looking up old games
quite often, whenever I think I see something... (note "Think I see"
as that is usually
how it starts... Then 2-3 hours consume you while you find everything but what you
were looking for...
The first pass on a book may be what you meen? Thats a tricky question; its all about
how much time you study. It also depends on the way you study. It would seem that
you would finish a Chess book faster if you do the puzzles, positions, and solve each
problem only once. Many times this is not the case; Sometimes you have to do parts
of a book many many many times to build up for the next chapter (if its separated as
such). Other times, you'll find yourself needing to reference other material, just to
In any event, the time is a dependent variable. The time spent depends on the
amount of work your willing to do. If your willing to work very hard, then its very
worthwhile to organize your study, and organize your materials in order to maximize
your time. This will naturally speed progression, but once again, its still the same
amount of work.
The real question is "How much work does it take to finish a chess book?"