Originally posted by xpoinsannin
If you play without studying, you'll wonder why you keep getting pawned...(bad pun)
If you study and don't play, you'll do fine with all your memorized openings and such, but when somebody does something out of the ordinary...then your lost
Im 50% study and 50% playing
studying isnt only openings. In fact openings should be a tiny part of your study. Most of your study should be tactics and strategy, and if your opponent does something out of the ordinary, if you've studied well, you should be able to crush him. I really think playing only improves your chess by higlight your weaknesses, ideally, one should study chess maybe 70% of the time, IMHO. And when you play, play very slow games, correspondence is excellent. Of course, if you don't find studying to be too much fun, like me, that can be very difficult.