Excelling at Chess has 40 ratings and 4 reviews. Alberto said: A fun read, but not much here that will actually help you excel at chess. The other books. Sep 24, Jacob Aagaard’s “Excelling” series. LastImpression. Sep 20, #1. Does anyone here have an opinion of the aagaard series? I believe there are 6 books in. Excelling at Chess by Jacob Aagaard. Excelling at Chess Jacob Aagard; pages; Everyman Chess, I can’t recall an example, although I imagine that .

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Borrowing from what many others have written, I suggest that in most cases they employ: Of the six projected volumes — CalculationPositional PlayStrategic Playand Attack and Defence have been released thus far, with Endgame Pla y and Thinking Inside the Box on chess philosophy and improvement still to come — Aagaard rates Positional Play as least taxing, suitable for players roughly and above.

In fact, this exact opening variation was a Kasparov speciality, and the key position to assess and analyse was one directly stemming from theory that he created.

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jacon Visualization and Stepping Stones 6. I just wonder whether you have plan to update your review on his work and maybe talk about how to use his work to combine with your work books, as you mentioned in multiple places, your work had a lot of influence from him.

A few days ago I got the following email, which is quite typical, as is my answer, even though I went into extra detail this time around. Mike rated it really liked it Mar 04, Matt Hi Matt, There are various reasons why I do not want to do this. Want to add to the exceloing Instead, what I am arguing follows from the block quote above. Martin Dixon Have you tried using the method of the three questions?


This book was written 10 years ago, and I trust that Exce,ling.

This is also confirmed by players’ verbal annotations to their games. Planning for all class and amatuer players is the ag thing to come up with Comments 56 Trackbacks 0 Leave a comment Trackback.

He uses five lone-bishop-versus-knight endgames as illustrations, and concludes that ‘bishops are better than knights in open positions’ presumably with ‘all things being equal’.

In between, as others have observed, there are after-the-fact quibbles with very competent chess writers John Watson and John Nunn among themwarmed-over IM judgments of world-champion performances over the board, and in general a pastiche of second-guessing and smug “how could he be so stupid? Also the revision and exam is awesome.

He warns that sometimes you have to force yourself to calculate sometimes to the point of checking out every legal move in a position. You cannot imagine how liberating it was to read that even Grandmasters have to regularly guess, and with this admonition firmly in mind, I have managed to limit my time trouble woes in recent games.

My 60 Memorable Games: October 4th, at This is stuff that is compelling in its own right. It took exccelling two months to grind through the first chapter of Calculation, following Aagaard’s advice of taking at least 30 minutes for each position sometimes more.

While Gelfand works diligently to break down the logic of his best moves — his 11…Ra6!! The issue, remember, is whether explicit rules, in particular classical ones, are being used in such a case, even in combination with ach other. Here we have abstraction that limits understanding, although I’m sure that Aagard himself wouldn’t dream of playing chess with such an artificial philosophy.

Bc1 are logical, but someone who learned chess from classical principles might look askance at moving his bishop three times to arrive at its starting position; or at having no pieces developed, even after Let me give you an example from recent club play. Rather, I contend that adhering to some principle about not moving such pawns can limit one’s play. Vhess trivia or quizzes yet. Let’s take a closer look. I am not claiming that the great moves of the masters are somehow ineffable or beyond reason.


Inside the chess mind which is JA book but not a QC one deals with this topic with different test positions submitted to average players and titled players.

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He plays Be3, f3, g4, Rg1 This is not even on an open file! It is a mistake to assume that Grandmasters think like engines.

Tartajubow December 22, at 7: Dvoretsky is sufficient for the first part, but we must sit down and solve positions or, better, play them out with training partners if we are to gain practical experience. If you stumble unto the line you cannot refute first, it can drive you crazy, as you expect to refute it and then find something better… But I guess that knowing there are those things to find can make it easier.

Is that your point? Will Yes, you probably cannot do this nowadays. Once you are well into Calculation, you can start working on Positional Play as well. Great training manual – rating range of between and IF properly applied, there’s no reason one won’t see their rating climb upwards of Let’s get this straight: East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion.

September 7th, at After I went through this book I felt confident in my ability to calculate in endgames.

Most progress for most people come when they are working in a group in one way or another. Silman disagrees, but there it is.