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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Actually, I really love the book. Books by Jacob Aagaard. That being said, you can still learn a great deal from his books; you might benefit from something easier, though.

But the work done this way is not wasted as you will learn on the way and if it is really too much you could split the work amongst you and a friend for instance. I saw this as a feature, not a bug; if the point of the book is to learn by doing, a little additional work is actually beneficial.

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Instead, they are more open-minded, looking concretely at the actual position and seeing for themselves whether such a pawn move ‘makes life easier for the attacker’, or whether it has aagaard advantages that make it worth playing. He followed this by moving his queen, moving a knight for a second time, then the knight yet again and then his queen!

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? But look at our game: Studies of dynamic play are, in my experience, particularly susceptible to this kind of fallacy. Thaddeus rated it really liked it Feb 06, Then move on to Calculation.

Playing against Komodo or Houdini is just too depressing! Dvoretsky is RIP and we will miss any new books from him.

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I enjoy reading about chess at least as much as I enjoy playing it, and I look for books that will improve my play by 1 giving me something to practice i. There seems to be something of a consensus: He didn’t have much of these qualities at the time he penned this book.


Yet there are positions in which a knight on the rim is still dangerous despite its reduced scope, and therefore is well-placed on the rim. Henrik rated it really liked it Dec 04, His practical strength was not equal to his theoretical knowledge, and so he lost a game that was completely drawn. Thinking Inside the Boxis the sixth and final volume in the Grandmaster Preparation series and in many ways its lodestar. As Aagard knows, I never suggest that one should move the pawns in front of one’s king in most games.

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First, my book is about opening and middlegame ideas, not about four-piece endings with only two kings, a knight and a bishop. Jacob, you have aagqard divine talent for writing, is indescribable the way which I admire your work, already said via email on one occasion, but I say again, my sincere congratulations!

A penultimate version of the review is reproduced, with footnotes! Aagard says ‘Out of the first eight moves, Black made six pawn moves. In any case, I can’t imagine a rule-based decision here. He uses five lone-bishop-versus-knight endgames as illustrations, and concludes that ‘bishops xecelling better than knights in open positions’ presumably with ‘all things being equal’.

The second part is not true, obviously, but this exceelling still a little ta than what I said. Excelling at Positional Chess is a workbook itself, not a manual.

It concentrates instead upon specific generalities that are losing relevance in today’s game. Some players become good at chess, some very good, while others excel at the game.

But Carlsen is still the World Champion, and he still wins more than he loses. Im talking early retirement for you and the Team — you could quit work and start doing what you enjoy like writing chess books and stuff like that.

That is, they use their judgment, calculations, and experience with similar positions to come to a decision. It will tie all of the books together. Excelling at Chess Calculation: Hi jacob Aagard — as a weak but improving! In my opinion, the book on preventive thinking is quite difficult.


On the Quality Chess blog, Aagaard speaks to who he considers the appropriate audience for various QC books. So preparation was probably a huge factor in deciding whether his bishop and other factors would outweigh White’s advantages.

Does Excflling try to show that this is not the case? I have to be honest and say that openings were never my strong suit, but my general philosophy is that you have to be able to play well before you can explore good positions. Okay, but if Aagard would give us an example of doing this, I jacbo that one would see precisely why many rules are impractical to apply over the board by comparison with a direct approach. Likewise, one wouldn’t argue that rooks are strong on open files by having them deliver a one-move back rank mate.

This review has been printed in the February issue of Chess Life. For example, a jacbo on the rim is always dim in the sense that all things being equal, its scope is always less on the rim than in the centre. But I don’t even say, and would never say, that knights are as good as bishops in most open positions even in the middlegame – quite the opposite! Thinking inside the Box. Therefore aaagaard knights cannot be on the edge in the endgame, when only a few pieces remain, then this illustrates how little they contribute when out there.

Effort, however, will be repaid with increased understanding and perhaps even Elo points to boot. It is only through the steady sharpening of basic chess skills, many already in our conceptual toolboxes, that we can begin to make better decisions and ultimately improve our results. Read about issue Well, I wouldn’t call this a rule, but the comment is a red herring anyway, because for obvious reasons my book doesn’t take issue with the validity of factoring in material gain.