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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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After banging my head against the wall for ages I think it made a huge improvement in my chess thinking. I have to be honest and say that openings were never my strong suit, but my general rxcelling is that you have to be able to play well before you can explore good positions.

Stephen Jiang No, I do not. 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?

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. This book identifies the key factors that separate the very strong players from the rest. A few days ago I got the following email, which jacoob quite typical, as is my answer, even though I went into extra detail this time around.

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More specifically, it involves an in-depth discussion of the four types of decisions players encounter over-the-board. January 26, Sold by: 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.


Jon rated it really liked it Jul 17, Master this discipline and you can surely expect your results to improve dramatically.

You can always read Attacking Manual 1 more than once. This is not just a statistical issue; it’s about how decisions are actually made. Matt Hi Matt, There are various reasons why I do not want to do this.

I don’t believe that Aagard’s arguments against me are very difficult to refute; but I do think that by this means I can address many of the questions I get about my book. What advice would you give me in order to fix that? I admit up front that this is not really a review in the traditional sense, but an excuse to indulge myself by discussing some favorite topics. I definitely think it is worth reading… Also, if you go to our blog, you will find some videos I made together aagaarrd Boris at the end of July this year.


Endgame Play contains positions ideally suited to this task. Jacob Aagaard identifies the key factors that separate the very strong players from the rest.

The appendix on nutrition, however, seems out of place, and I do not see the need for Aagaard to once again dredge up his decade-old debate with John Watson. The author finishes the book with some exercises for the reader to practice and apply the theory. But wait, there’s more: Since the diverse considerations are interdependent and also time-dependent, one normally requires experience and analysis to get around the problem.

I correctly decided that I had to look as deeply into the position as I could, burning through 15 of my remaining 25 minutes in the process.

Jacob Aagaard’s “Excelling” series

Jacbo you include the Yusupov material you would cover the marked from players to super GMs. If you are willing to knuckle down and focus on calculation for an extended period of time, I would recommend it even before you reach 2xxx.


I studied through all the aagaard books proof And I want to give you some input. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. We do regularly make recommendations here on the blog and elsewhere, but excellling always stress that it is a recommendation.

The Shereshevsky Method to Improve in Chess: Far from eexcelling he has a thesis regarding positional play and he defends it with rigor. I never finished it and it was such a pain to even go through the problems. Paul rated it really liked it Nov 24, A penultimate version of the review is reproduced, with footnotes!

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Endgame Play is, at root, a collection of endgame positions along with their solutions. This book sets itself apart from others of its ilk for a few reasons.

And please read Thinking Inside the Box when it comes out. As far as I know, no chess reference book exists in which the problems are arranged according to the skills which could be developed by solving them. Become a Redditor and subscribe to one of thousands of communities. Rob rated it liked it Aug 27, His main gripe is with my second sentence after the assessment.

Thus I repeatedly ag the point that aagaarx movement in modern chess is away from general rules and towards a more open, concrete, and realistic view of the board.

I find this a characteristic of modern play and adduce reasons for it.