The right of Jacob Aagaard to be identified as the author of this work has been as – . concentrate on the endgame, prophylaxis, calculation and more general. In Excelling at Chess Calculation, Jacob Aagaard tackles the subject matter head on, unravelling the many secrets behind chess calculation and arming the. Excelling at Chess Calculation has 15 ratings and 1 review. Jacob Aagaard tackles the art of chess calculation, unravelling its many secrets and arming t.

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In general, I prefer to receive them on the blog, so my answers can be seen by anyone who is interested, so they can work out for themselves which direction is right for them.

Jacob Aagaard’s Calculation: somebody who wants to work with me through the book?

Excwlling 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. With permission I post it here for anyone who are interested…. My name is xxx xxx, aged 1x years and my elo is 21xx.

I have bought a couple of books this month authored by you.

I want to know which book should I start reading first. First off, Inside the Chess Mind and Grandmaster vs. Amateur can be read for fun and totally out of sequence. The same goes to some extent for Excelling at Chess, which is mainly meant to inspire.

Excelling at Chess Calculation is the place Nacob would start. The exercises are excleling that great; I could skip them. Then move on to Calculation. The chapters are created with more and more difficult exercises.

Once you get stuck; go to the next chapter. The attitude in solving is important. Do it like it is important! Once you are well into Calculation, you can start working on Positional Play as well.

Work on them side by side. It does not matter which one you do most of, but do some of each. Of all of these books, Calculation and Positional Play are excelping most important to really understand well.

You can read Attacking Manual 1 and 2 when your solving is getting steady. If you do an hour a day, you will see rapid progress. Everyone who works with these books seriously have made big progress; including in India. Attacking Manual 1 works well together with Attack and Defence. You can always read Attacking Manual 1 more than once. Actually, I strongly recommend it. Excelling at Technical Chess can be read later; it works well Endgame Playwhich is also not on your list.

And please read Thinking Inside the Box when it comes out. It will tie all of the books together. If you go through all of these books in the way I describe, you will have more effective training than most young chess players in the World.

It is by no means easy and it requires a lot of effort. If it is not, please think about how you can make it more fun. To work with a friend is often a good way. Most progress for most people come when they are working in a group in one way or another.


I do plan on coming on a book tour of Asia in the spring, hopefully around mid-April. The main stop will obviously be India, where I have many friends and where a lot of people have expressed appreciation for my work. I also strongly recommend reading my two books written together with Boris Gelfand and published under his name. An Indian GM and friend of mine called the first one: I definitely think it is worth reading… Also, if you go to our blog, you will find some videos I made together with Boris at the end of July this year.

The exercises were collected and analysed by me and the book finished by John, so that the tone is his, but the structure and ideas are mine and the direction something John and I have always worked together on. Those wondering where the difference is between John and me none I presumeshould know that there is no real difference. We work together and our stuff is always a collaboration.

Thanks for your great description, Jacob! Thanks for sharing that informative email with everyone here. I have asked for the Yusupov series for my birthday, so hope to have that soon. Where would you slot the Yusupov books into the above training plan?

Excelling at Chess Calculation: Capitalizing on Tactical Chances

Could someone recall me where is the discussion about time studing opening compared to the total time according to the ELO? Speaking for myself, Yusopov has complemented my studies with Aagaards chezs. I can tell that my thought process is changing and chess is getting simpler. I finally made it too book 7! Also excellnig revision and exam is awesome. I like how hard those puzzles are. I hope to see more from Yusopov in the future. You can read the articles in sittings sagaard solve the exercises in one.

But essentially I made it to GM without having great preparation. I did find that it helped a lot, when I surpassedbut today I think it is enough to read a few good books and memorise the content. 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.

If you include the Yusupov material you would cover the marked from players to super GMs. With your brand and the quality of material you would bring to the marked everybody would sign up regardless of price. 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.

Thinking inside the box. I thought Practical Chess Defense was significantly harder than the other ones, so I do not own it yet! The order I am following is:. Positional play already done twice, thinking on going over it for the third time. QC Puzzle book already done. Get to the point! Jacob, you have a 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!


You have 2nd edition for Attacking Manual 1 6 years ago. I just wonder whether you have plans to have 2nd or 3rd editions for your other GM Prep books.

Tartajubow’s Chess Books and Equipment: Excelling at Chess Calculation by Jacob Aagaard

The quick answer is no. The long answer is that whenever a book is reprinted, we always look to qagaard if we know of any corrections that needs to be inserted. But a reworking of the books is not needed and will not happen. Supi I appreciate it. Jacob Aagaard Jacob, the Yusupov books are really good. Where in the Yusupov series would you insert Chess tactics from scratch, Mating dxcelling castled king and Chess structures. Thanks for publishing such good and quality books!

The first two as parallel — they can be read whenever you feel like it. The latter I would put after, but again, reading it earlier would not damage you.

Hi jacob Aagard — as a weak but improving! One of the key challenges we face as chess book buyers is knowing how new releases fit into the bigger picture of the resources available, and which ones will benefit us most at our stage of development. This would make your range both more accessible, and also help us to plot our development through your library. Excellibg are various reasons why I do not want to do this.

We do regularly make recommendations here on the blog and elsewhere, but we always stress that it is a recommendation.

To me, the GM Prep series are workbooks for Excelling series. The following are the orders I summarize from your comments note: Excelling at Chess 2. Thinking inside the Box. Stephen Jiang You are trying to make too many connections. Technical works this way from that series. Excelling at Positional Chess is a workbook itself, not a manual. But yes, Attacking Manual 1 and Attack and Aaagaard definitely work together as a pair. I would also not put PCD in any sequence.

But it is still a good book, of course. Gollum Easy to understand; hard to do. That was long time ago. Dvoretsky is RIP and we will miss any new books from him. 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.

I would imagine that is xalculation they are so easy to pirate. Will Yes, you probably cannot do this nowadays.