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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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. 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.
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.
Excelling at Chess
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 I would start. The exercises are not 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! Chesd 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 the 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 jaacob 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 jcob 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.
Excelling at Chess by Jacob Aagaard
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?
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 books. I can tell that my thought process is changing and chess is getting simpler. I finally made it too book 7!
Also the 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 and 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 excellinf 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 aagaardd 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 excrlling 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. The quick answer is no. The long answer is that whenever a book is reprinted, we always look to see 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 the 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 aagaarx you.
Hi jacob Aagard — as a weak but improving! One of the key challenges excellibg 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 vhess make your range both more accessible, and also help us to plot our development through your library. There are various reasons why I do xt want to do this. We do regularly make recommendations here on the blog and elsewhere, but we always chrss 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 aagaarf Positional Chess is a workbook itself, not a manual. But yes, Attacking Manual 1 and Attack and Defence 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 chexs 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 because they are so easy to pirate.
Will Yes, you probably cannot do this nowadays.