Being able to solve puzzles and combinations is one of the principal components of a successful chess player. But how can one improve on such an important skill? How can one acquire combinational vision? Aagaard explains how tactical intuition and ability develops and uses pattern recognition to improve the readers tactical ammunition. It is no secret that the continued practice of puzzles and combinations helps to sharpen the chess brain, and here there is a wealth of exercises and problems to solve accompanied by the full solutions and explanations. There are many differing opinions amongst the top players in the world of chess, but there is one thing upon which World Champions, Grandmasters and other experts all agree: the art of chess calculation is the absolute key to the success of a player.
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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. Read it carefully. 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! 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 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 read Attacking Manual 1 more than once. Actually, I strongly recommend it. Excelling at Technical Chess can be read later; it works well Endgame Play , which 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.
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. I hope this was helpful. 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 presume , should know that there is no real difference. We work together and our stuff is always a collaboration.
Jacob Aagaard's "Excelling" series
The human beings ability to understand, extract and recognise patterns and strategic concepts from studying a position is our strong point compared to computers. Of course, humans also have to calculate variations and to train their calculating ability. Aagaard sums that up into the practical advice that when training and working on ones game: " Before you spend a thousand hours on calculating exercises you should sort out your personal style, your endgame and your openings. I believe that calculation will take you the last step up the ladder, but it will not help your first step. In other words it is easier to improve on positional style with calculation than it is to improve on calculation with positional style. Watson is often quoted to claim that there are no general rules in the way top players in modern chess understand strategy.
JACOB AAGAARD EXCELLING AT CHESS CALCULATION PDF
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. Read it carefully. The exercises are not that great; I could skip them.
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