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Jacob Aagaard

Everyman Chess

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In 1998 Cadogan Chess changed its name to Everyman Chess and firmly established itself as the world's leading chess book publisher. Everyman Chess is the company the chess world's leading players turn to - Kasparov, Seirawan, Kramnik, Shirov, Polgar and Watson...more

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Jacob Aagaard, Everyman Books
The route to success with the Stonewall is very much based on an understanding of themes and ideas and these are clearly elucidated by experienced author Jacob Aagaard.

John Watson Book Review #111: Carlsen Books | The Week in Chess

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In the Publisher's Introduction, Jacob Aagaard says, "In what follows there is a clear division of labour between Vassilios [Kotronias] and Sotiris [Logothetis] - Vassilios wrote Part 1 and, in the rest of the book, he analysed and annotated the games, while Sotiris wrote everything else.

More 2006 Opening Books and Complements | The Week in Chess

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Fritz Trainer Opening -The Queen's Indian Defence The Easy Way ; 3 hr, 49 min; Jacob Aagaard; ChessBase DVD 2006
In The Queen's Indian Defence The Easy Way, a multimedia presentation, Jacob Aagaard presents a repertoire for Black that is practical and sound. He concentrates upon the moves and specifics, with some but not too many general explanations. As opposed to some recent purveyors of opening books, Aagaard has the right credentials; he can draw upon his experience both as a Queen's Indian player and the author of a 2002 QID book for Everyman. Throughout the DVD, Aagaard sips from a cocktail glass with an umbrella in it! At one point he seems to identify the beverage as vodka (the word is a bit obscured), but it is in any case alcoholic. I really like this touch, which is both humorous and sly. Depending upon their intensity as students, most players will enjoy the casual atmosphere that pervades the video. I'm looking for a chance to try the same tactic using Scotch, neat and without the umbrella. Not all lines are for use on a professional level, of course, but they will get the student to acceptable positions. For an example of the type and depth of material, let's look at the main line of Aagaard's suggested solution to 4 g3: A game of Aagaard's went 11...Qc7!? (11...Qe7 may be more accurate, even though it exposes the queen to Nf5 after ...e5; these decisions are delicate ones) 12 e4 e5 13 d5 a5 14 Kh1 (this doesn't do much and even exposes White along the long diagonal; better looks 14 Nh4 Nbd7 15 Rae1, for example, 15...Nc5 16 f4, and 16...exf4 17 gxf4 Rae8 18 Nf5 or 16...Rfe8 17 fxe5 Rxe5 18 Nf5) 14...Nbd7 15 Nh4 Nc5 (Aagaard's own suggestion. In the game he played 15...b5? 16 Rac1 Rfc8 17 Qd1 and was soon in a lost position). Perhaps best now is 16 Rae1, delaying f4 or Nf5 one more move in order to see what Black is doing. 10...d6 11 Nbd2 a5 Aagaard gives this an '!'. He prefers White after the known alternative 11....Qc7 12 Ne1 (Wells cites a Hjartarsson game with 12 e4 e5 13 Ne1 Nc6 14 Nc2 a5 15 Rfe1 Rfe8 16 Nf1 Nxd4 17 Nxd4 exd4 18 Qxd4 Qc5 19 Rad1 a4 20 f3! , with White holding a small advantage) 12...Bxg2 13 Nxg2 Nc6 (13...e5 14 e3) 14 f4 d5 and White has the ideas of Ne1-f3 as well as simply Rc1. Aagaard points out that 14...e5? runs into trouble after 15 fxe5 dxe5 16 Rxf6 gxf6 17 d5 with the ideas Qf5, Nh4-f5, Ne4, Rf1 etc. in some order. After 11...a5, Black stays flexible and tries to scare up some counterplay based upon ...a4. It's not a major concern, but I think that Aagaard underestimates the advantage of space in this variation. Sure, after his main line 12 e4 e5, White's bishop is a very bad piece and White has to struggle to enforce an effective f4. Aagaard cites no games or sources, which is fine, since a scholastic approach would ruin the smooth and pleasant atmosphere of the video. But it emphasises the need for a database on the disc to supplement his presentation with the relevant games. Then the viewer is not just given moves in isolation, but can see top-level games and perhaps improve upon them. 14...e5 Here Aagaard is satisfied with Black's position. Aagaard gives you a specific, pragmatic, repertoire to bring to the club or tournament, without having to sift through mounds of analysis. He does so via the comfortable medium of a video presentation. On the other hand, be aware that his repertoire has to be extracted in some form to your database, and you may also want to write down his remarks, which requires some extra work.

More on Opening Books | The Week in Chess

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A negative review of this book by Jacob Aagaard, a competent chess author himself, emphasizes his disappointment that Burgess has not been more personally engaged with his material, accepting superficial assessments of certain positions, and that the book is in his view a kind of 'mass production'.

My New CDs and Somebody Else's System | The Week in Chess

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Returning to the Quality Chess Edition (henceforth 'QCE'), John Shaw and Jacob Aagaard contribute an Appendix with 13 examples where analytical improvements over the book are made.
And Aagaard has a short essay entitled "Nimzowitsch for the 21 Century".

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