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Reply #310 - 10/08/17 at 22:32:52
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I believe Aagaard has stated that it's best to start with either Calculation or Positional Play if you're going to read all the first five Grandmaster Preparation books. While the final one, Thinking Inside the Box, stands on its own and can be read at any point.

When I get around to this series, I'm planning to start with those three in some order (and maybe Calculation first of all since it's the only one I already own).

proustiskeen wrote on 10/08/17 at 20:02:12:
Hopefully coming soon!

Looking forward to it! But take your time. I value your reviews and articles for their quality, that's a lot more important than cranking them out rapidly. Smiley
  

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Reply #309 - 10/08/17 at 21:30:33
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proustiskeen wrote on 10/08/17 at 03:29:49:
My October review of Jacob Aagaard's _Grandmaster Preparation: Thinking Inside the Box._

https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/2017/10/07/making-better-decisions/

Thanks for that review: I found it as thoughtful and informative as usual. You point out that this is the "sixth and final volume in the Grandmaster Preparation series". Is this a book that can usefully be read on its own, or would you consider it advisable to read the preceding five volumes in the series first? Some years ago, I read some but not all of the titles in Aagaard's "Excelling at..." series and felt that each one stood on its own perfectly well. Is the same true here, in your opinion?
  
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Reply #308 - 10/08/17 at 20:02:12
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Reply #307 - 10/08/17 at 05:50:40
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proustiskeen wrote on 03/30/17 at 23:09:40:
Part II of my first installment of "Chess Tech University" - how to analyze your games using chess technology!

https://new.uschess.org/news/chess-tech-university-philosophy-game-analysis-part...

Was this series ever continued past part 2, and is it available anywhere?

I really enjoyed your perspective on Dvoretsky's training philosophy, especially the similarities between his and Ericsson's thoughts on learning and practice.
  

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My October review of Jacob Aagaard's _Grandmaster Preparation: Thinking Inside the Box._

https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/2017/10/07/making-better-decisions/
  
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Reply #305 - 09/04/17 at 21:04:15
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Yeah, I didn't post it until August. Smiley
  
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Reply #304 - 09/04/17 at 20:46:10
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Just a random sidenote: There is no "July 2017" in the Archive sidebar on the right; instead the July 2017 review "Bisguier’s Books (and beyond)" is part of the August 2017 chapter
  
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Reply #303 - 09/04/17 at 20:17:58
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A review of recent King's Indian books, including those by Kotronias, Bologan, and Pavlovic.

https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/2017/09/04/no-kidding-new-kid-books/
  
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Reply #302 - 08/11/17 at 23:46:11
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proustiskeen wrote on 08/11/17 at 03:34:09:
I think you meant to say "I was wrong."

Assuming that's so, apology accepted.


Yes, I was quite wrong. Thanks for accepting my apology.
  

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Reply #301 - 08/11/17 at 03:34:09
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I think you meant to say "I was wrong."

Assuming that's so, apology accepted.
  
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Reply #300 - 08/10/17 at 23:23:48
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Sorry, my prior post was a little too cynical. I was not that familiar with the blog, so I was just making more of a philosophical statement. It was not called for, so I sincerely apologize.
  

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Reply #299 - 08/09/17 at 15:27:12
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Thanks, Rene. Never will I speak poorly of dualism again. (Although I do know a well-known professor who tries to make Descartes a monist based on one line in the Principles! I think it's half in jest... but only half.)
  
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Reply #298 - 08/09/17 at 04:26:42
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Geez. This is Hartmann's thread. What ever are you doing? Warning him? Saying there are grounds for doubts, then denying those grounds apply (but why shouldn't they?)

We've known him for years here, and there is not the slightest indication that he is anything but thoughtful and honest. Before writing something so insolent, look at the archives: Hartmann has written plenty of harsh reviews; one thing they never contain, however, is innuendo.
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Reply #297 - 08/09/17 at 04:15:54
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US Chess doesn't sell books. They have an outsourced book vendor, but the vendor pays a set amount for the contract and US Chess receives nothing beyond the contracted amount.

In other words, no conflict. Not that you were accusing me of such, of course.
  
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Reply #296 - 08/09/17 at 04:07:20
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More book reviews are welcome, but there is somewhat of a problem when books are reviewed in a publication run by an entity that hopes to sell more of these very same books.

The possibility of such a conflict of interest detracts from the quality and perhaps even the integrity of the reviews.
A general statement, not necessarily applicable to this blog. I would hope.

  

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