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Reply #317 - 10/10/17 at 15:43:47
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an ordinary chessplayer wrote on 10/09/17 at 20:06:31:
@proustikeen - In your first diagram, 33.Rc2 Bxc3 needs analysis. 34.Rac1 Bd2 35.Rb1 b5 36.Kf1 b4 and black might hold. Or 34.Rb1 Bd4 35.Kg2 Kxe6 36.Kf3 and white is better but is it a win for sure?

I wasn't so sure about 33.Rc2 and was looking at 33.Kf1!?. If 33...Rxc3 white can trade rooks, yes? And if 33...Bxc3 at a minimum white has 34.Rab1 Bd4 35.Rc2 transposing to 33.Rc2. So 33.Kf1 seems no worse than 33.Rc2.

Also 33.Kg2 is not totally ridiculous. Or maybe it is....

It's a good position for your illustration, that's for sure!


Thanks for taking a look at the game. I was a little hesitant to use one of my own games in the review, being a mere A player, but as you say, it does work in context.

I briefly 33...Bxc3 in the game file that was embedded in the review. Basically I thought White was very close to winning, if not fully so, after 34.Rd1. I took a deeper look after your post and after 34...Ke6 35.Kf1 Bb4! it's not an easy win but in a practical game I would think Black just has too many weaknesses to hold out forever. The f- or h-pawn will fall.

Pgn attached if you're interested!
  

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Reply #316 - 10/10/17 at 12:35:03
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GabrielGale wrote on 10/09/17 at 09:37:37:
@Seeley, for a more detailed response (from QC's Blog) dated September 5th, 2016:
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Thanks for posting this!

An aside: Does anyone know if the differences between the 1st and 2nd edition of Attacking Manual 1 are large enough to justify an "upgrade"? I have AM1 and AM2, though unfortunately the first edition of the former, which apparently has some flaws. Haven't started studying them yet.

Aside #2: The multi-author Grandmaster vs Amateur is a seriously underrated book. I have gained insights into what strong players do differently, both at the board and in training, just by browsing it. Several of the chapters are entertaining as well. QC are now offering this book as a free add-on with orders inside the EU, which probably means it hasn't sold that well. Sad!
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Reply #315 - 10/09/17 at 20:06:31
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@proustikeen - In your first diagram, 33.Rc2 Bxc3 needs analysis. 34.Rac1 Bd2 35.Rb1 b5 36.Kf1 b4 and black might hold. Or 34.Rb1 Bd4 35.Kg2 Kxe6 36.Kf3 and white is better but is it a win for sure?

I wasn't so sure about 33.Rc2 and was looking at 33.Kf1!?. If 33...Rxc3 white can trade rooks, yes? And if 33...Bxc3 at a minimum white has 34.Rab1 Bd4 35.Rc2 transposing to 33.Rc2. So 33.Kf1 seems no worse than 33.Rc2.

Also 33.Kg2 is not totally ridiculous. Or maybe it is....

It's a good position for your illustration, that's for sure!
  
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Reply #314 - 10/09/17 at 14:18:32
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No worries. I had it cut and pasted into a pdf. Like you, I dream, look at the list, and wish I can do it and dream yet more. I am still dreaming. Grin
  

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Reply #313 - 10/09/17 at 10:49:53
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Thanks for taking the time to search that out for me, GabrielGale. I wish I had both the time and the level of commitment necessary  to apply myself to the task as Aagaard suggests! Nevertheless, I do buy and read his books from time to time, and this is extremely helpful in putting them all into context.
  
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Reply #312 - 10/09/17 at 09:37:37
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@Seeley, for a more detailed response (from QC's Blog) dated September 5th, 2016:

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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. 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. Calculation is later replaced by Practical Chess Defence and Positional Play by Strategic Play. 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. Read AM1 and get A&D; but first go through the other books. 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.
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I also strongly recommend reading my two books written together with Boris Gelfand and published under his name. Also, if you go to our blog, you will find some videos I made together with Boris at the end of July this year. One of them shows how we created the books, the two others are Q&A.

I should add to this that the Quality Chess Puzzle Book easily fits into the Grandmaster Preparation series. 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.
  

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Reply #311 - 10/08/17 at 22:42:01
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Stigma wrote on 10/08/17 at 22:32:52:
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.

Thanks, Stigma, that's useful to know.
  
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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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Hopefully coming soon!
  
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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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