- Series: Grandmaster Preparation
- Paperback: 376 pages
- Publisher: Quality Chess (October 7, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1907982329
- ISBN-13: 978-1907982323
- Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.6 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #464,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Grandmaster Preparation: Endgame Play Paperback – October 7, 2014
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“I strongly believe in training by solving exercises and Jacob Aagaard is a real master here. I often train my own students using the books from his Grandmaster Preparation series, and they really help on the way to becoming an International Master or hopefully even a Grandmaster.”
From the Foreword by GM Karsten Müller
About the Author
Grandmaster Jacob Aagaard won the British Championship at his first and only attempt. He is the only chess author to have received the Boleslavsky Medal as well as the ACP, Guardian, ECF and ChessCafe Book of the Year awards. He is a FIDE Senior Trainer and trains grandmasters from four continents. His training material is used by amateurs, grandmasters and World Champions alike.
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My current rating is 2092 and I found that the positions were very challenging for me, but I was able to solve a large number of the ones I sampled. I would recommend that you have a database updated through 2013 and that you use this to read this book. You will be able to find most of the problems in the data base (chessbases' Mega base 2014 works very well). This will make reading the notes much easier and you can store your own observations in your the base.
There are approximately 300 positions in here, so if you work on it an hour a day, plan to spend about three months reading it. I am sure that at the end, you will not only learn a lot about endgames, but your at the board decision making and calculation will improve dramatically.
1. It contains only real endgames that really happened. The composed studies are not so practical as there is usually only one, narrow path to victory and this is not very helpful to improve the real play
2. The concepts are illustrated by well-chosen examples
3. The majority of the book are exercises. As the author puts it "you can do it only if you can do it". I have spent hundreds of hours watching videos and tutorials, but only after trying to solve problems myself I can remember it later. So this approach is great.
I definitely recommend this book.