Excelling at Chess has 40 ratings and 4 reviews. Alberto said: A fun read, but not much here that will actually help you excel at chess. The other books. Sep 24, Jacob Aagaard’s “Excelling” series. LastImpression. Sep 20, #1. Does anyone here have an opinion of the aagaard series? I believe there are 6 books in. Excelling at Chess by Jacob Aagaard. Excelling at Chess Jacob Aagard; pages; Everyman Chess, I can’t recall an example, although I imagine that .

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I’m around and am fascinated with the topics these books present but I am just not sure I edcelling be able to fully appreciate them, any thoughts?

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On the Aagaarr Chess blog, Aagaard speaks to who he considers the appropriate audience for various QC books. They’re definitely meant for masters and above. That being said, you can still learn a great deal from his books; you might benefit from something easier, though.

It took me two months to grind through the first chapter of Calculation, following Aagaard’s advice of taking at least 30 uacob for each position sometimes more. I found it quite challenging but I also benefited a lot from it – during that period, I managed to beat a 21xx rated opponent in an OTB tournament with classical time controls for the first time.

If you are willing to knuckle down and focus on calculation for an extended period of time, I would recommend it even before you reach excellingg. I studied through all the aagaard books proof And I want to give you some input. Positional play is the book that got me from to and beyond. That book is just a great learning resource that helped me understand positional concepts.


Going through each problem was great and viewing the solutions really helped me improve. Though this may not work for all players. Calculation is one of the toughest chess books I have ever tried.

I never finished it and it was such a pain to even go through the problems. I think it is meant for players who are up in the level. I say this because some of the problems are ridiculously difficult. Attack and Defense is a good resource. I believe the defense chapters are so much more difficult than chees but they aagaadr far more important in my opinion. It is not too difficult to attack- but can be very difficult to defend positions.

I think doing the defense chapters first really helped me hold positions where a normal player would panic and lose. Endgame play is larger than the other books and goes through with problems from the endgames. The hardest chapters in that book are the rook endgames- Which I suggest you pick up an endgame book like Silman’s or Dvoretsky’s which are essential endgame books anyway and learn the rook endgames from there before trying to go for the rook endgame chapters in this book.

However, the minor piece endgames are also challenging but fun to do. One of my favorite excelljng from the minor piece endgame chapter is this one: After I went through this book I felt confident in my ability to calculate in endgames.

Strategic play This book is very fun to go through. I loved the pieces chapter and the dynamics chapter. The 5th chapter called “fighting the tide” is about fighting back when your opponent is a pawn up or has some sort of initiative. The most annoying chapter in the book is Prophylaxis which I think is more suited for a player. The first chapter has many pawn sacrifices where you get a ton of compensation in terms of initiative and activity.


If I had to rank the books in terms of how much I enjoyed each one, I would rank them in this order. I’ve gone through a couple of his books I think Calculation might be a bit hard as the tactics can get extremely complicated, but Im pretty sure Positional play might suit you. It will still be very javob though. All of them are incredibly hard to follow, excslling in particular the GM Repertoire books are just tomes. Aagaard’s Attacking Manual had an introductory chapter just on the classic Greek Gift and I couldn’t solve half of the puzzles.


I think they were too hard for me. My first Aagaard book was Excelling at Positional chess. First time I went through it I have to admit I very rarely got any of puzzles right. After banging my head against the wall for ages I think it made a huge improvement in my chess thinking.

Positional puzzles with good commentary are pretty far and between – definitely recommend that book to anyone who feels lost after the opening, before tactics start cropping up.

Thanks everyone for the feedback! I think I will look at those as a purchase for the future and get something more for my level so I can fully benefit! Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement and Privacy Policy.


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