Is Aagard's Grandmaster Preparation: Calculation good?

TheGreatOogieBoogie

I've had the Calculation book for awhile though only did a few pages.  Some are quite difficult but other problems weren't trouble.  They are higher quality problems than on CT-ART but some positions need positional understanding so you can properly assess a line and not reject a best move off faulty evaluation. 

I've finished New Art of Defense in Chess and that wasn't too hard but could have used the refresher.  Now I'm mostly focused on game collections for buying. I'm considering Tartakower's (from Russell Enterprises), Korchnoi's (from Edition Olms), and maybe a couple of the Polgar books (Quality Chess).  I'll definately get the Python Strategy (their classics series, a 21st century edition of Petrosian's best games) one when it comes out (Quality Chess)... though maybe I said too much here and it'll get sold out before I can buy it. 

I'm currently reviewing parts of Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual, Survival Guide to Rook Endings, Secrets of Pawn Endings, and especially Endgame Strategy to keep from getting too rusty while reminding myself of the importance of the principle of two weaknesses, schematic thinking, bishop against a knight, etc.  Not going through the whole books again just the parts I feel I need to review. 

Study of Zurich 1953 by Najdorf and Karpov's Best Games are going along nicely.  Exploiting Small Advantages, School of Future Champions 4 and 5 (I have the whole series,) How to Play Chess Endgames, and Dynamic Pawn Play are on my reading list for this year. 

TheGreatOogieBoogie

Verdict: It is indeed good but you need to have certain skills before attempting and do it right.  Having a notebook to write down your thoughts and calculations isn't optional.  It's an excellent workbook and every chessplayer should challenge themselves.  Better to develop the proper skills in practice rather than need them but not have them over the board where you'd be too late to secure the narrow win or draw. 

cornbeefhashvili
TheGreatOogieBoogie wrote:

Verdict: It is indeed good but you need to have certain skills before attempting and do it right.  Having a notebook to write down your thoughts and calculations isn't optional.  It's an excellent workbook and every chessplayer should challenge themselves.  Better to develop the proper skills in practice rather than need them but not have them over the board where you'd be too late to secure the narrow win or draw. 

Is this a 'must'? I jot down minor/short (3-movers) calculations but most notes are on assessments and follow-up plans. Nothing concrete but a general overall idea of what should be done.

TheGreatOogieBoogie

It's best to keep a record to see what we need to correct.  It's also a good way to study opening encyclopedias: write down notes to outline various potential plans and figure out why the assessment is the way it is.  The difference between slight advantage for white and equality can seemingly be subtle too and discovering those nuances is important. 

adumbrate

forget the books! books are made for fiction.

videos for training and/or mentor

TwoMove

Just mention that Python Strategy mentioned awhile back has exactly the same annotations as the red and blue hardback books on Petrosian's games but without the purely informator style annotated games.

eyesnatcher

What is the proper order of studying Grandmaster Preparation series of GM Jacob Aagaard

antoszabijaka123

Would you recommend to study Calculation on chessboard or not? I've finished Attacking Manual 1 just on diagrams because that was Aagaard's recommendation, but i am not sure if it is the best way to study Calculation.

SeniorPatzer
t-ram87 wrote:

I would called 1800-2000 elo average, 1500-1800 novice anything under is beginer. Since with right training getting to 1500 is under year if you just started and have no bad habits, after than you can get at least 100 may be 200 elo / year until you are average (with good working) after getting average level, other considerations comes into play if you want to get advanced level 2200+

 

I calculate that I'm at the novice Patzer level.

kindaspongey

Aagard stuff

http://www.jeremysilman.com/shop/pc/Grandmaster-Preparation-Calculation-77p3705.htm

https://www.qualitychess.co.uk/ebooks/CALCULATION-excerpt.pdf

https://web.archive.org/web/20140708091636/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review869.pdf

https://www.qualitychess.co.uk/ebooks/PositionalPlay-excerpt.pdf

https://www.qualitychess.co.uk/ebooks/StrategicPlay-excerpt.pdf

https://www.qualitychess.co.uk/ebooks/Attack&Defence-excerpt.pdf

https://www.qualitychess.co.uk/ebooks/EndgamePlay-excerpt.pdf

kindaspongey

Yusupov stuff

http://www.qualitychess.co.uk/ebooks/Build-up-Your-Chess-1-exceprt.pdf
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708103321/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review699.pdf
http://www.qualitychess.co.uk/ebooks/Build-up-your-chess-2-excerpt.pdf
http://www.qualitychess.co.uk/ebooks/Build-up-Your-Chess-3-exceprt.pdf
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708103659/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review778.pdf
http://dev.jeremysilman.com/shop/pc/Boost-Your-Chess-1-77p3744.htm
http://www.qualitychess.co.uk/ebooks/Boost-Your-Chess-1-excerpt.pdf
http://dev.jeremysilman.com/shop/pc/Boost-Your-Chess-2-77p3745.htm
http://www.qualitychess.co.uk/ebooks/BoostYourChess2-excerpt.pdf
http://dev.jeremysilman.com/shop/pc/Boost-Your-Chess-3-77p3746.htm
http://www.qualitychess.co.uk/ebooks/BoostYourChess3.pdf
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708103149/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review834.pdf
http://www.qualitychess.co.uk/ebooks/Chess-Evolution-1-excerpt.pdf
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708085817/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review843.pdf
http://dev.jeremysilman.com/shop/pc/Chess-Evolution-2-77p3643.htm
http://www.qualitychess.co.uk/ebooks/Chess_Evolution_2-excerpt.pdf
http://dev.jeremysilman.com/shop/pc/Chess-Evolution-3-Mastery-77p3753.htm

http://www.qualitychess.co.uk/ebooks/Chess_Evolution_3-excerpt.pdf

http://www.qualitychess.co.uk/ebooks/QandAwithArturYusupovQualityChessAugust2013.pdf

https://www.qualitychess.co.uk/ebooks/Revision&Exam1-excerpt.pdf

kindaspongey

Dvoretsky stuff
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708085131/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review303.pdf
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708233203/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review333.pdf
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708110249/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review578.pdf
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708085153/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review693.pdf
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708103913/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review748.pdf
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708233815/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review399.pdf
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708234012/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review656.pdf

Goram

What is stuff?they are supposed to be the best work in chess.typical soviet hater like hesman would say stuff.

kindaspongey

Just about everything is stuff to me. Nothing negative is intended.