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Axel Smith one step closer to becoming a Grandmaster

At the Nordic Championship IM Axel Smith was entirely fantastic and celebrated his new book Pump Up Your Rating with excellent play. Not only did he get a GM-norm, he only took the title of Nordic Champion as GM Peter Heine Nielsen lost his game in the last round.

For those wanting to check out Axel’s performance, go here.

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  1. Michael
    October 20th, 2013 at 22:21 | #1

    Very impressive play…Go Axel!!! and congrats!!!
    ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Ed
    October 21st, 2013 at 07:47 | #2

    Excellent result! Has anyone read his book yet and what did they think about it?

  3. Confiteor
    October 21st, 2013 at 08:49 | #3

    Congratulations! Fantastic result ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Confiteor
    October 21st, 2013 at 08:55 | #4

    I received the book two days ago.
    First impressions are very good!! There are a lot of ideas and in the second part there is a structured training plan.
    I am very happy with the purchase

  5. Peterm
    October 21st, 2013 at 09:24 | #5

    @Ed
    A very good book. It’s let you know how to work on your chess education.
    What to do, how to work, where to have the focus etc.

    If you read regular on this blog the tips that Jacob Aagaard gives, and also the Q&A with Yusopov, then you will see it all fit together.

  6. Paul Brรธndal
    October 21st, 2013 at 10:13 | #6

    @Peterm
    I’m not sure that everything fits together. The woodpecker method advocates repeating and repeating the same exercises. It is not my understanding that Aagaard has the same attitude to this.

  7. Jacob Aagaard
    October 21st, 2013 at 10:31 | #7

    @Paul Brรธndal
    My attitude is simple: there are many ways to do almost everything. If people say “this is the only method” they are usually selling you something ;-). This is why I am very happy with publishing ideas I do not personally support or use – I am sure that there will be someone for whom they will be a perfect fit.

  8. Marvel
    October 21st, 2013 at 11:45 | #8

    Great score, Axel truly deserves this GM-norm. Hopefully his earlier misfortunes (there’s a lot of pain there) with GM-norms will come to an end and perhaps the other two norms will come soon. As for the book, it is simply splendid. I love it.

  9. Axel
    October 22nd, 2013 at 04:38 | #9

    Thanks for the congratulations! And I am happy that you like the book.

    @Jacob Aagaard
    One of the first things Jacob told me was: “I would recommend to argue your corner with less strong words – it’s possible to argue for other positions.”

    Of course he is right, and I’ve been trying to be open-minded throughout the book. About repeating exercises: I strongly believe in it, but it’s still only a belief, not a science.

    I wrote some words about the tournament on http://www.pumpupyourrating.com

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