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Artur Yusupov’s 9-volume series goes from strength to strength

July 15th, 2013 30 comments

We are very proud to announce that the Danish Federation, on the suggestion of the three national trainers (of which I am one and obviously biased and most pushy) have officially recommended Artur Yusupov’s nine-volume training series to their members. This is not just a “favour to Jacob” – as it took some time to get them to do it. They have made special offers in their web shop, published a long review in the membership magazine and so on.

In September Artur will visit Copenhagen and Middelfart for training sessions with the elite and Danish “ambitious amateurs”.

Again and again on this blog I recommend the Yusupov books to those asking “what should I do to improve”. There are many ways to improve and this is only one. But it is tried and tested, well-structured and easy to use. Have a look here and download a chapter from each of the books for free…

Oh yes, after some struggle, I managed to talk Artur into a guest appearance on the blog for a Q & A session at the end of August.

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Don’t be Naive

July 8th, 2013 58 comments

 

One of my least proud moments as a chess player on the international circuit was in 1998 when I lost a game with absolutely no involvement from either player:

Sergei Tiviakov – Jacob Aagaard
Breda 1998

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bg5 a6 8.Na3 b5 9.Nd5 Be7 10.Bxf6 Bxf6 11.c3 0–0 12.Nc2 Bg5 13.a4 bxa4 14.Rxa4 a5 15.Bb5
I knew Sergei was playing this off-beat move, but I had recently written a book on the Sveshnikov and not found anything wrong with the official defence.

15…Ne7 16.Ncb4 Be6 17.Nxe7+ Qxe7 18.Bc6 Rac8 19.Rxa5 Rxc6 20.Nxc6 Qb7
[fen size=”small”]5rk1/1q3ppp/2Npb3/R3p1b1/4P3/2P5/1P3PPP/3QK2R w K – 0 21[/fen]
My book said that this was the way to play with Black and that it should all end in perpetual check. I did have a little voice in the back of my head that asked why Sergei was entering this variation if this was the case. But in a moment of complete stupidity, I ignored it, thus wasting a chance to play a real game against a truly great player. Then the “novelty” came.

21.h4! Qxc6 22.hxg5 Qxe4+ 23.Kf1 f6 24.Ra4 Qb7 25.Qd3 Bf5 26.Qxf5 Qb5+ 27.Kg1 Qxa4 28.Qxh7+ Kf7 29.gxf6 Kxf6 30.Rh3 Ke6 31.Qxg7 Qd1+ 32.Kh2 Rxf2 33.Rh6+ Kd5 34.Qb7+
1–0

Luckily I got to play Sergei for real nine years later. Although I fell into a bad opening line again, this time I was only badly worse and managed to fight my way out of it. I was even winning somewhere towards the end, but at that point I relaxed, happy not to lose the game.

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Know thyself

July 1st, 2013 20 comments

 

As I am on holiday, I have more time and can write a bit of a longer blog. To be extra generous I also have four relatively simply (but not easy) exercises for you. White is to play in all of them, but only the last two are very tactical; the first two are preparation moves.

[fen size=”small”]4qrk1/1pr2p1p/pb2p1p1/3pP2P/1P3P2/P2P3R/1B2Q1P1/1K5R w – – 0 26[/fen]

[fen size=”small”]4qrk1/1pr2p1p/pb2p1p1/4P1QP/1P1p1P2/P2P3R/1B4P1/K6R w – – 0 29[/fen]

[fen size=”small”]4qrk1/1pr2p1p/1b2p1p1/p2pP1QP/1P3P2/P2P3R/1B4P1/1K5R w – – 0 28[/fen]

[fen size=”small”]4qrk1/1pr2p1p/1b2p1pQ/3pP2P/5P2/p2P2R1/1B4P1/1K5R w – – 0 30[/fen]

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