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Grandmaster Preparation - Thinking Inside the Box by Jacob Aagaard


In Thinking Inside the Box Jacob Aagaard describes his chess improvement philosophy, developed over more than twenty years of thinking about one question: How do we make better decisions at the chess board?

As the final volume in the award-winning Grandmaster Preparation series, this book unifies the concepts of the previous five books and delves into such topics as:

• Chess psychology
• The four types of decisions we take at the board
• How to play simple positions
• What is calculation?
• How to analyse your games
• And many more

Thinking Inside the Box is the ultimate self-improvement guide, written for amateurs as well as world-class players.

Grandmaster Jacob Aagaard won the British Championship at his first and only attempt. He is the only author to have won the Boleslavsky Medal as well as the ACP, Guardian, ECF and ChessCafe Book of the Year awards. He trains grandmasters from four continents and has helped players win school tournaments, national titles, as well as international opens, the US Championship, the World Cup, the Candidates and two Olympiad gold medals.

ISBN 978-1-907982-35-4 - 408 pages - Published (hardcover) 7 June 2017

ISBN 978-1-907982-34-7 - Expected Release (paperback) 2018


"With his latest work, "Thinking Inside The Box", Jacob Aagaard closes the Grandmaster Preparation series and links the predecessors in a very entertaining way, while also introducing new facets. It reminded me of the Scottish tradition of entertaining authors, such as Paul Motwani and Jonathan Rowson, who knew how to entertain in a very personal way, but also gave a lot of chess knowledge.

The level is not too high and every chess friend can take something from the book... For me this is a very strong book."

IM Dirk Schuh

"The Grandmaster Preparation series previously included five parts on Calculation, Positional Play, Strategic Play, Attack and Defence and Endgame Play. The apotheosis is now published: Thinking Inside the Box.

Anyone who takes the trouble to read more than 400 pages, from whatever level, will encounter topics that he or she may never have thought about."

Bab Wilders, Nederlands Dagblad

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