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A victory for the minority

I have always known that my dislike of increments puts me in a minority. But I was quite pleased to see how big that minority was!


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  1. Niall Doran
    May 28th, 2015 at 11:47 | #1

    If you’re looking for a subject for your next poll, how about asking people how they feel about tournaments that don’t allow draws by mutual consent before a certain number of moves (30-40 usually).

    Where I live (France) more and more tournaments are implementing this rule, and personally I think it’s the most stupid thing ever. It would be interesting to see how others feel about this.

  2. chris
    May 28th, 2015 at 12:21 | #2

    What about the remaining 1 % ?

  3. Thomas
    May 28th, 2015 at 13:01 | #3

    chris :
    What about the remaining 1 % ?

    They voted for decrements.

  4. Jacob Aagaard
    May 28th, 2015 at 13:27 | #4

    @Niall Doran
    Thank you. I will put it up now so it starts next week. If anyone else have any good questions, I will be happy to set up the polls. I will probably take a bit more of a backseat, but will be happy to administrate the polls. Ideally we would have a new one each week, with a thread to accompany it.

  5. Johnnyboy
    May 29th, 2015 at 04:30 | #5

    Interesting ‘victory’ for the minority when 3x as many voted for the majority. The referendum in Scotland was a bit closer than that!

  6. Ashish
    May 29th, 2015 at 05:41 | #6

    Surely “increments for tournaments” and “increments for blitz” are two different issues.

  7. Jacob Aagaard
    May 29th, 2015 at 08:37 | #7

    And now they have 56 out of 59 seats in Westminster!

  8. Johnnyboy
    May 29th, 2015 at 12:30 | #8


    even if Nicola Sturgeon sends in a demand for no increments to the Glasgow Poly quickplay I’m not sure the result would be any closer. I’m yet to meet a lot of support for the old skool fixed time limits …please don’t suggest adjournments as an alternative though!

  9. Tobias
    May 29th, 2015 at 21:15 | #9

    A bit late, but I missed the survey, and …
    … I like increments. Because it forces the players to write, taking a lot of work away form the arbiters, and once an arbiter has to intervene, somethings has gone wrong in chess, according to me.
    I don’t like that the overall time is reduced, though. Why is it usually 90min + 30sec for 40 moves, why not 100min + 30sec for 40 moves? I haven’t actually discussed it with anyone yet, that’s why I ask here.

  10. Niall Doran
    May 29th, 2015 at 21:39 | #10


    The reason for 90min + 30sec is that the calculation is based on a game lasting 60 moves. So 90min + (30sec x 60 moves)=
    90min + 30 min=
    120min or 2 hours

  11. crossroads
    May 29th, 2015 at 22:27 | #11

    @Niall Doran
    Exactly why it is a problem. You must do 60 moves in two hours instead of having 3 hours in the old situation.

  12. Jacob Aagaard
    May 29th, 2015 at 22:31 | #12

    Let’s split the difference πŸ™‚

  13. Thomas
    May 30th, 2015 at 06:20 | #13

    When the shortening of the time controls began it was said it would make the game more attractive, more tv compatible. I think they tv guys only laughed at that – wrong, they never heard of that. Then there were tournaments with 90 min. games, making 3 rounds a day possible, so to play a whole tournament at one weekend. None of those made chess better or more attractive.

    May 30th, 2015 at 14:22 | #14

    ### off topic – Breyer πŸ™‚ ###

    Jacob you said that you are planning to publish GM Repertoire Ruy Lopez Breyer Variation for Black prior β€œBologan’s Ruy Lopez for Black: How to Play for a Win against the Spanish Opening” πŸ™‚ by Victor Bologan – publication November 15, 2015.

    Can you please tell us more about author and lines, or more precise publication date?

  15. Jacob Aagaard
    May 30th, 2015 at 15:21 | #15

    Nikos and it will be a full 1.e4 e5 repertoire for Black.

    May 30th, 2015 at 15:53 | #16

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Thanks. I presume that it will be GM Guide for Black. Can hardly wait for it… But this also means that he’ll cover all non Spanish tries for Black also…

  17. The Doctor
    May 30th, 2015 at 16:22 | #17

    @Jacob Aagaard
    That will make a lot of people very happy. I predict a best seller!

  18. Jacob Aagaard
    May 30th, 2015 at 16:35 | #18

    Can you see yourself why you are mistaken?

    May 30th, 2015 at 16:50 | #19

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Well, he is not GM. But if you’re coauthor, then it’ll be GM Rep πŸ™‚

  20. The Doctor
    May 30th, 2015 at 17:40 | #20

    Will it be a Play 1…e5, like the Tromp book then.

    Very much looking forward to this book.

  21. The Doctor
    May 30th, 2015 at 17:42 | #21

    Should be a big page count, I’m hoping for the Two Knights Defence, Giouco has been done to death.

  22. Jacob Aagaard
    May 30th, 2015 at 18:10 | #22

    I will help a bit with the book no doubt, mainly by checking it (and someone much better than I have done so already). But I want Nikos to be published in his own right.

    And yes, it will probably be a big book!

    May 30th, 2015 at 18:28 | #23

    @Jacob Aagaard
    If it’s his first book, I’d gladly pay for the book 50 euros, just to wish him good start.

    But then I expect full coverage: all non-Spanish lines plus Breyer πŸ™‚

  24. Jacob Aagaard
    May 30th, 2015 at 21:12 | #24

    Yes, me too.

  25. Ray
    May 31st, 2015 at 06:50 | #25

    @The Doctor
    The Two-Knights, on the other hand, is all fresh terrain πŸ™‚

  26. The Doctor
    May 31st, 2015 at 10:22 | #26

    Very funny

    May 31st, 2015 at 10:53 | #27

    @Jacob Aagaard
    When can we see the book in coming soon section?

  28. Jacob Aagaard
    May 31st, 2015 at 11:07 | #28

    When I am officially announcing it.

    May 31st, 2015 at 13:14 | #29

    May I suggest something new to your company? Prior launching some interesting project you could create special fund poll. Who wants can donate some amount via Paypal to support the author and the project. But a supporter gets benefit also! The 50% of donated money he can claim when he actually buys the book. Using donation, supporter gets extra benefit like right to address questions to the author, to receive chessbase format of the book, or right to get extra training positions, memory markers etc.

    Normally, if you have doubts regarding financial success of given book, you could always bail out using donation funds. You get early estimation of book to be sold.

    You could give it a try πŸ™‚

  30. Gollum
    May 31st, 2015 at 14:38 | #30


    I would definitively pay more if I could have a .pgn file of the book I’m buying, but I seem to recall Jacob saying QC will not consider it as it will be very easy for pirates.

  31. wolfsblut
    May 31st, 2015 at 17:12 | #31

    @Jacob Aagaard

    Thats really nice news! I will buy that one for sure.
    Is there still planned a GM REP with 1…e5 against all/Spanish?

  32. Jacob Aagaard
    June 1st, 2015 at 08:07 | #32

    Yes, this is completely out of the question. Get it on Forward Chess if you need a digital version.

  33. Jacob Aagaard
    June 1st, 2015 at 08:08 | #33

    This is it for a start.

  34. trandism
    June 3rd, 2015 at 13:46 | #34

    The only way the PGN thing might work and not destroy you is by making it viewable in a website a la chess24 only for legitimate buyers of the book by providing a serial number in the book and then auto-generating a custom page for each serial number. I’m sure technically is possible.

  35. wolfsblut
    June 7th, 2015 at 19:49 | #35

    Then we will have two one stop-Playing the- books against 1.e4 ( French/1….e5)- I like that. Is there a chance that there will come the same against 1.d4?

  36. Jacob Aagaard
    June 8th, 2015 at 08:33 | #36

    But there would still be a pgn on someone’s computer that he would give to a friend and from there…

    Forward Chess is our answer to this. It is the best answer we got.

  37. Jacob Aagaard
    June 8th, 2015 at 08:34 | #37

    Not sure what you mean. From Nikos? We already have the Tarrasch book of course…

  38. June 9th, 2015 at 16:04 | #38

    @ (Possible) Playing d4 book:
    There is still no full Tarrasch-repertoire book. Keilhack mentioned in his book, it was possible to play a Tarrasch-Set-up against any opening except 1. e4. Aagaard/Lund give a full repertoire, but against Reti/Bird/Nimzo-Larsen/Colle/London they deviate from a pure Tarrasch-Set-up. Sam Collins shows how to play against Reti-set-up.
    An “Universal Tarrasch-set-up” book is still missing on the market!

  39. Nikos Ntirlis
    June 9th, 2015 at 16:38 | #39

    If you combine the GM Rep 10 with the “Playing the French” and Avrukh’s “Anti” book you have your full “Tarrasch set up” book! I actually gave Avrukh my own analysis against Colle, London and the likes which included a “Tarrasch set up” and after he made his own magic to those lines he included them in his book.

  40. Shurlock Ventriloquist
    June 11th, 2015 at 01:50 | #40

    Hungarian defense v. The Guicco. Forces White to play a Spanish.

    SEE: Grunfeld/Smyslov & Spassky/Hort

  41. Nikos Ntirlis
    June 11th, 2015 at 07:15 | #41

    The problem with the Hungarian is the move order. White can avoid it (not that he doesn’t have an advantage if he enters it, albeit i admit that it is a small one) and get a sizeable edge in a every case (sadly).

  42. An Ordinary Chessplayer
    June 11th, 2015 at 17:16 | #42

    @Nikos Ntirlis – I really don’t know what you mean by move order. Can you give a move or two? By Hungarian I understand 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Be7. Not many avoidances that I can see for white, except the Spanish mentioned by Shurlock Ventriloquist.

  43. Shurlock Ventriloquist
    June 12th, 2015 at 03:09 | #43

    The only advantage White gains in the Hungarian is the right to ask the questions and a savvy player can find all the needed answers as Black if they have done their homework. Its confers a non-enforceable advantage.

    Engines continue to overestimate White’s chances in this system.

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