This week on Perpetual Chess we are joined by award winning chess author and renowned trainer, GM Jacob Aagaard. It had been more than 2 years since our last long-form interview, and we had tons of topics to cover. We discussed topics including the rise of the top young talents in the chess world, potential World Championship format chances, chess business news, to plenty of talk about chess training and improvement. Our improvement was particularly focused on endgames, because Jacob has recently released an ambitious and highly informative new book, A Matter of Endgame Technique. This book is nearly 900 pages in length and is packed with practical endgames tips and illustrations of moments where Grandmasters have gone wrong in endgames. Although Perpetual Chess is an audio only format, we tried to extract a few lessons that listeners can apply to their own games. GM Aagaard is never hesitant to share his opinions, and I always learn a lot from speaking with him. You can find timestamps of the topics discussed, as well as links for topics referenced below.
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0:02- Jacob discusses the “tidal wave” of young chess talents emerging from India and elsewhere. In 10 years, how many of the top 20 players in the world does he think will be from India?
13:00- Which young players does Aagaard consider most likely to someday be World Champion?
Mentioned: Gukesh-Abdussatorov 2022, IM Levy Rozman Gukesh Interview
21:00- What causes Jacob to suggest IM Vaishali R may someday be Woman’s World Champion?
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25:00- What did Jacob thing of the news that Chess.com is acquiring The Play Magnus Group?
35:00- Patreon Mailbag Question- What does Jacob think of potential changes to the World Championship Format?
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53:00- What chess lessons can we learn from Jacob’s great new book A Matter of Endgame Technique?
Mentioned: Think Like a Super GM, Under the Surface, Chess Tactics from Scratch, Positional Decision Making in Chess, Thinking Inside the Box
1:05:00- What is “The Steinitz Rule”?
1:11:00- What is “The Shankland Rule”?
1:16:00- Patreon Mailbag Question- What books similar to Thinking Inside the Box would Jacob recommend?
Mentioned: Chess Structures, GM Johan Hellsten, The Seven Deadly Chess Sins, The Road to Chess Improvement
1:20:00- What does Jacob think of GM Firouzja’s game?
1:24:00- Patreon Mailbag Question- Does Jacob think its important for trainers to play occasionally?
Mentioned: Charlotte Chess Center, IM Kassa Korley
1:30:00- Jacob discusses his pending emigration back to his native country, Denmark
1:33:00- What is the structure of Jacob’s training academy, Killer Chess Training?
Mentioned: GM RB Ramesh
1:41:00- Thanks to GM Aagaard for joining us! Links below:
Book- A Matter of Endgame Technique
Killer Chess Training Facebook- 365 Chess Academy / Killer Chess Training | Facebook
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