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Jacob Aagaard
Number of games in database: 199
Years covered: 1991 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2482 (2502 rapid, 2509 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2542

Overall record: +75 -46 =72 (57.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 6 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (29) 
    B40 B33 B90 B43 B42
 Ruy Lopez (10) 
    C99 C78 C63 C87 C98
 Caro-Kann (8) 
    B18 B10 B15 B14 B16
 French Defense (7) 
    C04 C18 C05 C02 C00
 King's Indian (6) 
    E61 E94
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (5) 
    C99 C98 C87
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (34) 
    B22 B90 B93 B48 B80
 Sicilian Najdorf (9) 
    B90 B93 B98
 Nimzo Indian (7) 
    E32 E53 E54 E21 E30
 Queen's Indian (6) 
    E15 E12
 English (5) 
    A13 A11 A17
 Queen's Pawn Game (5) 
    A45 E00 E10 D02 D00
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J Aagaard vs P A Rasmussen, 1996 1-0
   J Pallesen vs J Aagaard, 2002 0-1
   M Strange vs J Aagaard, 1994 0-1
   J Aagaard vs H Danielsen, 1997 1/2-1/2
   J Aagaard vs E Hossain, 2008 1-0
   A Schmied vs J Aagaard, 1995 0-1
   L Wu vs J Aagaard, 2007 0-1
   G Kafka vs J Aagaard, 2004 0-1
   Shabalov vs J Aagaard, 1999 0-1
   J Carstensen vs J Aagaard, 2012 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   British Championship (2007)
   Danish Championship (2006)
   111th Scottish Championship (2004)
   Politiken Cup (2006)
   Politiken Cup (2015)
   Politiken Cup (2012)
   37th Chess Olympiad (2006)
   Olympiad (2008)
   Chess Olympiad (2012)
   European Team Championship (2011)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Rampant Chess by Sally Simpson

   🏆 56th TCh-DEN Ex -18
   J Aagaard vs P Rewitz (Nov-19-17) 0-1
   A S Rasmussen vs J Aagaard (Nov-18-17) 1/2-1/2
   J W Rogers vs J Aagaard (May-01-17) 1/2-1/2
   D H Fernandez vs J Aagaard (Apr-30-17) 1/2-1/2
   N Grandelius vs J Aagaard (Apr-29-17) 1/2-1/2

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(born Jul-31-1973, 44 years old) Denmark (federation/nationality United Kingdom)

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Jacob Aagaard is a Grandmaster (2007), originally from Denmark, but now lives in Glasgow, Scotland. He took 2nd place in the 111th Scottish Championship in 2004. Aagaard took 1st place in the 112th Scottish Championship in 2005, but was not a British citizen yet. He has written several chess books, including Excelling at Chess and Inside the Chess Mind. In 2007, he won the 94th annual British Championship. FIDE Senior Trainer (2011). Scottish Champion in 2012.

Wikipedia article: Jacob Aagaard

Last updated: 2017-04-10 09:06:46

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 199  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Ole Larsen vs J Aagaard  1-0391991Kronborg EMT M1E99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
2. J Aagaard vs Ejnar Andersen  1-0541991Kronborg EMT M1E94 King's Indian, Orthodox
3. J Aagaard vs Kulaots 1-0341991EU-ch U20D85 Grunfeld
4. N Borge vs J Aagaard  ½-½651991Kronborg EMT M1B04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
5. J Aagaard vs S Clausen 0-1151991Kronborg EMT M1A56 Benoni Defense
6. P Mortensen vs J Aagaard  ½-½111991Kronborg EMT M1B08 Pirc, Classical
7. J Aagaard vs B G Christensen  1-0311991Kronborg EMT M1D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. J Aagaard vs G Welling  0-1221992Budapest FS 07D43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
9. J Aagaard vs Y Shulman 1-0461993EU-ch U18E61 King's Indian
10. I Dmitriev vs J Aagaard 1-0121993It (b)B50 Sicilian
11. M Strange vs J Aagaard 0-1271994DK candidatesC57 Two Knights
12. Max Nielsen vs J Aagaard  ½-½321995It openC30 King's Gambit Declined
13. J Aagaard vs Acs ½-½441995It (cat.2), VI, Budapest (HungC36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense
14. A Schmied vs J Aagaard 0-191995CopenhagenD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. J Aagaard vs G Welling  ½-½171995Copenhagen 2nd DSDSA06 Reti Opening
16. J Aagaard vs P A Rasmussen 1-0311996Politiken CupC39 King's Gambit Accepted
17. J Aagaard vs N R McDonald  0-1161996Budapest FS08 GMC02 French, Advance
18. J Stocek vs J Aagaard  1-0211996Budapest FS08 GME21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
19. J Aagaard vs T Ochsner  ½-½321996Ch Denmark team 1995C30 King's Gambit Declined
20. T Gavriel vs J Aagaard  0-1301997London2D02 Queen's Pawn Game
21. J Aagaard vs Movsesian  0-1221997Wichern op 4thE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
22. J Aagaard vs Keitlinghaus  0-147199703C34 King's Gambit Accepted
23. J Aagaard vs H Danielsen  ½-½471997Copenhagen ArunaB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
24. J Aagaard vs A Kveinys  0-1301997Karsten Kold opB42 Sicilian, Kan
25. M Houska vs J Aagaard  0-1491997LondonA45 Queen's Pawn Game
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Dec-29-07  bystander: <square dance>
I have been working on Agaards' excelling at combinational play for a while, and for me it was too difficult to grasp the concepts presented and most of the puzzles I have tried (did not try them all) I could not solve.

Now I am reading Learn Chess Tactics from John Nunn. It is more suitable for my level of solving chess puzzles. For example, Agaard explaines the very basic ideaas of combinations in 3 pages (Eco Thema selection, basic ideas liked ouble thread, deflection, pinning etc) where John Nunn uses several pages for each theme.

Maybe after finishing John Nunn, I give Agaard another try!

Jan-01-08  Everett: Those combinations at the end are not easy at all. I see about 2 or 3 out of the 6 per page, and not all the possible defenses.

The positional book, and the exercises, are really, really good, and different.... and difficult. I think they're improving my vision and understanding more than any recent material.

I know many don't appreciate his "pot shots" at other chess book authors, yet I don't think his opinions are unreasonable, and it's refreshing (to me) to hear a very good player make commentary on the various books out there.

Good luck with your study!

Apr-09-08  Freelix: GM Aagaard wrote a well-received book on the Dutch Stonewall a few years back. Interestingly, he doesn't play this variation (or even the Dutch) in a single game in chessgames. Isn't this strange?
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  DarthStapler: I have some books by this guy
Nov-03-08  Silverstrike: I've seen this guy a couple of times in various tournaments around Scotland. Never played him though...
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  Joshka: This guy was Dan Heisman's guest on his show last Thursday!!'s available on re/play from the ICC Website!
Mar-19-09  jon01: I just got his book "Starting Out: The Grunfeld".
Apr-28-09  alexrawlings: <jon01: I just got his book "Starting Out: The Grunfeld".> How are finding that book? I've just started it...
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  Marmot PFL: Aagaard wrote a book on the Tarrasch Defense, and he doesn't play that either. Why write about the lines you plan to play?
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  wordfunph: Happy Birthday to Jacob Aagard who authored one of best reads...."Inside the Chess Mind"!
Mar-02-10  A Karpov Fan: Got this guys attacking manual 1, decent material and good explanantions but he could have maybe proof read it just once to avoid all the silly mistakes with spelling/punctuation/grammar.

English is not his first language but he must have an English friend -lol-

4/5 stars still tho for a great book

Mar-02-10  Troller: Aagaard is now Danish again after having been Scottish for some years. For a small country like Denmark, losing 2 GMs (Danielsen to Iceland & Aagaard to Scotland) is tough on the national team.
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  GrahamClayton: Aagard is a regular contributor to "Chess" magazine. I have always enjoyed his insighful analysis of the games he presents.
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  DarthStapler: Happy birthday, GM Aagaard!
Oct-24-11  SimonWebbsTiger: congratulations to Jacob -- he was just awarded the FIDE Senior Trainer title at the recently concluded FIDE congress.

The FST is awarded if the person is: an IM or GM with at least 2450+ in ELO; author of books; masters one foreign language; has 10+ years of training experience.

He's a bit overqualified then!

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  wordfunph: "Tocco declined my hand and said something about my mother and ancient professions. I asked the arbiter if this was entirely appropriate to which he said, 'You won the game, what more do you want'. Quite right."

- GM Jacob Aagaard (on Aagaard-Tocco Arco 2007 game)

Source: Grandmaster Versus Amateur by Jacob Aagaard & John Shaw

Jul-30-12  SimonWebbsTiger: more congratulations are in order for Jacob who has recently won the Scottish Championship as well as being awarded the FIDE trainer's Isaac Boleslavsky prize for best author (2011). (.pdf file)

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  wordfunph: "Grandmasters know that a positional advantage is better than a material advantage."

- GM Jacob Aagaard

happy birthday!

Jul-31-12  LoveThatJoker: Happy Birthday, GM Aagaard!


Oct-18-12  ketchuplover: Slightly belated dittos.
Feb-17-13  Bowen Island: I have not read through all six pages of posts on Aagaard here, but find something a bit odd. Aagaard wrote an Everyman Chess book titled "Dutch Stonewall" in 2000 (reprinted in 2002). Yet there are no Dutch games on this site by Aagaard and none in the above mentioned book. Don't get me wrong, I like the book and find it most helpful, just that one would expect a player to be asked to write a book on an opening which he was experienced in playing.
Aug-11-13  waustad: <bowen>I found some on chess365 where he played the Dutch, but mostly as white. There were however 2 where he played black there: and
Dec-13-13  Bowen Island: Thank you, waustad, for finding those games. I enjoyed playing over them.
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  Sally Simpson: I once made a total cock up of a Brilliancy prize Jacob should won.

He should have won it but I gave it to a game he lost.

Full story here:

Jul-31-15  Everett: Really enjoy all of his books. His last series is well beyond me, but I keep gravitating toward his texts on positional play.
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