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Jacob Aagaard
Number of games in database: 189
Years covered: 1991 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2498 (2502 rapid, 2509 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2542
Overall record: +70 -45 =68 (56.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      6 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (26) 
    B28 B90 B40 B92 B47
 Ruy Lopez (10) 
    C99 C78 C67 C98 C65
 Caro-Kann (7) 
    B18 B16 B10 B14 B15
 French Defense (7) 
    C04 C18 C00 C06 C03
 King's Indian (6) 
    E61 E94
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (5) 
    C99 C98 C87
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (34) 
    B22 B90 B32 B40 B48
 Sicilian Najdorf (9) 
    B90 B93 B98
 Nimzo Indian (7) 
    E53 E32 E21 E30 E54
 Queen's Indian (6) 
    E15 E12
 English (5) 
    A13 A11 A17
 Semi-Slav (4) 
    D43 D47 D44
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   J Aagaard vs P A Rasmussen, 1996 1-0
   A Schmied vs J Aagaard, 1995 0-1
   M Strange vs J Aagaard, 1994 0-1
   G Kafka vs J Aagaard, 2004 0-1
   L Wu vs J Aagaard, 2007 0-1
   J Aagaard vs E Hossain, 2008 1-0

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

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(born Jul-31-1973, 42 years old) Denmark

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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. Scottish champion in 2012.

Wikipedia article: Jacob Aagaard

 page 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 189  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. N Borge vs J Aagaard  ½-½65 1991 Kronborg EMT M1B04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
2. J Aagaard vs Kulaots 1-034 1991 EU-ch U20D89 Grunfeld
3. P Mortensen vs J Aagaard  ½-½11 1991 Kronborg EMT M1B08 Pirc, Classical
4. J Aagaard vs S Clausen 0-115 1991 Kronborg EMT M1A56 Benoni Defense
5. J Aagaard vs B G Christensen  1-031 1991 Kronborg EMT M1D31 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. Ole Larsen vs J Aagaard  1-039 1991 Kronborg EMT M1E99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
7. J Aagaard vs E Andersen  1-054 1991 Kronborg EMT M1E94 King's Indian, Orthodox
8. J Aagaard vs G Welling  0-122 1992 Budapest FS 07D43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
9. J Aagaard vs Y Shulman 1-046 1993 EU-ch U18E61 King's Indian
10. I Dmitriev vs J Aagaard 1-012 1993 It (b)B50 Sicilian
11. M Strange vs J Aagaard 0-127 1994 DK candidatesC57 Two Knights
12. A Schmied vs J Aagaard 0-19 1995 It (open)D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. M Nielsen vs J Aagaard  ½-½32 1995 It openC30 King's Gambit Declined
14. J Aagaard vs Acs ½-½44 1995 It (cat.2), VI, Budapest (HungC36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense
15. J Aagaard vs G Welling  ½-½17 1995 Copenhagen 2nd DSDSA06 Reti Opening
16. J Stocek vs J Aagaard  1-021 1996 Budapest FS08 GME21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
17. J Aagaard vs T Ochsner  ½-½32 1996 Ch Denmark team 1995C30 King's Gambit Declined
18. J Aagaard vs N McDonald  0-116 1996 Budapest FS08 GMC02 French, Advance
19. J Aagaard vs P A Rasmussen 1-031 1996 Politiken CupC39 King's Gambit Accepted
20. M Houska vs J Aagaard  0-149 1997 LondonA45 Queen's Pawn Game
21. J Aagaard vs A Kveinys  0-130 1997 Karsten Kold opB42 Sicilian, Kan
22. J Aagaard vs Movsesian  0-122 1997 Wichern op 4thE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
23. J Aagaard vs H Danielsen  ½-½47 1997 Copenhagen ArunaB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
24. J Aagaard vs Keitlinghaus  0-147 1997 03C34 King's Gambit Accepted
25. J Aagaard vs S Williams  1-025 1998 Hampstead IMA84 Dutch
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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?
Apr-10-08  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!
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  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.
Jul-31-11  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.
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  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.
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  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
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  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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  DrNyet: I really like the new Gelfand book that Aagaard "ghostwrote" (per the forward): Positional Decision Making in Chess.

Aagaard's role was to make the book more accessible to amateurs by querying Gelfand, although it's not a standard Q&A book. It also is full of detailed analysis and interesting asides and explorations by Gelfand.

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