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Surya Shekhar Ganguly vs Jacob Aagaard
Politiken Cup (2010), Copenhagen DEN, rd 7, Aug-05
Dutch Defense: Stonewall. Modern Variation (A90)  ·  1-0



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  keypusher: Entertainingly written up in Aagard's <Positional Chess> -- he presents a series of positions from the game as quizzes. Each time, you're supposed to ask yourself three questions:

1) Where are the weaknesses?
2) Which is the worst-placed piece?
3) What is my opponent's idea?

Here's the first quiz, Black to play at move 14.

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He writes, <Here I was thinking: Just don't allow Bg5, just don't allow Bg5...The bishop is decreasing in value [....a4-a3 and Bb2-c1 had recently been played] and White has a serious problem with the c3-square; especially once I play ...b5-b4. It would be moronic to let him prevent me from bringing a knight to e4.


Ok, so I am a moron. It will now take forever to fight for the c3-square. This is how it goes; understanding what you need to do is not enough, you actually have to do it. Practice beats theory once again...

14....Ne4 15.Bf4 b4 and either ...Bb7 or ...Ba6 leads to at least even chances for Black.>

Lots of mistakes by both sides after that, all of which Aagaard recounts. The Q+opposite color bishops position reached at the end is a little better for White, but holdable, until 35....Qg7??.

Aagaard's final word: <Not pretty, but very instructive. Chess is far easier to understand than to play, so please do go through the exercises and get these simple things under control!>

The book is probably at too high a level for me, but I think it is very good.

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  perfidious: <keypusher....The book is probably at too high a level for me, but I think it is very good.>

With all respect, I disagree: reading this could only prove a worthwhile endeavour, especially (if I am not mistaken) working with young players as you do, who will come to value such lessons.

If this snippet is indicative of Aagaard's work as a whole, 'very good' seems an understatement. Wish something like this had been around in the mid 1970s, when I progressed from novice to average player.

<....understanding what you need to do is not enough, you actually have to do it....>

First in chess, now in poker: don't I know it, though I am far better at executing on a consistent basis when those spots present themselves as a poker player than I ever was on the 64 squares.

As that anonymous bit of graffiti once ran:

<I used to think I was indecisive, but now I'm not so sure>

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  moronovich: <<I used to think I was indecisive, but now I'm not so sure>>

Brilliant !

Being shure about everything = understanding nothing.

But, if we go to the Rogoff : Understanding nothing, may be an improvement so some of the regulars.

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