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Jacob Aagaard
J Aagaard 
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Number of games in database: 320
Years covered: 1990 to 2022
Last FIDE rating: 2477 (2502 rapid, 2509 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2542
Overall record: +113 -82 =117 (55.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 8 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (48) 
    B90 B47 B92 B33 B42
 Ruy Lopez (17) 
    C78 C99 C84 C63 C92
 Caro-Kann (12) 
    B18 B12 B10 B13 B14
 French Defense (11) 
    C03 C04 C11 C00 C05
 King's Indian (10) 
    E61 E97 E94 E83 E91
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (9) 
    C99 C84 C92 C87 C98
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (53) 
    B22 B90 B32 B93 B76
 King's Indian (11) 
    E70 E97 E80 E99 E63
 English (10) 
    A13 A17 A10 A16 A11
 Nimzo Indian (10) 
    E32 E53 E25 E54 E30
 Sicilian Najdorf (10) 
    B90 B93 B98
 Queen's Pawn Game (8) 
    E00 E10 D00 A45 D02
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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
   J Aagaard vs Fuad Ahmed Mohamme Mufleh, 2006 1-0
   J Pallesen vs J Aagaard, 2002 0-1
   Shabalov vs J Aagaard, 1999 0-1
   M Strange vs J Aagaard, 1994 0-1
   J Aagaard vs E Hossain, 2008 1-0
   J Aagaard vs H Danielsen, 1997 1/2-1/2
   S B Hansen vs J Aagaard, 2006 1/2-1/2
   L Wu vs J Aagaard, 2007 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Scottish Championship (2012)
   British Championship (2007)
   111th Scottish Championship (2004)
   Danish Championship (2006)
   Bratto Open-A (2007)
   Politiken Cup (2012)
   Politiken Cup (2006)
   Politiken Cup (2015)
   Corus Reserve Group (2001)
   Copenhagen Open (1991)
   Copenhagen Open (1992)
   Wichern Open (1999)
   Istanbul Olympiad (2012)
   European Team Championship (2011)
   Tromso Olympiad (2014)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Thinking inside the Box by edwin.n.walker
   Rampant Chess by plerranov
   Rampant Chess by Sally Simpson

   🏆 VI Semana Santa Alicante
   J Aagaard vs D Macias Pino (Apr-17-22) 1/2-1/2
   J Aagaard vs M Santos Ruiz (Oct-10-21) 1/2-1/2
   J Aagaard vs F Rhine (May-16-21) 1/2-1/2, blitz
   J Aagaard vs P Rewitz (Nov-19-17) 0-1
   A S Rasmussen vs J Aagaard (Nov-18-17) 1/2-1/2

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(born Jul-31-1973, 50 years old) Denmark

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Jacob Aagaard Madsen is a Grandmaster (2007). He was born and raised in Denmark, later moved to Glasgow, Scotland, then returned to Denmark in 2022. He finished second in the 111th Scottish Championship (2004) and first in the 112th Scottish Championship (2005), but was not a British citizen yet. He won the British Championship (2007) and Scottish Championship (2012). He has written a number of chess books, including Excelling at Chess, Inside the Chess Mind, and Thinking Inside the Box.

Wikipedia article: Jacob Aagaard

Last updated: 2023-06-13 08:00:17

 page 1 of 13; games 1-25 of 320  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R Topakian vs J Aagaard  1-0341990Aarhus opB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
2. M Duch vs J Aagaard  ½-½601991Open Danish Junior ChampionshipE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
3. J Aagaard vs R Ciemniak  0-1371991Open Danish Junior ChampionshipA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
4. J Aagaard vs K Kulaots 1-0341991Open Danish Junior ChampionshipD85 Grunfeld
5. O Larsen vs J Aagaard  1-0391991KronborgE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
6. V Grabliauskas vs J Aagaard  ½-½371991Open Danish Junior ChampionshipE92 King's Indian
7. M Antonsen vs J Aagaard  1-0401991Open Danish Junior ChampionshipE70 King's Indian
8. J Aagaard vs S Clausen 0-1151991KronborgA56 Benoni Defense
9. N Borge vs J Aagaard  ½-½651991KronborgB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
10. J Aagaard vs E Andersen  1-0541991KronborgE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
11. S Pedersen vs J Aagaard  ½-½251991Open Danish Junior ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
12. J Aagaard vs S B Petersen  ½-½351991Open Danish Junior ChampionshipD24 Queen's Gambit Accepted
13. Y Masserey vs J Aagaard  0-1341991Open Danish Junior ChampionshipB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
14. J Aagaard vs N A Down  1-0311991Hastings Challengers 9192E97 King's Indian
15. J Aagaard vs O Dannevig  ½-½231991Open Danish Junior ChampionshipA48 King's Indian
16. J Aagaard vs B G Christensen  1-0311991KronborgD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. P Mortensen vs J Aagaard  ½-½111991KronborgB08 Pirc, Classical
18. T Ernst vs J Aagaard  1-0411991Copenhagen OpenB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
19. J Aagaard vs T Wedberg  ½-½251991Copenhagen OpenE25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
20. I Novikov vs J Aagaard  ½-½301991Copenhagen OpenE70 King's Indian
21. Y Dokhoian vs J Aagaard  1-0251991Copenhagen OpenE70 King's Indian
22. J Aagaard vs I Andersen  1-0301991Copenhagen OpenD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
23. J Aagaard vs R Djurhuus  1-0421991Copenhagen OpenA87 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation
24. J Aagaard vs B Brinck-Claussen  ½-½121991Copenhagen OpenA56 Benoni Defense
25. J Aagaard vs K Berg  0-1401991Copenhagen OpenE97 King's Indian
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  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!

Jan-12-12  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)

Jul-31-12  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!


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  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:

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  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.

Apr-10-17  epistle: Is this the guy who is the guest of GM Torre and who will have a simul tomorrow at the Meralco Chess Club?
Apr-10-17  cro777: Jakob Aagaard's "Thinking Inside the Box" book tour of India and Asia.

Aagaard will be in India and Asia from the 25th of March until the 20th of April to promote his books, meet and interact with his fans and chess lovers. The release of the final book of the Grandmaster Preparation series will co-incide with Aagaard's visit to India. After India, Jacob will continue on to six more countries in Asia.

<epistle> Aagaard will visit Manila tomorrow (April 11th).

Jacob Aagaard is one of my favorite chess authors. His new book "Grandmaster Preparation: Thinking Inside the box" will be released these days. (Of course, I have ordered the book).

Apr-10-17  cro777: The Delhi leg of Jacob Aagaard's book tour:

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  Peligroso Patzer: The following game: J Pallesen vs J Aagaard, 2002, not currently in Aagaard's "Notable Games" list, is today's GOTD. Aagaard apparently referred to it as his "Mona Lisa" in "Thinking Inside the Box".
Sep-19-18  Gudrun: Jacob is trainer & captain for the Indian women's team. The crafty guy can look forward to some excellent Indian food! & pal about with V Anand
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Dec-19-21  Whitehat1963: First on the alphabetical live list.
Dec-19-21  Whitehat1963: Oops! No! This guy is first:

Anton Aaberg

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  Fusilli: A puzzle about technique.

Aagaard, 2007.

White to play.

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Jacob Aagaard, 2007
White to play

1.Rf8 (if 1.Ke5, Black goes for "shouldering," i.e. stopping the white king by going towards it. In this case, 1...Kf3, and if 2.Rf8+ Ke3.)

1...Kh2 2.Ke5 g3 3.Kf4 g2

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4.Rh8+ (if 4.Kf3 g1=N+! and black draws with correct play) Kg1 5.Kg3

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5...Kf1 6.Kf8+ Kg1 7.Rf7 (If 7.Rf2 Kh1 draws) Kh1

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8.Rh7+ Kg1 9.Rh2 winning.

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