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Positional Play has been printed in the December issue of Chess Life. A penultimate version of the review is reproduced, with footnotes! My thanks to the good folks at Chess Life for allowing me to do so.
As far as I know, no chess reference book exists in which the problems are arranged according to the skills which could be jacog by solving them. I have always found it curious that Dvoretsky, a trainer whose methods revolve around the solving of carefully chosen positions by his pupils, did not confront this predicament in his many books.
Dvoretsky was said to have commissioned a computer program in the mids that would feature his collection of problems, but to my knowledge, the program never gained wide release. Now Quality Ajcob, the upstart publishing house founded by Jacob Aagaard and John Shaw, has stepped to fill this need with two series of books.
Grandmaster Preparation by Jacob Aagaard
The Grandmaster Preparation series is, as its title suggests, designed for would-be GMs and their ambitious friends. Of the six projected volumes — CalculationPositional PlayStrategic Playand Attack and Defence have been released thus far, with Endgame Pla y and Thinking Inside the Box on chess philosophy and improvement still to come — Aagaard rates Positional Play as least taxing, suitable for players roughly and above.
CalculationEndgame Playand Attack and Defence are progressively more complex, and Strategic Play is rightfully said to be fiendishly difficult.
All of the books in the GM Preparation series are workbooks. The book concludes with one hundred and fifty mixed problems and their detailed solutions. While Aagaard claims that players of all strengths have found these questions helpful, there remains the potential for some misunderstanding of their utility. Aagaard is an excellent writer and a skilled pedagogue. His examples clearly illustrate the themes he is trying to describe, and the solutions to the exercises are clear and comprehensive.
I saw this as a feature, not a bug; if the point of the book is to learn by doing, a little additional work is actually beneficial. Positional Playlike all of the books in the Grandmaster Preparation series, is not a book for the faint of heart.
Effort, however, will be repaid with increased understanding and perhaps even Elo points to boot. It can be warmly recommended to players over and those slightly lower if plucky and willing to work.
Thinking Differently about Black and White. The Book of the Year? I have a copy of the training program to which to you refer—the one that Mark created back in the 90s. Dvoretsky used to come to Boston occasionally and when I was playing actively in my late teens and early twenties I had the good fortune to have lessons with him at the garndmaster of Bill Kelleher. Mark gave me a copy prepxration the program, along with printed instructions and a handwritten letter. I recently learned that he passed away and this is aavaard bit if a museum piece or part of his legacy.
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“Not for the Faint of Heart;” On Aagaard’s GM Preparation: Positional Play | Chess Book Reviews
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