GM Jacob Aagaard's book tour of India and Asia
Who is Jacob Aagaard?
Jacob Aagard is a Scottish/Danish grandmaster, Fide Senior Trainer and an award winning author. He has been the 2007 British and the 2012 Scottish Champion. He is the co-founder of Quality Chess Publishers. He is the only chess author in the world to have won all four major book of the year awards. As a chess trainer his star students include GM Sabino Brunello, GM Surya Shekhar Ganguly, GM Samuel Shankland and to some extent GM Boris Gelfand. More details about Jacob's achievements can be found in this ChessBase India article.
Why is he coming to India and Asia?
Jacob Aagaard is the author of the famous Grandmaster Preparation series. The sixth and final book of the series "Thinking Inside the box" is going to be published. Aagaard's visit to India will co-incide with this book's release. Also Jacob would like to meet many of his friends and fans in India and interact with as many chess lovers as possible. He would like to be available to all the chess players who have some questions. Maximum benefit of the people in terms of spreading chess knowledge is his main intention.
What is his schedule?
|25th March||Arrive in Mumbai|
|6-7 Apr||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|9-10 Apr||Bangkok, Thailand|
|15-16 Apr||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|17-19 Apr||Tehran, Iran|
At every place in India Jacob will be spending two days. Mornings of those two days will be used for specialized training to strong players. These trainings will last for six hours (three each day). This is intended to be very intense and players attending it can expect to learn quite a few trade secrets from a great trainer like Aagaard.Format:
On the first day evening at each place there will be a Open lecture where all the chess players, coaches, parents are welcome to attend! Aagaard would cover some important topics and there will also be the possibility for public interaction. That would be 26th March in Mumbai, 28th in Ahmedabad, 29th and 30th in Delhi (Delhi is the only place where there are two open lectures) 2nd in Kolkata, and 4th in Chennai. A detailed breakdown of how things will pan out at each place is given below.
25th-27th March - Mumbai
Jacob Aagaard reaches Mumbai on the 25th of March at 11.00 a.m. After taking some rest and adjusting to the new time zone, he will have a ChessBase India show with IM Sagar Shah at 8.00 p.m. on 25th of March.
On 26th and 27th mornings he will have a training session with some of the most talented kids in Mumbai. The sessions will last for six hours (three hours each day) and Praful Zaveri who has organized the event has made some excellent innovations like Personalized photograph with Aagaard, certificates etc. You can read the details below:
List of participants for Mumbai
|Sr #||Name of the Player||FIDE Rating|
|1||WGM Soumya Swaminathan||2347|
|2||IM Vikramaditya Kulkarni||2285|
|3||IM Sharad Tilak||2255|
|4||WIM Parnali Dharia||2140|
|5||Ananya Rishi Gupta||1955|
|10||WCM Khushi Khandelwal||1713|
|19||Abhishek A Gandhi||1255|
The Psychology and methods of Chess Improvement
Where there is a will there is a way, right? Grandmaster Jacob Aagaard disputes this notion, talks about how we should orient our life towards excellence in chess – and in everything else.
Program for 26th
Venue: Conference Hall of RCSC
1) Reporting: 09.00 am
2) Collecting T-shirts
3) Collect folder/Stationery
4) Welcome GM Aagaard
5) Welcome IM Sagar Shah
6) Camp commences: 10 am
7) Lunch break: 1 to 2
8) Post Lunch Session: 2 to 4
9) Refreshment: 4 pm
10) Photo Session: 4.30 pm
General Session: 7.00 pm
FI Praful Zaveri: 9820547548, firstname.lastname@example.org
28th-29th March, Ahmedabad
Ankit Dalal: 7878860008, email@example.com
Topic of open session in the evening:
Rules, what rules? There are many repeat patterns and repeat decisions that we can improve our game by learning about. Understanding these will sharpen our intuition and insight into the game, rather than turning us into mindless robots.
30th-31st March, Delhi
For the morning training session please contact IM Vishal Sareen (contact given below). There will be two open lectures on 30th and 31st evening. Here are the details:
IM Vishal Sareen: 9958030007, firstname.lastname@example.org
2nd-3rd of April, Kolkata
IM Atanu Lahiri - 8961617966, email@example.com
4th-5th April, Chennai
Chess Gurukul will host the morning training session, while the evening open session is being arranged by the CDCA.
The evening session on 4th of April will take place at the Bala Vidya Mandir School at 5 p.m. Jacob Aagaard will speak about calculation in chess. The entry is free.
WGM Aarthie Ramaswamy: 9444409043, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Indian trip ends as Jacob Aagaard takes his flight from Chennai to Kuala Lumpur at 8.30 a.m. on 6th morning.
6th-7th April - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
8th April - Hong Kong
More details about other Asian countries will be updated soon