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GM Jacob Aagaard's book tour of India and Asia 

World class author and trainer Jacob Aagaard will be in India and Asia on a book tour

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
26-27 Mar Mumbai
28-29 Mar Ahmedabad
30-31 Mar Delhi
1-Apr Rest day
2-3 Apr Kolkata
4-5 Apr Chennai
6-7 Apr Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
8-Apr Hong Kong
9-10 Apr Bangkok, Thailand
11-Apr Philippines
12-Apr Singapore
13-14 Apr Indonesia
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:

That's the venue for the event - The Russian Cultural Centre, Tardeo

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
6 Kushager Krishnater 1915
7 Shah Rishab 1891
8 Madhusudan Iyer 1865
9 Aryan Polakhare 1791
10 WCM Khushi Khandelwal 1713
11 Chakshu Dhannawat 1644
12 Shiv Shome 1577
13 Rohnit Amin 1574
14 Abhinav Shetty 1530
15 Samyukta Banthia 1520
16 Avathanshu Bhat 1361
17 Vinamra Bedia 1353
18 Vansh Aggarwal 1307
19 Abhishek A Gandhi 1255
20 Agastya Bhandari  
21 Harsh Mehra  
22 Vijay Manjrekar  
23 Isha Toshniwal  
Apart from the above session, there will also be an open session on 26th of March at 6.30 p.m. at the Russian Cultural Centre. The session will be open to everyone including students, parents and chess lovers. And there will be no charge to attend the event. The topic of the evening will be:

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.

Download the entire circular

Program for 26th

Venue: Conference Hall of RCSC
(2nd Floor)

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
(Venue: Auditorium)


FI Praful Zaveri: 9820547548,


Related articles:

A little piece of Russian chess in Mumbai

Jacob Aagaard and the Magic of Mumbai

28th-29th March, Ahmedabad


Ankit Dalal: 7878860008,

Topic of open session in the evening:

Strategic Concepts

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:

This is what Aagaard will be covering

The venue and fees

Register yourself for the evening sessions on 30th and 31st of March

Download the circular


Related articles:

IM Vishal Sareen on his first meet with Jacob Aagaard


IM Vishal Sareen: 9958030007,

2nd-3rd of April, Kolkata

For the six hour training with Aagaard we already have two stalwarts of Indian chess - Surya Sekhar Ganguly and Deep Sengupta. 


IM Atanu Lahiri - 8961617966,

4th-5th April, Chennai

Chess Gurukul will host the morning training session, while the evening open session is being arranged by the CDCA.

It is going to be a powerpacked training session as four GMs (Shyam, Vishnu, Venkatesh and Kidambi) and one IM (CRG Krishna) will be at the training session. Subseuqently Aravindh Chithambaram, S.Vijayalakshmi, S.Meenakshi, have also joined in

The morning training will take place at Chess Gurukul from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on 4th and 5th of April.

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.


Download the circular


WGM Aarthie Ramaswamy: 9444409043,

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

Peter Long is the person in charge of Aagaard's entire tour in Asia after India

ChessBase India founders Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal will be travelling with Aagaard throughout his 20 day journey of five Indian cities and six Asian countries!

Sagar is preparing hard for the Badminton game!

Jacob with his typical sense of humour! Tennis = Badminton!
John Shaw gets rid of Jacob for a month, Asia gets him!

ChessBase India is proud to be associated with this project. We are sure that Aagaard's visit to India and Asia will boost the chess level in the region. 
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