Item description for The Attacking Manual: Basic Principles by Jacob Aagaard...
British Champion Jacob Aagaard explains the rules of attack (the exploitation of a dynamic advantage) in an accessible and entertaining style. This groundbreaking work is well balanced between easily understandable examples, exercises and deep analysis. Five years in the making, this book will surely not disappoint. Volume I deals with bringing all the pieces into the action, momentum, colour schemes, strongest and weakest points, evolution/revolution. This is the first thorough examination of the nature of dynamics in chess. The principles in this book are universal and relevant in every chess game played. This book contains great attacking chess. In lively no-nonsense language, Aagaard explains how the best chess players in the world attack.
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Studio: Quality Chess
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6.75" Height: 9.5" Weight: 1.15 lbs.
Release Date May 30, 2008
Publisher Quality Chess
ISBN 9197600407 ISBN13 9789197600408
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More About Jacob Aagaard
Jacob Aagaard is an International Master from Denmark who has earned himself a deserved reputation as an industrious and no-nonsense chess author.
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Excellent Author / Poor Publisher Jul 12, 2008
I have enjoyed reading Jacob Aagaard's previous books. In those books he has often stressed that to improve in chess one must be willing to do plenty of work and put in some real effort. I believe that he is right. As I have worked my way through his previous efforts, I have been rewarded. Consequently, I had looked forward to the release of his "Attacking Manual" for some time. But now that I have it in hand, I am disappointed. While the content of the book is excellent, vintage Aagaard, the production value of the book is so seriously flawed that it makes his work virtually inaccessible. The binding is good; the heaviness of the paper used is good; the clarity and size of the many diagrams is good; the sharpness of the print is good. The problem, and it is a surprisingly big problem, is the lack of margins. They virtually don't exist. The pages are laid out in a double column format. While the very small margins don't present a problem reading the lines of the lateral columns of the book, they do make the pages unattractive. Far more importantly, the lack of margins medially makes it very difficult to read the book as lines of print literally bend into the central crease of the opened book. While I had expected to be challenged by the book's content, I had not expected to have to fight the book itself.
I feel bad ranking this book with only 2-stars. The Aagaard content deserves better. But a chess book is to be enjoyed. The layout of this book, with its lack of central margins, is simply so bad that it makes this work not only disagreeable, but essentially unapproachable. The content isn't worth the fight. Aagaard deserved better, but then again, so did I. I spent almost $30 for this book. I will never fully read it though. Poor production value trumped good content. It is not worth the fight. It is not worth the money. Aagaard needs to find himself a competent publisher.