Thinking Inside the Box Jacob Aagaard describes his chess improvement philosophy, developed over more than twenty years of thinking about one question: How do we make better decisions at the chess board?
As the final volume in the award-winning Grandmaster Preparation series, this book unifies the concepts of the previous five books and delves into such topics as:
The four types of decisions we take at the board
How to play simple positions
What is calculation?
How to analyse your games
And many more
Thinking Inside the Box is the ultimate self-improvement guide, written for amateurs as well as world-class players.
The chapters in this book are to some extent separate articles on themes I find very important for
improvement in chess. But they are connected, as my thinking about these topics has become
clear and integrated after thinking about it for years and discussing it with hundreds and hundreds
As I am finishing this book I am on a tour of eight Asian countries for training camps
and open lectures, presenting the ideas in the book, constantly refining them.
I doubt the ideas will ever be stagnant and I will continue to change my explanations of the basic ideas presented in what follows in new ways, hopefully with ever-increasing accuracy.
But publication is also an aim, so I have decided to end the thinking and move forward to the typesetting.
Grandmaster Jacob Aagaard won the British Championship at his first and only attempt. He is the only author to have won the Boleslavsky Medal as well as the ACP, Guardian, ECF and ChessCafe Book of the Year awards.
He trains grandmasters from four continents and has helped players win school tournaments, national titles, as well as international opens, the US Championship, the World Cup, the Candidates and two Olympiad gold medals.