Radio ChessBase: Capelle vs. Aeroflot

2/23/2005 – Two giant opens, both at the same time – this was a real loss to chess players and of course for the tournaments themselves. IMs Jacob Aagaard and John Shaw will talk about both events on their live Playchess lecture, which is brought to you at 20.30 CET Wednesday evening.

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Through bad planning both the Cappelle le Grande Open in France (12th-19th of February – 1st prize €3.000) and the big open in Moscow, Aeroflot Open (15-23 February – 1st prize $30.000). In Russian Magazines this was presented as if Cappelle had placed their tournament at the same time as Aeroflot, but in reality the dates for the Aeroflot Open was announced months after the Cappelle dates. The real loses are of course the chess players who are used to play both events, but certainly neither tournament has benefited from this either.

In Wednesdays show IMs Aagaard and Shaw will talk about both tournaments (this year they both played Cappelle le Grande, and Aagaard played Moscow 2004). All opinions will be sharp and to the point, while Aagaard has a big apologise to make to the listeners of the last show, the 9th of February.

The Radio ChessBase lectures by Aagaard and Shaw begin every Wednesday at 20:30h CEST (European Central time = server time, which translates to 19:30h GMT, 2:30 p.m. New York, 04:30 a.m. Sydney (on Thursday). You can use Fritz or any Fritz-compatible program (Shredder, Junior, Tiger, Hiarcs) to follow the lectures, or download a free trial client.


Glasgow 3rd floor Chess Radio

Glasgow 3rd floor Chess Radio

From a home studio in Glasgow, International Master Jacob Aagaard and IM John Shaw will comment on recent and past chess events in a weekly Radio Show on the Chessbase server. The show runs on Wednesdays at 20:30 server time (20.30 CET, 7.30 pm GMT, 14.30 US East Coast time).

IM Jacob Aagaard is one of the best known chess writers. His personal favourites among his own works are Excelling at Chess Calculation and Excelling at Technical Chess, both published by Everyman Chess, as well as Experts vs. the Sicilian by Quality Chess Europe and Attacking Chess 1&2 (CDs) by Chessbase. Jacob has in 2004 made three GM norms and hopes to gain the necessary 50 Elo points for the GM title in 2005.

IM John Shaw has written two books for Everyman Chess and co-edited Experts vs. the Sicilian. He has represented Scotland on many occasions, recently in the Olympiad in Calvià, where he obtained his second GM-norm. As John has once had 2500 in Elo, it is his hope that he will complete his Grandmaster title in 2005 with a third GM-norm.

Together with Jacob, John constitutes two thirds of the new chess publisher Quality Chess Europe which has published Experts vs. the Sicilian (Not a good, but a very good book with many interesting suggestions – Nigel Short and Learn from the Legends – Chess Champions at their Best by Romanian GM Mihail Marin, of which Jonathan Rowson wrote the following in New in Chess 1/2005. "It must be a strong candidate for any existing book of the year award, and if it doesn't win any, someone should create a new award so that the book's quality is properly acknowledged."


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