Radio ChessBase: What newspaper do chess players read?

7/20/2005 – IMs Jacob Aagaard and John Shaw go on a rampage through the world of chess for the last week or so in their weekly radio show on Playchess. There will be the usual snippets from all over the world, but also a puzzle show to guess the name of the newspaper that sponsors a major event. Come take part.

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Glasgow 3rd Floor Chess Radio

With the domination of Dortmund out of the way, good old well respected honest chess journalists can finally get down to business.

Meanwhile IMs Jacob Aagaard and John Shaw will go on a rampage through the world of chess for the last week or so in their weekly radio show on playchess.com. There will be the usual snippets from all over the world, but also a short look at Politiken Cup, held just a few miles from Aagaard's prior residence in Denmark. The pre-puzzle show will be to guess the name of the newspaper that sponsors the event. If you cannot solve it, chances are you cannot locate the show on the server either, so we will not bother to give the answer...

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

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 (20.30h CET, 18.30h GMT, 13.30 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."


On recent training DVDs IM Jacob Aagaard uses our new Chess Media System to teach the most important principles of positional play. His DVD lectures deal with weak squares, good and bad pieces, prophylaxis, pawn weaknesses, and much, much more. They are concepts which belong in the toolbox of every chess player. The lectures are followed by exercises, in which you have to look for solutions yourself. There are hours of high class video training on each DVD. Price: € 29.99.


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