John Shaw in the interrogation room

2/8/2005 – Having just returned from Gibraltar, IM John Shaw will be asked, live on Playchess.com by IM Jacob Aagaard, why oh why he sacrificed that rook against GM Sasikiran. Do not miss this edition of Glasgow 3rd floor Chess Radio directly from Scotland at 20.30 CET Wednesday evening.

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Glasgow 3rd floor Chess Radio

On this week's show (9th of February) IM Aagaard and IM Shaw will take another look at the Gibraltar tournament, where John held Alexei Shirov to a draw and had promising positions against many stronger players. Especially Jacob would like to know why John lost some of his games the way he did, and why Danny Gormally did not just take the rook, but instead lost in brilliant style to Emil Sutovsky, who took the best game prize for that game. The Scottish/Danish pair will also look at what is going on in the rest of the chess world.


From their home studio in Glasgow, International Masters Jacob Aagaard and John Shaw comment on recent and past chess events in a weekly Radio Show on the Chessbase server, starting Wednesday the 17th of November at 20:30 server time (20.30 CET, 7.30 pm GMT, 14.30 US East Coast time).

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.

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 by ten different authors and Learn from the Legends – Chess Champions at their Best by Romanian GM Mihail Marin.


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