“With A Matter of Endgame Technique Jacob Aagaard has again proved convincingly that he is one of the best chess authors of the modern times.
The book is really 5 books in one and you should really look at the examples carefully and first try to understand them yourself and only afterwards look at Jacob’s instructive explanations. He always gets to the heart of the matter and explains clearly why he has selected the example and what is the most important point of it. In this way you will understand the endgame phase much better, which will improve your chess immensely.”
GM Karsten Müller
“The quality of the book is in the explanations and analysis… Aagaard writes fluently and well. As an experienced trainer he brings out the learning points clearly… Aagaard writes, ‘I am of the firm conviction that chess is a difficult game to play, but not too difficult to explain once you have analysed the games thoroughly’. In respect of end games, Aagaard has fully achieved this aim.”
— Ray Edwards, Jovanka Houska & Sean Marsh, ECF judges naming “A Matter of Endgame Technique” as Book of the Year, full review
“Every now and then, a chess book comes along which simply demands attention. A Matter of Endgame Technique certainly falls into that category – and for a variety of reasons… The chapters have exercises, from ‘easy’ to ‘brain crusher’ and an absolute goldmine of highly instructive illustrative examples of endgame play.
It is hard to imagine how much time and effort has gone into creating this extremely impressive book. It is monumental, a real tour de force.”
Sean Marsh, CHESS magazine
“A beautiful timeless book. With countless beautiful, practical and instructive examples. The book is richly illustrated with diagrams so that you can train yourself (without a board) in visualizing variants. What else can I say about it? Well, it may seem like an expensive book, but of course it isn’t given the enormous content.”
Michel Hoetmer, Schaakblog.nl (full review in Dutch)