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Lessons with a Grandmaster: Enhance Your Chess Strategy And Psychology With Boris Gulko Paperback – Jun 14 2011
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This book is an outstanding contribution to instructional chess...This title is destined to be a classic... Lessons with a Grandmaster might just be the finest treatise ever written on the nuances and dynamics of positional play. This is learning at its best. John Warth, ChessCafe.com
About the Author
Boris Gulko is one of the most distinguished grandmasters in the chess world. He’s a former Soviet Champion and has also won the US Championship twice since his immigration in 1986, making him the only chess player ever to have held both the American and Soviet championship titles. Dr. Joel R. Sneed is a professor of psychology at Queens College of the City University of New York, and an amateur chess enthusiast and a student of Boris Gulko's.
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As computer analysis has an increasingly large impact on the world of chess more and more books rely on chess engines like Rybka. While this leads to more accurate moves in specific variations, it doesn't help the reader to better understand the positional elements involved, or how middlegame plans could be constructed. But in "Lessons with a Grandmaster", the authors work through games in a conversational style. The advantage of this is that the less experienced player (Dr. Joel Sneed) asks questions and suggests moves that readers might have posed, keeping the material accessible and engaging.
I didn't know GM Boris Gulko's games very well before reading this book, but after looking at the book's analysis, it's clear why the author was both a US and USSR champion.
"Lessons with a Grandmaster" is a great book for those who want to improve their positional understanding and how to form a plan in complex middlegames. The analysis is well presented, and as usual the Everyman Chess does a great job of laying out the material.
As an amateur chess player eager to learn not only how to think regarding the game, I am just as interested in they 'whys' of amateurish thinking. The book, even without chess, is a fascinating study of how humans think, but it is invaluable to the chess student seeking to grow in his play.
Well written, clear, logical, but always fascinating, it is a great tool to advance a player's understanding of the game.