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Lessons with a Grandmaster: Enhance your chess strategy and psychology with Boris Gulko

Gulko Boris, Sneed Joel

Imagine you are a club player who has been given the opportunity to talk at length with a famous grandmaster. How would you make the most of this opportunity?

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Imagine you are a club player who has been given the opportunity to talk at length with a famous grandmaster. How would you make the most of this opportunity?

Club players are unaware of the subtleties in Grandmaster chess. Great players can analyze chess at a depth that is unfathomable to amateurs. However, having reached such a high level can make it difficult to understand what is lacking in the mind of the amateur.

Lessons with a Grandmaster bridges this gap between grandmaster and amateur through a series of conversations between teacher, the renowned Grandmaster Boris Gulko, and student Dr. Joel R. Sneed, a professor of psychology and amateur chess player. The lessons are based on Gulko's own battles against fellow grandmasters, and there is particular focus on strategy, tactics and the role of psychology in chess competition.

  • Learn from the chess games of Boris Gulko
  • Typical questions you would ask a Grandmaster - answered!
  • Improve your understanding of chess strategy and psychology.

UPDATE: Since working on this book Dr. Sneed has gained 200 rating points and tied for 1st place in the Marshall Chess Club Under 2000 tournament with 4 out of 5 and a performance rating of 2100! His rating before the book was 1613 and now his rating is 1813. He also earned his first norm for the 1st category title.


"This collaboration has produced a book which is very readable, with instructional value for players of many levels (my own included)."
—Luke McShane
New in Chess

"It is impossible to recommend this book highly enough. Ten out of ten"
—Paul Kane
manchester Chess Federation

"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 D. Warth

"A highly instructive book that will help even strong club players to improve."
—Harry Schaak
KARL (German chess Magazine)

"Lessons with a Grandmaster marks an unusual departure for Everyman. This book will not appeal to all players but those prepared to do some extra work on their game by following a series of very high-class lessons with find themselves thinking in different ways, which will doubtless be beneficial in terms of over-the-board success."
—Sean Marsh

"Here you can follow the thoughts of a grandmaster and at the same time learn to apply them in your own games."
—Martin Rieger
Rochade Europa

"The book comprises a superb collection of 25 of Gulko’s best games, annotated by means of instructive questions, answers and dialogues between two deep-thinking men."
—Paul Motwani
The Scotsman

  • Casa editrice Everyman Chess
  • Codice 6283
  • Anno 2011
  • Pagine p. 304
  • Isbn 9781857446685