Lessons with a Grandmaster II. Everyman Ebook Cafe February 12, Lessons with a Grandmaster II by Boris Gulko and Dr. Joel R. Sneed. Boris: So we. Boris Gulko, Joel R. Sneed - Lessons with a Grandmaster Enhance your Chess Strategy and Psychology with Boris Gulko pdf. Please note that many of these advanced lessons are quite long - up to 1 you the basics, if you want to go into more detail take a look at the PDF download. He became a Grandmaster at just 13 years of age and the youngest player to top .
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Lessons with a. GrandmasteR. III. Strategic and tactical ideas in modern chess Boris Gulko is one of the most distinguished Grandmasters in the chess world. Boris Gulko, Joel R. Sneed - Lessons with a Grandmaster • Enhance your Chess Strategy and Psychology with Boris Gulko pdf - Free ebook download as. LESSONS WITH A GRANDMASTER Enhance your chess strategy and psychology with Boris Gulko Boris Gulko &Dr. The purpose of this book is to bridge the gap between grandmaster and amateur through a conversation between Grandmaster Boris Gulko, the only player to hold both the USSR and.
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I have an ELO of around and have read hundreds of chess books. Rarely, if ever, have I encountered such a clear explanation. I finally feel like I have a systematic approach that can help me stay on track and meet my goals.
I have been playing in tournaments for nearly 30 years and for the first time I feel confident, and that I can play with most anyone. This course provided with true understanding. You have made it so clear I feel Master is definitely not out of my reach. My rating is now and I can't thank you enough for the great information you have to offer. Here the idea came to us to take this conversation and make it available to everyone.
Right, I was especially interested in representing the average club player in the conversation, and thought that my training in interviewing and psychother- apy would enable me to help draw out some of the nuances that are not accessi- ble to the average chess player.
But Iknow from my years of learning that familiarity with good examples only doesn't make a player develop the necessary problem solving skills.
So I marked in the games we were working on critical moments and began asking you to find the correct way. I also marked each problem noting its level of complexity to give you a sense of what kind of effort was required in the position.
We started with less complicated games and moved to more complicated. I was satisfied as from lesson to lesson Icould see an increase in your understanding of chess strategy. Of course, you were simultaneously learning elements of tactics and the dynamics of the chess struggle and its psychology. I found it especially interesting to discuss with you questions of chess psychology. As professor of psy- chology, you found deep connections between my practical advice and theoretical psychology.
Maybe you could tell the reader a little bit about yourself? Of course. Ireceived my PhD in clinical psychology at the Uni- versity of Massachusetts Amherst, studying change in personality across the life- span.
After completing a postdoctoral fellowship in statistics, Ibegan focusing my research on geriatric depression as a post-doctoral fellow at Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. As a clinical psychologist, Ihave received ex- tensive training in the assessment and treatment of psychopathology.
If readers would like to learn more about me or my research, they can visit. Very impressive. It seems to me that your background as a scientist may have created some additional problems for your progress in chess.
Irealized this early on because your method of thinking is too abstract. As a researcher, you want rules and general principles and to treat chess like science, but chess is part science, part art, and part sport, which is what makes it so fascinating.
After read- ing some classical books in chess instruction like Nimzowitsch's My System, you were armed with knowledge about some common ideas, but under the influence of these books and perhaps your scientific background you developed too dog- matic an attitude for evaluating chess positions.
This is one ofthe reasons Ibegan to set problems for you in order of difficulty to make the process of thinking and solving chess problems more concrete. Ithink together we realized that it might be useful to prepare a book of my games using the method we developed, and so we set off on our journey.
And so we did.
Side by side we examined my games against: Karpov, discussing the strug- gle for an open file; Kasparov two games , discussing questions about the strat- egy of defense; Hubner, learning about prophylaxis; Smyslov, studying week squares; Korchnoi and Shabalov as White , discussing the secret of positions with only major pieces.
Throughout I tried to discuss with you the paradoxical prob- lems inherent in chess strategy. In my games with Gelfand and Shabalov as Black , it was a pawn sacrifice aimed at excluding from action one of my oppo- nent's pieces; in the game with Yusupov, it was the premise for counterattack; with Hort and Adams, it was a discussion about real and phantom weaknesses; with Browne, we examined the advantages of double pawns in the center; with Hector, we focused on the sudden change of plans and a pawn storm for posi- tional purposes; with Suetin, it was about the pluses of week and isolated pawns, which leave for your peaces a lot of open files and diagonals; with Larsen, we con- cerned ourselves with the qualities of "bad" bishops; i.
The elements of chess strategy contained in these games make up a large portion of modern chess strategy often not discussed in classical manuals. My goal was to make this inner knowledge available to you. As Iindicated before, chess cannot be mastered simply by reading. As the remark- able training success of Mark Dvoretsky has shown, the best method of achieving mastery is the finding of solutions. Therefore, at appropriate moments Iwill sug- gest assignments to find the right path.
The assignments will be at five levels of difficulty: In each of the games, I pose problems for you and the reader to solve, and you have been humble enough to make your thinking process known to everyone.
I recommend that the reader solve these problems and to compare with both your analysis and mine. They will probably see similarities with your thinking process and my solutions are aimed to help correct the flaws in your reasoning. Who is this book for? Ithink this book will be extremely useful for club players who want to im- prove their understanding of chess strategy and broaden their arsenal of strategic ideas but I also think it will be interesting to professional players.
When I played competitively, I used solving problems from practical games as an excellent tool for bringing myself to the best form, and the marked positions in the book can be used for this purpose for players of any strength. Well, Ithink that about does it for our introduction unless you think we have left anything out? No, Idon't think so, let's get started. As Isaid, chess cannot be learned from reading! Radjabov Malmo Modem Defense 1 93 96 2 3 d4 d6 4 e4 es?!
Game One Boris: In a previous tournament that year against Azmaiparashvili, Radjabov played Ithought that he might have been worried about my preparation for the game. This is an interesting psychological moment.
He was young and I was experienced, and in general, more experienced players excel in quiet posi- tions and endgames where experience plays a more important role than the cal- culation of concrete variations which benefits young players. Experience means I know more about chess i.
Three months before Iplayed Radjabov for the first time in Corus, I transposed that game into an early endgame and won. Usually experienced players are better in positions without queens, whereas younger players are better in positions that require calculations. Iwas lucky that the pre- sent game repeated the scenario ofthe first.
That's really interesting. It is consistent with research on the rise and fall of fluid and crystallized intelligence across the lifespan. Fluid intelligence e. What is the best way for White to develop the initiative? This is a good way to prepare for your next beach game, a more serious encounter, your next club tournament, or the international GM event.
Were you able to beat the program? If you were you should try the next-higher level — click or tap the New Game button on the left of the ribbon and the program will jump back to the end of the variation we are learning. Keep doing this to try alternate continuations. You will find that you are learning the ideas behind the Queen's Gambit. It will help you in your games against human opponents. Tell us what you think. You can download them in the ChessBase Shop.
Wesley So is a grandmaster who lives in and plays for the USA. He was born in the City of Bacoor, Philippines on October 9th , and was only six, when he learned how to move the pieces.