Boris Gulko & Dr Joel R Sneed
This instructive and entertaining book follows the progress of U.S amateur player Joel Sneed as he receives chess coaching from Grandmaster Boris Gulko. The lessons are based around 25 of Gulko's own games which the two analyse together; each asking questions of the other. Gulko tests his pupil's understanding of the position and ability to calculate, whilst Sneed attempts to understand the thought processes of a chess Grandmaster. The resulting conversations shed light on many aspects of chess strategy, tactics and tournament psychology, in a wide range of different types of positions.
Boris Gulko is a former Soviet Champion who emigrated to the USA in 1986 and has since won the US Championship on two occasions. Joel Sneed is a professor of psychology at Queen's College, City University, New York and a student of Boris Gulko.
UPDATE: Since working on this book Joel Sneed has gained almost 200 rating points. He has just tied for 1st place in the Marshall Chess club Under 2000 tournament with 4 out of 5. Before the book he was ranked at 1613 and now is in the high 1700s.
Published 2011, softback, 298 pages.View sample pages (pdf)