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Analyzing the Chess Mind (hardcover) by Boris Gulko and Dr. Joel R. Sneed

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Analyzing the Chess Mind is an exploration of psychology in chess. Psychology affects the chess moves we make, as the authors entertainingly illustrate in expertly annotated examples, but our personal chess psychology is not fixed. We can improve our chess psychology, and the authors show how.

To write about chess psychology, the ideal authors would have world-class chess skills and advanced professional qualifications in psychology, so GM Boris Gulko and Dr Joel Sneed are perfect for the task of Analyzing the Chess Mind.

GM Boris Gulko is one of the few players to have a plus score against Garry Kasparov, and is also the only man to have been both Soviet and U.S. Chess Champion. He has a Master’s degree in Psychology from Moscow State University.

Dr. Joel R. Sneed is a Professor of Psychology at the City University of New York and a keen amateur chess player.

224 pages - Published 18 May 2022

Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-78483-112-7

Reviews

“There are 12 chapters and they cover topics from ‘Perception’ through to ‘Improving Your Chess Psychology’. Each chapter presents relevant games or, more commonly snippets with pertinent annotations. Every chapter is interesting; there is certainly no flab here and the whole book reads very well.

This is a fine book and one which should make you think. Just the knowledge that so many other, and much stronger, players than ourselves encounter the same problems is encouraging in itself, but coupled with the suggested ways to jump such hurdles make this a very interesting and useful book and one in which the authors have skilfully avoided making too deep. Very impressive.”

Sean Marsh, CHESS magazine

Analyzing the Chess Mind is an exploration of psychology in chess. Psychology affects the chess moves we make, as the authors entertainingly illustrate in expertly annotated examples, but our personal chess psychology is not fixed. We can improve our chess psychology, and the authors show how.

To write about chess psychology, the ideal authors would have world-class chess skills and advanced professional qualifications in psychology, so GM Boris Gulko and Dr Joel Sneed are perfect for the task of Analyzing the Chess Mind.

GM Boris Gulko is one of the few players to have a plus score against Garry Kasparov, and is also the only man to have been both Soviet and U.S. Chess Champion. He has a Master’s degree in Psychology from Moscow State University.

Dr. Joel R. Sneed is a Professor of Psychology at the City University of New York and a keen amateur chess player.

224 pages - Published 18 May 2022

Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-78483-112-7

Reviews

“There are 12 chapters and they cover topics from ‘Perception’ through to ‘Improving Your Chess Psychology’. Each chapter presents relevant games or, more commonly snippets with pertinent annotations. Every chapter is interesting; there is certainly no flab here and the whole book reads very well.

This is a fine book and one which should make you think. Just the knowledge that so many other, and much stronger, players than ourselves encounter the same problems is encouraging in itself, but coupled with the suggested ways to jump such hurdles make this a very interesting and useful book and one in which the authors have skilfully avoided making too deep. Very impressive.”

Sean Marsh, CHESS magazine



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