Author: Eduard Yefimovich Gufeld (1936-2002) signed
Publisher: Eduard Guifeld Publications
64 pages with diagrams. Octavo (9" x 6") bound in original publisher's pictorial stapled wrappers. Signed by the author on the half title page. First edition.
Eduard Gufeld was a Soviet International Grandmaster of chess, and a chess author. Gufeld began participating in chess tournaments in 1953 and won the junior championship of Ukraine the following year. He became an International Master in 1964 and an International Grandmaster in 1967. In 1977, he ranked 16th in the world with an Elo rating of 2570. He moved to Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, where he coached Maia Chiburdanidze, who became the youngest women's world chess champion in 1978. After the fall of the Soviet Union, he emigrated to the United States.
Gufeld was one of the most prolific authors in all of chess, writing over 80 chess books. His proudest achievements, however, were his win with the King's Indian Defence, Sämisch Variation against Vladimir Bagirov, which he called his "Mona Lisa"; and his 1967 win over Vasily Smyslov. The first of these games made it into John Nunn's collection of the hundred greatest games of all time, Mammoth Book of the World's Greatest Chess Games, and the 112-game collection that followed it. Gufeld beat Smyslov again in 1975.
Signed on half title. Light edge wear with gently bumped corners else very good to fine.