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Known as one of the best coaches of our times, Mark Dvoretsky left us a valuable legacy to help chess players improve their training technique. It was a huge shock for the entire chess world when, on September 26th Mark Dvoretsky passed away at the age of 68 years. This review has been printed in the December issue of Chess Life. A penultimate (and unedited) version of the review is reproduced here.

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Sometimes he sends me games beforehand, or sometimes we discuss his games, or we just analyze something. Nov 24, 5.

It was Soviet times. Kh1 dvodetsky Alekhine writes that after He played a quiet line and did not engage in a theoretical discussion.

Mark Dvoretsky | Chess Book Reviews

This is absolutely normal for any sport. When we have a position on the board, for many players it is like foreign language, especially at the beginning. C55 Two Knights Defense. There is also a quarterly magazine devoted specifically to the endgame study. Secrets of Positional Dvorefsky. He wrote Dvoretsky’s Endgame Manualpublished ina manual on the endgame that is highly regarded by leading professional players.

Famous Trainer Mark Dvoretsky Dies At 68

Funnily enough – ‘Positional Play’ was my fav. On regards of the above picture, I humbly believe it should be replaced.


Pick your username now and join the chessgames community! This article includes a list of referencesbut its sources remain unclear because it has insufficient inline citations. But I wonder if Dvoretsky is not being too modest in his self-assessment. My most successful student was Artur Yusupov. Bc3 Romanovsky recommended Nov 10, The first thing dvlretsky a reader might notice is an increase in the number of diagrams in the text.

A typical way to begin is with the dvodetsky.

Mark Dvoretsky

He was around years old when he enrolled in a chess club in Moscow. Here’s another photo of Dvoretsky, which is strongly indicative of him being left-handed. If Dvoretsky is known for one concept or insight, it is certainly that of prophylaxis. Some allowed their moral compasses to be stunted under these conditions, while others strove for basic decency and freedom of thought against the grain.

Thus, I have conceptualized certain life events and later used them in my coaching. Secrets of Endgame Technique. Also, it happens quite rarely that a completely new guy comes to me. As I stood with Mark, a lot of people came and greeted him. They can analyze and slowly understand the position.

Training for the Tournament Player. What’s the best way to play against this line? I owe so much to Mark. The books are sometimes co-authored by star pupil Yusupov and many contain contributions from a host of other grandmasters. Mark shows me his collection of card index files. Perhaps its only drawback is its size — you need a very big coffee-table to lay this book flat alongside a set and board!


When we started to work I saw that he was a tactician, but his calculation was not so great. Similarly, it was said that established grandmasters could become champions under his tutelage, and his student register began to read like a ‘who’s who’ of chess greats. I am really Sad. Am sure his work will be a cornerstone of preparation for many generations.

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Thank you for reading! Also, Dvoretsky’s books are basically all extremely advanced. His subjects range from World Champions to street hustlers, but the real focus of the work is the game itself, the struggle and the agon.

I’ve just finished reading the excellent last interview given by Mr Dvoretsky to Mr Sagar Shah on chessbase.