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Mark Izrailovich Dvoretsky
Number of games in database: 116
Years covered: 1966 to 1997
Last FIDE rating: 2465
Highest rating achieved in database: 2540
Overall record: +24 -19 =73 (52.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (24) 
    B40 B51 B22 B30 B31
 English (5) 
    A18 A16 A19
 Alekhine's Defense (4) 
 Ruy Lopez (4) 
    C69 C73
 French Defense (4) 
    C11 C00 C15
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (11) 
    E62 E81 E92 E61 E95
 Sicilian (8) 
    B33 B40 B31 B45
 Petrov (7) 
    C42 C43
 Old Benoni (5) 
 English (4) 
    A15 A10 A13
 French Defense (4) 
    C11 C09 C12 C05
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Schneider vs M Dvoretsky, 1983 0-1
   M Dvoretsky vs Smyslov, 1974 1-0
   Ulf Andersson vs M Dvoretsky, 1976 1/2-1/2
   M Dvoretsky vs G Timoshchenko, 1966 1-0
   M Dvoretsky vs K Langeweg, 1976 1-0
   M Dvoretsky vs H Bohm, 1976 1-0
   Podgaets vs M Dvoretsky, 1974 0-1
   M Dvoretsky vs Khalifman, 1987 1-0
   Sosonko vs M Dvoretsky, 1976 1/2-1/2
   M Dvoretsky vs Polugaevsky, 1975 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship (1974)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Mark Dvoretsky's Games by reurbz
   USSR Championship 1974 by suenteus po 147

   Zhu Chen vs Taimanov, 1998

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(born Dec-09-1947, 67 years old) Russia

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Mark Izraelivich Dvoretsky was born in Moscow, Russia (formerly USSR). He was Moscow champion in 1973, and awarded the IM title in 1975. He is also a FIDE Senior Trainer and noted author.

Wikipedia article: Mark Dvoretsky

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 116  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. M Dvoretsky vs G Timoshchenko 1-039 1966 URS-chTA26 English
2. M Dvoretsky vs V Tukmakov 0-171 1967 USSR ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
3. Kupreichik vs M Dvoretsky  ½-½55 1967 MoscowA07 King's Indian Attack
4. L Slutzky vs M Dvoretsky  ½-½41 1967 USSR ChampionshipE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
5. M Dvoretsky vs V Bykov  1-034 1967 USSR ChampionshipC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
6. Nikitin vs M Dvoretsky  ½-½22 1967 USSR ChampionshipE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
7. Balashov vs M Dvoretsky  ½-½75 1967 MoscowA69 Benoni, Four Pawns Attack, Main line
8. A Butnorius vs M Dvoretsky  1-046 1967 USSR ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
9. N Levin vs M Dvoretsky  1-036 1967 USSR ChampionshipE61 King's Indian
10. G Kuzmin vs M Dvoretsky  1-027 1967 USSR ChampionshipA44 Old Benoni Defense
11. Karpov vs M Dvoretsky 1-046 1967 04, MoscowE81 King's Indian, Samisch
12. Dzindzichashvili vs M Dvoretsky  ½-½42 1969 Batoumi (Georgia)E62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
13. M Dvoretsky vs Tal  ½-½22 1972 Memorial I.RaudB03 Alekhine's Defense
14. M Dvoretsky vs Alburt  ½-½24 1973 OdessaB03 Alekhine's Defense
15. W Schmidt vs M Dvoretsky  ½-½28 1973 Rubinstein memE95 King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, 8.Re1
16. M Dvoretsky vs Dzindzichashvili  ½-½37 1973 Ch URS (1 liga)B30 Sicilian
17. M Dvoretsky vs Vasiukov  ½-½43 1973 URS-ch sfB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
18. M Dvoretsky vs Razuvaev  ½-½16 1973 URS-ch sfB06 Robatsch
19. Keres vs M Dvoretsky  ½-½30 1973 Moskva USSR I-II Inf15/198C05 French, Tarrasch
20. Bronstein vs M Dvoretsky  ½-½55 1973 Ch URS ( 1 liga )C55 Two Knights Defense
21. V Osnos vs M Dvoretsky  ½-½30 1973 URS-ch sfE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
22. M Dvoretsky vs Keres ½-½16 1973 Moskva USSR I-IIA06 Reti Opening
23. M Dvoretsky vs Tseshkovsky  ½-½42 1973 URS-ch sfB06 Robatsch
24. M Dvoretsky vs Bagirov 1-056 1973 16, Tbilisi URS sfB03 Alekhine's Defense
25. M Dvoretsky vs Smyslov 1-028 1974 OdessaC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 6.d4
 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 116  PGN Download
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Nov-26-10  WiseWizard: Does anyone know the typical defincies he saw in American chess players from his book Secrets Of Chess Training?
Dec-09-10  brankat: Happy Birthday Mark!
Dec-09-10  theagenbiteofinwit: <Does anyone know the typical defincies he saw in American chess players from his book Secrets Of Chess Training?>

<<<<<<<In the summer of 1991 I gave lessons to some young American players. To my surprise I observed that many of them, when playing important games or meeting more eminent opponents, did not want to play actively and thought only about a draw. Clearly, the result would often turn out directly the opposite-ultra-cautious, passive play usually leads to a worsening of the position.>>>>>>

He then analyzes some games by Chris Talbert, Stan Garber, and Josh Waitzkin to support his argument. He concludes

<<<<<<<Now I will express my version of events. In America parents begin closely following the competetive achievements of their children from their very first steps in chess. Too much emphasis, even in junior competitions, is given to ratings, prizes, isolated successes in games with strong opponents, and so on. Such an approach is of course passed on to the children, and they try to give their paents joy and boast to the contemporaries about any current successes. For the sake of momentary successes they become cautious. Alas, the result sometimes turns out just the opposite and, more important, it sharply slows the creative growth of the children.

An improvement process is only effective when the work is done with a future aim. This means that trainers should teach young players to sensibly combine fighting for successes in competitions and experimenting and taking creative risks. The fostering of a depressing pragmatism from early childhood cannot be good>>>>>>>

Dec-09-10  Jim Bartle: Interesting comments, a good explanation of why many top teenage players never reach the top levels, why players lesser known when younger pass them by.
Feb-18-11  vonKrolock: Article <"My Last Game"> currently online Black was De Jong, and place Apeldoorn 2010 <"Quite possibly this was the last <"<serious>"> game of my life>
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  Sneaky: From Dvoretsky’s excellent “Endgame Manual 2nd Edition”, it's White to play and win in the position below:

click for larger view

Positively devious endgame puzzle. It can even stump some chess computers (the ones which aren't armed to the teeth with tablebase.)

Jul-26-11  bronkenstein: Ty for that Sneaky , but since ˝the source˝ is Dvoretsky , I believe that even trying to solve that one would be pointless =)

BTW , the books of this man are highly recomended ... ANY book , or article , his fart , whatever you can find . And prepare to read/solve them for months per piece , at least.

Sep-23-11  tacticalmonster: < Sneaky > Indeed a very tough puzzle. I took a long time but I managed to solve it without the assistance of software.

candidate: 1 b6

a) 1 axb6 2 a6 Kc6

a1) 3 Bxd6 b5 4 Bc5! Kc7 5 Ba7 b4 6 Kd3 b3 7 Kc3 b2 8 Kxb2 Kc6 9 Bc5 Kc7 10 Ba7 Kc6 =

a2) 3 Be7! Kc7 4 Bxd6+ Kc6 5 Kd3 b5 6 Bc5 b4 7 Kc4 b3 8 Kxb3 Kc7 9 Ba7 Kc6 10 Kb4

a3) 3 Be7 b5 4 Bd8 b4 5 Kd3 d5 6 Kd4 b3 7 Kc3 d4+ 8 Kxb3

b) 1 Kc6 2 Be7! Kb7 (2 axb6 3 a6 transpose to a) ) 3 Bd8 Kc8 4 Bc7

Time spent: about an hour

Nov-14-11  bronkenstein: Just stumbled over loads of Mark`s ChessCaffe articles . Highly recommended for anyone below 2900 Elo and willing to work - .
Nov-14-11  SimonWebbsTiger: @<Bronkenstein>

Indeed so. All of us are lucky to be ELO 3000+, so it's all trivial!

Some of the earlier, revised, chesscafe Mark articles are to be found in "Dvoretsky's Analytical Manual"

Nov-14-11  bronkenstein: It seems that many of them (at least in pieces =) can also be found (in Russian) in bit more interactive format @ (list of all the articles ie links to them is in the upper right corner).
Dec-09-11  brankat: Happy Birthday master Dvoretsky!

Thank You for great books.

Dec-09-11  bronkenstein: What , it is today? I ordered his Endgame Manual virtually 2 hours ago.

Happy B-day Mark , check is in the mail =)

May-24-12  vinidivici: i just have his book endgame manual book not for so long, maybe this looks like rookie but this is the first book i completely understand the tactic (although just first part). now i masters the pawn and king endgame (outflanking, opposition, key square blah blah blah.
Nov-03-12  vinidivici: Hail to the great author. The first his manual i got
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  waustad: Oh no, I worked through BCE decades ago and remember less than I should. Do I really need to go through that again with today's b'day boy? In any case: Have a happy B'Day!!!
Nov-03-12  vinidivici: <waustad>
<happy B'Day!!!>

too early at least a month!!!

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  Abdel Irada: <vinidivici: <waustad> <happy B'Day!!!>

too early at least a month!!!>

I noticed that, too.

Makes me wonder: Why is Dvoretsky Player of the Day today? Wasn't anyone born on 3 November? And will he be honored again a month and six days hence?

Nov-03-12  ketchuplover: Happy Birthdays :)
Nov-23-12  Naniwazu: <humangraymatter> it is possible to 'translate' the article if you google the link and press 'translate this page'. It's not a very good translation but with a bit of effort one can comprehend it.
Nov-23-12  HeMateMe: What an interesting middle name. Is it
a sort of Russofied version of "Israel"? Just curious.
Nov-23-12  SimonWebbsTiger: Possibly <HMM>. Russians/Soviets are/were a very diverse people given the vast size of the place and the people it encompasses or did. One only need see the list of fine Soviet GMs who emigrated after 91 and now represent Israel. Boris Gelfand is one obvious name.

Jews also live(d) in Russia/USSR and have been subject to dreadful anti-Semitism, don't forget.

Dec-09-12  brankat: Happy Birthday Mr.Dvoretsky!
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  Penguincw: Happy 66th birthday to IM and chess author Mark Dvoretsky!
Jan-20-15  ketchuplover: slightly belated wishes of the same!
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