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M Dvoretsky 
Photograph courtesy of Alchetron.com.  
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.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (24) 
    B40 B51 B22 B30 B52
 English (5) 
    A16 A18 A19
 French Defense (4) 
    C11 C15 C00
 Alekhine's Defense (4) 
    B03
 Ruy Lopez (4) 
    C69 C73
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (11) 
    E62 E81 E61 E80 E71
 Sicilian (8) 
    B33 B40 B31 B45
 Petrov (7) 
    C42 C43
 Old Benoni (5) 
    A44
 English (4) 
    A15 A10 A13
 French Defense (4) 
    C09 C11 C05 C12
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M Dvoretsky vs Smyslov, 1974 1-0
   Podgaets vs M Dvoretsky, 1974 0-1
   A Schneider vs M Dvoretsky, 1983 0-1
   M Dvoretsky vs Khalifman, 1987 1-0
   Sosonko vs M Dvoretsky, 1976 1/2-1/2
   Ulf Andersson vs M Dvoretsky, 1976 1/2-1/2
   M Dvoretsky vs G Timoshchenko, 1966 1-0
   M Dvoretsky vs Polugaevsky, 1975 1-0
   G Kuzmin vs M Dvoretsky, 1974 1/2-1/2
   M Dvoretsky vs K Langeweg, 1976 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

GAMES ANNOTATED BY DVORETSKY: [what is this?]
   Zhu Chen vs Taimanov, 1998

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MARK IZRAILOVICH DVORETSKY
(born Dec-09-1947, died Sep-26-2016, 68 years old) Russia

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Mark Izrailovich Dvoretsky was born in Moscow, Russia (formerly USSR). He was Moscow champion in 1973, and awarded the IM title in 1975. Dvoretsky was also a FIDE Senior Trainer and noted author. (1)

During the 1970s, Mark was widely regarded by the strongest IM in the world, due to a number of excellent results: he was Moscow Champion in 1973, finished equal fifth in a strong Soviet Championship in 1974, won the Wijk aan Zee Masters tournament of 1975 by a clear point and a half, and a creditable finish at the USSR Championship of 1975. (2)

Dvoretsky has written a series of chess training books, commencing with Secrets of Chess Training which won the BCF book of the year award in 1991. (2)

1 - Wikipedia article: Mark Dvoretsky
2 - Mark Dvoretsky biography from Alchetron.com - http://alchetron.com/Mark-Dvoretsky...

Last updated: 2016-09-27 13:59:48

 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. Nikitin vs M Dvoretsky  ½-½22 1967 USSR ChampionshipE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
3. N Levin vs M Dvoretsky  1-036 1967 USSR ChampionshipE61 King's Indian
4. Kupreichik vs M Dvoretsky  ½-½55 1967 MoscowA07 King's Indian Attack
5. G Kuzmin vs M Dvoretsky  1-027 1967 USSR ChampionshipA44 Old Benoni Defense
6. M Dvoretsky vs V Tukmakov 0-171 1967 USSR ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
7. M Dvoretsky vs V Bykov  1-034 1967 USSR ChampionshipC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
8. L Slutzky vs M Dvoretsky  ½-½41 1967 USSR ChampionshipE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
9. A Butnorius vs M Dvoretsky  1-046 1967 USSR ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
10. Balashov vs M Dvoretsky  ½-½75 1967 MoscowA69 Benoni, Four Pawns Attack, Main line
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 Vasiukov  ½-½43 1973 URS-ch sfB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
15. M Dvoretsky vs Dzindzichashvili  ½-½37 1973 Ch URS (1 liga)B30 Sicilian
16. Bronstein vs M Dvoretsky  ½-½55 1973 Ch URS ( 1 liga )C55 Two Knights Defense
17. M Dvoretsky vs Bagirov 1-056 1973 16, Tbilisi URS sfB03 Alekhine's Defense
18. V Osnos vs M Dvoretsky  ½-½30 1973 URS-ch sfE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
19. M Dvoretsky vs Alburt  ½-½24 1973 OdessaB03 Alekhine's Defense
20. M Dvoretsky vs Razuvaev  ½-½16 1973 URS-ch sfB06 Robatsch
21. M Dvoretsky vs Tseshkovsky  ½-½42 1973 URS-ch sfB06 Robatsch
22. M Dvoretsky vs Keres ½-½16 1973 Moskva USSR I-IIA06 Reti Opening
23. Keres vs M Dvoretsky  ½-½30 1973 Moskva USSR I-II Inf15/198C05 French, Tarrasch
24. W Schmidt vs M Dvoretsky  ½-½28 1973 Rubinstein memE96 King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, Main line
25. Bronstein vs M Dvoretsky 0-135 1974 Ch URS ( 1 liga )C11 French
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Sep-26-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: The 2 games I follow the most, baseball, and chess, have just experienced a death each in a very short period of time.

In the baseball world, Jose Fernandez just died yesterday in an accident.

Now in the chess world, Mark Dvoretsky has passed away.

RIP to both. :(

Sep-26-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: <offramp: I'd like to see a list of this late master's books in English. Recently they seem to have come out so fast that I have lost track.>

Yes, recently, English translations of his new books came out fast: "Recognizing Your Opponent's Resources: Developing Preventive Thinking" (Jun 10, 2016) and "Maneuvering: The Art of Piece Play" (Jul 22, 2016).

The latest book (recently published in Russian) is a sequel to his previous book https://www.newinchess.com/Shop/Ima...

It is a product of his recent analytical work (complex analysis of games, but what is most valuable in Dvoretsky's books he tries to lay out the principles, methods and rules, ideas and techniques that lie behind the moves).

The material is organized into seven chapters: 1) Lessons from one game, 2) Positional games, 3) Discussion on openings, 4) The king in danger, 5) Under fire, 6) Games with questions and 7) Playing out.

The last two chapters are dedicated to two specific forms of training he usually applied in his training sessions: the games and fragments where the reader is asked to solve a series of consequent tasks for one of the two players and playing out specially selected positions.

Letís hope that the English translation will come out soon.

Sep-26-16
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  diagonal: sad news, R.I.P. Mark Dvoretsky

Artur Jussupow: <Mark Dvoretsky is my most important chess teacher. Without Mark I would never be a Junior world champion and a candidate for the world championship. As a coach I profit very much from our previous work. Mark is a good friend and for me he is the best trainer in the world>

http://www.chessnc.com/biography/pe...

Sep-26-16
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  zanzibar: RIP

Original announcement:

<(Google translation, slightly edited)

Today, on September 26 at the 69th year of life died Honored Coach of the USSR, Russia and Georgia, senor manager of FIDE, the author of many best-selling chess Izrailevich Mark Dvoretsky (1947-2016).

One of the most respected coaches in the world over the years worked with Artur Yusupov, Sergei Dolmatov, Nana Alexandria, Alexey Dreev, Vadim Zvyagintsev, Viorel Bologan, Ernesto Inarkiev th, Vladimir Potkin, Alexander Motylev, Ivan Popov and other chess players. His students have won the title of world champions among young men, were champions of the country, Europe, candidates for the highest chess title.

Among the books written by Mark Dvoretsky, famous works such as the five-volume "School of Future Champions," "The textbook endgame Mark Butler", "Tragicomedy in the Endgame", the two-volume "A book for friends and colleagues."

Russian Chess Federation expresses its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mark Izrailevich Dvoretsky. >

http://ruchess.ru/news/all/ushel_iz...

Cf. https://chess24.com/en/read/news/ma...

Sep-26-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: This is the English version of the original announcement:

"Mark Izrailevich Dvoretsky, Honored Trainer of USSR, Russia, and Georgia, FIDE Senior Trainer, author of many best-selling chess books, passed away on September 26 at the age of 68 ..."

http://ruchess.ru/en/news/all/mark_...

Sep-26-16
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  cro777: Artur Jussupow: "I knew that Mark was very seriously ill. It became much worse in the last few weeks. It was rather sudden ... Mark was the best coach in the world. It was extremely important to meet him, and it had a huge impact on my chess career. I also learnt a lot on a personal level. He more or less opened the world for me, the horizons. He introduced me to e.g. Russian music, but was also critical towards the [Soviet] system."

Yussupow was among Dvoretsky's first successful pupils.

https://www.chess.com/news/famous-t...

Sep-27-16  kamagong24: RIP...
Sep-27-16
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  Honza Cervenka: RIP, Master.
Sep-27-16
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  moronovich: R.I.P
Sep-27-16
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  wordfunph: RIP Mark Dvoretsky..
Sep-27-16
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  keypusher: A giant. As long as the game is played, he won't be forgotten.
Sep-27-16
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  kevin86: RIP time for a round with Arnold P!
Sep-27-16
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  RookFile: Sad news.
Sep-27-16
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  ketchuplover: Wishing him pieceful days and knights forever
Sep-27-16  CountryGirl: Dvoretsky's famous card index system - I wonder what will become of that? I have a number of his books, and they are generally based on the card examples he built up over many years. He was a great chess analyst and a sincere lover of our game. RIP.
Sep-27-16
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  zanzibar: <CountryGirl> is there any other place on the web discussing his index cards?

I wasn't really able to find any mention (and was actually hoping to see a couple of scans).

* * * * *

BTW- what's going on in the photo of him playing above?

Is he really moving with one hand and using the other to hit the clock?!

Sep-28-16  Paint My Dragon: <z> Neat observation. However, there is no corresponding button on the opponent's side of the 'clock', which leads me to suspect that it's not a clock, but a Dictaphone, and he is playing back some recorded, spoken analysis for a student.

Nice shirt btw - it has that vintage 1980s Fila/Ellesse pro-tennis look, which, according to my brother, has recently been making a comeback.

Sep-28-16
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  offramp: <Paint My Dragon: <z> Neat observation. However, there is no corresponding button on the opponent's side of the 'clock', which leads me to suspect that it's not a clock, but a Dictaphone, and he is playing back some recorded, spoken analysis for a student.>

That is not likely.

I think he has moved a student's piece back and is now about to press his own clock so as to make it once again his student's move.

Sep-28-16  Virgil A: Rest in peace. His contribution to chess is immeasurable.
Sep-28-16  Paint My Dragon: <Offramp> Aha. Yes, when I look a bit closer, there is indeed a depressed button on the opponent's side after all. So probably just retracting a student's bad move and asking him to reconsider.
Sep-28-16
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  zanzibar: chuckle.
Sep-28-16
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  swordfish: RIP IM Mark Dvoretsky. No doubt one of the great teachers the game has ever known.
Sep-29-16
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  Sally Simpson: RIP Mark Dvoretsky, A chess coach/teacher whose love for the game influenced 100's...1,000's.

Re the picture he could be taking back an illegal move by his opponent in a light hearted blitz game and at the same time restarting his opponent's clock.

Oct-05-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: Also, notice the clock is on White's right.

Do Russian wear wristwatches like Americans do, i.e. on the dominate hand? In other words, is Dvoretsky left-handed?

And if Dvoretsky wasn't, then I wonder if the Black player is/was?

Nov-13-16  ZonszeinP: I've just finished reading the excellent last interview given by Mr Dvoretsky to Mr Sagar Shah (on chessbase) . On regards of the above picture, I humbly believe it should be replaced
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