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Mark Izrailovich Dvoretsky
M Dvoretsky 
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Number of games in database: 130
Years covered: 1966 to 1997
Last FIDE rating: 2465
Highest rating achieved in database: 2540

Overall record: +32 -19 =79 (55.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (25) 
    B40 B51 B22 B52 B30
 English (6) 
    A16 A18 A19 A10
 Alekhine's Defense (5) 
 French Defense (5) 
    C11 C00 C15
 English, 1 c4 c5 (4) 
    A36 A38
 Ruy Lopez (4) 
    C69 C73
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (11) 
    E62 E81 E61 E71 E92
 Petrov (9) 
    C42 C43
 Sicilian (8) 
    B33 B40 B31 B45
 French Defense (7) 
    C12 C19 C05 C11 C08
 Old Benoni (6) 
 English (4) 
    A15 A13 A10
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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 G Timoshchenko, 1966 1-0
   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 Polugaevsky, 1975 1-0
   Tal vs M Dvoretsky, 1976 1/2-1/2
   G Kuzmin vs M Dvoretsky, 1974 1/2-1/2

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

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship 1974 by suenteus po 147
   Mark Dvoretsky's Games by reurbz
   For Friends and Colleagues 1 (Dvoretsky) by Qindarka

   Zhu Chen vs Taimanov, 1998

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(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 -

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

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 130  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Dvoretsky vs G Timoshchenko 1-0391966URS-chTA26 English
2. M Dvoretsky vs V Tukmakov 0-1711967USSR ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
3. M Dvoretsky vs V Bykov  1-0341967USSR ChampionshipC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
4. L Slutzky vs M Dvoretsky  ½-½411967USSR ChampionshipE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
5. A Butnorius vs M Dvoretsky  1-0461967USSR ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
6. Balashov vs M Dvoretsky  ½-½751967MoscowA69 Benoni, Four Pawns Attack, Main line
7. Karpov vs M Dvoretsky 1-046196704, MoscowE81 King's Indian, Samisch
8. Nikitin vs M Dvoretsky  ½-½221967USSR ChampionshipE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
9. N Levin vs M Dvoretsky  1-0361967USSR ChampionshipE61 King's Indian
10. Kupreichik vs M Dvoretsky  ½-½551967MoscowA07 King's Indian Attack
11. G Kuzmin vs M Dvoretsky  1-0271967USSR ChampionshipA44 Old Benoni Defense
12. Dzindzichashvili vs M Dvoretsky  ½-½421969Batoumi (Georgia)E62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
13. M Dvoretsky vs Tal ½-½221972Raud MemorialB03 Alekhine's Defense
14. M Dvoretsky vs Tseshkovsky  ½-½421973URS-ch sfB06 Robatsch
15. M Dvoretsky vs Vasiukov  ½-½431973URS-ch sfB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
16. M Dvoretsky vs Dzindzichashvili  ½-½371973Ch URS (1 liga)B30 Sicilian
17. Bronstein vs M Dvoretsky  ½-½551973Ch URS ( 1 liga )C55 Two Knights Defense
18. M Dvoretsky vs Bagirov 1-056197316, Tbilisi URS sfB03 Alekhine's Defense
19. M Dvoretsky vs Razuvaev  ½-½161973URS-ch sfB06 Robatsch
20. M Dvoretsky vs Alburt  ½-½241973OdessaB03 Alekhine's Defense
21. V Osnos vs M Dvoretsky  ½-½301973URS-ch sfE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
22. M Dvoretsky vs Keres ½-½161973Moskva USSR I-IIA06 Reti Opening
23. Keres vs M Dvoretsky  ½-½301973Moskva USSR I-II Inf15/198C05 French, Tarrasch
24. W Schmidt vs M Dvoretsky  ½-½281973Rubinstein Memorial 11thE96 King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, Main line
25. M Dvoretsky vs Smyslov 1-0281974OdessaC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
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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. >


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  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 ..."

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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.

Sep-27-16  kamagong24: RIP...
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  Honza Cervenka: RIP, Master.
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  moronovich: R.I.P
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  wordfunph: RIP Mark Dvoretsky..
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  keypusher: A giant. As long as the game is played, he won't be forgotten.
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  kevin86: RIP time for a round with Arnold P!
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  RookFile: Sad news.
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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.
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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).

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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.

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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.
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  zanzibar: chuckle.
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  swordfish: RIP IM Mark Dvoretsky. No doubt one of the great teachers the game has ever known.
Sep-29-16  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.

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  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
Jul-27-17  Eagle41257: No, Russians usually wear wristwatches on the left hand.
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  zanzibar: <Eagle41257> thanks for that info.

Here's another photo of Dvoretsky, which is strongly indicative of him being left-handed.

So, if that's the case, he seems to be wearing his wristwatch on his dominant hand.

Jul-28-17  Eagle41257: Yes, here his feature coincided with the Russian national peculiarity)
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