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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) 
    A18 A16 A10 A19
 French Defense (5) 
    C11 C00 C15
 Alekhine's Defense (5) 
 French (4) 
    C00 C11
 Ruy Lopez (4) 
    C69 C73
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (11) 
    E62 E81 E80 E96 E61
 Petrov (9) 
    C42 C43
 Sicilian (8) 
    B33 B40 B45 B31
 French Defense (7) 
    C12 C09 C08 C19 C11
 Old Benoni (6) 
 English (4) 
    A15 A10 A13
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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
   Ulf Andersson vs M Dvoretsky, 1976 1/2-1/2
   Sosonko vs M Dvoretsky, 1976 1/2-1/2
   G Kuzmin vs M Dvoretsky, 1974 1/2-1/2
   M Dvoretsky vs K Langeweg, 1976 1-0
   M Dvoretsky vs H Bohm, 1976 1-0

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

   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 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. M Dvoretsky vs V Bykov  1-034 1967 USSR ChampionshipC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
4. L Slutzky vs M Dvoretsky  ½-½41 1967 USSR ChampionshipE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
5. A Butnorius vs M Dvoretsky  1-046 1967 USSR ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
6. Balashov vs M Dvoretsky  ½-½75 1967 MoscowA69 Benoni, Four Pawns Attack, Main line
7. Karpov vs M Dvoretsky 1-046 1967 04, MoscowE81 King's Indian, Samisch
8. Nikitin vs M Dvoretsky  ½-½22 1967 USSR ChampionshipE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
9. Kupreichik vs M Dvoretsky  ½-½55 1967 MoscowA07 King's Indian Attack
10. N Levin vs M Dvoretsky  1-036 1967 USSR ChampionshipE61 King's Indian
11. G Kuzmin vs M Dvoretsky  1-027 1967 USSR ChampionshipA44 Old Benoni Defense
12. Dzindzichashvili vs M Dvoretsky  ½-½42 1969 Batoumi (Georgia)E62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
13. M Dvoretsky vs Tal ½-½22 1972 Raud MemorialB03 Alekhine's Defense
14. M Dvoretsky vs Tseshkovsky  ½-½42 1973 URS-ch sfB06 Robatsch
15. M Dvoretsky vs Vasiukov  ½-½43 1973 URS-ch sfB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
16. M Dvoretsky vs Dzindzichashvili  ½-½37 1973 Ch URS (1 liga)B30 Sicilian
17. Bronstein vs M Dvoretsky  ½-½55 1973 Ch URS ( 1 liga )C55 Two Knights Defense
18. M Dvoretsky vs Bagirov 1-056 1973 16, Tbilisi URS sfB03 Alekhine's Defense
19. V Osnos vs M Dvoretsky  ½-½30 1973 URS-ch sfE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
20. M Dvoretsky vs Alburt  ½-½24 1973 OdessaB03 Alekhine's Defense
21. M Dvoretsky vs Razuvaev  ½-½16 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 Memorial 11thE96 King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, Main line
25. M Dvoretsky vs Smyslov 1-028 1974 OdessaC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 6.d4
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  TheFocus: <As a rule, pawn endings have a forced character, and they can be worked out conclusively> - Mark Dvoretsky.
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  TheFocus: <It is very important to learn to weigh up objectively (or assess intuitively) the totality of the competitive and psychological factors> - Mark Dvoretsky
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  TheFocus: <Emotional instability can be one of the factors giving rise to a failure by chess players in important duels. Under the influence of surging emotions (and not necessarily negative ones) we sometimes lose concentration and stop objectively evaluating the events that are taking place on the board> - Mark Dvoretsky.
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  joeyj: ‏@chess24com 32m32 minutes ago Terrible news: Mark Dvoretsky died today at the age of 68. RIP.
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  Stonehenge: RIP Mark Dvoretsky

Sep-26-16  Retireborn: Too young! RIP
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  plang: Great writer
Sep-26-16  SimonWebbsTiger: Desperately sad news. :(

Dvoretsky -- the great trainer. RIP

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  tpstar: My condolences to his family and friends.

His legend will live forever.

Sep-26-16  Chessinfinite: RIP Mark Dvoretsky.
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  cro777: The chess legend died.

RIP Mark Izrailovich Dvoretsky.

He was one of the most respected trainers in the world and author of many best-selling chess books.

His newest book "Chess Skill Lessons: New Analyses of the Old Games" (Уроки мастерства. Новые анализы старых партий) was recently published (Russian Chess Federation Library series, Moscow, 2016).

His very latest work was for chess24, with his Endgame and Calculation series.

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  TheFocus: RIP Mark Dvoretsky.

Wonderful trainer. Love the books.

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  Beholder: One of the greatest chess analysts, especially of the endgame, of all time.
Sep-26-16  sonia91: RIP Mark Izrailovich :( So sad...
Sep-26-16  hashtag: RestinPeaceМаркИзраилевич
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  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.

All the ones I have read are very very good.

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  Octavia: he died young

is any good? It claims you can get his ebooks there for free.

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  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. :(

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  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

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.

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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>

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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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