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Mark Dvoretzky
M Dvoretzky 
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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 (22) 
    B40 B51 B22 B30 B52
 English (6) 
    A18 A16 A10 A19
 English, 1 c4 c5 (5) 
    A36 A38
 Alekhine's Defense (5) 
 French Defense (5) 
    C00 C11 C15
 Ruy Lopez (4) 
    C69 C73
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (11) 
    E62 E81 E71 E80 E92
 Petrov (9) 
    C42 C43
 Sicilian (7) 
    B33 B45 B31
 French Defense (7) 
    C12 C05 C08 C19 C09
 Old Benoni (6) 
 English (5) 
    A15 A11 A13 A10
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M Dvoretzky vs Smyslov, 1974 1-0
   A Schneider vs M Dvoretzky, 1983 0-1
   Podgaets vs M Dvoretzky, 1974 0-1
   M Dvoretzky vs Timoshchenko, 1966 1-0
   M Dvoretzky vs Khalifman, 1987 1-0
   Kupreichik vs M Dvoretzky, 1974 0-1
   Romanishin vs M Dvoretzky, 1974 1/2-1/2
   Andersson vs M Dvoretzky, 1976 1/2-1/2
   Savon vs M Dvoretzky, 1974 1/2-1/2
   M Dvoretzky vs K Langeweg, 1976 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship (1974)
   Hoogovens (1976)

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

During the 1970s, he was widely regarded to be 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)

Dvoretzky 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 Dvoretzky biography from -

Last updated: 2020-12-12 09:20:20

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 130  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Dvoretzky vs Timoshchenko 1-0391966URS-chTA25 English
2. Kupreichik vs M Dvoretzky  ½-½551967MoscowA07 King's Indian Attack
3. Balashov vs M Dvoretzky  ½-½751967MoscowA69 Benoni, Four Pawns Attack, Main line
4. Karpov vs M Dvoretzky 1-046196704, MoscowE81 King's Indian, Samisch
5. N Levin vs M Dvoretzky  1-0361967USSR ChampionshipE61 King's Indian
6. G Kuzmin vs M Dvoretzky  1-0271967USSR ChampionshipA44 Old Benoni Defense
7. M Dvoretzky vs Tukmakov 0-1711967USSR ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
8. M Dvoretzky vs V Bykov  1-0341967USSR ChampionshipC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
9. L Slutzky vs M Dvoretzky  ½-½411967USSR ChampionshipE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
10. A Butnorius vs M Dvoretzky  1-0461967USSR ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
11. Nikitin vs M Dvoretzky  ½-½221967USSR ChampionshipE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
12. Dzindzichashvili vs M Dvoretzky  ½-½421969URS-ch Young MastersE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
13. M Dvoretzky vs Tal ½-½221972Raud MemorialB03 Alekhine's Defense
14. M Dvoretzky vs Alburt  ½-½241973OdessaB03 Alekhine's Defense
15. M Dvoretzky vs Keres ½-½161973Moscow-3teamsA06 Reti Opening
16. Keres vs M Dvoretzky  ½-½301973Moscow-3teamsC05 French, Tarrasch
17. W Schmidt vs M Dvoretzky  ½-½281973Rubinstein Memorial 11thE96 King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, Main line
18. Bronstein vs M Dvoretzky  ½-½55197341st URS-ch First LeagueC55 Two Knights Defense
19. M Dvoretzky vs Bagirov 1-056197341st URS-ch First LeagueB03 Alekhine's Defense
20. M Dvoretzky vs Razuvaev  ½-½16197341st URS-ch First LeagueB07 Pirc
21. V Osnos vs M Dvoretzky  ½-½30197341st URS-ch First LeagueE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
22. M Dvoretzky vs Tseshkovsky  ½-½42197341st URS-ch First LeagueA36 English
23. M Dvoretzky vs Vasiukov  ½-½43197341st URS-ch First LeagueB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
24. M Dvoretzky vs Dzindzichashvili  ½-½37197341st URS-ch First LeagueB30 Sicilian
25. Romanishin vs M Dvoretzky  ½-½471974URS-ch First LeagueA10 English
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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!
Sep-27-16  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.
Sep-27-16  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?!

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  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.
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  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  zanzibar: chuckle.
Sep-28-16  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.

Oct-05-16  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?

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  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.
Jul-27-17  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)
Mar-31-18  Caissanist: I've been hearing raves about Dvoretsky's books for years. The latest praise comes from newly selected WC challenger Fabiano Caruana, who credited Dvoretsky's work with helping him prepare for his Candidates' tournament victory, although <I really hate doing it, because it's hard!>

Uh, I think I'll pass, actually.

Aug-03-18  Chessman1504: I very much enjoy his interviews from a few years ago. It's really interesting what he says about Carlsen and his intuition vs his ability to calculate. Agdestein joked that he could sometimes calculate better, but that Carlsen's feeling for the positions was perfect.
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  wwall: Dvoretsky died in 2016. His endgame articles were translated and copyrighted in 2001. Can his articles be re-posted, or do they violate copyright laws, even though he is dead? How long does a copyright last on a chess article?
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  Fusilli: <zanzibar> ... <Do Russian wear wristwatches like Americans do, i.e. on the dominate hand?>

Wow. In 25 years living in the US (and not wearing a watch), I never noticed this. In Argentina, my birth country, they wear them on the left. To me, it makes more sense, so that you avoid wrist friction when you write (right handed people anyway).

I did notice American men tend to part straight hair on the right. In Argentina it's on the left. That's what I do.

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