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Mark Dvoretzky
M Dvoretzky 
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Number of games in database: 231
Years covered: 1966 to 2000
Last FIDE rating: 2465
Highest rating achieved in database: 2540
Overall record: +62 -36 =133 (55.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (34) 
    B40 B51 B52 B30 B22
 King's Indian Attack (10) 
 English, 1 c4 c5 (9) 
    A36 A30 A34 A38
 English (9) 
    A10 A18 A19 A16 A12
 Ruy Lopez (8) 
    C69 C85 C73 C90 C67
 Alekhine's Defense (7) 
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (22) 
    E62 E96 E80 E92 E81
 French Defense (17) 
    C12 C11 C18 C10 C05
 Sicilian (16) 
    B33 B45 B40 B43 B29
 Petrov (13) 
    C42 C43
 English (11) 
    A15 A13 A11 A16 A10
 French (9) 
    C11 C12 C10 C00
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   M Dvoretzky vs Smyslov, 1974 1-0
   M Podgaets vs M Dvoretzky, 1974 0-1
   A Schneider vs M Dvoretzky, 1983 0-1
   M Dvoretzky vs G Timoscenko, 1966 1-0
   Savon vs M Dvoretzky, 1974 1/2-1/2
   M Dvoretzky vs Khalifman, 1987 1-0
   Andersson vs M Dvoretzky, 1976 1/2-1/2
   Kupreichik vs M Dvoretzky, 1974 0-1
   M Dvoretzky vs Gulko, 1974 1-0
   M Dvoretzky vs K Langeweg, 1976 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Moscow Championship (1973)
   Hoogovens-B (1975)
   Raud Memorial (1972)
   Moscow Championship (1972)
   Karseladze Memorial (1978)
   URS-ch First League (1974)
   USSR Championship (1974)
   41st URS-ch First League (1973)
   URS-ch sf Voronezh (1973)
   Hoogovens (1976)
   Vilnius (1978)
   43rd USSR Championship (1975)
   Goglidze Memorial (1980)

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

   C Zhu 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 10; games 1-25 of 231  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Dvoretzky vs G Timoscenko 1-0391966URS-chTA25 English
2. Karpov vs M Dvoretzky 1-046196704, MoscowE81 King's Indian, Samisch
3. M Dvoretzky vs L Slutzky  1-028196710th Soviet Team Championship qual-1B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
4. M Vereshchagin vs M Dvoretzky  0-152196710th Soviet Team Championship qual-1A16 English
5. M Dvoretzky vs G Govashelishvili  ½-½18196710th Soviet Team Championship qual-1C85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
6. M Dvoretzky vs M Ruderfer  0-130196710th Soviet Team Championship qual-1A12 English with b3
7. T Giorgadze vs M Dvoretzky  ½-½18196710th Soviet Team Championship qual-1C11 French
8. M Dvoretzky vs V Adler  ½-½23196710th Soviet Team Championship Final-AC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
9. Balashov vs M Dvoretzky  ½-½75196710th Soviet Team Championship Final-AA69 Benoni, Four Pawns Attack, Main line
10. M Dvoretzky vs A Lukin  ½-½41196710th Soviet Team Championship Final-AA10 English
11. Kupreichik vs M Dvoretzky  ½-½55196710th Soviet Team Championship Final-AA07 King's Indian Attack
12. M Dvoretzky vs Tukmakov 0-1711967USSR ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
13. N Levin vs M Dvoretzky  1-0361967USSR ChampionshipE61 King's Indian
14. A Butnorius vs M Dvoretzky  1-0461967USSR ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
15. M Dvoretzky vs V Bykov  1-0341967USSR ChampionshipC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
16. L Slutzky vs M Dvoretzky  ½-½411967USSR ChampionshipE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
17. G Kuzmin vs M Dvoretzky  1-0271967USSR ChampionshipA44 Old Benoni Defense
18. A Nikitin vs M Dvoretzky  ½-½221967USSR ChampionshipE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
19. D Neukirch vs M Dvoretzky  1-0311968MGU-LeipzigB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
20. Dzindzichashvili vs M Dvoretzky  ½-½421969URS-ch Young MastersE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
21. M Dvoretzky vs Akopian  0-1441970URS-ch sfB42 Sicilian, Kan
22. Vaganian vs M Dvoretzky  1-0251970URS-ch Young MastersD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
23. M Dvoretzky vs A Butnorius  1-0331970URS-ch Young MastersC42 Petrov Defense
24. V Leonidov vs M Dvoretzky  1-0391971Moscow Team ChampionshipE92 King's Indian
25. Romanishin vs M Dvoretzky  1-0491972URS-ch sfC10 French
 page 1 of 10; games 1-25 of 231  PGN Download
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Sep-27-16  wordfunph: RIP Mark Dvoretsky..
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  keypusher: A giant. As long as the game is played, he won't be forgotten.
Sep-27-16  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?!

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.
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.
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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  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.
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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