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Mark Dvoretsky (1947-2016)



27 September 2016

Mark Dvoretsky started his career as a very strong player, but soon enough discovered his true calling.

A top-50 player in his prime he quit his playing career to become the most recognised trainer of our time. His methods, based on thorough analytical approach, showed immediate success when one of his first students, Valery Chekhov, became a World Junior Champion in 1975. This success was later repeated by his most famous students, Artur Jussupow (in 1977) and Sergey Dolmatov (in 1978).

His most fruitful cooperation was with Artur Jussupow, who reached the semi-finals of the Candidates matches on three occasions (1986, 1989 and 1992) and rised to number 3 in the world. He trained many elite players, including Kasparov (while he was very young), Anand and Carlsen.

Dvoretsky poured all his knowledge into the books he wrote, thus setting a new standard of quality and precision of analysis for all future publications. His “Endgame Manual” is rightfully considered the Bible for the final part of the game.

Mark Dvoretsky left a vacancy that will be impossible to fill. With so much more to offer both in practical training and writing, his passing is a irrecoverable loss for the chess community.

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