Known as one of the best coaches of our times, Mark Dvoretsky left us a valuable legacy to help chess players improve their training technique. It was a huge shock for the entire chess world when, on September 26th Mark Dvoretsky passed away at the age of 68 years. This review has been printed in the December issue of Chess Life. A penultimate (and unedited) version of the review is reproduced here.

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This review has been printed in the December issue of Chess Life. A penultimate and unedited version of the review is reproduced here. Minor differences exist between this and the printed version. My thanks to the good folks at Chess Life for allowing me to do so. Abrahamyan, Tatev, et al.

Celebrating Five Years Donaldson, John, and Nikolay Minev. Russell Enterprises, Chess players are an ecumenical lot. With the holidays fast approaching, let me be the first to wish you a joyous season, however you may choose to celebrate it. And not just one, but two! His subjects range from World Champions to street hustlers, but the real focus of the work is the game itself, the struggle and the agon.

Anyone who loves our game will see themselves in this book, and non-initiates will come away with something of what it means to play it. Llada includes a few mandatory shots: The Thinkers is a quintessential coffee-table book. Despite its heft and lavish production, I would argue that The Sinquefield Cup: It is that, of course, with its dozens of documentary photographs and stunning layout.

But more to the point, The Sinquefield Cup is a fitting documentary tribute to a tournament and a patron that together have fundamentally reshaped American chess.

This eponymous book tells the story of the origins of the Sinquefield Cup. Rex Sinquefield explains how he had to be talked into lending his name to the tournament, and Sunil Weeramantry describes his early diplomatic efforts on behalf chss the Saint Louis Chess Club. An appendix contains doretsky bios, crosstables and complete sets of games for each tournament. The Sinquefield Cup is a well-crafted homage to the elite chess on display in the Sinquefield Cup, and a worthy testament to the great work done by Sinquefield and the Saint Louis Chess Club.

This is a book that deserves to be read by all fans of American chess.

5 Things We Should All Learn from Mark Dvoretsky

Perhaps its only drawback is its size — you need a very big coffee-table to lay this book flat alongside a set and board! Games collections always make good gifts for chess players, and more than a few notable titles have made their way to me in the past year.

One of the most interesting is Chess Duels The book is, as one would expect from its title, a collection of games annotated by the 4th World Champion. Many are from his own praxis, while more than a few are by other, lesser known players. There dcoretsky also dozens of gems played by half-forgotten masters of the vhess, many of which do not appear in MegaBase or other standard sources. Here is one such game from the ill-fated Mannheim tournament, contested right as the first shots of World War I rang out.

It features the noted Russian player and theoretician Peter Romanovsky in a wonderful tactical display. Kh1 but Alekhine writes that after Modern vvoretsky show dvlretsky that Romanovsky was probably right, with the amazing line per Fiala Bc3 Rc1 and neither side can make any progress!


This year also saw the second printing of a games collection that had become very hard to find. Now, with this re-release, readers can once again enjoy the Rubinstein games included in the book, many with notes collected by the editors John Donaldson and Nikolay Minev.

This new printing is great news for all chess fans, save those collectors who had hoped to fund their retirements through the sale of the first edition!

Mark Dvoretsky’s final interview – Part I

Ris does an excellent job of focusing on three areas where dvoregsky sub players might improve: The three chapters on rook endgames are especially good.

Readers are not burdened with extensive analysis in Crucial Chess Skills. Instead they are treated to an appropriate and instructive mix of words and moves. Readers should also be aware, however, that much of the material in Crucial Chess Skills is recycled from his columns for the defunct ChessVibes Magazine — all the endgame examples, save one, are found there — and from his various video products.

The analysis is intense, and Dvoretsky holds nothing back in his presentation, chss the firehose on full blast.

All of the analysis works to illustrate how the best players think about chess and also about their thought processes. Take the discussion of the game Oll-Hodgson Groningen, Whether this is real or epiphenomenal, only time will tell. My only complaint about the book is its size. This article has been printed in the December issue of Chess Life. After learning of the death of Mark Dvoretsky on September 26th via Twitter, I found myself standing in dvoreetsky of my bookshelf, thumbing through one of his many titles.

Suddenly I found myself hurled back in time, much like Proust after biting into his madeleine, and in unpacking that involuntary memory, I came to understand why the news of his death had affected me so. In the days before the computer, master-level play had yet to be demystified. Amateurs had almost no access to the thought processes of masters and Grandmasters, and without the false security provided by the engine, we rarely understood their moves.

Standing there in my dvpretsky, I was 15 years old again, wandering through the local Waldenbooks and discovering a pink book that promised to teach me the secrets of chess. I remember struggling to make sense of the analysis within, and how I persisted in doing so, even when it was evident that I lacked the ability to understand any of what I was reading.

Others may not have shared my fruitless dedication, for legend has it that USCFSales stopped stocking the book after too many frustrated returns. Mark Dvoretsky will be remembered for many reasons. He was also, by all accounts, an honest svoretsky decent man.

Pieces, and particularly knights, become superfluous when two or more aim at one square. Instead, he took the best elements of the Soviet training system, added his own twist dvoretssky the solving of problems from his famed collection of positions — and shared the fruits of his labor with the world. We are invited to join in the search for truth, and in his writings, this task feels as important and vital as anything in the world.

His nine books seven of which are revised and extended versions of books originally dvoregsky with Batsford and two series with Edition Olms made him famous. We will examine them first before turning to more recent titles published with Russell Enterprises.

While Dvoretsky and Yusupov wrote the bulk of them, guest lecturers like Kaidanov, Kramnik, and Shereshevsky also contributed. Taken together, these nine titles represent a fairly systematic curriculum for chess mastery. What does that curriculum look like? How do we do this? Through the conjoined tasks of study and solving. Solving carefully chosen exercises reinforces what has been learned and boosts calculative, evaluative and imaginative skills.


Enriching intuition in this way allows players to correctly apply relevant rules or principles in novel situations. One idea would be use the opposite-colored bishops to construct a fortress. Initial analysis showed that this was difficult: Rd2 then Black plays 42…Rf4! Activating the rook was necessary. Kd1 Bb6 Black kept the advantage. Litinskaya played the inferior 42…Kc7?! Luckily for us, he kept writing.

His books with Russell Enterprises are some of his best, extending his earlier work and opening up new avenues of inquiry. It is widely recommended by top teachers to those looking to learn endgame theory. Although he did not invent it, Dvoretsky is often associated with the concept of prophylaxis or prophylactic thinking. Prophylaxis requires that players consider what the opponent wants to play were she on move, find an answer to that question, and then use that answer to help guide analysis.

SCE 1,His interest in studies chezs his publishing career, with a full book — Studies for Practical Playersco-authored with Oleg Pervakov — devoted to the topic. In my review of the first book in the seriestitled Profession: The bulk of the book is devoted to explaining — sometimes polemically — what Dvoretsky takes to be best practices for chess coaching and improvement.

Reading the two together, we get a more holistic picture of Dvoretsky as a man and as a trainer than we would by reading either by themselves.

Reflections on My Profession consists of a series of essays, with most having been published elsewhere and reprinted here dvogetsky updated form. There are three main divisions: The first section of the book is mildly interesting, but mainly for the analysis. The second and the third sections are, in my opinion, cgess much greater value. Accordingly I will devote some lines to these two sections before moving on.

In his discussion of chess literature, Dvoretsky points us towards good annotators Matthew Sadler and Grigory Sanakoev and calls out charlatans Hans Berliner. In an aside, Dvoretsky argues dvogetsky classic books should be brought back into print, but with a twist.

He describes the need for introducing a contemporary co-author who would correct analytical errors and introduce additional material. The third section of Reflections on Dgoretsky Professiondevoted to chess training, consists of two main types of chapters. Dvoretsky is clear in his belief that chess improvement comes through practice. A good trainer provides her pupils the kinds of exercises that will burnish their strengths and mend their flaws, and it is only through consistent solving of problems that players can hope to obtain better results.

The problems used as examples can, however, be salvaged for training purposes. Recently I used five of them to good effect in a session with our Denker representative. If we leave aside the fact that most of us recoil from the kind of active learning he prescribes, there is still the matter of finding a appropriate and b sufficient positions.

In a previous review I had lamented the fact that for all of his output, Dvoretsky had yet to publish a book of problems dvorretsky for solving.