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Mark Dvoretsky

Mark Dvoretsky is widely regarded as one of the best chess teachers ever. And indeed, many young Russian talents went through his hands and a lot of them managed to gain the Grandmaster title.

Unfortunately, he has left us prematurely on September 26, 2017, at the age of “only” 69. The silver lining is that he has left us with a huge amount of publications which present a great training material, and many chess players owe the rise of their ELO rating to this great teacher.

Recently, I’ve started reading his masterpiece, Dvoretsky’s Analytical Manual and I have to admit, this book made me realize how far I am from chess mastery.

I was so fascinated with it, that I immediately become one of Dvoretsky’s preachers and posted one position as a part of a Quora answer.  The answer attracted some interest and I have realized that it might be useful to post Dvoretsky’s work and make his examples available to the broader public.

That’s why, in this series of posts, we will take positions from his publications and let the readers solve them.

LEARN FROM MARK DVORETSKY – POSTS

Learn from Mark Dvoretsky – Part One – Variational Debris

Learn from Mark Dvoretsky – Part Two – Play Like Computer

Learn from Mark Dvoretsky – Part Three – Surprises in Calculating Variations

Learn from Mark Dvoretsky – Part Four – Combinative Fireworks

Learn from Mark Dvoretsky – Part Five – The Shrub

Learn from Mark Dvoretksy – Part Six – The Trunk

Learn from Mark Dvoretsky – Part Seven – Irrational Complications 

Learn From Mark Dvoretsky – Part Six – The “Trunk”

The "Trunk" The following exercise is taken from chapter two of Dvoretsky's Analytical Manual. This is what Dvoretsky had to say about this chapter: From our search for brilliant combinations, we turn to the more prosaic, though no less important issue: calculating combinations accurately. In his book Think Like a Grandmaster, Alexander Kotov introduced the concept of…
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Learn From Mark Dvoretsky – Part Five – The “Shrub”

The "Shrub" The following exercise is taken from chapter four of Dvoretsky's Analytical Manual. In this chapter, the reader's goal is trying to find the best Candidate moves for the Black side of the two positions. The positions and the solutions are given below. Position 1 [pgn] [FEN "rnb2r2/3pppkp/p5p1/qPpQ4/P1P1n3/4PN2/4KPPP/RN3B1R b - - 0 12"] [/pgn] Analysis…
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Learn From Mark Dvoretsky – Part Four – Combinative Fireworks

Combinative Fireworks The following exercise is chapter one from the famous book, Dvoretsky's Analytical Manual. [pgn] [FEN "1b1qnr2/4p1kp/pp1rQpp1/2p1N1B1/P4P2/2P5/2P3PP/3R1R1K w - - 0 1"] [/pgn] This is what Dvoretsky had to say about this position: Not long ago, I reexamined an exercise from my notebook, in which White won thanks to a beautiful attack. I ran it past "Fritz",…
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Learn from Mark Dvoretsky – Part Three – Surprises in calculating variations

Surprises in Calculating Variations The following endgame is chapter six from the famous book, Dvoretsky's Analytical Manual. [pgn] [FEN "3Q4/q4ppk/p3pn1p/1p6/1P6/P1r1PB1P/5PP1/3R2K1 w - - 0 1"] [/pgn] This is what Dvoretsky has to say about this position: The diagrammed position, taken from a game plaed in the English League, has already been published twice on ChessCafe.com, in Tony Miles'…
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