Learn from Mark Dvoretsky


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 player 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 – 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