We have been sadly informed that the legendary Russian chess player and trainer Mark Dvoretsky died today at the age of 68.


Mark Dvoretsky was awarded the International Master title in 1975 and for a time, was widely regarded as the strongest IM in the world. However, for personal reasons he opted not to remain an active player and instead followed his urge to become a chess trainer.

He has worked with many top chess players, such as Garry Kasparov, Viswanathan Anand, Veselin Topalov, Evgeny Bareev, Ernesto Inarkiev, Alexander Motylev, Artur Yusupov, Nana Alexandria, etc.

Dvoretsky has written a series of chess training books. The series commenced with Secrets of Chess Training which won the British Chess Federation book of the year award in 1991.Secrets of Chess Tactics, Opening Preparation, Technique for the Tournament Player and Attack and Defence followed along. Some time later came his ‘School of Chess Excellence’ books, which were recently revised and re-issued by Edition Olms, a Swiss publishing house. Numbered 1-4, they are in order, Endgame Analysis,Tactical Play, Strategic Play and Opening Developments. The books are sometimes co-authored by star pupil Yusupov and many contain contributions from a host of other grandmasters. He wrote Dvoretsky’s Endgame Manual, published in 2003, a manual on the endgame. A second edition was published in 2006. His latest book was published in 2008: Dvoretsky’s Analytical Manual.

The European Chess Union expresses most sincere condolences to Mr. Dvoretsky’s family, Russian Chess Federation and the whole chess community on their loss.

Source: Russian Chess Federation