Mark Dvoretsky RIP
Mark Dvoretsky RIP
Mark Dvoretsky (9-12-1947 to 26-9-2016)
Sad news today of renown Russian chess coach Mark Dvoretsky’s death. Age 68. Dvoretsky was also an acclaimed author, having written more than 20 books, all of them popular.
I have most of them, and just this spring I started to read his latest series (For Friends and Colleagues)-not really anything chess-instructive about them–but that recount how Mark got into chess coaching when younger, and of the personalities that he met along the way.
I first met Dvoretsky at the 1985 Candidates Tournament in Montpellier, France where he was the official trainer of both Artur Yussupov and Alexander Chernin. Four years later, in 1989, when I was playing Yussupov in the Candidates Matches in Quebec City, I had a better chance to get acquainted with him.
Two episodes stand out, even today, of that Quebec Match. The first is that Dvoretsky needed a computer to access his files, but in 1989 it was against the law to rent or sell a computer to anyone Russian(!), and not knowing how to solve his little problem, he approached my team. We rented a computer for him for the duration of the event!
The second episode is quite funny, and reveals Dvoretsky’s real nature, his humility and his warmth as a human being. Yussupov and I had drawn our first game, and I won the second game…the ending was REALLY crushing! (Yussupov had a rest day and then came back and levelled the match in the third game. After 8 regular games, the match was 4-4. I lost the rapid tie-break game, and Yussupov advanced to play Karpov in the next stage of the Candidates)
ANYWAY, after the closing ceremony in Quebec City, Dvoretsky and Yussupov pulled me away for a few moments and gave me the following picture that they had taken in their hotel room after my crushing victory in the second game: