Mark Dvoretsky

Chess players of universal style, who handle any type of position with equal competence, are extremely rare. Bobby Fischer was one such. So, in his best years, was Boris Spassky. As a rule, everyone's play, even that of the top grandmasters, has weak points of one kind or another. It is very important to eradicate them in good time, to bring the backward areas of your game 'up to scratch' -without of course renouncing your creative individuality. Traditionally, chess players are classed as...

Index of Composers

Bondarenko, F. and Kuznetsov, A. 20 Bondarenko, F. and Liburkin, M. 35 Kasparian, G. 32 Wotawa, A. 19 Alexander - Euwe Alexander - Marshall Anand - Kasparov Anand - Kasparov Anand - Kasparov Bareev Kasparov Beliavsky - Chernin Belov - Vaulin Berg - Hort Blumenfeld - Zhivtsov Bobrov - Platonov Boguslavsky Lepin Boguslavsky - Morozevich Bronstein - Dvoretsky Cifuentes - Zviagintsev Ciocaltea - Liberzon Denisov - Chernosvitov Dolmatov - Flesch Dolmatov - Franzoni Dolmatov Larsen Dolmatov Lerner...

Thoughts about a Book

There are no hopeless positions there are only inferior ones that can be saved. There are no drawn positions there are only equal ones in which you can play for a win. But at the same time, don't forget that there is no such thing as a won position in which it is impossible to lose. In all my life I have only played two games by correspondence, and I am unlikely to play any more. Despite this, when I heard about the publication of Third Attempt, a collection of games by Grigory Sanakoev, the...

Training Session Making Difficult Choices

A large number of the moves we play require no deep investigation of the position. It is enough to apply some standard principles of evaluation and add just a few variations. Nevertheless, In nearly every game a moment of crisis is bound to occur (sometimes several such moments arise) at that moment the right decision cannot possibly be found on the surface and yet it determines the whole future course of the struggle, perhaps its very outcome. It is some situations of this kind, arising from...