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PLAY­ING abroad is one way to im­prove one’s rat­ing.

SA’s top ju­nior, Daniel Bar­rish, 16, makes an an­nual visit to the Czech Repub­lic. He has now been fol­lowed by Paul Gluck­man, FM, 14, who has recorded his first 2000 plus rat­ing after a trip to a tour­na­ment there. Paul is the son of our first of­fi­cial IM, David.

The chess world has just lost its great­est coach– Mark Is­raile­witsch Dvoret­sky, born on De­cem­ber 9, 1947 in Moscow.

As a young player Dvoret­sky achieved a num­ber of no­table sucesses: in 1973 he won the Cham­pi­onship of Moscow and in 1974 he fin­ished fifth at the USSR Cham­pi­onship in Len­ingrad.

But he soon de­cided to fo­cus on his ca­reer as a chess trainer.

Among the play­ers who oc­ca­sion­ally trained with Dvoret­sky are world champions Garry Kas­parov and Viswan­than Anand.

Through­out his play­ing ca­reer, Ar­tur Yusupov was coached and men­tored by Dvoret­sky. Yusupov freely ac­knowl­edges that Dvoret­sky’s in­flu­ence has been in­stru­men­tal in many of his big­gest vic­to­ries.

The strong al­liance and col­lab­o­ra­tion that de­vel­oped led to them set­ting up the Dvoret­sky–Yusupov Chess School.

Stu­dents of the school have in­cluded strong grand­mas­ters Peter Svi­dler, Sergei Movs­esian and Vadim Zv­ja­gin­sev.

In 2005, Yusupov was awarded the ti­tle of FIDE Se­nior Trainer.

Yusupov has also been a fre­quent con­trib­u­tor to Dvoret­sky’s books and has been a sec­ond and ad­viser to both Viswanathan Anand and Peter Leko dur­ing their world cham­pi­onship cam­paigns.

He is a friend and train­ing part­ner of the Rus­sian GM, Sergey Dol­ma­tov, another pro­tégé of Dvoret­sky and, like Yusupov, a Ju­nior World Cham­pion (in 1978).

One train­ing method of Dvoret­sky was to play se­lected po­si­tions with both colours against his stu­dents and he of­ten sur­prised them by win­ning the same po­si­tion with Black and with White.

This was a method de­vised by the third world cham­pion, JR Ca­pablanca, to teach end- game tech­nique.

Dvoret­sky was an In­ter­na­tional Mas­ter and FIDE Se­nior Trainer.

He pub­lished a num­ber of text­books, some­times with Yusupov as co-au­thor.

ChessBase pub­lished a dig­i­tal ver­sion of his Endgame Man­ual. GM Timur Gareyev is a man with a mis­sion: the man who likes to call him­self “Blind­fold King” wants to set records in blind­fold chess. And he did: on Septem­ber 24, at the Co­ralville Mar­riott Ho­tel in Iowa, from 9.32am to 7.45pm, he played 64 con­sec­u­tive blind­fold games, win­ning 54, los­ing eight and draw­ing two. That’s the new world record.

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