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.