Biography[ edit ] Dvoretsky was born in Moscow in He learnt chess when he was around 5 or 6 years old. However, he started to study chess seriously and participate in tournaments only when he was in the fifth grade. Before that he had a different interest — mathematics.

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They are badly written. However, I feel some of these books are absurdly difficult. In my personal experience, Endgame Manual is very comprehensive from a theoretical standpoint, however, you will have to engage in other endgame study to gain "technique" or a feel for endgames. I also think that Training for the Tournament Player is a must read for any aspiring chess player. Nov 24, 7 How can I say this? Well, I say this because I read some of them and am not impressed.

He may be a great trainer, but I find that his books are not good. Example is his chapter one of the analytical manual : combinative fireworks!

It is complex yes, but what does it teach? Capablanca, Euwe, Lasker, Watson etc It is too easy to say that his books are for the better players only. They are not well written. Any idea why Traning for the tournament player and not Technique for the tournament player recommended in one comment? Also what about Attack and Defence? Defence looks like something that has been relatively less discussed in chess literature. BonTheCat Sep 8, 10 NateSolon: The books in the Olms series are revised and updated from the Batsford series, but they are similar with the layout immensely improved.

Batsford, under the leadership of the scoundrel Raymond Keene, went belly up, then changed a letter in the company name, and refused to honour the royalties to all its authors.

Not perfectly up on all the details, but Dvoretsky promptly forbade the new Batsford to reprint or republish his books and transferred the rights to Olms. It should also be pointed out that Dvoretsky always updated his writing and his analysis constantly.

He was very scrupulous in this regard. Personally, I genuinely like many of the authors you mention, but also enjoy immensely many the drier, less florid style of many Russian authors and coaches, such as Dvoretsky. The others seem designed to make a topic as obscure and hard as possible.

There are a few chapter exceptions, but rest seem to be for much higher rated than uscf. In fact there are stories of many of these books being returned to the uscf bookshop orginally the main source for these books in usa, Would recommend the Yusupov series of books instead, and also Hawkins book "Amateur to IM".


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