Mark Dvoretsky quotes

  • It is not possible to become a great player without having learned how to analyse deeply and accurately.
    -- Mark Dvoretsky

    #Player #Chess #Analysis

  • It is very important to learn to weigh up objectively (or assess intuitively) the totality of the competitive and psychological factors.
    -- Mark Dvoretsky

    #Psychology #Important #Psychological

  • As a rule, pawn endings have a forced character, and they can be worked out conclusively.
    -- Mark Dvoretsky

    #Character #Pawns #Chess

  • In positions of strategic manoeuvring (where time is not of decisive importance) seek the worst-placed piece. Activating that piece is often the most reliable way of improving your position as a whole.
    -- Mark Dvoretsky

    #Chess #Way #Pieces

  • Often you will find the opposite situation. The author seems to have interesting ideas, but he is not able to illustrate them with decent examples. If a grandmaster is commenting on one of his own games, then there is usually not any problem: his general thoughts are closely tied up with what is happening on the board. But as soon as he starts writing an article or book on a different theme the difficulties begin, as he may not have suitable material to hand.
    -- Mark Dvoretsky

    #Book #Writing #Hands

  • Black is now in desperate need of a good idea. Or, to put it standard chess notation, +-
    -- Mark Dvoretsky

    #Ideas #Black #Chess

  • I feel that it is no less interesting to be a trainer than to play oneself. I even take greater delight in the tournament successes of my lads than I do in my own.
    -- Mark Dvoretsky

    #Play #Interesting #Delight

  • Training in analysis (like any other form of chess training) should be treated very seriously.
    -- Mark Dvoretsky

    #Training #Chess #Analysis

  • It is hardly useful if you trustingly play through variation after variation from a book. It is a great deal more useful and more interesting if you take part actively in the analysis, find something yourself, and try to refute some of the author's conclusions.
    -- Mark Dvoretsky

    #Book #Play #Interesting

  • Emotional instability can be one of the factors giving rise to a failure by chess players in important duels. Under the influence of surging emotions (and not necessarily negative ones) we sometimes lose concentration and stop objectively evaluating the events that are taking place on the board.
    -- Mark Dvoretsky

    #Player #Emotional #Giving

  • I do not know to whom the aphorism 'There are no sound studies, only ones that haven't been busted yet' belongs, but it has measure of truth in it.
    -- Mark Dvoretsky

    #Chess #Sound #Study

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