Mark Dvoretsky prepared Chess Tests for publication but – alas – he passed away before the book appeared in print.
The original edition was published by Russell Enterprises in 2019.
Now it is time to look at his Chess Tests, to tie in with today’s release of a brand new Chessable edition.
Chess Tests: ‘Tastiest of Examples’
Artur Yusupov, who worked very closely with Dvoretsky, contributed the foreword for the book.
In his words:
‘Dvoretsky wanted to write a book that would not only teach some intricacies of chess, but would also be simply a pleasure to read for aficionados of the game, so he tried to amass the ”tastiest” of examples here.’
There are seven chapters, the subjects of which should ring several Dvoretsky bells.
Training Combinational Vision
Attack and Defence
Realizing and Advantage
Each chapter has a short introduction and then it is straight into the tests. There are no clues! As usual with Dvoretsky’s books, the reader is placed on the spot as much as possible.
Indeed, the solutions take up almost three times as much space as the questions.
Here are two sample test questions to try.
World champions failed to find the best moves for White, which gives you extra incentive to working out how to proceed.
White to play
White played 28 Qa1, in search of activity on the queenside, and won after 66 moves. There was a stronger move here. What was the best move for White?
How is White to continue?
There is an abundance of excellent training material in Chess Tests. In fact there are no fewer than 226 exercises, which should keep even the most diligent of students busy for some time.
Head here to find out more about Mark Dvoretsky’s Chess Tests. Time to start getting serious about your chess training!