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GM & Chess Coach & Author

Qualifying three times for the World Championship semi-finals, Artur Yussupow (aka Artur Yusupov) is unquestionably considered one of the best players of the last two decades. He is one of Mark Dvoretsky's star pupils, and has played a major role in the preparation of many of today's younger Grandmasters, such as Peter Svidler, Vadim Zviaginstev, Alexei Alexandrov and Sergei Movsesian. Artur's excellent understanding of the game can be seen in his books, "Attack and Defence", “Positional Play", and "Petroff Defence"

Artur, however, is not solely defined by his mastery on the chess board, but by his noble attitude and admirable character Artur's unforgettable line to his mentor Dvoretzky after a game against GM Vasiliy Ivanchuk, "why should I spoil such an exciting game with senseless time trouble moves?" illustrates this. It's this kind of outlook and attitude taken from Dvoretzky that is passed on to his pupils, and not only promotes the development of better players, but of more honest human beings.

Artur is one of the rare trainers that just can't seem to find a way to be boring. According to John Speelman, "Artur Yusupov is a genial bear of a man, ferociously concentrating at the chessboard but utterly charming away from it." This is why Artur's dedication to intellectual development is the driving force behind his magnetic personality, and why it makes lessons with him seem more of a warm chat between friends than a traditional teacher-student exchange.

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