|Posted: 10/17/2004 | Updated: 6/14/2009|
Appearing three times in the semi-finals of the world championship, Artur is unquestionably considered one of the best players of the last two decades. He is one of Mark Dvoretsky's star pupils, and 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, such as "Attack and Defence", “Positional Play", and "Petroff Defence"
However, Artur is not only defined by his mastery of the chess board, but by his noble attitude and admirable character. The best illustration of this was Artur's unforgettable line to his mentor Dvoretzky after a game versus GM Vasiliy Ivanchuk, saying, "why should I spoil such an exciting game with senseless time trouble moves?" This is precisely the kind of character that Artur takes from his own teacher Dvoretzky and passes on to his pupils, not only making them better players, but more honest human beings.
Besides which Artur is one of those few 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 traditional teacher-student communication.