He started to work as a coach in 1975. There are 3 World Junior Champions of the USSR among his trainees: Elena Zayats, Alexey Alexandrov, Ilaha Kadymova.
It is worth mentioning that in those days to become a champion of the Soviet Union was no easier than to win the World or European Championship.
Thus, it is no wonder that Ilaha Kadymova became a two-time World Youth chess champion, Alexey Alexandrov became the European Junior champion and Elena Zayats became a prize-winner of the World Championship three times.
Since 2015, Mikhail Shereshevsky has been the head of the Chess department at the unique Sirius Educational Center, where the strongest young chess players of Russia undertake intensive training.
In the days of my youth, when I was beginning to play chess, ‘Endgame Strategy’, the book of the same author, was considered as one of the ‘bibles’ for endgame play. It was thought to be ‘canonical’. All chess coaches in the Soviet Union recommended it to their chess players, ‘Read Shereshevsky!’ I myself studied on this book and found it very beneficial. I heard Magnus Carlsen also appreciated it, which, of course, happened many years later.
The book ‘With the youth — into the endgame!’ pursues the same point, however it would be wrong to call it the ‘2nd edition’ given that it contains many new items. There are not only additional recent examples (this two-volume book is 3 or 4 times larger than the soviet soft-cover), but also original concepts and new approaches to studying the endgame.
Common sense first of all! — I would simply define as the most important of Mikhail Shereshevsky’s views. Any problem he encounters is subjected to a critical and unbiased analysis, without dogmas and premade conclusions with a characteristic and unparalleled tender irony. It is common sense that is the main guideline of ‘With the youth — to the Endgame!’, the book you are holding in your hands, dear reader. This fundamental work on the endgame is not a pure reference book or textbook, despite its rather formalized structure. Above all, it is a book for learning endgame play and is aimed at chess players of different levels, from amateurs to top grandmasters.