Business executive credits chess for honing his analytical skills

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Mark Bluvshtein vs Veselin Topalov, Russia 2010 (see diagram)

When Mark Bluvshtein reflects on his success in the business world, he quickly attributes his training as a competitive chess player.

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“Chess forces me to think one step ahead,” he says. “It has inspired me to be very analytical in everything I do.”


How does White break up against the No. 2 player in the world?

At 33 years old, she is vice president of operations for Huami, a Toronto-based firm that provides HR, payroll and benefits systems to small and medium-sized businesses.

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Prior to this, he held several leadership positions with Wave Financial, a one-time startup that was acquired by H&R Block in 2019 for $537 million.

Born in the Soviet Union, Bluvshtein moved to Canada at the age of 11 and was soon winning every chess tournament. He became an international master at the age of 13, and at the age of 16 became the youngest chess grandmaster in Canadian history.

But after his graduation he decided that he did not want to pursue chess as his career. He joined TD as an investment banker, then received an MBA before applying his analytical skills to increasingly senior roles with businesses.

As far as the future is concerned it will remain in business and management. But one thing will not change.

“I love chess. I still watch chess every day.”


Bluvshtein played 24.Nxd6 and Bxd6 was followed by 25.Rxd6 Rxe2 26.Rxd8+ Kf7 27.Bxe2 White has a decisive advantage.


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