Mikhail Botvinnik The Life and Games of a World Chess Champion

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Paperback, 284 pages, McFarland Publishing

The games of Mikhail Botvinnik, world chess champion from 1948 to 1963, have been studied by players around the world for decades. But little has been written about Botvinnik himself. This book explores his unusual dual career—as a highly regarded scientist as well as the first truly professional chess player—as well as his complex relations with Soviet leaders, including Josef Stalin, his bitter rivalries, and his doomed effort to create the perfect chess-playing computer program. The book has more than 85 games, 127 diagrams, twelve photographs, a chronology of his life and career, a bibliography, an index of openings, an index of opponents, and a general index.

Grandmaster Andrew Soltis, eight times champion of the Marshall Chess Club, New York Post editor and Chess Life columnist, is the author of dozens of chess books. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Preface 1
Introduction 3
1. Misha 11
2. Allies and Enemies 29
3. Rivals 45
4. Botvinnik vs. the Bourgeoisie 66
5. Two Moscows and a Nottingham 80
6. From Levenfish to AVRO 98
7. Absolution 115
8. War 133
9. Champion 156
10. “But They Were Good Years” 180
11. The End of Revenge 209
12. Last Moves 230
Appendix A: Chronology 251
Appendix B: Career Record Against Opponents 256
Notes on Sources 257
Bibliography 264
Index of Openings (ECO) 267
Index of Opponents 268
General Index 269

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