288 pages, paperback, Russel, 1. edition 2020
From the mid-1930s to the early 1960s, one man towered above all other chessplayers. That was the sixth world chess champion, Mikhail Botvinnik. His calm, deep analytical approach, supplemented by careful attention to his mental and physical conditioning served him well throughout his career.
Now, in the sixth volume of the World Chess Champions Series by Isaak and Vladimir Linder, you will learn all about the chess advances and achievements of the Patriarch of Soviet chess, about his life and scholarly pursuit, and his contributions to the various phases of the game – opening, middlegame and endgame.
Botvinnik was no less influential when he assumed the role of teacher. Graduates of his school included such powerful players as Garry Kasparov, Vladimir Kramnik, Sergei Tiviakov and Alexei Shirov.
This book presents almost 150 of Botvinnik’s best games and endings, with fresh annotations by German grandmaster Karsten Müller, along with crosstables and many archival photographs. We invite you on journey to explore the life and games of one of the greatest and most influential world champions ever.
006 Foreword by Andy Soltis
009 Everything about the World Championships
011 Signs and Symbols
015 Chapter 1: His Life and Fate
041 Chapter 2: Matches, Tournaments, and Opponents
214 Chapter 3: Chess Creations: His Play, Discoveries, and Trainers
253 Chapter 4: Writer and Journalist
261 Chapter 5: Timeless Times
269 Significant Dates in the Life and Words of Mikhail Botvinnik
280 Tournament Record
280 Match Record
283 Game Index
287 Opening Index