Soltis: Mikhail Botvinnik

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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 Andy 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.



Contents


Preface

Introduction

1. Misha

2. Allies and Enemies

3. Rivals

4. Botvinnik vs. the Bourgeoisie

5. Two Moscows and a Nottingham

6. From Levenfish to AVRO

7. Absolution

8. War

9.
Champion

10. \''But They Were Good Years\''

11. The End of Revenge


12. Last Moves

Appendix A: Chronology

Appendix B: Career Record Against Opponents

Notes on Sources

Bibliography

Index of Openings (ECO)

Index of Opponents

General Index


274 Seiten, 2014, gebunden, englisch.

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