Analytical and critical work 1923-1941

Author: Botvinnik, Mikhail Moiseyevich (1911-1995) inscribed

Publisher: Physical Culture and Sport Place

Location: Moscow

Year: 1984



319 pages with frontispiece, photographs, diagrams and index. Octavo (8 3/4" x 5 3/4") bound in original publisher's brown cloth with gilt lettering to spine and cover. Inscribed First edition.

This is the first in a series of four books by World Chess Champion Mikhail Botvinnik. The first three books cover his chess career. The last volume covers his essays on a variety of topics of interest to him. The four volumes are: Mikhail Botvinnik Analytical and Critical Work 1923-1941, Mikhail Botvinnik Analytical and Critical Work 1942-1956, Mikhail Botvinnik Analytical and Critical Work 1957-1970, Mikhail Botvinnik Analytical and Critical Work Articles, Memoirs 1928-1986.

Mikhail Moiseyevich Botvinnik, PhD August 17, 1911 – May 5, 1995) was a Soviet and Russian International Grandmaster and three-time World Chess Champion. Working as an electrical engineer and computer scientist at the same time, he was one of the very few famous chess players who achieved distinction in another career while playing top-class competitive chess. He was also a pioneer of computer chess. Botvinnik was the first world-class player to develop within the Soviet Union (Alekhine was a top player before the Russian Revolution), putting him under political pressure but also giving him considerable influence within Soviet chess. From time to time he was accused of using that influence to his own advantage, but the evidence is unclear and some suggest he resisted attempts by Soviet officials to intimidate some of his rivals. Botvinnik also played a major role in the organization of chess, making a significant contribution to the design of the World Chess Championship system after World War II and becoming a leading member of the coaching system that enabled the Soviet Union to dominate top-class chess during that time. His famous pupils include World Champions Anatoly Karpov, Garry Kasparov and Vladimir Kramnik.

Signed: To Efim Semyenovich Nuz. Good wishes. 28.03.85. Efim Nuz was a famous chess organizer.


Inscribed on title else a near fine copy.