Mikhail Botvinnik: The Live and Games of a World Chess

Author: Soltis, Andrew Eden ( 1947- )

Publisher: McFarland & Co

Location: Jefferson, NC and London

Year: 2014



vii+274 pages with diagrams, illustrations, appendices and indices. Small quarto (10 1/4" x 7 1/2") bound in original dark blue cloth with silver lettering to spine and cover. First edition.

Mikhail Moiseyevich Botvinnik, PhD (Russian: Михаи́л Моисе́евич Ботви́нник, (August 17 1911 May 5, 1995) was a Soviet and Russian International Grandmaster and three-time World Chess Champion, widely considered one of the greatest chess players of all time. Working as an electrical engineer and computer scientist at the same time, he was one of the very few professional 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, 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 it has been suggested 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.


A near fine copy issued without jacket.