Championship Chess. Match Tournament for the Absolute Chess Championship of the U.S.S.R. Leningrad-Moscow 1941, Complete Text of Games with Detailed Notes and an Introduction

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Author: Botvinnik, Mikhail Moiseyevich (1911- )

Year: 1950

Publisher: Bell Publishing Co

Place: Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania


ix+185+[1] pages with diagrams and index. Octavo (8 1/4" x 6") bound in original publisher's red cloth with gilt lettering to spine in original publisher's pictorial jacket. Complete text of games with detailed notes and an introduction. Originally published as Match turnir na Zvanie Absolutnovo Championa SSR po Shakmatam, Leningrad-Moskva, 1941, (1947) Translated by Stephen Garry. Botvinnik was World Champion 1948-57, 1958-60, 1961-3. (Betts: 25-152) First American edition.

He learned to play chess in 1923 at the age of twelve and within three years, had become one of the strongest players in Leningrad. In 1927 he was invited to fill a last minute vacancy in the 5th USSR championship in Moscow, finishing = 5th and gaining the title of master. In 1931 he won the 7th USSR championship (1931, 1933, 1939, 1941, 1944, 1945 and 1952).


Head corners bumped. Jacket light edge wear, rubbing to spine extremities. A very good copy in like jacket.