The World Chess Championship 1963 M M Botvinnik v Tigran Petrosian

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Author: Wade, Robert Graham (1921-2008)

Year: 1963

Publisher: Neville Spearman Limited

Place: London


218 pages with diagrams, tables and plates. Octavo (8 3/4" x 3 3/4") bound in original publisher's red cloth with white lettering to spine in original jacket. Edited with comments by R G Wade. (Betts: 27-58) First edition.

Also published later by ARCO in New York in 1964.

World Championship matches set the trends in chess for years to come. In the clash of titans in the 1963 match of 22 games Mikhail Botvinnik, leading player of the Soviet Union since 1930 and holder of the world championship from 1948 was beaten decisively by the Armenian grandmaster, Tigran Petrosian. The games themselves are models of how to wrest strong initiatives from almost nothing and, equally, examples of defense of almost incomparable dexterity. The ruthless character of the match stands out. R G Wade searchingly examines the games, brings out the ideas underlying the moves and adds those touches that show that great masters are also human. The scene of the two months encounter in the Variety Theater, Moscow, is recreated by one who knows both the contestants well. The gist of the comments of the expert chess room headed by young ex-world champion, Tal and Soviet chess pedagogue, Roklin, are reproduced. Readers will find a full account of the chess career of the new world champion, plus a selection of his games, a summary of Botvinnik's career and a number of his game not published before in English. The tortuous series of events from which Petrosian emerged as Botvinnik's challenger is scrutinized with the occasional tart comment and thoughts about Bobby Fischer, and other prospective champions.


Jacket with closed tear at heal edge, spine ends rubbed else a very good to fine copy in like jacket.