Author: Mikhail Moiseyevich Botvinnik (1911-1995)
Publisher: Publishing House Moravian Chess
3 volumes. Volume 1: 1925-1941 301 pages with diagrams, tables, plates and index. Volume 2: 1942-1956 495 pages with diagrams, tables, plates and index. Volume 3: 1857-1970 463 pages with diagrams, tables, plates and index. Octavo (8 1/4" x 5 3/4") bound in original pictorial boards. Translated by Kenneth Neat. First editions into English. First published Analiticheskie i kriticheskie raboty, Moscow 1884-1986.
Mikhail Botvinnik was a Soviet and Russian chess grandmaster. The sixth World Chess Champion, he also worked as an electrical engineer and computer scientist and was a pioneer in computer chess.
Botvinnik was the first world-class player to develop within the Soviet Union. He 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 pupils include World Champions Anatoly Karpov, Garry Kasparov and Vladimir Kramnik.