Mikhail Botvinnik: Sixth World Chess Champion by Isaak LinderMikhail Botvinnik: Sixth World Chess Champion by Isaak Linder

Mikhail Botvinnik: Sixth World Chess Champion

byIsaak Linder

Paperback | February 12, 2020

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The Patriarch of Soviet Chess From the mid-1930s to the early 1960s, one man towered above all other chessplayers. That was the sixth world chess champion, Mikhail Botvinnik. His calm, deep analytical approach, supplemented by careful attention to his mental and physical well being, served him well throughout his career.Now, in the sixth volume of the World Chess Champions Series by Isaak and Vladimir Linder, you will learn all about the chess advances and achievements of the Patriarch of Soviet chess, about his life and scholarly pursuit, and his contributions to the various phases of the game - opening, middlegame and endgame. Botvinnik was no less influential when he assumed the role of teacher. Graduates of his school included such powerful players as Garry Kasparov, Vladimir Kramnik, Sergei Tiviakov and Alexei Shirov.This book presents almost 150 of Botvinnik's best games and endings, with fresh annotations by German grandmaster Karsten Müller, along with crosstables and many archival photographs. We invite you on journey to explore the life and games of one of the greatest and most influential world champions ever.
Title:Mikhail Botvinnik: Sixth World Chess ChampionFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:February 12, 2020Publisher:Russell Enterprises, Inc.Language:English

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AVRO 1938 (November 7-27)A double-round event, organized by the Dutch radio company AVRO. On April 15, 1938, the newspaper 64 wrote: "The world's strongest players were invited to play in this tournament: world champion Alekhine (France), former champions Euwe (Holland) and Capablanca (Cuba), grandmasters Flohr (Czechoslovakia), Fine and Reshevsky (USA), Keres (Estonia), and decorated grandmaster Botvinnik (USSR)." Botvinnik appeared in the pages of the newspaper, talking about his planned preparations for this important contest and indicating the main contenders for first prize: Alekhine and Keres. World chess in general, as well as the organizers of the event, saw it as an unofficial candidates' tournament which would produce Alekhine's future opponent.Botvinnik came to Amsterdam with his wife, Gaiane, and was struck by "the elegant old city with its countless bicyclists," with hardly a pedestrian among them. But the tournament was played in many cities of Holland. "We were moved all over the country. Before the game, instead of dinner, there were two hours of travel. The older participants - Capablanca and Alekhine - could not take the pressure," Botvinnik remembered.In the first round, Botvinnik lost to Fine. "He played the game excellently!" the loser acknowledged, and threw himself into overtaking the leaders. In the third round, in the next "Soviet-American struggle," he succeeded in taking a sort of revenge against this "transoceanic team" by beating Reshevsky.(4) Botvinnik - ReshevskyAVRO 1938English Opening [A25]1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.e3 d6 6.Nge2 Nge7 7.d4 exd4 8.exd4 0-0 9.0-0 Nf5 10.d5 Ne5 11.b3 a5 12.Bb2 Nd7 13.a3 Nc5 14.b4 Nd7 15.Qb3[Diagram]15...Nd4?! This exchange wastes a lot of time and gives White the initiative. 15...Re8 16.Rae1 Ne5 17.Ne4 Bd7 is more precise. 16.Nxd4 Bxd4 17.Rad1 Bg7 18.Rfe1 axb4 19.axb4 Nf6 20.h3 h5 21.c5 Bf5 22.Nb5 Bd7? 22...Re8 is more active. 23.c6! bxc6 24.dxc6 Bc8? This retreat runs into Botvinnik's strong reply. 24...Bf5 was forced.[Diagram]25.Nxd6! Be6 25...cxd6 26.c7 Qxc7 27.Bxa8 Bxh3 28.Bf3i 26.Rxe6 fxe6 27.Nf5 Qe8? Now White's bishops will reign supreme. The last chance to offer resistance was 27...Qxd1+ 28.Qxd1 exf5 but White should be winning in the long run, e.g., 29.Be5 Rf7 30.Qb3i 28.Nxg7 Kxg7 29.Rd7+ Rf7 30.Be5 Kg8 31.Rxc7 Rxc7 32.Bxc7 Ra1+ 33.Kh2 Ra7 34.Be5 Rf7 35.c7 Nd7 36.Qc2 Rf8 37.c8Q 1-0