Mikhail Botvinnik

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Botvinnik, Mikhail Moiseevich


Born Aug. 4 (17), 1911, in Repino, formerly Kuokkala. Soviet chess player; doctor of technical sciences (1951). A member of the CPSU since 1940. Grand master of the USSR (1935), international grand master (1950), Honored Master of Sport (1945). World champion (1948–57, 1958–60, 1961–63).

Botvinnik is a strategic chess player and an innovator in the area of chess theory, particularly theory of opening moves. He is the author of many works on chess. He has been awarded the Order of Lenin, three other orders, and medals.


Izbrannye partii (1926–1946), 2nd ed. Moscow, 1951.
Sovetskaia shakhmatnaia shkola. Moscow, 1951.
Algoritm igry ν shakhmaty. Moscow, 1968.


Shakhmatnoe tvorchestvo Botvinnika, vols. 1–3. Moscow, 1965–68.
Shakhmatnyi slovar’. Compiled by G. M. Geiler. Moscow, 1964.
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His victory at the Nottingham tournament in 1936 was celebrated on the front page of Pravda, while Botvinnik himself sent a telegram to Stalin beginning |Dear beloved teacher and leader' which he later revealed had been dictated from Moscow.
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Some of the world's greats, like Korchnoi, Smyslov and Botvinnik all played well, deep into their senior years.
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