By Mikhail Botvinnik, Bernard Cafferty, Sam Sloan
Mikhail Botvinnik received the realm Chess Championship in 1948 and held the name with breaks until eventually 1963. Botvinnik introduced his retirement from chess in 1970. This booklet covers the whole interval whilst Botvinnik was once international Chess Champion. Of the nice postwar chess gamers, one determine sticks out specifically others - the Soviet grandmaster, Mikhail Botvinnik. apart from one-year interludes this committed electric engineer was once international champion for fifteen years - from 1948 to 1963; at the moment get together that he regained his name - from Tal - he was once in his 50th yr. It used to be now not, even though, until eventually 1970 that he introduced his “official retirement” from foreign pageant. “Chess”. wrote Botvinnik, “is an artwork which illustrates the great thing about logic.” He couldn't abide error which spoiled the great thing about the sport, and the key of his luck was once thorough education and regimen, which totally justified his personal self-confidence - and that have been systematically followed by means of the Soviet university. In managed positional play, Botvinnik used to be an incomparable virtuoso - as Bronstein, Smyslov, and Tal, between many others, came across. mainly, he was once a perfectionist. Prefaced via a brief biography, this quantity - the 1st ever released in English provides over a hundred of Botvinnik's most sensible video games over the interval 1947 to 1970. approximately the entire annotations are by way of Botvinnik himself, and so they demonstrate the features that received him the champion's identify. Botvinnik's most sensible video games is, might be, the exceptional choice of the last decade.
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42 B-Q6 Wrong! By 42 B-N l N - B 3 ( 4 2 . . N - B 5 43 B - B 4 and 44 B - R 2 ) 43 P x QP P x P 44 B-R2 N-K2 ( o r 44 . . "1 (R 3 ) - N 5 45 B-QN 3 ) 45 B-R4 White could win a pawn, while after 4 2 B-N I 29 BP x P 43 P x P P x P 44 B x P + K-N 2 t h e bishops would dominate the whole board, p os sibly t hem Flohr's sugges ted bishop sacrifice 45 B x NP N x B 46 K- B4 followed by K-N 5 and K x N would win. 42 N-B3 B-N l K- B3 43 Apparently quite logical, as after 44 P x QP P x P 45 B - R 2 Blac k has the defence 45 .
And 42 36 P-N5 An inacc uracy in time trouble. 36 . . P - B 6 won at once. R- KN I 37 B e l ter 3 7 Q x P but White is relying on a deep trap. 37 P-N6+ B-K6 K-R3 38 39 Q-R5 B-R3 Black n o t ices in t i m e that 3 9 . . R- K R I is met -by 40 P-Q8 (Q) Q x Q (40 . . R x Q(4) 4 1 Q x Q+ K x Q 42 P-N 7 or 40 . . R x Q ( l ) 4 1 Q- R 7 + K- B l 42 P-N 7+) 4 1 Q- K 5 + and 42 Q x B. 2 4 25 26 S ubsequently i t was established that this move leads to a draw. Hence Black should have made the very delicate intermediate move 21 .
P-B6 1 7 K-Ql K-K5 1 8 K-Q2 K-B5 1 9 K-Q3 K x P 2 0 K-K3 i s only a draw. However there is a win 16 K-B7 K-B8 17 K-K2 18 K-Q3 1 8 K-Kl P-B6. 18 K�Q8 K-K7 19 K-K4 P-B3 K-B 7 20 KxP 21 K-B5 22 K-K6 KxP This ending was made up into a study thu s:- ''Wh ite to play and w in.. " Pub lished in 'Shak hmaty v SSSR ' 7/1 952. 1 4 XX U . S. R. Championship, Moscow 1 952 Black : A Goldenev English Opening P-QB4 P-KN 3 B-N2 ,3 Black's best 1 2 P-K3 P-Q4 PxP line here is to transp ose into the Tarrasch Defence by 3 .