284 Seiten, Leinen, McFarland, 1. Auflage 2014
The games of Mikhail Botvinnik, world chess champion from 1948 to 1963, have been studied by players around the world for decades. But little has been written about Botvinnik himself. This book explores his unusual dual career--as a highly regarded scientist as well as the first truly professional chess player--as well as his complex relations with Soviet leaders, including Josef Stalin, his bitter rivalries, and his doomed effort to create the perfect chess-playing computer program. The book has more than 85 games, 127 diagrams, twelve photographs, a chronology of his life and career, a bibliography, an index of openings, an index of opponents, and a general index.
About the Author(s) Grandmaster Andy Soltis, eight times champion of the Marshall Chess Club, New York Post editor and Chess Life columnist, is the author of dozens of chess books. He lives in New York City.
011 1. Misha
029 2. Allies and Enemies
045 3. Rivals
066 4. Botvinnik vs. the Bourgeoisie
080 5. Two Moscows and a Nottingham
098 6. From Levenfish to AVRO
115 7. Absolution
133 8. War
156 9. Champion
180 10. "But They Were Good Years"
209 11. The End of Revenge
230 12. Last Moves
251 Appendix A: Chronology
256 Appendix B: Career Record Against Opponents
257 Notes on Sources
267 Index of Openings (ECO)
268 Index of Opponents
269 General Index