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"Yes, I have played a blitz game once. It was on a train, in 1929." -- Mikhail Botvinnik
Mikhail Moiseyevich Botvinnik, Ph.D. (, ) ( – May 5, 1995) was a Soviet and Russian International Grandmaster and three-time World Chess Champion. Working as an electrical engineer at the same time, he was one of the very few famous chess players who achieved distinction in another career while playing top-class competitive chess. He also developed a chess-playing algorithm that tried to "think" like a top human player, but this approach has been superseded by a brute-force search strategy that exploits the rapid increase in the calculation speed of modern computers.

Botvinnik was the first world-class player to develop within the Soviet Union (Alekhine was a top player before the Russian Revolution), putting him under political pressure but also giving him considerable influence within Soviet chess. From time to time he was accused of using that influence to his own advantage, but the evidence is unclear and some suggest he resisted attempts by Soviet officials to intimidate some of his rivals.

Botvinnik 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 famous pupils include World Champions Anatoly Karpov, Garry Kasparov and Vladimir Kramnik.

Playing top class chess for decades, being an eminent chess author, one of the pioneers of computer chess, and a great chess teacher in his late years, Botvinnik is widely regarded as the most influental chess contributor in the 20th century.

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Total Books: 21
Mikhail Botvinnik Analytical and Critical Work 1923-1941
2014 - Mikhail Botvinnik Analytical and Critical Work 1923-1941 [Russian Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9784871875967
ISBN-10: 4871875962
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors, Humor & Entertainment
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Mikhail Botvinnik Analytical and Critical Work 1957-1970
Chess Creativity of Botvinnik Vol 2
2013 - Chess Creativity of Botvinnik Vol 2 [Volume 2] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9784871875943
ISBN-10: 4871875946
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Humor & Entertainment
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Chess Creativity of Botvinnik Vol 3
2013 - Chess Creativity of Botvinnik Vol 3 [Volume 3 - Russian Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9784871875950
ISBN-10: 4871875954
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Humor & Entertainment
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Chess Creativity of Botvinnik Vol 1
2013 - Chess Creativity of Botvinnik Vol 1 [Volume 1 - Russian Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9784871875936
ISBN-10: 4871875938
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Humor & Entertainment
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Botvinnik Selected Games 1926-1946
2013 - Botvinnik Selected Games 1926-1946 [Russian - Russian Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9784871875820
ISBN-10: 4871875822
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment
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Leningrado/Mosca 1941 Torneo-match per il titolo di campione sovietico assoluto
Botvinnik - Petrosian 1963 World Chess Championship Match
2010 - Botvinnik - Petrosian 1963 World Chess Championship Match (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9789056913144
ISBN-10: 905691314X
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
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Botvinnik-Smyslov
2009 - Botvinnik-smyslov (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9789056912710
ISBN-10: 9056912712
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
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Moscow 1951 World Championship Match Botvinnik v Bronstein
2004 - Moscow 1951 World Championship Match Botvinnik V Bronstein (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783283004590
ISBN-10: 3283004595
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
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World Championship Return Match Botvinnik v Tal Moscow 1961
2004 - World Championship Return Match Botvinnik V Tal Moscow 1961 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783283004613
ISBN-10: 3283004617
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
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Mikhail Botvinnik Master of Strategy  Botvinnik's Best Games 1947-70
Encyclopedia of Chess Openings B II
1984 - Encyclopedia of Chess Openings B II (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781112525520
ISBN-10: 1112525521
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The Gruenfeld Defense
1980 - The Gruenfeld Defense (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780890580172
ISBN-10: 0890580170
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One Hundred Selected Games
1960 - One Hundred Selected Games (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780486206202
ISBN-10: 0486206203
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
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Anatoly Karpov His Road to the World Championship
Anatoly Karpov His Road to the World Championship [Pergamon Chess Series] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780080211381
ISBN-10: 0080211380
Genres: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Humor & Entertainment
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Half a Century of Chess
Half a Century of Chess [Pergamon Russian Chess Series] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780080269191
ISBN-10: 0080269192
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Fifteen Games and Their Stories
Fifteen Games and Their Stories (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780931462153
ISBN-10: 0931462150
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Botvinnik on the Endgame
Botvinnik on the Endgame (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780931462436
ISBN-10: 0931462436
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
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