Botvinnik Ė Smyslov - $59.95
Three World Chess Championship Matches: 1954, 1957, 1958
Mikhail Botvinnik

Publisher: New In Chess, 2009
Edition: Paperback medium
ISBN: 978-90-5691-271-0
Pages: 288
Language: English

The writings of Mikhail Moiseevich Botvinnik (1911 Ė 1995) are legendary. ĎThe Patriarchí took professionalism in chess to a new level and set new standards for preparation.


In this book, Botvinnik writes the story of the three clashes with his compatriot Vasily Smyslov, matches full of tension between two virtually equal opponents.

Botvinnik successfully defended his title by drawing the first match in 1954, but the younger Smyslov won in 1957. Botvinnik bounced back with incredible resilience to win the third match, and regained Ďhisí world title.

Mikhail Botvinnik, one of the greatest chess players of all time, analyses almost all the games in this book, which also features annotations by Smyslov and other top grandmasters. The comments of the great Champion reveal his match strategy and his view on the strategic choices of his opponent. He spares neither himself nor Smyslov.


This book, edited and compiled by Mikhail Moisevichís nephew Igor Botvinnik, also features Botvinnikís legendary secret Notebooks, containing, in great detail, his opening preparation for the matches.


Botvinnik Ė Smyslov is a fascinating account and an important historical document on the pinnacle of chess of the mid-20th century.


ĎSmyslovís defeat had a psychological background Ė he underestimated his experienced opponentí Ė Mikhail M. Botvinnik

A unique look behind the scenes of World Championship Chess.

With a preface by Vasily Smyslov