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Botvinnik, CHAMPIONSHIP CHESS

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Botvinnik, CHAMPIONSHIP CHESS

Post  ChessCaissa on Fri Jun 01, 2018 4:12 am

I am a new member here, but I have already posted a great many links in this forum, most of them of chess books, my great love. However, so far all the books I have uploaded, were scanned by others. Now I would like to upload a book which I scanned myself (reprocessed by scorpionchess, and thanks to him sunny ). This is an old classic (I am very fond of the classics of chess literature) by one of the greatest world champions, Botvinnik, who was also one of the greatest analysts in the history of the game. The book can teach you a great deal about chess not only as a science, requiring detailed opening preparation, but also about chess as a competitive sport. The only problem is that our younger members may not be familiar with descriptive notation which is used in this book, and which was the universal "language" of chess in the English-speaking (and also the Spanish-speaking) countries until the late nineteen seventies or so. Also, most of our members probably prefer new, up to date, books about contemporary opening variations. But if you are willing to invest some time in a true classic, this book is for you (4.6 mb):
http://rgho.st/7m5WZX5Rx

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Dr. Jonathan Sarfati says:
"Excellent book of super-tourney that should never have been

This pretentiously-named Absolute Championship was organized for political reasons. Lilienthal and Bondarevsky had tied for first in the USSR championship, and were to play off, while Botvinnik was only in the top six. But he was able to persuade the authorities that neither of the winners had a hope of challenging Alekhine for the world title, so asked for a match-tournament of the top six, which coincidentally was enough to include him!
However, in this tournament Botvinnik showed his amazing capacity to learn from his defeats. Of course he is famous for putting this capacity to such good use in later return matches for the world championship. He won this tournament by a huge margin, and won all his individual matches.
In my view, Botvinnik was the strongest player in the world after this tournament. The 1946 Groningen super-tourney and especially the 1948 World Championship match-tourney merely ratified what most of the chess world already knew--he was the best. Later on in his reign as world champ, he was, as he said, just first among equals, but before he won the title, he was a long way ahead of everyone.
This tournament book is also a good example of why he got so far ahead--his deep and objective analysis of his own and opponents' games."

An Amazon reader's opinion:
"Botvinnik came, saw, and conquered at this 1941 meet of the top Grandmasters in the USSR. At this time the old champions, Lasker, Capablanca and Alekhine were on their way out, and this outstanding tournament triumph by Botvinnik demonstrated without a shadow of doubt that a mighty new force was on the rise. In the tournament Botvinnik dominated Keres, Smyslov, Boleslavsky, Bondarevsky and Lilienthal. He then set about extracting the ultimate secrets from every game by dint of the most precise analysis. Experts regard this as perhaps the best tournament book ever written. In conjunction with Harry Golombek's book on the 1948 match tournament World Championship (also available from Hardinge Simpole) it provides the perfect introduction to the amazing reign of the great Botvinnik"



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Re: Botvinnik, CHAMPIONSHIP CHESS

Post  thanhdaica on Fri Jun 01, 2018 4:37 am

Thank you so much ChessCaissa, I downloaded a lot of material from you. Very appreciate!

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