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My Great Predecessors by Kramnik
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This magnificent compilation of draws from the mid-20th century forms the basis of the first part of Vladimir Kramnik long-awaited definitive history of the World Chess Championship. Vladimir Kramnik, who is universally acclaimed as the greatest draw player ever, subjects the play of his early predecessors to a rigorous analysis.

This volume features the most beatifull and complex draws of champions Max Euwe (1935-1937) Mikhail Botvinnik (1946-1957, 1958-1961 and 1961-1963), Vassily Smyslov (1957-1958) and Mikhail Tal (1960-1961).

However, this collection its more than just a compilation of the draws of these champions. Kramnik's biographies place them in a fascinating historical, political and cultural context. Kramnik explains how each champion brought his own distinctive style to the chessboard and enriched the theory of the draws with new ideas.

--Max Euwe (1935-1937) Game 1--
H Kramer vs Euwe, 1941
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 2
T D van Scheltinga vs Euwe, 1948
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 12 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 3
C B van den Berg vs Euwe, 1950 
(C48) Four Knights, 10 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 4
O'Kelly vs Euwe, 1953
(D14) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 5
J H Donner vs Euwe, 1956
(D14) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 13 moves, 1/2-1/2

--Mikhail Botvinnik (1946-1957, 1958-1961 ,1961-1963), Game 1-
Botvinnik vs Euwe, 1948 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 2
Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1957 
(C11) French, 11 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 3
Pachman vs Botvinnik, 1961
(A04) Reti Opening, 12 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 4
Flohr vs Botvinnik, 1962 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 12 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 5
Botvinnik vs Keres, 1969 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 12 moves, 1/2-1/2

--Vassily Smyslov (1957-1958) Game1--
Petrosian vs Smyslov, 1956 
(D14) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 10 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 2
Huebner vs Smyslov, 1968 
(B06) Robatsch, 10 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 3
Sunye Neto vs Smyslov, 1978
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 9 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 4
Smyslov vs S Fedder, 1980
(A15) English, 9 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 5
Smyslov vs G Giorgadze, 1995
(B06) Robatsch, 9 moves, 1/2-1/2

--Mikhail Tal (1960-1961). Game 1--
Tal vs Korchnoi, 1972 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 7 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 2
Lengyel vs Tal, 1974
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 9 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 3
J Ost-Hansen vs Tal, 1982
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 8 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 4
Tal vs Krum Georgiev, 1982
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 10 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 5
Tal vs Speelman, 1985 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 9 moves, 1/2-1/2

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