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|Jul-01-06|| ||sitzkrieg: Censored! Botvinnik’s Secret Games
by Jan Timman, Hardinge Simpole, 199 pages, £16.95.
review British Chess Magazine july
The melodramatic title and cover are designed to get potential readers excited by this book containing a selection of Botvinnik’s training games. It contains 97 such games, from 1936 to 1970, some of which have been annotated by the author; others are merely bare game scores. Very few of the games appear on published computer databases but the provenance of the games is not mentioned. Timman’s notes and the rarity value of the game perhaps give the book some value but are badly let down by poor layout and unattractive presentation. The diagrams are tiny and there is a vast amount of white space in the book. The blurb on the back is strangely worded and contains an extraordinarily irrelevant attack on political correctness. Overall the book is very poor value for money. JS. ----------
should be based on the same manuscript, and in the link above you can read that Russel owns the copyright and such. Maybe this instead of legal repurcussions?
|Jul-01-06|| ||sitzkrieg: What do u guys think of the fact that Averbach only released the scores of these games in the year of Botvinnik's death? It were secret preparation games, that gave a training advantage to botvinnik. Quite "cowardly" to only tell about them after his death.|
|Jul-01-06|| ||ughaibu: Botvinnik may well have had a contract drawn up to that effect.|
|Jul-01-06|| ||offramp: <sitzkrieg: What do u guys think of the fact that Averbach only released the scores of these games in the year of Botvinnik's death? It were secret preparation games, that gave a training advantage to botvinnik. Quite "cowardly" to only tell about them after his death.>|
They were all fixed!!
|Jul-01-06|| ||sitzkrieg: Lol. That would explain Averbakh winning some:)|
|Jul-02-06|| ||WMD: <should be based on the same manuscript, and in the link above you can read that Russel owns the copyright and such. Maybe this instead of legal repurcussions?>|
Publish and be damned. And that's what the BCM review does. Blimey!
|Jul-13-06|| ||brankat: GMs do not make their preparations/novelties/intended tactics and strategies public. The fact that Botvinnik's games were made public only after his death is perhaps somewhat extreme, but not really surprising. |
After all there have been a large number of his "public" games, played over a period of 50 years, fully available for everyone to study. In the end, as <Offramp> says, they were all fixed anyway.
|Jul-13-06|| ||keypusher: <The blurb on the back is strangely worded and contains an extraordinarily irrelevant attack on political correctness.> That seems to be missing from the free version, or perhaps I am so far gone in depravity I failed to notice it.|
|Jul-18-06|| ||A.Alekhine: Is Botvinnik "100 Selected Games" worth purchasing?|
|Jul-18-06|| ||AdrianP: <A.Alekhine> It's a must-have - although the edition I have is in descriptive notation.|
|Jul-18-06|| ||plang: "Is Botvinnik "100 Selected Games" worth purchasing?"|
Great games and solid annotations. The book stops right before the 1948 WC tournament which is where volume II starts.
|Jul-21-06|| ||agnarlarusson: On Wikipedia it says he died in 1995, not 1997... I know it´s the least big deal ever, but well, which is it?|
|Jul-21-06|| ||Dick Brain: i believe he died in '95 of cancer|
|Jul-21-06|| ||Benzol: <Dick Brain> Good to see you back.|
|Jul-21-06|| ||wharfrat: <A. Alekhine> "100 Selected Games" is indispensable. Many of the games (with the same or similar notes) are also in Botvinnik's 3 volume set, sold in English with a "Best Games" title.|
|Jul-21-06|| ||whiskeyrebel: "100 selected games" is a book to savor for seasoned players. It's important to know that Botvinnik's tone is often a bit gruff compared to most other chess authors. He often scolds his opponents for their inaccuracies although he criticizes his own poor moves too. I enjoy his style..this book seems very "real". I've got to say though, even the supposedly cold Alekhine seems amiable and joyous in his writings compared to Mr. B though.|
|Jul-22-06|| ||plang: There is an art to chess writing. Not everyone can write about their games like Keres or Tal. I think of the modern players Nunn does a great job.|
|Jul-22-06|| ||whiskeyrebel: Oral presentation of games is a sort of art form too. Impromptu skittles room playbacks with commentary from strong players can be inspirational. I can picture Botvinnik holding court in the analysis room. I bet his students and most within earshot cherish those memories.|
|Aug-13-06|| ||Marmot PFL: "Botvinnik was a staunce Communist, a child of the Stalin regime...At the end of his life his favorite theory was that capitalism is a spontaneous marketwhere ther are no laws, and the advantages of socialism will be fully disclosed when we learn to plan skillfully, with the help of powerful computers! He sincerely believed that computers would help to save the planned economy." Kasparov, My Great Predecessors, Vol II.|
When I was in college (Jimmy Carter era), many US universities were teaching the same thing. Trouble was no such computer existed then, and its unlikely the Soviet system would ever have produced one. They would have had to purchase them from capatalist countries. But such arguments made no impact on the dogmatic marxists of the political science depts.
The Kasparov section on Botvinnik is one of the more interesting chapters, as they were teacher and student as well as friends for many years, a friendship which ended in Botvinnik's final years.
|Aug-19-06|| ||Chopin: <plang> <There is an art to chess writing. Not everyone can write about their games like Keres or Tal. I think of the modern players Nunn does a great job.> |
Yasser Seirawan isn't a bad author.
|Aug-28-06|| ||Resignation Trap: There seems to be some incorrect information on Botvinnik's participation at a tournament in Stockholm in 1962.|
This was not the Interzonal (the Interzonal was a qualification tournament to see who would challenge Botvinnik in 1963). It was a 10-player round-robin with Salomon Flohr, Botvinnik and eight Swedish players.
Round 1: Flohr-Botvinnik (not in our database):
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 d5
5.cxd5 exd5 6.Bg5 h6 7.Bxf6 Qxf6 8.a3 Bxc3+ 9.Qxc3 c6 10.Nf3 Bf5 11.e3 Nd7 12.Be2 0-0 13.0-0 Qe7 14.b4 Rfc8 15.Rfc1 Nf6 16.Qb2 Ne4 17.Nd2 Nxd2 18.Qxd2 Rc7 1/2-1/2
Round 2: K Skold vs Botvinnik, 1962
Round 3: Botvinnik vs Z Nilsson, 1962
Round 4: B E Horberg vs Botvinnik, 1962
Round 5: Botvinnik vs O Olson, 1962 - only Black was actually Ake Olsson
Round 6: Ulf Andersson vs Botvinnik, 1962 - only White was actually Bengt Andersson
Round 7: Botvinnik vs E R Lundin, 1962
Round 8: Sven Buskenstrom vs Botvinnik, 1962 (not in our database):
1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nf3 d6 4.Nc3 Nf6
5.h3 c5 6.Be3 cxd4 7.Nxd4 0-0 8.Qd2 d5
9.e5 Ne4 10.Nxe4 dxe4 11.Bf4 Qb6 12.0-0-0 Be6
13.Nxe6 Qxe6 14.Qd5 Qf5 15.Be3 Nc6 16.Bb5 Rfd8
17.Qc5 Qxe5 18.Qxe5 Bxe5 19.c3 a6 20.Bc4 Kg7
21.Bb6 Rxd1+ 22.Rxd1 Bd6 23.Bd5 f5 24.Bxc6 bxc6
25.c4 Kf7 26.c5 Bf4+ 27.Kc2 Ke6 28.Ba5 Be5
29.Bc3 Bc7 30.b4 Rd8 31.Rb1 Rd3 32.a4 Kd5
33.b5 cxb5 34.axb5 axb5 35.Rxb5 Kc4 36.Rb4+ Kxc5
37.Rb7 Bd6 38.Ra7 Bd6 39.Ra8 Bc5 40.Be1 Rd7
41.Rc8+ Kb5 42.Rh8 Ra7 43.Rb8+ Kc4 0-1
Round 9: Botvinnik vs B Soderborg, 1962
I hope this clarifies things. Botvinnik won with 8.5/9.
|Aug-28-06|| ||Resignation Trap: Here's the crosstable to Stockholm, 1962:
|Aug-30-06|| ||keypusher: Lots of fine games by Botvinnik in this tournament -- I really like the way he played in the 1960s. I think there may be some problems in the Buskenstrom score, <Resignation Trap>.|
|Aug-30-06|| ||slomarko: lot of fine games but he play weak opponents|
|Aug-30-06|| ||keypusher: No doubt, but it's the mismatches where some of the greats really let their hair down, so to speak: J B Bednarski vs Petrosian, 1968.|
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