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Mikhail Botvinnik "This book explores Mikhail Botvinnik's unusual dual career as well as his complex relations with Soviet leaders. The book has more than 85 games, 127 diagrams, twelve photographs, a chronology of his life and career, a bibliography, an index of openings, an index of opponents, and a general index"--


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Very good book, could be better 26 mars 2014
Par M. A Oberly - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
If you have read Soltis' book 'Soviet Chess', you will have a good idea of the style of this one. It seems somewhat slender for a bio of a figure as large as Botvinnik, but I think it covers enough ground for the audience for which it is intended. It is not the definitive biography, more the outline of a great career.

I found Soltis's game comments interesting and enlightening, but, again, if you have read his other books, you know what to expect. His annotations cover the critical points of the game, rather than exhaustive variations. (It does drive me a little crazy when authors such as Soltis append a move like "28 e5!" with an !, when software such as Houdini notice nothing special in such moves -- I don't care that the computer programs don't see anything special in the move, but it would be nice to see an explanation as to why the author does. In Soltis' defense, he generally does, in this book, at some point explain why he gives an ! or ? to a move)

Soltis is one of my favorite chess writers, and he does not disappoint me here.

A perfect biography in the style of Edward Winter would be impeccably sourced, and I would really like to see such a book. But for now, this is an extremely entertaining read, and the physical quality is quite high. (although more typos than one would expect)

Probably the best book on the subject, but still a figure whose career is shrouded in mystery, and will likely remain so.
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Soltis produces another solid product 13 mai 2014
Par Robert B. Tanner - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
While not offering much that is new, Soltis' latest book gives a very solid outline of Mikhail Botvinnik's life and chess career. The 85 games all include light notes that give the flavor of the games without often giving detailed variations. Soltis relies heavily on Botvinnik's own works, with an appropriate dose of skepticism injected. Above all the book is a very enjoyable lucid read in the typical Soltis vein.

Production qualities are superb as usual with McFarland publications. I give this book four stars due to it only being an outline (albeit a very good one) of the sixth world champion's life. I would love to have a comprehensive biography of Botvinnik of this quality (a life's work), but for the player not familiar with Botvinnik's life it is a great start.
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Soltis has written a fantastic biography of Botvinnik 26 septembre 2014
Par John P. Mccumiskey - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Soltis has written a fantastic biography of Botvinnik. The first time through, I was so engaged with the story that I did not play through any of the games! A must have book if one wishes to understand how Botvinnik's life shaped Botvinnik's chess career.
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Soltis Makes It Clear. 13 mai 2014
Par Boomer49 - Publié sur Amazon.com
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What Soltis makes clear is that Botvinnik was a man of his times. Suspicous, vengeful, paranoid, practical. In short-a survivor in a time when it was quite hard to stay out of trouble. It is so obvious that he was 'protected and favored' by the authorities that it kinda smears his reputation. All he wanted was to 'stay on top' and he would do whatever it took to stay there. Kasparov has better analysis and game coverage but is grossly slanted in his view of Botvinnik. Fischer was right all along-the russians cheated and collaborated and forced events to go their way. I do not blame him for giving up chess. The russians really would have tried to poison him to get 'their title' back. And Botvinnik would have led the way!
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