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Mikhail Botvinnik 100th Anniversary

  • SonofPearl
  • on 8/17/11, 11:52 AM.

Mikhail Botvinnik5.jpgToday is the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Mikhail Moiseyevich Botvinnik (1911-1995), the sixth World Chess Champion, and one of greatest chess players of the 20th Century.

Botvinnik was a patriarch of modern Soviet chess, and in addition to holding the title for most of the years from 1948-1963, he founded a very successful chess school which tutored many great players including future world champions Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov.

Botvinnik adopted a very serious and scientific approach to his chess studies, despite maintaining a successful career as an electrical engineer in the Soviet Union.

The Russian Chess Federation is marking the occasion with a series of events, including a rapid double round-robin competition from 2-3 September in Moscow between Vishy Anand, Magnus Carlsen, Lev Aronian and Vladimir Kramnik.

But before then, today's anniversary is being marked by a veterans round robin rapid tournament featuring Viktor Korchnoi as top seed.

The standings after 6 rounds:

 Name       Elo Nat Pts
 Korchnoi, Viktor 2553 SUI 5.0
 Portisch, Lajos 2523 HUN 3.5
 Vasiukov, Evgeni 2455 RUS 3.5
 Nikitin, Aleksander S 2430 RUS 3.5
 Chernikov, Oleg L 2402 RUS 2.5
 Uhlmann, Wolfgang 2379 GER 2.5
 Ivkov, Borislav 2416 SRB 2.5
 Zaitsev, Igor A 2408 RUS 2.5
 Bykhovsky, Anatoly A 2354 RUS 2.5
 Taimanov, Mark E 2386 RUS 2.0

 

The official website with more information (in Russian) is here.

 

 

 

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  • 3 years ago

    fish_food

    @Kornrade --- Very funny!

  • 3 years ago

    Kornrade

    I suspect Korchnoi is keeping is shape in order to win the tourney in honour of his 100th birthday...

  • 3 years ago

    tesasembiring

    I think Botvinnik as famous as Najdorf in chess history, the game of Najdorf in early years was awesome, but we must make Botvinnik monument in his 100 years.

  • 3 years ago

    tesasembiring

    I can not imagine the game of Victor, he is 80 years old this year, but he play the same when he againts Fischer, i just looked Korchnoi v Zaitsev, i am 30s but i couldn see Nf7 combination...

  • 3 years ago

    cetkovic123

    I am in the same age as Viktor Korchnoy and still playing chess on three different     

    sites.I agree that chess playing helps very much in keeping the brain in good  state.

    So, I follow his games long time and it makes me great pleasure. I wish him to  play

    chess in next years as now. 

  • 3 years ago

    cetkovic123

    I am in the same age as Viktor Korchnoy and still playing chess on three different     

    sites.I agree that chess playing helps very much in keeping the brain in good  state.

    So, I follow his games long time and it makes me great pleasure. I wish him to  play

    chess in next years as now. 

  • 3 years ago

    chalaco

    Nice games korchnoi !!

  • 3 years ago

    Spektrowski

    Botvinnik Memorial final standings:

    1. Viktor Korchnoi - 7/9

    2. Evgeni Vasiukov - 6/9

    3. Lajos Portisch - 5/9

    4-5. Igor Zaitsev - 4.5/9

    Borislav Ivkov - 4.5/9

    6-8. Alexander Nikitin - 4/9

    Wolfgang Uhlmann - 4/9

    Oleg Chernikov - 4/9

    9. Anatoly Bykhovsky - 3.5/9

    10. Mark Taimanov - 2.5/9

     

    Boris Spassky was invited to play, but ultimately got replaced with Oleg Chernikov. That's sad.

  • 3 years ago

    zenos

    korchnoi is still playing chess very very well!!...

  • 3 years ago

    Spektrowski

    Just for interest: scores between the veterans (and their scores against Botvinnik) according to chessgames.com

    Botvinnik - Korchnoi +1-1=2, game span: 1952-1960
    Botvinnik - Portisch +1-0=3, game span: 1960-1969
    Botvinnik - Uhlmann +2-1=3, game span: 1956-1968
    Botvinnik - Ivkov +0-0=3, game span: 1960-1969
    Botvinnik - Taimanov +4-2=6, game span: 1951-1967

    Korchnoi - Portisch +13-12=18, game span: 1961-2008
    Korchnoi - Vasiukov +4-0=7, game span: 1953-2006
    Korchnoi - Nikitin +0-0=1, only game in 1959
    Korchnoi - Uhlmann +6-3=7, game span: 1960-1975
    Korchnoi - Ivkov +15-3=15, game span: 1956-1986
    Korchnoi - I. Zaitsev +2-0=0, game span: 1962-1970
    Korchnoi - Bykhovsky +0-0=1, only game in 1965
    Korchnoi - Taimanov +9-6=23, game span: 1950-2001

    Portisch - Vasiukov +0=1-3, game span: 1959-1977
    Portisch - Uhlmann +6-2=17, game span: 1959-1995
    Portisch - Ivkov +7-5=19, game span: 1960-1979
    Portisch - Taimanov +0-2=3, game span: 1959-1970

    Vasiukov - Nikitin +3-0=1, game span: 1959-2002
    Vasiukov - Chernikov +0-0=2, game span: 2003-2005
    Vasiukov - Uhlmann +2-1=4, game span: 1957-2002
    Vasiukov - Ivkov +1-1=3, game span: 1962-2007
    Vasiukov - I. Zaitsev +3-2=4, game span: 1964-2003
    Vasiukov - Bykhovsky +2-1=2, game span: 1961-2002
    Vasiukov - Taimanov +3-3=15, game span: 1954-2003

    Nikitin - Taimanov +0-1=3, game span: 1957-1970

    Uhlmann - Ivkov +0-6=13, game span: 1957-1976
    Uhlmann - Taimanov +1-4=10, game span: 1956-1984

    Ivkov - I. Zaitsev +0-1=2, game span: 1970-1980
    Ivkov - Taimanov +4-0=6, game span: 1955-1970

    I. Zaitsev - Taimanov +0-0=2, game span 1969-1995

    Bykhovsky - Taimanov +0-0=1, only game in 1965

    Many of them, it seems, will play their first ever tournament games against each other at this event!

  • 3 years ago

    Pavrey

    Korchnoi is a legend - I have seen a game which he played against his bitter rival Petrosian in 1945!

  • 3 years ago

    Mikedr99

    Victor has an awesome rating!

  • 3 years ago

    markronilodevera

    viva k0rchn0i

  • 3 years ago

    Spektrowski

    There is only one player who's older than Korchnoi in this tournament.

    Mark Taimanov is 85 years old, Korchnoi is 80, Vasyukov - 78, Ivkov and Bykhovsky - 77, Nikitin and Uhlmann - 76, Portisch and Chernikov - 74, Zaitsev - 73.

    The tournament's chief arbiter is 89 years old Yuri Averbakh.

  • 3 years ago

    karangtarunasemarang

    thanks....

  • 3 years ago

    Kolkhoznik

    At first I was going to say that Korchnoi's example proves that chess keeps Alzheimer's away.  But then I realized that Fischer got it at an early age.  So I guess you just never know.

  • 3 years ago

    Desafiante

    Botvinnik have influenced me very much. Nice remembrance, chess,com!

  • 3 years ago

    fish_food

    Korchnoi is truly amazing...

    In fact, he had to revise his best games collection ,because his career is so long, so that he could include recent games!

    Go Korchnoi!!

  • 3 years ago

    NimzoRoy

    It's nice to see VIctor the Terrible is still playing chess very successfully at age 80!

  • 3 years ago

    ChessMarkstheSpot

       GMTA Ryan!!  Cool  Looks like we both had the same idea today!  Laughing

      -Mark

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