Tigran Petrosian, the ninth world champion, gained the title in his 1963 match with Mikhail Botvinnik. Thus the Botvinnik era came to a close, since the automatic rematch clause (which allowed Botvinnik to regain the championship after one year fr... | Read More
"At the root of all advances in the science of chess-play lies the necessity of discovering an intelligible system of notation, by means of which the squares of the board may be easily defined and the moves of the pieces recorded." — H.J.R. M... | Read More
Botvinnik had regained the title from Smyslov in their 1958 rematch, but soon he had a new challenger: the fiery Latvian player Mikhail Tal.
Tal had appeared out of nowhere, and within a few years went from an unknown young player to a challenge... | Read More
Although Vasily Smyslov was only the world champion for one year, he is nevertheless remembered as among the greatest players ever, and his matches with Mikhail Botvinnik dominated chess in the 1950s.
All in all, they played three matches, with ... | Read More
Caveat: The terms I use in the below essay are strictly my own invention and are not, by any means, generally accepted nomenclature.
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\ Chess Comes of Age /
Around the end of the 15t... | Read More