Mikhail Botvinnik: World Champion

Mikhail Botvinnik: World Champion

kenytiger
Sep 12, 2007, 12:00 AM |
5 | Amazing Games

When Alexander Alekhine died in 1946, the world was left without a champion. Shortly after that sad event, Mikhail Botvinnik won the coveted title in 1948; yes, the college professor-looking player from Russia. His sound, profound and brilliant style ensured his amazing victory. For some unexplainable reason many could not imagine this great soviet player as the champion of the world. A nice example of his professional play is his victory over Paul Keres

Botvinnik defeated Keres with a majestic rook sacrifice, followed by a quiet move. Here is the game...

 

 

 

 

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