Mikhail Botvinnik 100th Anniversary
Today 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:
|Nikitin, Aleksander S||2430||RUS||3.5|
|Chernikov, Oleg L||2402||RUS||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.