Botvinnik, Mikhail

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Botvinnik, Mikhail Gender: M
Mikhail Moiseyevich Botvinnik
born on 17 August 1911 Jul.Cal. (30 Aug 1911 greg.)
Place Repino, Russian Federation, 60n10, 29e52
Timezone LST m30e15 (is standard time)
Data source
Date w/o time
Rodden Rating X
Collector: Starkman
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 05°54' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif

Mikhail Botvinnik
photo: Pot, Harry / Anefo, license cc-by-sa-3.0


Soviet and Russian International Grandmaster and three-time World Chess Champion, widely considered one of the greatest chess players of all time. Working as an electrical engineer and computer scientist at the same time, he was one of the very few professional chess players who achieved distinction in another career while playing top-class competitive chess. He was also a pioneer of computer chess.

Botvinnik was the first world-class player to develop within the Soviet Union, putting him under political pressure but also giving him considerable influence within Soviet chess. From time to time he was accused of using that influence to his own advantage, but the evidence is unclear and some suggest[who?] he resisted attempts by Soviet officials to intimidate some of his rivals.

Botvinnik also played a major role in the organization of chess, making a significant contribution to the design of the World Chess Championship system after World War II and becoming a leading member of the coaching system that enabled the Soviet Union to dominate top-class chess during that time. His famous pupils include World Champions Anatoly Karpov, Garry Kasparov and Vladimir Kramnik.

He died 5 May 1995.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • opponent/rival/enemy relationship with Euwe, Max (born 20 May 1901)


  • Death, Cause unspecified 5 May 1995 (Pancreatic cancer, age 83)
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Source Notes

Birth time unknown. Starkman rectified to 7.32.36 LT


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Liver/Pancreas/Spleen (Pancreas)
  • Vocation : Engineer : Electrical
  • Vocation : Sports : Games - Bridge/ Chess/ Other
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession