Saturday, May 06, 2006

Mikhail Botvinnik

Botvinnik was undoubtedly a very strong and talented player and probably the first truly modern grandmaster. However, he made a lousy champion, not once winning a match as champion and often losing by wide margins. Let's examine the record...

1951 - drew a match with Bronstein

1954 - drew a match with Smyslov

1957 - lost to Smyslov by 3 points (only to win the title back through the patently unfair rematch clause - where was champion Smyslov's rematch?)

1960 - lost to Tal by 4 points (again relying on the rematch clause to win the title back)

1963 - lost to Petrosian by 3 points

1 comment:

reno said...

Hello !

greetings from Belgium !

Regards

Renaud