Mikhail Botvinnik: 10 Best Chess Games

Yury Markushin
Tags: botvinnik, chess
Mikhail Botvinnik: 10 Best Chess Games

Mikhail Botvinnik is considered to be one of the greatest chess players in the world, and 3 time World Champion. He was also a prominent chess coach, with students including Anatoly Karpov, Garry Kasparov and Vladimir Kramnik. Today we will take a look at 10 of Botvinnik’s best chess games.





Mikhail Botvinnik Game #1

Mikhail Botvinnik Game #2

Note: In order to develop a positional understanding it is necessary to go over the annotated GM chess games, and to think why certain moves were made. Only when you put yourself in the the player’s shoes you will be able to fully understand the problems he was facing in the game and your will be able to improve you own chess. That’s exactly what you can do by studying our training course.

Mikhail Botvinnik Game #3


Mikhail Botvinnik Game #4


Mikhail Botvinnik Game #5


Mikhail Botvinnik Game #6


Mikhail Botvinnik Game #7


Mikhail Botvinnik Game #8


Mikhail Botvinnik Game #9


Mikhail Botvinnik Game #10


Note: Middle-game is no doubt a very important part of chess. If you want to improve your general chess level simply working on the middle-game is not enough. If you aim for a dramatic improvement at chess you need to work on all of the elements of the game in a systematic way:

  • tactics
  • positional play
  • attacking skills
  • endgame technique
  • classical games analysis
  • psychological preparation
  • and much more

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Updated 01.06.2024


Dear reader,13.d6! is a brilliant move, but it leads to a forced draw as shown by this game.So theory prefers 13. Bf3 keeping tension.After 13. d6 exd6? White plays 14. a3 Nc6 15. g5 Ne8 16. f6.The immediate 14.g5? would allow the bishop to join forces with the knight.14…Bf5! 15. Nd4 Ng4 16. Nxf5 gxf5 17. Bxg4 fxg4 18.0-0 Re8 19.Bf4 Qb6+20. Kg2 Qc6+ 21.Kg1 d5 with a winning attack.
Steven Juntunen:
Game #1: 13. d6 isn't the best move. (13. Bf3!?, 13. Qd2!?) And, on 13. d6 ed 14 g5, Bf5 seems to leave black with an advantage in a comlicated osition, although Qxd6 is still probably best, when the game is probably a draw.