Mikhail Botvinnik

1911 - 1995

Mikhail Botvinnik

Mikhail Moiseyevich Botvinnik (Russian: Михаи́л Моисе́евич Ботви́нник, pronounced [mʲɪxɐˈil məɪˈsʲejɪvʲɪtɕ bɐˈtvʲinʲnʲɪk]; August 17 [O.S. August 4] 1911 – May 5, 1995) was a Soviet and Russian chess grandmaster and World Chess Champion. Working as an electrical engineer and computer scientist at the same time, he was one of the very few players who achieved distinction in another career while playing top-class competitive chess. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mikhail Botvinnik has received more than 401,707 page views. His biography is available in 60 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 9th most popular chess player.

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Among chess players, Mikhail Botvinnik ranks 9 out of 256Before him are Boris Spassky, Alexander Alekhine, José Raúl Capablanca, Emanuel Lasker, Mikhail Tal, and Tigran Petrosian. After him are Max Euwe, Anatoly Karpov, Garry Kasparov, François-André Danican Philidor, Adolf Anderssen, and Paul Morphy.

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Among people born in 1911, Mikhail Botvinnik ranks 16Before him are Władysław Szpilman, Võ Nguyên Giáp, Nino Rota, Marshall McLuhan, Todor Zhivkov, and Czesław Miłosz. After him are Robert Johnson, Jack Ruby, Tennessee Williams, Louise Bourgeois, Melvin Calvin, and Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld. Among people deceased in 1995, Mikhail Botvinnik ranks 9Before him are Juan Manuel Fangio, Emil Cioran, Anatoly Dyatlov, Michael Ende, Emmanuel Levinas, and Konrad Zuse. After him are Eugene Wigner, Gunnar Nordahl, Adolf Butenandt, Dean Martin, Hannes Alfvén, and Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar.

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In Russia

Among people born in Russia, Mikhail Botvinnik ranks 123 out of 2,050Before him are Martti Ahtisaari (1937), Svetlana Alliluyeva (1926), Arnold Sommerfeld (1868), Maurice, Prince of Orange (1567), Feodor III of Russia (1661), and Vasily Chuikov (1900). After him are Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia (1897), Alexander Kolchak (1874), Ilya Prigogine (1917), Andrey Kolmogorov (1903), Paul Karrer (1889), and Vladimir Tatlin (1885).


Among chess players born in Russia, Mikhail Botvinnik ranks 3Before him are Boris Spassky (1937) and Alexander Alekhine (1892). After him are Anatoly Karpov (1951), Vasily Smyslov (1921), Viktor Korchnoi (1931), Vera Menchik (1906), Savielly Tartakower (1887), Mikhail Chigorin (1850), Andor Lilienthal (1911), Olga Rubtsova (1909), and Elisaveta Bykova (1913).

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