Foreword: This book is merely a "guide" to the history of 20th century chess.
The material presented in this three-volume work is very diverse. Here there are analyses and compositions, pen-portraits and travel notes, and also creative problems.
A strong chess player operates within the framework of world chess, and so there are also articles concerned with the activities of FIDE, which is now of particular interest, since there is obviously a crisis in FIDE.
The readers' attention is drawn to the chapter Chess Cybernetics. If the development of this problem will be taken to its logical end, the previous and still existing condescending attitude to the game of chess will sink into oblivion...
The work is concluded by my memoirs (Achieving the Aim). Compared with the first edition they have been partly abridged (to avoid repetition) and partly augmented.
Whereas the first three books gave annotated games from 1925 to 1970, the present work is largely a collection of articles from periodicals, as well as extracts from my books.
To avoid repetition, these extracts are sometimes given in abridged form. Some articles are published here for the first time.
Translator's note: Mikhail Botvinnik's "Analiticheskie i kriticheskie raboty" [Analytical and critical works] were originally published in four volumes between 1984 and 1987.
The fourth volume contained the author's collected writings, and for the present English publication this material has been divided among three books, of which this is the first.
These books will also include all Botvinnik's known games (apart from the 381 already published in the Best Games series), with annotations by Botvinnik where available.
The resulting six-volume series will therefore present a complete collection of Botvinnik's own game annotations and the best of his chess writings.
Foreword 5 Pen-portraits and Sketches 7 Mikhail Ivanovich Chigorin 8 Emanuel Lasker 14 José Raul Capablanca 21 Max Euwe 29 Paul Keres 34 Nikolai Dmitrievich Grigoriev 37 Vladislav Vasilievich Ragozin 38 David Fedorovich Oistrakh 42 Alexey Andreevich Lyapunov 44 Abram Yakovlevich Model 46 Grigory Abramovich Goldberg 48 Alexander Alexandrovich Kotov 51 Boris Fedorovich Podtserob 54 Boris Borisovich Yuriev 57 Viktor Mikhailovich Glushkov 61 Vladimir Andreevich Makogonov 62 Isaak Moiseevich Botvinnik 63 Emil Grigorievich Gigels 65 Creative Problems 66 Definition of a combination 67 My methods of preparing for competitions 69 Regarding three critiques 73 Is chess an art? 80 Without any paradoxes 88 How does a chess player develop? 90 FIDE Matters 94 On matches for the world championship 95 Suggestions for the conducting of world championship events 98 Once more on the question of world championship regulations 102 Difficulties in the chess world 104 What sort of person should the President be? 108 Is the FIDE President right? 111 At the Chess Summit 114 Spassky, Karpov and Butenko 116 After the match 118 The Candidates and Spassky 122 Miracles and reality 126 Before the match 128 What was it that happened in Reykjavik? 129 Fortune favours the strong 136 About the Candidates 139 On the eve of great events 142 Three Interzonals 147 Collected Games 1924-1941 151 Translator's notes 388 Index of Opponents 391 Index of Openings 394