The USSR Absolute Championship of 1941 was brought about by the results of the 12th USSR Championship in 1940. Bondarevsky and Lillienthal tied for first and Botvinnik finished tied for 5th and 6th place. Botvinnik's eye was on the title (with Alekhine) and he started a campaign against Bondarevsky and Lillienthal. He started calling and writing Soviet Authorities telling them that neither Bodarevsky nor Lillienthal had a chance to beat Alekhine. You can imagine how Bondarevsky and lillienthal felt about Botvinnik. Botvinnik's idea went as follows---lets do 1940 all over again and instead of Bondarevsky and Lillienthat having a play-off---let the first six finishers have a playoff. We'll call it the "The USSR Absolute Championship of 1941". Well it came to pass and Botvinnik won the 1941 absolute championship but was it fair---did Botvinnik really care if it was fair?
Botvinnik was full of little tricks like this throughout his career.
Originally posted by dsmichelHow did you learn how to ask such a leading question?
Why was he disliked personally so much?
Originally posted by ThabtosAnd beginning a post by name-calling reinforces an illusion of objectivity?
Botvinnik was a dick. He said that Karpov had no future in chess. ...
He had no compunction to use Tal's illness against him ...
Originally posted by vanderveldeWith regard to the controversies around Botvinnik, Bronstein, and Keres,
After SSSR and Yugoslavia had split in 1948, one could read many articles in Yugoslavian chess magazines, in which editors and journalists (who didn´t like Russian influence even before 1948 when Tito said no to Stalin) were mocking amongst other things Botvinnik's title after "Absolute Championship..." - ChessPraxis wrote about this.
Botvinnik was al ...[text shortened]... find Bronstein´s statement on the title match 1950 (not that one from Wikipedia).
Originally posted by ThabtosWhen people get caught making an inappropriate comment, they often attempt
I like to make little jokes with my posts, kind of like how you like to turn the majority of yours into undergraduate papers on feminist criticism.
Originally posted by Duchess64You did not start to catch on that it was joke when you got to the part about double-dipping chips and leaving the toilet seat up?! 😵
When people get caught making an inappropriate comment, they often attempt
to excuse it as just a joke. My point was that Thabtos's name-calling against
Botvinnik contributed nothing meaningful to the discussion; it only strengthened
the impression that Thabtos lacks objectivity in examining Botvinnik.
Thabtos's claim about 'the majority of' my posts at RHP is patently false.
Originally posted by SwissGambitI did not take seriously that part of Thatbos's post, and I did not comment on it.
You did not start to catch on that it was joke when you got to the part about double-dipping chips and leaving the toilet seat up?! 😵