Michail Botvinnik

World champion 1948 – 1963 .. with gaps ..(lost to and then beat Smyslov  in 1958)(lost to and then Tal in 1962)

 He is the only player to loose his title and win it back twice.  Loosing once against Smyslov and then against Tal, but he played both again beating them the 2nd time !

 Botvinnik was an Engineer by profession has set up the top chess school in Russia.  His students include world champions … Kasparov , Karpov and Kramnik.  A serious man and pioneer of computer chess.

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