Mikhail Moiseyevich Botvinnik 6th classical world champ 1948 – 1963

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This blog is dedicated to a fellow coach Andre Milfordt, to whom we fondly and sometimes jokingly referred to as Bot V. Andre loved the playing style of this Russian grandmaster and coach who led Russia to many chess victories. So Andre who actively coached in the West Coast, moved to the Northern Cape and we wish him all of the best with his endeavours on that side. Even though the West coast is one coach poorer, we know that Norhern Cape chess will become a force to be reckoned with, even more so with Bot V in their camp.


Andre aka Bot V my old friend, I hope you enjoy reading about your idol and spiritual chess compatriot.

Till next time, burn the chess candle on both ends.

Basil Ellman

Basil is an active chess coach for more than 30 years... He is also a qualified trainer of coaches and a qualified chess arbiter. Basil has a passion for chess and has established various chess clubs in schools and communities in the Western Cape - South Africa which are still in existence and growing strong. He has served on various bodies promoting chess not only as a sport but also as a tool to excel academically. He has a Masters degree in Specialised education and is also an advocate for players with special needs.


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