Grandmaster who was simply known for his encyclopedic understanding of techniques and creativeness in applying them; he was among the world’s greatest from the ’40s before ’70s. His grandfather trained him to try out chess when he was 6 yrs . old. He became a Soviet Expert when he was just 16 yrs . old. He was raised in Bila Tserkva, Ukraine. He arrived close to getting World Chess Champ in 1951 but dropped to Mikhail Botvinnik.