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Alexander Kotov vs Vasily Panov
Moscow RUS (1936), Moscow URS
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto. Karlsbad Variation (E62)  ·  0-1


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  kingscrusher: Was Kotov a GM at the time of this game - anyone know? It is featured in the classic book "Think like a Grandmaster" - the 2nd position where Kotov self-critices himself with

"To what a laughable extent my thinking was based on general principles and plans."

Given there is no FIDE rating system until 1971, how can we tell if Kotov "Improved" his analysis of variatins and strength as a GM in subsequent years from this game?

May-28-09  Boomie: <kingscrusher: Was Kotov a GM at the time of this game - anyone know?>

From his bio, which you can see by clicking his name above the game, Kotov made GM in 1950.

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  shalgo: I think that Kotov makes a reference to winning first-category (roughly, class A) tournaments in 1936.

In Cafferty and Taimanov's "The Soviet Championships," they mention that Kotov, who finished second to Botvinnik in the 1939 USSR Championship, "had made great strides as a result of the disciplined private study which he had given to the game, as described in his great work Think Like a Grandmaster."

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  Marmot PFL: b4 was a useful plan to attack a Nc5, but not to attack a doubled pawn. Be3 should be prepared with h3.
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