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|May-10-15|| ||TheFocus: <I soon realized that it is not enough for a master simply to analyse variations scrupulously just like an accountant. He must learn to work out which particular moves he should consider and then examine just as many variations as necessary - no more and no less> - Alexander Kotov.|
|May-10-15|| ||TheFocus: <If a chess statistician were to try and satisfy his curiosity over which stage of the game proved decisive in the majority of cases, he would certainly come to the conclusion that it is the middlegame that provides the most decisive stage> - Alexander Kotov.|
|May-11-15|| ||TheFocus: <The placing of the center pawns determines the 'topography' of a game of chess> - Alexander Kotov.|
|May-11-15|| ||TheFocus: <Once upon a time supporters of the Steinitz-Tarrasch school had a very high opinion of a queen-side pawn majority. Modern strategy on the other hand categorically denies that such a majority is an independent factor of any importance> - Alexander Kotov.|
|May-13-15|| ||TheFocus: <You must not let your opponent know how you feel> - Alexander Kotov.|
|May-15-15|| ||TheFocus: <It is better to follow out a plan consistently even if it isn't the best one than to play without a plan at all. The worst thing is to wander about aimlessly> - Alexander Kotov.|
|May-15-15|| ||TheFocus: <Once we have chosen the right formation in the centre we have created opportunities for our pieces and laid the foundation of subsequent victory> - Alexander Kotov.|
|May-17-15|| ||TheFocus: <Time trouble is blunder time> - Alexander Kotov.|
|May-17-15|| ||TheFocus: <If you can play the first ten or fifteen moves in just as many minutes, you can be in a state of bliss for the rest of the game. If, on the other hand, Bronstein thinks for forty minutes about his first move, then time trouble is inevitable> - Alexander Kotov.|
|May-17-15|| ||TheFocus: <If your opponent is short (on time), play just as you played earlier in the game. If you are short keep calm, I repeat, don't get flustered. Keep up the same neat writing of the moves, the same methodical examination of variations, but at a quicker rate> - Alexander Kotov.|
|May-17-15|| ||TheFocus: <The masters and grandmasters can be divided into three groups - the inveterate time trouble merchants, those who sometimes get into trouble, and those for whom the phenomenon is a very rare occurrence> - Alexander Kotov.|
|May-17-15|| ||TheFocus: <Go through detailed variations in your own time, think in a general way about the position in the opponent's time and you will soon find that you get into time trouble less often, that your games have more content, and that their general standard rises> - Alexander Kotov.|
|May-17-15|| ||TheFocus: <Sit there for five hours? Certainly not! A player must walk about between moves, it helps his thinking> - Alexander Kotov.|
|Jan-08-16|| ||TheFocus: Rest in peace, Alexander Kotov.|
|Jan-08-16|| ||Petrosianic: As opposed to what? What are you hoping he won't do?|
|Jan-08-16|| ||Dr. Overlord: <Petrosianic> My supposition is that <TheFocus> hopes that Kotov will not return as a vengeful spirit. |
Vengeful spirits return from the afterlife to seek revenge for past injustices. We don't want that.
Have you ever watched the TV show "Supernatural"? Then you would know what I'm talking about.
|Jun-07-16|| ||posoo: I see DIS man at da OTB all da time! He likes to have a tuna sandwich with a pickol spear and da ruffled potatop chippes!|
He loses a lot of money.
|Aug-12-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, Alexander Kotov.|
|Aug-12-16|| ||brankat: Now <posoo> is thinking like a Grandmaster.|
|Aug-12-16|| ||thegoodanarchist: Playa o' de day is well deserved for this man who thought like a gm|
|Dec-19-17|| ||zanzibar: Wow, did a quick Google search on <Kotov gossip> and found this:|
Let's have a vote on what he ate for lunch kind of stuff...
|Dec-19-17|| ||zanzibar: And then there's this news center debate between Nimzo and Kotov, from <kingcrusher>:|
<"What godar are concepts...?"--Kotov>
|Jul-17-19|| ||Chesgambit: Najdorf vs Kotov ( Zurich,1953)|
|Aug-12-19|| ||MrCarciofo: <the focus> the comment about staying seated for five hours is not from Kotov - it was Smyslov that said it, asked by Kotov (before that quote Kotov talks about the same question asked to Botvinnik). From "Think like a Grandmaster"|
|Aug-12-19|| ||Momentum Man: I drink plenty of water in the tournament hall because air conditioning dries out the air. So no problem with sitting still too much.|
Happy birthday to GM Kotov
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