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Alexander Kotov
Number of games in database: 654
Years covered: 1935 to 1979
Last FIDE rating: 2247
Overall record: +268 -155 =226 (58.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      5 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (66) 
    E34 E33 E26 E32 E24
 King's Indian (36) 
    E67 E72 E87 E69 E62
 Grunfeld (25) 
    D80 D98 D94 D97 D96
 English (24) 
    A16 A17 A10 A13 A15
 Orthodox Defense (23) 
    D55 D58 D51 D60 D56
 Queen's Gambit Declined (21) 
    D35 D37 D30 D31 D39
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (74) 
    B85 B24 B84 B51 B91
 Semi-Slav (25) 
    D45 D43 D49 D44 D46
 Caro-Kann (24) 
    B17 B10 B18 B14 B11
 Sicilian Scheveningen (23) 
    B85 B84 B80 B83
 Robatsch (21) 
 Nimzo Indian (20) 
    E32 E59 E33 E38 E22
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Averbakh vs Kotov, 1953 0-1
   Kotov vs Keres, 1950 1-0
   Botvinnik vs Kotov, 1946 0-1
   Kotov vs Petrosian, 1949 1-0
   Kotov vs G Barcza, 1952 1-0
   Kotov vs Unzicker, 1952 1-0
   Kotov vs Kholmov, 1971 1-0
   Kotov vs Gligoric, 1953 1/2-1/2
   Kotov vs E Eliskases, 1952 1-0
   Kotov vs Bronstein, 1944 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Stockholm Interzonal (1952)
   Hastings 1962/63 (1962)
   USSR Championship (1939)
   USSR Championship (1948)
   USSR Championship (1945)
   Saltsj÷baden Interzonal (1948)
   Moscow (1947)
   Budapest Candidates (1950)
   USSR Championship (1949)
   Zurich Candidates (1953)
   Groningen (1946)
   USSR Championship (1944)
   USSR Championship (1951)
   USSR Championship (1955)
   USSR Championship (1940)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Grandmaster At Work by Benzol
   WCC Index [Zurich 1953] by suenteus po 147
   Think Like A Grandmaster by StuporMoundi
   Moscow 1947 by suenteus po 147

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(born Aug-12-1913, died Jan-08-1981, 67 years old) Russia
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Alexander Alexandrovich Kotov was born in Tula. He won the Moscow Championship in 1941 [rusbase-1] and was jointly with David Bronstein USSR Champion in 1948 [rusbase-2]. He achieved the GM title in 1950, having qualified for the Budapest Candidates (1950), in which he finished sixth. Kotov again qualified, in grand style with a victory in the Stockholm Interzonal (1952), where his 16.5/20 score was 3 points clear of second place. His Zurich Candidates (1953) appearance was not as successful: he only managed to finish eighth.

Today, Kotov is probably best remembered as an author; his book Think Like A Grandmaster is one of the best-selling chess books of all time. He passed away in Moscow in 1981.

Note: there's another Alexander Kotov from Russia, who was born in 1959.

Wikipedia article: Alexander Kotov

 page 1 of 27; games 1-25 of 654  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. S Belavenets vs Kotov 1-025 1935 Moscow ChE23 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann
2. Kotov vs L Bogatirev  1-043 1935 MoskouE81 King's Indian, Samisch
3. Kotov vs Chekhover 1-020 1935 Leningrad RUSC18 French, Winawer
4. Kotov vs Panov 0-149 1936 Moscow RUSE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
5. Kotov vs Bondarevsky 0-127 1936 LeningradA90 Dutch
6. Kotov vs P Saidkhanov  ½-½48 1936 TournamentD04 Queen's Pawn Game
7. P Dubinin vs Kotov  1-035 1936 Giant FactoryD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
8. S Slonim vs Kotov  0-134 1936 Moskou ChA04 Reti Opening
9. Kotov vs Kan  0-150 1936 Moskou ChD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. Kotov vs Ufimtsev 0-145 1936 TournamentB06 Robatsch
11. Alatortsev vs Kotov  ½-½41 1936 Moskou ChA13 English
12. Kotov vs Kalmanok 1-022 1936 MoscowC11 French
13. Kotov vs N Sorokin  ½-½41 1936 TournamentB32 Sicilian
14. Kotov vs Chistiakov 0-170 1937 Moskou ChC04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
15. Kasparian vs Kotov  0-140 1937 USSRD01 Richter-Veresov Attack
16. Kan vs Kotov  1-055 1937 Moskou ChD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. N Zubarev vs Kotov  0-139 1937 Moskou ChD00 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Kotov vs A Poliak  1-032 1937 Moscow RUSA80 Dutch
19. Panov vs Kotov 0-149 1937 Moskou ChB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
20. B Naglis vs Kotov  0-131 1937 Moskou ChB72 Sicilian, Dragon
21. D Rovner vs Kotov  1-057 1938 Trade UnionsC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
22. V Shipunov vs Kotov  ½-½24 1938 1/2 finalE17 Queen's Indian
23. L Shamaev vs Kotov  0-134 1938 URS Ch sfD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
24. Kotov vs P Dubinin ½-½24 1938 1/2 finalE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
25. Dus Chotimirsky vs Kotov 1-023 1938 URS-ch sfD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
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  offramp: <TheFocus: <In analysing complicated variations one must examine each branch of the tree once and once only> - Alexander Kotov.>

It is wrong to propagate this "tree-of-analysis" rubbish when everyone knows that it was a red-herring.

<TheFocus: <When you have finished analysing all the variations and gone along all the branches of the tree of analysis you must first of all write the move down on your score sheet, before you play it> - Alexander Kotov.>

Wrong AND illegal!

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  TheFocus: <It has always been recognized that chess is an art, and it's best practitioners have been described as artists> - Kotov, Alexander.
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  TheFocus: <The study of typical plans is something that the leading grandmasters devote a great deal of time to. I would say that the most far-seeing of them devote as much time to this as to the study of openings> - Alexander Kotov.
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  TheFocus: <Just as the pianist practices the most complicated pieces to improve the technique of his fingers, so too a grandmaster must keep his vision in trim by daily analysis of positions with sharp possibilities, and this applies whether he prefers such positions in his play or not> - Alexander Kotov.
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  TheFocus: <The rise of the Soviet school to the summit of world chess is a logical result of socialist cultural development. - (1958)> - Alexander Kotov.
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  TheFocus: <In order to become a grandmaster class player whose understanding of chess is superior to the thousands of ordinary players, you have to develop within yourself a large number of qualities, the qualities of an artistic creator, a calculating practitioner, a cold calm competitor> - Alexander Kotov.
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  TheFocus: <Here is a definition which correctly reflects the course of thought and action of a grandmaster: - The plan in a game of chess is the sum total of successive strategical operations which are each carried out according to separate ideas arising from the demands of the position> - Alexander Kotov.
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  TheFocus: <Anyone who wishes to learn how to play chess well must make himself or herself thoroughly conversant with the play in positions where the players have castled on opposite sides> - Alexander Kotov.
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  TheFocus: <... The main thing that develops positional judgment, that perfects it and makes it many-sided, is detailed analytical work, sensible tournament practice, a self-critical attitude to your games and a rooting out of all the defects in your play> - Alexander Kotov.
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  TheFocus: <... My achievements in the field of chess are the result of immense hard work in studying theory ....> - Alexander Kotov
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  TheFocus: <Drawing general conclusions about your main weaknesses can provide a great stimulus to further growth> - Alexander Kotov.
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  TheFocus: <Experience and the constant analysis of the most varied positions builds up a store of knowledge in a player's mind enabling him often at a glance to assess this or that position> - Alexander Kotov.
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  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.
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  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.
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  TheFocus: <The placing of the center pawns determines the 'topography' of a game of chess> - Alexander Kotov.
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  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.
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  TheFocus: <You must not let your opponent know how you feel> - Alexander Kotov.
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  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.
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  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.
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  TheFocus: <Time trouble is blunder time> - Alexander Kotov.
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  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.
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  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.
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  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.
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  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.
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  TheFocus: <Sit there for five hours? Certainly not! A player must walk about between moves, it helps his thinking> - Alexander Kotov.
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