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Alexander Kotov
Number of games in database: 663
Years covered: 1935 to 1979
Last FIDE rating: 2247

Overall record: +274 -154 =230 (59.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 5 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, 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 D83 D96
 Orthodox Defense (24) 
    D55 D58 D51 D56 D50
 English (24) 
    A16 A17 A10 A13 A15
 Queen's Gambit Declined (24) 
    D35 D37 D30 D31 D39
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (77) 
    B85 B84 B24 B51 B43
 Semi-Slav (25) 
    D45 D43 D44 D49 D47
 Caro-Kann (24) 
    B17 B10 B18 B14 B11
 Sicilian Scheveningen (24) 
    B85 B84 B83 B80
 Robatsch (21) 
 Nimzo Indian (20) 
    E32 E33 E59 E22 E26
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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 Gligoric, 1953 1/2-1/2
   Kotov vs G Barcza, 1952 1-0
   Kotov vs Unzicker, 1952 1-0
   Kotov vs Bronstein, 1944 1-0
   Bronstein vs Kotov, 1948 1/2-1/2
   Kotov vs Kholmov, 1971 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
   WCC Zurich 1953 by Pawn N Hand
   WCC Index [Zurich 1953] by TigerTiger
   WCC Index [Zurich 1953] by Atsa
   WCC Index [Zurich 1953] by JoseTigranTalFischer
   WCC Index [Zurich 1953] by TigerTiger
   Zurich International Tournament (Bronstein) by Qindarka
   Think Like a Grandmaster (Kotov) by Qindarka
   Think Like A Grandmaster by StuporMoundi
   Think Like A Grandmaster by JoseTigranTalFischer

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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. Kotov won at Venice 1950, ahead of Vasily Smyslov.

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

Last updated: 2017-08-15 05:51:22

 page 1 of 27; games 1-25 of 663  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kotov vs L Bogatirev  1-0431935MoskouE81 King's Indian, Samisch
2. Kotov vs Chekhover 1-0201935Leningrad RUSC18 French, Winawer
3. S Belavenets vs Kotov 1-0251935Moscow ChE23 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann
4. Kotov vs Panov 0-1491936Moscow RUSE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
5. Kotov vs N Sorokin  ½-½411936TournamentB32 Sicilian
6. P Dubinin vs Kotov 1-0351936Giant FactoryD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
7. Kotov vs P Saidkhanov  ½-½481936TournamentD04 Queen's Pawn Game
8. S Slonim vs Kotov  0-1341936Moskou ChA04 Reti Opening
9. Kotov vs Kalmanok 1-0221936MoscowC11 French
10. Kotov vs Kan  0-1501936Moskou ChD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. Kotov vs Bondarevsky 0-1271936LeningradA90 Dutch
12. Alatortsev vs Kotov  ½-½411936Moskou ChA13 English
13. Kotov vs Ufimtsev 0-1451936TournamentB06 Robatsch
14. B Naglis vs Kotov  0-1311937Moskou ChB72 Sicilian, Dragon
15. Kotov vs Chistiakov 0-1701937Moskou ChC04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
16. Kan vs Kotov  1-0551937Moskou ChD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. Kasparian vs Kotov 0-1401937USSRD01 Richter-Veresov Attack
18. Kotov vs A Poliak  1-0321937Moscow RUSA80 Dutch
19. N Zubarev vs Kotov  0-1391937Moskou ChD00 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Panov vs Kotov 0-1491937Moskou ChB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
21. Kotov vs M Kamishov  ½-½381938Trade UnionsD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. L Shamaev vs Kotov  0-1341938URS Ch sfD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
23. Kotov vs S B Gotthilf  ½-½241938Leningrad-chD82 Grunfeld, 4.Bf4
24. Lilienthal vs Kotov  ½-½241938Trade UnionsD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
25. Kotov vs Chekhover ½-½701938Leningrad-chE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
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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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  TheFocus: Rest in peace, Alexander Kotov.
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  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.

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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Alexander Kotov.
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  brankat: Now <posoo> is thinking like a Grandmaster.
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  thegoodanarchist: Playa o' de day is well deserved for this man who thought like a gm
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  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...

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  zanzibar: And then there's this news center debate between Nimzo and Kotov, from <kingcrusher>:

<"What godar are concepts...?"--Kotov>

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