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Alexander Kotov
Number of games in database: 663
Years covered: 1935 to 1979
Last FIDE rating: 2247
Overall record: +275 -157 =231 (58.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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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.

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 page 1 of 27; games 1-25 of 663  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kotov vs L Bogatirev 1-0431935MoscowE81 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. Alatortsev vs Kotov  ½-½411936Moskou ChA13 English
5. Kotov vs Ufimtsev 0-1451936TournamentB06 Robatsch
6. Kotov vs Panov 0-1491936Moscow RUSE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
7. Kotov vs N Sorokin  ½-½411936TournamentB32 Sicilian
8. P Dubinin vs Kotov 1-0351936Giant FactoryD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
9. Kotov vs P Saidkhanov  ½-½481936TournamentD04 Queen's Pawn Game
10. S Slonim vs Kotov  0-1341936Moskou ChA04 Reti Opening
11. Kotov vs Kalmanok 1-0221936MoscowC11 French
12. Kotov vs Kan  0-1501936Moskou ChD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. Kotov vs Bondarevsky 0-1271936LeningradA90 Dutch
14. Panov vs Kotov 0-1491937Moscow-chB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
15. B Naglis vs Kotov  0-1311937Moscow-chB72 Sicilian, Dragon
16. Kotov vs Chistiakov 0-1701937Moscow-chC04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
17. Kan vs Kotov  1-0551937Moscow-chD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. Kasparian vs Kotov 0-1401937USSRD01 Richter-Veresov Attack
19. Kotov vs A Poliak  1-0321937Moscow RUSA80 Dutch
20. N Zubarev vs Kotov  0-1391937Moscow-chD00 Queen's Pawn Game
21. Dus Chotimirsky vs Kotov 1-0231938URS-ch sfD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
22. E Zagorjansky vs Kotov  1-0331938Trade UnionsE60 King's Indian Defense
23. V A Vasiliev vs Kotov  ½-½371938Trade UnionsE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
24. Kotov vs Panov  ½-½241938URS Ch sfD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. Kotov vs B Levitas 1-01261938Trade UnionsD05 Queen's Pawn Game
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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.
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.

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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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