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Alexander Kotov

Number of games in database: 775
Years covered: 1930 to 1979
Last FIDE rating: 2247
Overall record: +324 -180 =265 (59.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 6 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (70) 
    E34 E33 E26 E32 E43
 King's Indian (42) 
    E67 E72 E87 E69 E62
 English (31) 
    A16 A17 A10 A15 A13
 Grunfeld (29) 
    D80 D94 D98 D97 D83
 Queen's Gambit Declined (26) 
    D35 D37 D30 D31 D39
 Orthodox Defense (26) 
    D55 D58 D51 D56 D50
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (76) 
    B85 B84 B43 B51 B92
 Robatsch (30) 
 Caro-Kann (28) 
    B17 B18 B11 B14 B10
 Semi-Slav (26) 
    D45 D44 D46 D43 D48
 Sicilian Scheveningen (26) 
    B85 B84 B83 B80
 Queen's Gambit Declined (21) 
    D31 D30 D37 D38
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Averbakh vs Kotov, 1953 0-1
   Kotov vs Gligoric, 1953 1/2-1/2
   Kotov vs Keres, 1950 1-0
   Botvinnik vs Kotov, 1946 0-1
   Kotov vs Unzicker, 1952 1-0
   Kotov vs Petrosian, 1949 1-0
   Kotov vs Kholmov, 1971 1-0
   Kotov vs Reshevsky, 1953 1-0
   Kotov vs Barcza, 1952 1-0
   Kotov vs Pachman, 1950 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Stockholm Interzonal (1952)
   Venice (1950)
   USSR Championship (1939)
   Moscow-Prague (1946)
   USSR Championship (1948)
   Parnu (1947)
   URS-ch sf Yerevan (1954)
   Stockholm 1960/61 (1960)
   URS-ch sf Kiev (1938)
   Moscow Championship (1942)
   Mar del Plata (1957)
   Moscow (1947)
   URS-ch sf Kiev (1957)
   USSR Championship (1949)
   Zuerich Candidates (1953)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Grandmaster At Work by igiene
   Grandmaster At Work by mneuwirth
   Grandmaster At Work by Benzol
   Zurich International Tournament (Bronstein) by DrOMM
   WCC Index [Zurich 1953] by JoseTigranTalFischer
   Zurich International Tournament (Bronstein) by isfsam
   WCC Index [Zurich 1953] by Atsa
   Zurich International Tournament (Bronstein) by Qindarka
   Zurich International Tournament (Bronstein) by Okavango
   Zurich International Tournament (Bronstein) by MSteen
   WCC Zurich 1953 by Pawn N Hand
   WCC Index [Zurich 1953] by suenteus po 147
   Zurich International Tournament (Bronstein) by passion4chess
   WCC Index [Zurich 1953] by TigerTiger

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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 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: 2021-07-04 22:49:32

 page 1 of 31; games 1-25 of 775  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kotov vs S Lisenkov  1-0521930Ch TulaA40 Queen's Pawn Game
2. S Belavenets vs Kotov  1-02319344th Ch RSFSR (final)E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
3. Kotov vs V Chekhover 1-0201935Trade Unions Championship sfC18 French, Winawer
4. Kotov vs P Rabinovich  1-0271935Moscow-chD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
5. S Belavenets vs Kotov 1-0251935Moscow ChE23 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann
6. A S Sergeev vs Kotov  ½-½731935Moscow-chA04 Reti Opening
7. Kotov vs N Zubarev  0-1521935Moscow-chA44 Old Benoni Defense
8. Panov vs Kotov  1-0501935Moscow-chC13 French
9. Kotov vs O Bogatyrev 1-0431935Ch AviarabotnikiE81 King's Indian, Samisch
10. Kotov vs P Saidkhanov  ½-½481936All-Union 1st CategoryD04 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Kotov vs N Sorokin  ½-½411936All-Union 1st CategoryB32 Sicilian
12. Kotov vs Kalmanok 1-0221936All Union Selected 1st catC11 French
13. Kotov vs A Ufimtsev 0-1451936All-Union 1st CategoryB06 Robatsch
14. Kotov vs I Kan  0-1501936Moscow ChampionshipD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. Kotov vs Bondarevsky 0-1271936All-Union 1st CategoryA90 Dutch
16. Kotov vs Chernikov  1-0351936Giant Factory championshipD81 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
17. S Slonim vs Kotov  0-1341936Moscow ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
18. Kotov vs V Shumilin  1-0371936All-Union 1st CategoryD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. Alatortsev vs Kotov ½-½411936Moscow ChampionshipA13 English
20. P Dubinin vs Kotov 1-0351936Giant Factory championshipD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
21. Kotov vs Panov 0-1491936Moscow ChampionshipE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
22. Kotov vs A Chistiakov 0-1701937Ch MoscowC04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
23. B Naglis vs Kotov  0-1311937Ch MoscowB72 Sicilian, Dragon
24. Fedosov vs Kotov  1-0571937Ch TulaD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
25. Panov vs Kotov 0-1491937Ch MoscowB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
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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

Jul-07-21  Helios727: Has anyone noticed significant position evaluation errors in his book "The Soviet School of Chess"?
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  MissScarlett: I'm bracing myself for what'll happen when they go through Staunton's Handbook with Stockfish.
Dec-21-21  jerseybob: <MissScarlett: I'm bracing myself for what'll happen when they go through Staunton's Handbook with Stockfish.> And that reminds me of a concern of mine: There is one person who posts to this site -forget their name- who only posts Stockfish analysis, no introductory human language, just Stockfish analysis, reams of it, as if that were the Settled Word. An actual person, or maybe a bot? Well, I jest on that, but he/she acts like a bot.
Dec-21-21  SChesshevsky: While Kotov gives plenty of advice in his iconic "Think like a grandmaster". Some probably good, some maybe not so good. There is one part that might be a must read for anyone wanting to become a GM.

There's a description of how, I think Smyslov, might go about evaluating the position on the board. Think the passage is either in the introduction or beginning of chapter 1.

Think it offers a great explanation of what's going on in a GM's mind when you see them seemingly looking off into space while at the board.

Dec-21-21  pazzed paun: An excellent translation
Is the science of strategy
Kotov talks about preferred pawn centers in explaining differences in style Useful and easy to understand
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  technical draw: There was a chess player from Puerto Rico with the last name Cotto. Not a rare name but not too common. We joked with him and when he would win we called him Kotov. The real Kotov was a pretty strong GM.
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