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Alexander Kotov vs David Bronstein
"Take Your Kotov" (game of the day Mar-04-2010)
USSR Championship (1944), Moscow URS, rd 16, Jun-14
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Classical Fianchetto (E67)  ·  1-0



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Feb-28-08  ughaibu: Here you go: Smyslov vs Kotov, 1943
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  takchess: Thanks ughaibu a friend sent a dates which had knight sacs on f5 against a finachetto position I will create a collection and post it.
Mar-04-10  Takya Kotov: I wonder where the title of this Game of the Day got it's inspiration?

Fame at last!

Mar-04-10  RandomVisitor: <jimfromprovidence>24...g4 is met by the deadly 25.Qd2! Bf6 26.Rad1 etc.

23...Qf6 is met by 24.Qh5! Nf8 25.Nxg7 Qxg7 26.Qe8.

Mar-04-10  cyclemath: <I thought it was "take your coat off" as well.>

It's a pity there aren't any games in the database between Kotov and Tukmakov.

Mar-04-10  SugarDom: Take the what? ...

I don't get it.

Mar-04-10  SugarDom: Ah...Take your Coat Off...

That wasn't easy...

Mar-04-10  whiteshark: <tamar: "Take your coat off"> Thanks, that answers my question without being asked. :D
Mar-04-10  JonathanJ: isn't there a very similar pun somewhere?
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  HeMateMe: Most of the puns on this site are great, but if "weakest pun" is a category at year end awards, well, this may be the winner.
Mar-04-10  RandomVisitor: After 22.Rf1:

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Rybka 3: <21-ply>

<[+0.00] 22...Nf6> 23.Qd2 Qd8 24.Rad1 Bg4

Mar-04-10  Alfa110: Ah, so Kotov means "Coat Off"?? Well....
Mar-04-10  desiobu: Kotov had to play 18. Nxf5. What else? It solves the problem of the blocked center, and also 19. fxe5 hxg5 and the knight is lost anyway.
Mar-04-10  Chessmensch: How does Kotov, who's been dead for nearly thirty years, have a current FIDE rating? Maybe you earn that by beating Bronstein. :-)

Also, the rating given doesn't seem consistent with author of a book entitled, "Think Like a Grandmaster." And, the write-up says he was a GM. Perhaps someone else's bio got there.

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Mar-04-10  drpoundsign: I checked some of Magnus Carlsen's games and was Shocked! His wins (and losses and draws) often go to like 200 moves! GotD usually 40 moves (the way I like it.) long endgames are snoozers.
Mar-04-10  RandomVisitor: <Chessmensch><Also, the rating given doesn't seem consistent with author of a book entitled, "Think Like a Grandmaster." And, the write-up says he was a GM. Perhaps someone else's bio got there.>

This is from Wikipedia, concerning the awarding of the grandmaster title:

When FIDE reorganized after World War II it adopted regulations concerning the award of international titles. Titles were awarded by a resolution of the FIDE General Assembly and the Qualification Committee. FIDE first awarded the Grandmaster title in 1950 to 27 players. These players were:

* <The top players of the day>: world champion Botvinnik, and those who had qualified for (or been seeded into) the inaugural Candidates Tournament in 1950: Boleslavsky, Bondarevsky, Bronstein, Euwe, Fine, Flohr, Keres, <Kotov>, Lilienthal, Najdorf, Reshevsky, Smyslov, Ståhlberg, and Szabó.

* Players still living who, though past their best in 1950, were recognised as having been world class when at their peak: Bernstein, Duras, Grünfeld, Kostić, Levenfish, Maróczy, Mieses, Ragozin, Rubinstein, Sämisch, Tartakower, and Vidmar.

Since FIDE did not award the grandmaster title posthumously, world-class players who died prior to 1950, including World Champions Steinitz, Lasker, Capablanca, and Alekhine, never received the title.

Mar-04-10  RandomVisitor: After 14...gxf5 it seems that 15.Re1 might not have been best:

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Rybka 3: <20-ply>

<[+0.28] 15.Nh4> Nc5 16.f3

Mar-04-10  WhiteRook48: 27...Nf2?!
Mar-04-10  goodevans: 27 ... Nf2+ wins back the exchange, but after 28 Rxf2 Qxf2 white is a pawn up and has regained the initiative. Bronstein obviously thought he stood better chances by keeping things complicated.
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  gawain: This game is annotated by Bronstein in his book on the King's Indian. It is game #10. Bronstein is always humble and does not hesitate to use his own losses as illustrative games--that is one reason I admire him especially.

The position with White to make his 18th move is used as illustration #22 "Demolition of the enemy King-side pawn position by means of a piece sacrifice" in Keres and Kotov, The Art of the Middle Game.

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  kevin86: The knight is toast!
Jun-06-11  AVRO38: Smyslov improved on Bronstein's play with 10...Qb6! in the famous Game 14 of the 1954 title match:

Botvinnik vs Smyslov, 1954

A Smyslov classic!

Jun-30-12  vinidivici: Nice, is this the first ever GOTD in chessgames ?
Sep-08-18  cwcarlson: 31.♖ae1? ♗c4 32.♕c4 ♘c4 33.♖e5 ♖e5 34.♔g1=; 31.♖fe1 ♗c4 32.♕f2 ♗d5 33.♗d5 cd 34.♖ac1+- Houdini.
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