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Alexander Kotov
Number of games in database: 693
Years covered: 1930 to 1979
Last FIDE rating: 2247

Overall record: +290 -162 =236 (59.3%)*
   * 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 (65) 
    E34 E33 E26 E32 E24
 King's Indian (39) 
    E67 E72 E87 E69 E81
 English (28) 
    A16 A17 A10 A15 A13
 Orthodox Defense (25) 
    D55 D58 D51 D50 D56
 Grunfeld (25) 
    D80 D98 D94 D83 D97
 Queen's Gambit Declined (24) 
    D35 D37 D30 D31 D39
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (72) 
    B85 B84 B51 B43 B91
 Sicilian Scheveningen (25) 
    B85 B84 B83 B80
 Caro-Kann (25) 
    B17 B18 B10 B14 B11
 Robatsch (24) 
 Semi-Slav (24) 
    D45 D44 D49 D43 D48
 Nimzo Indian (20) 
    E32 E59 E33 E29 E24
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Averbakh vs Kotov, 1953 0-1
   Kotov vs Keres, 1950 1-0
   Kotov vs Gligoric, 1953 1/2-1/2
   Kotov vs Unzicker, 1952 1-0
   Botvinnik vs Kotov, 1946 0-1
   Kotov vs Petrosian, 1949 1-0
   Kotov vs Kholmov, 1971 1-0
   Kotov vs G Barcza, 1952 1-0
   Kotov vs Kalmanok, 1936 1-0
   Kotov vs Reshevsky, 1953 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Venice (1950)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1952)
   USSR Championship (1939)
   USSR Championship (1948)
   URS-ch sf (1954)
   USSR Championship (1945)
   Saltsjobaden Interzonal (1948)
   Mar del Plata (1957)
   Moscow (1947)
   Budapest Candidates (1950)
   USSR Championship (1949)
   Zurich Candidates (1953)
   Groningen (1946)
   USSR Championship (1955)
   USSR Championship (1940)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Grandmaster At Work by Benzol
   Grandmaster At Work by mneuwirth
   WCC Index [Zurich 1953] by JoseTigranTalFischer
   Zurich International Tournament (Bronstein) by DrOMM
   Zurich International Tournament (Bronstein) by passion4chess
   WCC Index [Zurich 1953] by Atsa
   Zurich International Tournament (Bronstein) by Qindarka
   Zurich International Tournament (Bronstein) by Parmenides1963
   Zurich International Tournament (Bronstein) by isfsam
   WCC Zurich 1953 by Pawn N Hand
   book: Zurich Candidates Tournament of 1953 (Bron by Baby Hawk
   WCC Index [Zurich 1953] by suenteus po 147
   WCC Index [Zurich 1953] by TigerTiger
   Zurich International Tournament (Bronstein) by smarticecream

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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 29; games 1-25 of 706  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 RSFSR Ch (final)E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
3. Kotov vs Chekhover 1-0201935Leningrad RUSC18 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  ½-½481936TournamentD04 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Kotov vs N Sorokin  ½-½411936TournamentB32 Sicilian
12. Kotov vs Kalmanok 1-0221936MoscowC11 French
13. Kotov vs Ufimtsev 0-1451936TournamentB06 Robatsch
14. Kotov vs Kan  0-1501936Ch MoscowD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. Kotov vs Bondarevsky 0-1271936Leningrad 1st CategoryA90 Dutch
16. S Slonim vs Kotov  0-1341936Ch MoscowA04 Reti Opening
17. Alatortsev vs Kotov  ½-½411936Ch MoscowA13 English
18. P Dubinin vs Kotov 1-0351936Giant FactoryD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
19. Kotov vs Panov 0-1491936Ch MoscowE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
20. Kotov vs A Chistiakov 0-1701937Ch MoscowC04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
21. B Naglis vs Kotov  0-1311937Ch MoscowB72 Sicilian, Dragon
22. Kan vs Kotov  1-0551937Ch MoscowD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. Fedosov vs Kotov  1-0571937Ch TulaD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
24. Kotov vs I Pogrebissky  1-0301937Ch Trade Unions (1/2 Final)D80 Grunfeld
25. N Zubarev vs Kotov  0-1391937Ch MoscowD00 Queen's Pawn Game
 page 1 of 29; games 1-25 of 706  PGN Download
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May-11-15  TheFocus: <The placing of the center pawns determines the 'topography' of a game of chess> - Alexander Kotov.
May-11-15  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.
May-13-15  TheFocus: <You must not let your opponent know how you feel> - Alexander Kotov.
May-15-15  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.
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.
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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.

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  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.
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  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.
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