Alexander Alexandrovich Kotov was a Soviet chess grandmaster and author. He was a Soviet Kotov was a great admirer of World Champion Alexander Alekhine, and wrote a comprehensive two-volume biographical series of books on his. Alekhine – Alexander Kotov – Download as PDF File .pdf) or view presentation slides online. Alekhine – Alexander Kotov. The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal. Mikhail Tal. The Middle Game in Chess. John E. Littlewood. My Page 1 Page 2 HH M. Chess Books Alexander Alekhine.

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There are 2 clues unsolved right now on the Holiday Contest Clues Page! Given 11 times; par: Black’s central exchange aims at securing an unhampered development for his pieces, followed by the establishment of a piece on d5. This relieves White of his main headache in the queen’s gambit, namely: Boleslavsky ammasses a great pile of pieces in the center, and then sets off some interesting complications, with the d-pawn acting as a fuse.

Stahlberg, and Euwe as well in his earlier commentaries, suggest that Nb4 was the required response here. However, Rauzer showed in some rather old analysis that the continuation Nc3 Nb4, a view also adopted later by Euwe. We should like to go a little more deeply into the concept of ‘mistake’, as it is applied to chess.

To begin with, the mistakenness of Na5 was only demonstrated as a result of white’s clever and by no means obvious continuation. Secondly it’s not clear how the battle might have gone after Jotov, since white had the secret weapon Nb6 if black plays Rb8, instead of lotov the knight, he loses the exchange after Nxg5 and Nd7 and on Ra7 d5 kotoc very strong. If he takes the knight on b6, however, black will be in a real predicament after Nxg5 h6 loses to the sacrifice on f7 followed by Qxe6, and there seems to be no defense to the thematic push d5.


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Black’s difficulties appear to have another cause entirely. Compared with black’s pieces, white’s have made three extra moves! Such melding of logic and combinative powers is the hallmark of Alekhhine. This nice quote is from Bronstein’s classic book on the Zurich Tournament.

However, there is a big hole in his analysis of the Nd7 black is not “losing the exchange” but is actually winning at once with Move 20, Black brings alekhije bishop en prise. Move 25, he takes it out. Lots of tactics in-between.

A good example of the strength of the d5 break in isolated pawn positions if black is alekihne careful. One way to stop d5 is to play.

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Re8 but this leaves black vulnerable to Ne5 with threats of Nf7. In the endgame Kotov, perhaps, should not have advanced his kingside pawns as aggressively. If Kotov had tried to retain his QRP with Bc8 then both of his minor pieces would have been without play after 36 Nc5. He then looks at another line, which he introduces as follows: My immediate reaction unaided by engine analysis was: Grandmaster Ronen Har-Zvi presented this game in a lecture: Thank you for the link; I was not aware of his lecture series.


Thematic break-up of black’s position with a timely d5 in the QGA. I’m doing a series of videos on the Zurich tournament. For round 3 I selected this game to cover: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply.

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