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Thursday, March 10, 2011

GM\ Alexander Kotov's Most Famous Chess Game : One Of The All-Time Greats Of sacrificial Chess


Alexander Alexandrovich Kotov (Алекса́ндр Алекса́ндрович Ко́тов; 12 August [O.S. 30 July] 1913 – 8 January 1981) was a Soviet chess grandmaster and author. He was a Soviet champion, a two-time world title Candidate, and a prolific chess author ...While best remembered today as an author, Kotov also had a number of good results as a player. One of his best early results was his second place finish in the 1939 USSR Championship, just missing out to Mikhail Botvinnik in the final round. This result won him the Soviet Grandmaster title, the third Soviet player to hold the title after Botvinnik and Grigory Levenfish. Kotov was Moscow champion in 1941. He won the Soviet title jointly with David Bronstein in 1948, and won at Venice in 1950, ahead of Vasily Smyslov...Kotov developed a sharp style, was definitely not afraid of complications on the chessboard, and willingly entered into them against even the greatest of opponents. He favoured the closed openings with White, and was a terror with the Sicilian Defence as Black.(
During the 1953 Candidates Tournament in Zurich GM \Kotov faced -with the black pieces-GM \Averbach in a game that will become world wide famous as described in the book: "Winning Chess Tactics" by GM \Yasser Seirawan that "It has what is considered one of the world's most beautiful combinations".

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