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Think Like A Grandmaster

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A classic, now available in modern algebraic notation for the first time! Few books have had as much impact on chess literature as this: the first edition sold out within months, and it was immediately recognized as a masterpiece of chess instruction. Twenty years later, it remains a bestseller in the field and one of the best practical training manuals available.
Paperback, Algebraic Edition, 192 pages
Published June 30th 2003 by Batsford (first published 1970)
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Nov 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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A couple of nights ago, Carlsen was making Ponomariov wish he'd never been born. It was the 2009 Tal Memorial. We all watching knew that Carlsen knew exactly what he was doing as the punchdrunk Ponomariov kept staggering to his feet to make one more awful move. It was too easy.

22 Bb3. Wow. It was SO easy. Carlsen could make such a slow move in the middle of what looked like delivering a series of knockout punches? We were all too impressed for words. The kid really knows what he is doing.

And tha
Ettore Pasquini
Oct 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
Here's the short version of this book:

- be humble or perish
- when it's your turn to move, build a tree of analysis (or plant a house)
- evaluate a branch once and only once (doing it twice is a waste of time)
- beware of the blind spot (it exists)
- if a position is closed and lacks hand-to-hand contact between the forces, moves involving positional factors are likely best
- don't leave your pieces hanging
- never rely on your opponent making a mistake
- don't play wishful-thinking chess
- if your oppo
Bhakta Kishor
May 22, 2016 rated it liked it
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The unparalleled Think Like a Grandmaster by Alexander Kotov explains not only planning and strategy in chess but also the methodical use of time.

Assess the position. Identify the variations to consider. Evaluate each variation for a roughly equivalent period of time. Choose the strongest. Sanity check you haven't missed something. Move.

Repeat, exhaustively, without losing focus, for a multiple of hours.


Justin Thickston
May 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Amazing view of a GM's thought process. The author covers when to play from intuition and when to buckle down and start calculating variations. Author suggests electing "Candidate" moves and performing sufficient calculations for each, only then should a player make a move. ...more
Raymond 8E
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
helps you to think during the game how to save time and how to get ideas like a grandmaster
Travis Timmons
Dec 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Foundational for many people, but could've just been a longform piece of writing (i.e. a treatise). Too plodding. ...more
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Dec 07, 2009 marked it as to-read
Recommended to Claire by: GR Reviews.
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Chess is one of those things that attracts and repels me. I've hardly played it at all. If I did play and like it, then that would be really fun, since I don't have it in my life at all. So it's one of those huge potentials.. ...more
Thom Dunn
Dec 16, 2009 marked it as to-read
My 1971 edition has English notation.
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Good Book.Re-Reading
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Best book in chess
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The book is highly outdated and many of the techniques present in this book may have been GM's secret knowledge during the time of its printing, but now it has seeped down to the level of novices. ...more
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His name in Russian is Александр Котов. A Soviet chess grandmaster.

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