Think Like A Grandmaster has ratings and 6 reviews. notgettingenough said: A couple of nights ago, Carlsen was making Ponomariov wish he’d never been. Kotov, Alexander – Think Like a – Free ebook download as PDF File .pdf) or read book online for free. THE CLUB PLAYER’S LIBRARY. Train like a Grandmaster. ALEXANDER KOTOV . Translated by Bernard Cafferty. B. T. Batsford Ltd, London.

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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.

Identify the variations to consider. Evaluate each variation for a roughly equivalent period of time.

Think Like A Grandmaster

Sanity check grandmastter haven’t missed something. Repeat, exhaustively, without losing focus, for a multiple of hours. In chess, you can only think so far ahead. This may be one or two moves, or for a strong player it may be five or six.

Either way, you have a visibility horizon but you have to move. Many GMs disagree with Kotov’s tree of valuations, as it is simply an impractical way of playing. Obviously, you need the calculating ability, but it should be turned only a few times a game. Instead and this is common to all chess players, most good moves are just immediately obvious.

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It has been kotog, that in a regular chess game, GM might have to have a think times a game see Anand in top formIM 5 times, an FM 10 times. As an FM I have to concur with this. When playing a GM, I invariably make a mistake when I start running out of time, as my store of “obvious” moves is much smaller than GMs.


On alexader other hand when playing say a candidate master, I see them think long and make a mistake, which seems ktov to me immediately. Still there are players who are more of a calculating type see Shirov, Kasparovand some who are less say Botvinnik, Karpov. How well does Kotov’s book translate to other fields? I’ve just done very badly at an Android: Netrunner tournament and while I found a lot of deckbuilding issues post-mortem, I also had a lot of mental failings.

Play like a grand master, Alexander Kotov

The same kind of approach from Kotov can be used on net runner, or more traditional CCGs. You can see how that works in Magic, for instance, where the top players have major amounts of visibility. Someone like Luis Scott Vargas plays plenty of games out there, for people to see, and describing his motov process which makes him a worse player in those games, but that’s to be expected.

You can still see the relentlessness that Kotov describes. He knows his options by heart, based on his knowledge of his opponent’s deck and all cards available, he makes guesses, dedicates time to each decision, and them moves. For high level play, there’s also issue of deception that do not apply to chess, but will apply to Netrunner.


“Think Like a Grandmaster” by Alexander Kotov

Still, no good player will put deception first in his analysis. If anything, it’s the equivalent of Magnus Carlsen’s care for giving his opponent as many chances as possible of making a terrible mistake, while still playing very good lines.

Though it is a great book, and everyone grandmaeter about chess should read it, I think this quote of Anatoly Lein by Jonathan Tisdall in Improve Your Chess Now explains the problem with Kotov best. The biggest thing to take away from him is the need for a thought process, not necessarily the actual method he describes. Kotov’s method where you calculate every variation only once requires tremendous discipline. Actually, I know no chess player that mastered it.

Most hop back and forth between variations. Hacker News new comments show ask jobs submit. How to Think The unparalleled Think Like a Grandmaster by Alexander Kotov explains not only planning and strategy in chess but also the methodical use of time.