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Alexander Alexandrovich Kotov (?????????? ?????????????? ??????; — 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. Kotov served in high posts in the Soviet Chess Federation and most of his books were written during the period of Cold War between the US and the USSR. Therefore, his works tended to be rather critical of (and occasionally somewhat dismissive toward) American players. Russian players, on the other hand, were presented and described in a particularly favorable light.

Kotov's books also included frequent praise for the Soviet system in general. For example, the 1958 book The Soviet School of Chess (which he co-wrote with Mikhail Yudovich) stated that "The rise of the Soviet school to the summit of world chess is a logical result of socialist cultural development." At the time, statements such as this were sufficiently controversial that Western publishers felt compelled to include disclaimers in versions of his books that were translated for distribution to English-speaking countries. Dover Publications, Inc.'s 1961 paperback version of The Soviet School of Chess was distributed primarily to Western countries and included an introduction that stated "...literature of this type, though helpful in our ultimate understanding of the game, is very often riddled with distortion. The publishers of this Dover edition are very much concerned that readers be aware of the propaganda techniques employed, even in the history of chess, by the Soviet Union."

Notwithstanding Kotov's forays into the political realm, his books were insightful and informative and were written in a congenial style. He often made his points by citing first-hand stories of incidents involving famous grandmasters, most of whom he knew personally. Such entertaining and enlightening personal accounts helped to ensure that his books would remain popular among chess players of widely varying nationalities and playing strengths.

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Total Books: 14
Chess Heritage of Alekhine Vol 2
2013 - Chess Heritage of Alekhine Vol 2 [Russian Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9784871874267
ISBN-10: 4871874265
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Humor & Entertainment
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The Soviet School of Chess
2011 - The Soviet School of Chess (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9784871878197
ISBN-10: 4871878198
Genres: History, Humor & Entertainment
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Play Like A Grandmaster
2003 - Play Like a Grandmaster (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780713418071
ISBN-10: 0713418079
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
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Think Like A Grandmaster Algebraic Edition
2003 - Think Like a Grandmaster Algebraic Edition (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780713478853
ISBN-10: 0713478853
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
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Entrene como un gran maestro
1999 - Entrene Como Un Gran Maestro (Other)
ISBN-13: 9788424504106
ISBN-10: 8424504100
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Juegue Como Un Gran Maestro
1990 - Juegue Como Un Gran Maestro (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788424503505
ISBN-10: 8424503503
Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting
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The Art of the Middle Game
1989 - The Art of the Middle Game (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780486261546
ISBN-10: 0486261549
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
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Chess Tactics
1983 - Chess Tactics [Batsford Chess Book] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780713425628
ISBN-10: 0713425628
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The Art of the Middle Game
1973 - The Art of the Middle Game [Penguin Handbooks] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780140461022
ISBN-10: 0140461027
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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The Soviet School of Chess
The Soviet School of Chess (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780486200262
ISBN-10: 0486200264
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
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Play Like a Grandmaster
Play Like a Grandmaster (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780713418064
ISBN-10: 0713418060
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
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Think Like a Grandmaster
Think Like a Grandmaster (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780713431605
ISBN-10: 0713431601
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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Train Like a Grandmaster
Train Like a Grandmaster [The Club Player's Library] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780713436099
ISBN-10: 0713436093
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Humor & Entertainment
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Grandmaster At Work
Grandmaster at Work (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780939298860
ISBN-10: 0939298864
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