Alexander Kotov

Chess Player

Birthday August 12, 1913

Birth Sign Leo

Birthplace Russia

DEATH DATE Jan 8, 1981 (67)

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Soviet chess Grandmaster and author who won the USSR Championship in 1948 and 1950.

Before Fame

He studied engineering in Moscow before becoming serious about chess.


He won only the third Soviet Grandmaster and Kotov syndrome is named after him due to his writings about cracking under pressure.

Family Life

He came from a large, working-class family.

Associated With

His writings have been an influence on Grandmaster Garry Kasparov.