- Paperback: 187 pages
- Publisher: Batsford; Algebraic ed edition (1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0713478853
- ISBN-13: 978-0713478853
- Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #890,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Think Like A Grandmaster Paperback – 1995
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In this book, Kotov outlines his theory on why GMs are better than IMs, why IMs are better than FMs etc. It all has to do with analysis. They analyse better. Yes, yes, yes. He is right. They do. But why do GMs analyse better? This is the key question. I think Kotov got the answer wrong.
Kotov claims that he was a poor analyst, but that he improved by doing regular exercises in which he analysed complex positions, writing down all the variations. Each position was analysed only once to create a "Tree of Analysis". Candidate moves are chosen and then each move analysed one by one, branch by branch until the analysis is complete. The problem with this idea is that if flies in the face of contradictory evidence that this approach works. I DO agree with Kotov that improvement in analysis is the key to becoming a stronger player. I do not agree that his method will do more than produce a small change in your playing strength.
The contradictory evidence:
1) As so clearly pointed out by Richard Reti in his classic "New Ideas in Chess" even if there is a choice of only 3 moves at each branch point in the tree of analysis, the number of branches becomes so thick that it is impossible to analyse each branch. What distinguishes a titled players analysis from the analysis of a weaker player is the ability to EXCLUDE irrelevant moves, not include ALL moves. Humans will never be like computers in this regard.Read more ›
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I have it and i am still improving my elo rating since then,i will recommend you this item,as longer this book has all its pages intactPublished on February 27, 2014 by Alexander.L.
In this book you will learn how to improve your choices about chess moves.
The chapters that justify the book are:
1, create your elections as trees.
2. Read more
Kotov covers the way top players think and common patterns of mistakes that all players make. It's really entertaining and you don't have to wade through miles of chess annotation... Read morePublished on December 23, 2006 by The Prof.