Talk:Alexander Kotov

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I was just wondering if anybody involved with this webpage can read Russian, I am asking because one of Kotov's works (possibly his best) is missing from this page, in English it would equate to Chess Legacy of Alekhine, it has never been translated to English but it is worth mention. I don't care if you add it, just thought you'd like to know.

Regarding above post If U can't speak Russian, and the Kotov work you refer to is only published in Russian, then how do you know it is his best work? Did you read that on Wikipedia! Also, if you don't care if it's added to the article, and you know nothing about it,isn't your post superfluous?AaronCBurke (talk) 00:11, 31 August 2009 (UTC)

The reason I posted above is at the time the article sucked, and it seemed like it could use any help/info it could get. My source is admittedly word of mouth, a professor of mine had grown up in Belarus, and had related to me that the best Russian chess books were consciously withheld from translation so as to help maintain soviet dominance of chess. Feel free to delete anything I have written on this page if you think it should go. -David —Preceding unsigned comment added by 199.117.69.52 (talk) 19:19, 17 May 2010 (UTC)

Kotov syndrome[edit]

Note that behaving in this way is not necessarily irrational. Investing time into a promising move or moves makes sense, and discovering that that that is actually a bad move at t-epsilon shows that (at least) in that case the investment was worthwhile, since at t-2epsilon one still thought it was good, and had one not invested the penultimate epsilon one would have made the bad move, if nothing apparently better was on offer. Having discovered at t-epsilon that move "a" is bad, and having no time left for analysis of move "b", making move "b" which merely may be bad is a sound action. Rich Farmbrough, 16:55, 5 October 2010 (UTC).