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West Metro Critical Thinking Club

TOPIC: Think Like A Grandmaster


In 1971, “Think Like a Grandmaster” by Soviet Grandmaster Alexander Kotov was published in English. It stirred a sensation among chess masters in the United States. For the first time, there was an in-depth exploration of the training methods employed in the Soviet Union to train young masters to analyze chess positions systematically and accurately. American chess masters, on reading the book, realized that our natural tendencies were very opposite – bad habits that had to be corrected. Are the lessons of Kotov’s book transferrable to everyday life?


SPEAKER: George Kane was a professional chess player in the early 1970s. In 1972 he won the championship of the storied Marshall Chess Club in New York City with a record score of 10½ points in 11 games. He represented the US in the Chess Olympiad in Skopje, Yugoslavia in 1972, and in 1973 played in the US Invitational Championship. His highest rating was 2540. George was a founding member of the Critical Thinking Club, and has given a presentation each year.

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  • Jennifer

    Very interesting. I'm glad I went to this meetup.

    February 23, 2013

  • Kevin H.

    Thoroughly enjoyed the presentation. I hadn't realized how the thought process of a chess player can be transferred over to other parts of a person's life. Very helpful.

    February 23, 2013

  • Lee S.

    Superb...its always an inspration to be amongst spiring critical thinkers

    February 23, 2013

  • Jack C.

    Interesting presentation. Exemplary critical thinking.

    February 23, 2013

  • Kevin H.

    Will have coffee, if available.

    February 18, 2013

  • Douglas H.


    February 17, 2013

  • George K.

    I cannot stay for lunch afterward.

    February 17, 2013

  • Lee S.

    Aspiring Critical Thinkers need to plan ahead like a Grandmaster chess player. This is an much needed topic. When given in St. Paul people hated to end the meeting...very enlightening!!!

    February 11, 2013

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