Alexander Alexandrovich Kotov (1913-1981) was a Russian Grandmaster (1950) who was awarded the Order of Lenin for an important invention relating to mortar during World War II. He was Moscow champion in 1941. He was joint USSR champion (with Bronstein) in 1948. He was a Candidate in 1950 and 1953. He played in 9 USSR Championships. He wrote Think Like a Grandmaster in 1971.