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How Karpov Wins: The Early Years
Compiled by Backward Development
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Of all of the chess books I've encountered, none has helped me as much as Edmar Mednis' "How Karpov Wins". Anatoly's victories leave a strong impression to the student and collector both. The book primarly covers the years 1971-1974, culminating with Karpov's victory over Korchnoi in the Candidates Final match. What the book doesn't cover, however, are Karpov's formative years. I believe these games, while not of the same quality as the later period, give useful insight into the development of this world champion's style and will interest the club player because they show how Karpov dispatched opponents with weaknesses common in club players. All in all, this collection is meant to complement Mednis' work as a 'prequel' of sorts and interest the collector with several unknown masterpieces. Annotations are forthcoming on games without them. So, without further ado...

Game 1:Analysis Complete!
Karpov vs Nedelin, 1961 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 36 moves, 1-0

Game 2:
Shusharin vs Karpov, 1961 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 35 moves, 0-1

Game 3:
Karpov vs Shefler, 1961 
(C01) French, Exchange, 43 moves, 1-0

Game 4:
A Shneider vs Karpov, 1961 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 51 moves, 0-1

Game 5:
Karpov vs V Kalashnikov, 1961 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 60 moves, 1-0

Game 6:
E Lazarev vs Karpov, 1961 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 49 moves, 0-1

Game 7:
Karpov vs Gaimaletdinov, 1961 
(C62) Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense, 60 moves, 1-0

Game 8:
Zadneprovsky vs Karpov, 1961 
(E27) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation, 65 moves, 0-1

Game 9:
G Timoshchenko vs Karpov, 1961 
(C10) French, 53 moves, 0-1

Game 10:
Karpov vs Maksimov, 1961 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 60 moves, 1-0

Game 11:
Karpov vs Ziuliarkin, 1961 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 35 moves, 1-0

Game 12:
Karpov vs Tarinin, 1962 
(C73) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 53 moves, 1-0

Game 13:
Kolishkin vs Karpov, 1962 
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 54 moves, 0-1

Game 14:
Karpov vs Karin, 1962 
(B06) Robatsch, 39 moves, 1-0

Game 15:
V G Kirillov vs Karpov, 1962 
(A20) English, 63 moves, 0-1

Game 16:
Karpov vs Piskunov, 1962 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 35 moves, 1-0

Game 17:
Manakov vs Karpov, 1962 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 26 moves, 0-1

Game 18:
Ziuliarkin vs Karpov, 1962 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 35 moves, 0-1

Game 19:
Ziuliarkin vs Karpov, 1963 
(D61) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 51 moves, 0-1

Game 20:
Aranov vs Karpov, 1962 
(C10) French, 71 moves, 0-1

Game 21:
Korotaev vs Karpov, 1963 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 42 moves, 0-1

Game 22:
V Kalashnikov vs Karpov, 1963 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 42 moves, 0-1

Game 23:
S Sazontiev vs Karpov, 1964 
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 47 moves, 0-1

Game 24:
Karpov vs Simanov, 1964 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 59 moves, 1-0

Game 25:
Karpov vs Fedin, 1964 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 46 moves, 1-0

Game 26:
Karpov vs A Petroff, 1964 
(C01) French, Exchange, 46 moves, 1-0

Game 27:
M Drizgalovich vs Karpov, 1965 
(E61) King's Indian, 57 moves, 0-1

Game 28:
Karpov vs Polyakov, 1965 
(C70) Ruy Lopez, 31 moves, 1-0

Game 29:
Karpov vs N Orekhov, 1965 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 62 moves, 1-0

Game 30:
Hampyuk vs Karpov, 1965 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 28 moves, 0-1

Game 31:
Vilem Novak vs Karpov, 1966 
(E22) Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation, 19 moves, 0-1

Game 32:
Kupreichik vs Karpov, 1966 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 33 moves, 0-1

Game 33:
Z Rutka vs Karpov, 1967 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 31 moves, 0-1

Game 34:
M Noakh vs Karpov, 1966 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 100 moves, 0-1

Game 35:
Karpov vs L Volpert, 1966 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 40 moves, 1-0

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