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Karpov 
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Anatoly Karpov
Number of games in database: 3,551
Years covered: 1961 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2628 (2630 rapid, 2644 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2780
Overall record: +970 -228 =1299 (64.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      1054 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (250) 
    B92 B81 B24 B44 B84
 King's Indian (184) 
    E60 E62 E81 E71 E63
 Queen's Indian (146) 
    E15 E17 E12 E16 E19
 Ruy Lopez (135) 
    C95 C82 C84 C92 C80
 Queen's Gambit Declined (113) 
    D37 D30 D35 D38 D31
 Grunfeld (98) 
    D85 D73 D97 D78 D87
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (273) 
    B17 B12 B10 B14 B18
 Queen's Indian (241) 
    E15 E12 E17 E19 E14
 Ruy Lopez (175) 
    C92 C95 C69 C77 C98
 Nimzo Indian (160) 
    E32 E54 E21 E53 E42
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (137) 
    C92 C95 C98 C93 C86
 Sicilian (92) 
    B46 B40 B44 B47 B42
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Karpov vs Topalov, 1994 1-0
   Karpov vs Kasparov, 1984 1-0
   Karpov vs Unzicker, 1974 1-0
   Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1974 1-0
   Kasparov vs Karpov, 1984 0-1
   Karpov vs Topalov, 1994 1-0
   Timman vs Karpov, 1979 0-1
   Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 1-0
   Karpov vs Gulko, 1996 1-0
   Karpov vs Kasparov, 1984 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   Karpov - Korchnoi World Championship Match (1978)
   Karpov - Korchnoi World Championship Rematch (1981)
   Karpov - Kasparov World Championship Match (1984)
   Karpov - Kasparov World Championship Match (1985)
   Karpov - Kasparov World Championship Rematch (1986)
   Kasparov - Karpov World Championship Match (1987)
   Kasparov - Karpov World Championship Match (1990)
   Karpov - Timman FIDE World Championship (1993)
   Karpov - Kamsky FIDE World Championship (1996)
   Karpov - Anand World Championship Match (1998)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1971/72 (1971)
   Leningrad Interzonal (1973)
   Madrid (1973)
   USSR Championship (1976)
   Bad Lauterberg (1977)
   Phillips & Drew GLC Kings (1984)
   Linares (1994)
   Brussels World Cup (1988)
   Cap D'Agde (2013)
   Trophee Anatoly Karpov (2012)
   Montreal (1979)
   Cap d'Agde (2008)
   San Antonio (1972)
   USSR Championship (1971)
   Superstars Hotel Bali (2002)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Karpov Tournament Champion - I by amadeus
   Anatoly Karpov - My Best 300 Games by jakaiden
   Karpov Tournament Champion - II by amadeus
   Match Karpov! by amadeus
   Anatoly Karpov's Best Games by Psihadal
   Anatoly Karpov's Best Games by KingG
   Guess-the-Move Chess: 1980-1989 (Part 1) by Anatoly21
   "Chess Genius Karpov" - Victor Baturinsky by Karpova
   a Karpov collection by obrit
   Basic Instinct by Imohthep
   How Karpov Wins 2nd Edition by BntLarsen
   Instructive Karpov Games by Billy Ray Valentine
   Karpov vs. the World Champions Decisive Games by visayanbraindoctor
   Guess-the-Move Chess: 1960-1979 (Part 2) by Anatoly21

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ANATOLY KARPOV
(born May-23-1951, 64 years old) Russia
PRONUNCIATION:
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Anatoly Yevgenyevich Karpov was born in the town of Zlatoust, located in the Southern Ural Mountains in the USSR. He learned to play chess at four years old and became a candidate master by age eleven. At twelve, Karpov was accepted into the chess academy presided over by Mikhail Botvinnik. Karpov won the World Junior Championship in 1969, thereby automatically gaining the title of International Master. In 1970, he became an International Grandmaster after finishing equal fourth at Caracas. A World Championship Candidate in 1973, he defeated Viktor Korchnoi in the Karpov - Korchnoi Candidates Final (1974) to earn the right to Karpov - Fischer World Championship Match (1975) with World Champion Robert James Fischer. When FIDE declared Fischer forfeited, Karpov became the 12th World Chess Champion, the youngest since Mikhail Tal in 1960.

Karpov defended the championship twice against Korchnoi in Karpov - Korchnoi World Championship Match (1978) and Karpov - Korchnoi World Championship Rematch (1981). After Karpov - Kasparov World Championship Match (1984) which was aborted with Karpov leading by 2 points over Garry Kasparov, he lost his title to Kasparov in Karpov - Kasparov World Championship Match (1985). He played three more closely contested matches with Kasparov, narrowly losing Karpov - Kasparov World Championship Rematch (1986), drawing Kasparov - Karpov World Championship Match (1987) and narrowly losing Kasparov - Karpov World Championship Match (1990).

Karpov was thrice Soviet Champion: in 1976*, 1983** and 1988***, on the latter occasion sharing the title with Kasparov. In 1993 Karpov regained the FIDE title against Jan Timman in Karpov - Timman FIDE World Championship (1993), after Kasparov had broken away from the organization. He successfully defended his title against Gata Kamsky in Karpov - Kamsky FIDE World Championship (1996) and Viswanathan Anand in Karpov - Anand World Championship Match (1998). In 1999 FIDE changed the rules, deciding that the World Champion would be determined by an annual knockout tournament, and Karpov retired from championship competition.

At Linares (1994), Karpov achieved one of the greatest tournament successes ever, distancing Kasparov by 2.5 points.

Outside of chess, Karpov has been linked to the company Petromir, which claimed in 2007 to have found a large natural gas field.****

* [rusbase-1]; ** [rusbase-2]; *** [rusbase-3]

**** Miriam Elder, The St. Petersburg Times, Issue # 1242, 2007.02.02, Link: http://sptimes.ru/index.php?action_... and The St. Petersburg Times, Issue # 1246, 2007.02.16, Link: http://sptimes.ru/index.php?action_...

Wikipedia article: Anatoly Karpov


 page 1 of 143; games 1-25 of 3,551  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Karpov vs Gaimaletdinov 1-060 1961 ZlatoustC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
2. Karpov vs S Belousov 1-040 1961 BorowitschiC07 French, Tarrasch
3. Shusharin vs Karpov 0-135 1961 CheliabinskC77 Ruy Lopez
4. Karpov vs Ziuliarkin 1-035 1961 ZlatoustB24 Sicilian, Closed
5. Karpov vs Nedelin 1-036 1961 BorovichiC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
6. Karpov vs Budakov ½-½26 1961 ZlatoustC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd
7. A Shneider vs Karpov 0-151 1961 CheliabinskC34 King's Gambit Accepted
8. Karpov vs Shefler 1-043 1961 ZlatoustC01 French, Exchange
9. Karpov vs A Alekseev ½-½58 1961 ZlatoustB40 Sicilian
10. E Lazarev vs Karpov 0-149 1961 CheliabinskD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. Karpov vs Mukhudulin ½-½61 1961 ZlatoustB56 Sicilian
12. Korchnoi vs Karpov ½-½30 1961 SimulC47 Four Knights
13. V Kalashnikov vs Karpov ½-½62 1961 ZlatoustE15 Queen's Indian
14. Zadneprovsky vs Karpov 0-165 1961 ZlatoustE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
15. B Kalinkin vs Karpov ½-½32 1961 CheliabinskC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
16. Karpov vs V Kalashnikov 1-060 1961 ZlatoustC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
17. Karpov vs Maksimov 1-060 1961 MagnitogorskE81 King's Indian, Samisch
18. Tarinin vs Karpov 1-035 1961 ZlatoustC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
19. G Timoshchenko vs Karpov 0-153 1961 BorovichiC10 French
20. Karpov vs Tarinin 1-053 1962 CheliabinskC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
21. V Kalashnikov vs Karpov ½-½36 1962 ZlatoustC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
22. Karpov vs Karin 1-039 1962 CheliabinskB06 Robatsch
23. Manakov vs Karpov 0-126 1962 KoyenskC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
24. Aranov vs Karpov 0-171 1962 CheliabinskC10 French
25. Kolishkin vs Karpov 0-154 1962 ZlatoustC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
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May-02-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: <Chess is everything: art, science, sport and my record label.> - Chuck Berry.
May-02-15  john barleycorn: very good <offramp>
May-07-15  TheFocus: <Furman astounded me with his chess depth, a depth which he revealed easily and naturally, as if all he were doing was establishing well-known truths> - Anatoly Karpov.
May-07-15  TheFocus: <The first great chess players, including the world champion, got by perfectly well without constant coaches> - Anatoly Karpov.
May-07-15  TheFocus: <My studies with Botvinnik brought me immense benefit, particularly the homework assignments which forced me to refer to chess books and to work independently> - Anatoly Karpov.
May-09-15  TheFocus: <I didn't picture myself as even a grandmaster, to say nothing of aspiring to the chess crown. This was not because I was timid - I wasn't - but because I simply lived in one world, and the grandmasters existed in a completely different one. People like that were not really even people, but like gods or mythical heroes> - Anatoly Karpov.
May-10-15  TheFocus: <The fact that a knight is temporarily on the edge of the board is of no great significance> - Anatoly Karpov.
May-10-15  TheFocus: <The truth is that my chess development was nothing out of the ordinary, and it proceeded probably at a pace no faster than others> - Anatoly Karpov.
May-10-15  TheFocus: <It doesn't require much for misfortune to strike in the King's Gambit - one incautious move, and Black can be on the edge of the abyss> - Anatoly Karpov.
May-10-15  TheFocus: <Playing black, I put great stake in the Ruy Lopez: I liked it, feel it, and understand it; in matches with Hjartarson and Timman it served me well> - on preparing for World Championship versus Garry Kasparov - Anatoly Karpov.
May-10-15  TheFocus: <An amusing fact: as far as I can recall, when playing the Ruy Lopez I have not yet once in my life had to face the Marshall Attack!> - Anatoly Karpov.
May-11-15  TheFocus: <Pawns not only create the sketch for the whole painting, they are also the soil, the foundation, of any position> - Anatoly Karpov.
May-11-15  TheFocus: <I have found after 1.d4 there are more opportunities for richer play> - Anatoly Karpov.
May-12-15  TheFocus: <By all means examine the games of the great chess players, but don't swallow them whole. Their games are valuable not for their separate moves, but for their vision of chess, their way of thinking> - Anatoly Karpov.
May-14-15  TheFocus: <Combinations with a queen sacrifice are among the most striking and memorable> - Anatoly Karpov.
May-15-15  TheFocus: <It is dangerous to maintain equality at the cost of placing the pieces passively> - Anatoly Karpov.
May-16-15  TheFocus: <But how difficult it can be to gain the desired full point against an opponent of inferior strength, when this is demanded by the tournament position!> - Anatoly Karpov.
May-16-15  TheFocus: <The days when it was possible to win a serious game only by merit of sporting character or depth of chess understanding have vanished forever. Chess knowledge has become dominant, bypassing all the other factors that contribute to success> - Anatoly Karpov.
May-21-15  TheFocus: <He was a pitiful sight to behold. Over and over he calculated and miscalculated the variations, and couldn’t understand how I could save myself. Of course he couldn’t — he was looking for something that wasn’t there> - Anatoly Karpov, on a Candidates’ Match game he managed to draw from a lost position against Lev Polugaevsky.
May-21-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Caissanist: I don't understand the May 16th quote. What is the difference between "chess understanding" and "chess knowledge"? By "chess knowledge" does he just mean opening theory?
May-21-15  zanzibar: <Caissanist> that would be a quote which should include the original language version of it.

I imagine "chess knowledge" would be the body of chess contained in study books, including both endgame and opening theory. The stuff contained in the "Soviet School of Chess", another term hard to define precisely.

I could easily be wrong on this, of course.

May-21-15  Strelets: <zanzibar> Going further, I think Karpov means positional acumen or a general sense of what squares are important and where pieces are best placed by chess understanding. Fittingly, his games are excellent for learning how to deepen one's chess understanding.
May-21-15  zanzibar: I found a reference who points to the source of the quote - it's apparently from Karpov's then recently-published memoirs, and is mentioned in this 1992 newspaper article by Shelly Lyman:

https://news.google.com/newspapers?...

(The Telegraph - Apr 12, 1992, p48)

May-22-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Caissanist: <Strelets><zanzibar>, thanks for the insights, I had never heard the two terms used in quite that way before.
May-23-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: For some reason, I always remember when it's Karpov's birthday. We 1951 guys stick together.

Overshadowed by the ghost of Fischer and the specter of Kasparov, Karpov is not always mentioned among the greats. And perhaps he was propped up by the power of the Soviet System, and gladly accepted the advantages it gave him.

But one thing he did earns my admiration. He played, and he play4d well. Fischer's inactivity left a bad taste, and there were a lot of questions when Karpov came into the title. But he settled everything by going out and dominating the chess scene in the decade before Kasparov. Certainly no champion since Alekhine had produced the same sort of results while at the top.

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