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|May-02-15|| ||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|| ||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:|
(The Telegraph - Apr 12, 1992, p48)
|May-22-15|| ||Caissanist: <Strelets><zanzibar>, thanks for the insights, I had never heard the two terms used in quite that way before.|
|May-23-15|| ||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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