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Anatoly Karpov
Karpov 
Photo copyright © 2006 by Milan Kovacs (www.milankovacs.com)  
Number of games in database: 3,603
Years covered: 1961 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2623 (2618 rapid, 2599 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2780

Overall record: +962 -225 =1282 (64.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1134 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (231) 
    B92 B81 B44 B84 B31
 King's Indian (188) 
    E60 E62 E81 E71 E63
 Queen's Indian (147) 
    E15 E17 E12 E16 E19
 Ruy Lopez (137) 
    C95 C82 C84 C92 C80
 Queen's Gambit Declined (124) 
    D30 D37 D35 D39 D38
 Grunfeld (100) 
    D85 D73 D78 D97 D87
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (257) 
    B17 B12 B18 B10 B14
 Queen's Indian (241) 
    E15 E12 E17 E19 E14
 Nimzo Indian (176) 
    E32 E54 E21 E42 E41
 Ruy Lopez (176) 
    C92 C77 C69 C95 C98
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (136) 
    C92 C95 C98 C93 C84
 Sicilian (89) 
    B46 B44 B47 B40 B42
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Karpov vs Topalov, 1994 1-0
   Karpov vs Kasparov, 1984 1-0
   Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1974 1-0
   Karpov vs Unzicker, 1974 1-0
   Karpov vs Topalov, 1994 1-0
   Timman vs Karpov, 1979 0-1
   Kasparov vs Karpov, 1984 0-1
   Karpov vs Gulko, 1996 1-0
   Karpov vs Spassky, 1974 1-0
   Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   Karpov - Korchnoi World Championship (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 2001/02 (2001)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Madrid (1973)
   USSR Championship (1976)
   Bad Lauterberg (1977)
   Bugojno (1978)
   Montreal (1979)
   Phillips & Drew GLC Kings (1984)
   Brussels World Cup (1988)
   Linares (1994)
   Cap D'Agde (2013)
   Hastings 1971/72 (1971)
   Leningrad Interzonal (1973)
   Cap d'Agde (2008)
   Trophee Anatoly Karpov (2012)
   San Antonio (1972)
   USSR Championship (1971)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Karpov Tournament Champion - I by chessgain
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   Anatoly Karpov - My Best 300 Games by jakaiden
   Karpov Tournament Champion - II by amadeus
   Karpov Tournament Champion - II by chessgain
   Match Karpov! by amadeus
   Anatoly Karpov's Best Games by Psihadal
   Anatoly Karpov's Best Games by sdbehrendt
   Kar pov 12th World Chess Champion by fredthebear
   Anatoly Karpov's Best Games by KingG
   Anatoly Karpov's Best Games by SantGG
   Anatoly Karpov's Best Games by Jorome23
   Power Chess - Karpov by Anatoly21
   a Karpov collection by brucemubayiwa

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ANATOLY KARPOV
(born May-23-1951, 67 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 by virtue of 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 contest the 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 (1978) and Karpov - Korchnoi World Championship Rematch (1981). After Karpov - Kasparov World Championship Match (1984), which was aborted with Karpov leading by two 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 again 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, outdistancing Kasparov by 2.5 points, with a tournament performance rating of 2985.

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

Last updated: 2016-12-26 18:54:11

 page 1 of 145; games 1-25 of 3,603  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Karpov vs Mukhudulin ½-½611961ZlatoustB56 Sicilian
2. B Kalinkin vs Karpov ½-½321961CheliabinskC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
3. V Kalashnikov vs Karpov ½-½621961ZlatoustE15 Queen's Indian
4. Karpov vs V Kalashnikov 1-0601961ZlatoustC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
5. G Timoshchenko vs Karpov 0-1531961RUS-ch JuniorsC10 French
6. Zadneprovsky vs Karpov 0-1651961ZlatoustE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
7. Karpov vs Maksimov 1-0601961MagnitogorskE81 King's Indian, Samisch
8. Korchnoi vs Karpov ½-½301961SimulC45 Scotch Game
9. Karpov vs Gaimaletdinov 1-0601961ZlatoustC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
10. Karpov vs Nedelin 1-0361961RUS-ch JuniorsC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
11. Tarinin vs Karpov 1-0351961ZlatoustC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
12. Shusharin vs Karpov 0-1351961CheliabinskC77 Ruy Lopez
13. Karpov vs Ziuliarkin 1-0351961ZlatoustA07 King's Indian Attack
14. Karpov vs S Belousov 1-0401961BorovichiC07 French, Tarrasch
15. A Shneider vs Karpov 0-1511961CheliabinskC34 King's Gambit Accepted
16. Karpov vs Budakov ½-½261961ZlatoustC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd
17. Karpov vs Shefler 1-0431961ZlatoustC01 French, Exchange
18. E Lazarev vs Karpov 0-1491961CheliabinskD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. Karpov vs A Alekseev ½-½581961ZlatoustB40 Sicilian
20. V Kalashnikov vs Karpov ½-½361962ZlatoustC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
21. Aranov vs Karpov 0-1711962CheliabinskC10 French
22. Manakov vs Karpov 0-1261962KoyenskC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
23. Ziuliarkin vs Karpov 0-1351962ZlatoustC50 Giuoco Piano
24. Kolishkin vs Karpov 0-1541962ZlatoustC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
25. Kolishkin vs Karpov ½-½391962CheliabinskC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
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Feb-14-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  thegoodanarchist: Kasparov seems to have aged well, considering he doesn't compete much anymore except in blitz. His results at St. Louis were quite respectable.
Feb-15-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: <He was still in the top 100 well into his 70s, nobody else has ever done that>

Korchnoi last appeared in the top 100 at the age of 75. The closest in the Elo era was Najdorf, top 100 at 74.

Feb-15-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Caissanist: I have heard variations of the hair-washing story from other sources as well. This page mentions a few: https://chess.stackexchange.com/que... .
Feb-16-18  Olavi: Timman wrote a piece about superstition in chess in the 90's. According to him both Korchnoi and Kasparov regarded their great opponent as particularly superstitious, whereas Timman thought that Karpov was the supremely practical man.

If memory serves, Korchnoi bought an exact copy of Karpov's rather special tie during the 1974 match, speculating on the fact that he wouldn't change it before he lost a game.

Feb-16-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: why was karpov so skinny, to the point of appearing to have an eating disorder during the 70s, but now he has a middle aged guy belly? he needs to do some jogging or get on the nutra system diet.
Feb-16-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: Nowadays, such ritual behaviour would more likely be diagnosed as mildly autistic than termed superstitious. Even stamp collecting - Karpov's other great passion - is borderline suspect.
Feb-16-18  Joshka: If you think chess players are overly superstitious, Major League Baseball Players I would think are the MOST!! Look into it, and you'd be amazed at their crazy antics!
May-23-18  DonPepe: 67 yo today. Happy birthday!
May-23-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  gars: Happy Birthday, Grandmaster Karpov! Your games have been a constant source of joy for many of us!
May-23-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  botvinnik64: Happy Birthday Anatoly Karpov!
A great chess champion - we are so lucky to have witnessed the battles...
May-23-18  TheTamale: Happy birthday to a true superstar of chess.

"Don't you remember, you told me you loved me, baby? Baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby...?"

May-23-18  amitjoshi79: Happy birthday sir
May-23-18  Howard: The local paper here in Toledo has a daily listing (except on Sunday)of celebrity birthdays. Karpov made the list today---great !
May-23-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: Smyslov made a final assault on the World title in 1983/4 at the age of 63. If Petrosian had lived he could have done it as well. He had the right style.

Karpov also has the right style but I think he has so much money now that the ambition has gone. He also has a huge legacy of great matches against a variety of strong opponents.

May-23-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: <If Petrosian had lived he could have done it as well.>

Fun fact: Petrosian is the only world champion who played in all world championship cycles (that is, Interzonal or higher) from his first qualification to one till his death.

Tal comes close second, he played in all world championship cycles from his first qualification till his death except one (1972).

May-23-18  Retireborn: Petrosian was extremely lucky to qualify in 1979, though. I recall Timman vividly describing his reaction to Ivkov's blunder in that game.
May-23-18  tgyuid: I pkayed troiak gameski; den utros gam
ski
May-23-18  tgyuid: id fon mak romulus
May-23-18  tgyuid: yes, sir
May-23-18  ColdSong: A true,tremendous chess genius.Happy birthday Mr Karpov.
May-23-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: the five battles with kasparov are the greatest matches creation of the 20th century.
May-23-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  eternaloptimist: Happy Birthday to a legend & 1 of the best chess players ever, Anatoly Karpov! <HeMateMe> It's tough to argue w/ that!
May-26-18  Howard: Petrosian was not only "extremely lucky" to qualify in 1979, but he was even more so in 1976 ! See his game with Hubner, which took place in the penultimate round.
Jul-07-18  Joseph Blackcape: In June the 67 years old GM Karpov scored yet another tournament win by triumphing in World Chess Legends 2 in Platja d'Aro, Spain over 3 other GMs of his generation: Anatoly Vaisser (born 1949), Ljubomir Ljubojević (b. 1950) and Eugenio Torre (b. 1951).

Between 25th and 30th of June the 4 GMs played 6 rounds of rapid chess followed by 12 rounds of blitz with the victor being the one who scored the most total points. Despite a few bad blunders (that would be excusable in the time format and the number of games played even between today's elite) GM Karpov scored 4/6 (+3-1=2) in rapid and 8.5/12 (+7-2=3) in blitz for the total of 12.5/18 (+10-3=5) to edge GM Vaisser (12/18, +9-3=6) and leave GM Ljubojević (7.5/18, +5-8=5) and GM Torre (4/18, +2-12=4) far behind.

Congratulation on another of many, many tournament wins!

Official page, including the games: http://www.platjadarochessfestival....

Jul-14-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Alternate source for games from the "World Chess Legends" tournament.

https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-t...

Karpov won it overall with a score of 12.5/18 (half a point margin of victory).

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