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Anatoly Karpov
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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.

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 D78 D73 D97 D87
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (257) 
    B17 B12 B18 B10 B14
 Queen's Indian (241) 
    E15 E12 E17 E19 E14
 Ruy Lopez (176) 
    C92 C77 C69 C95 C93
 Nimzo Indian (176) 
    E32 E54 E21 E42 E41
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (136) 
    C92 C95 C98 C93 C84
 Sicilian (89) 
    B46 B44 B40 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 Korchnoi, 1974 1-0
   Karpov vs Unzicker, 1974 1-0
   Timman vs Karpov, 1979 0-1
   Karpov vs Topalov, 1994 1-0
   Kasparov vs Karpov, 1984 0-1
   Karpov vs Spassky, 1974 1-0
   Karpov vs Gulko, 1996 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)
   Bad Lauterberg (1977)
   Bugojno (1978)
   Montreal (1979)
   USSR Championship (1976)
   Phillips & Drew GLC Kings (1984)
   Brussels World Cup (1988)
   Linares (1994)
   Trophee Anatoly Karpov (2012)
   Cap D'Agde (2013)
   Leningrad Interzonal (1973)
   Hastings 1971/72 (1971)
   Cap d'Agde (2008)
   San Antonio (1972)
   USSR Championship (1971)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Karpov Tournament Champion - I by amadeus
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   Anatoly Karpov - My Best 300 Games by webbing1947
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   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 ADopeAlias
   Anatoly Karpov's Best Games by KingG
   Anatoly Karpov's Best Games by Jorome23

   🏆 Hou - Karpov Match
   Karpov vs Yifan Hou (Feb-06-18) 1-0, rapid
   Yifan Hou vs Karpov (Feb-06-18) 1-0, rapid
   Karpov vs Yifan Hou (Feb-05-18) 1-0, rapid
   Yifan Hou vs Karpov (Feb-05-18) 0-1, rapid
   Karpov vs Yifan Hou (Feb-05-18) 0-1, rapid

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(born May-23-1951, 67 years old) Russia
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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. In May 1974, his rating reached 2700, only the second player, after Fischer, to do so. **

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: and The St. Petersburg Times, Issue # 1246, 2007.02.16, Link:

Wikipedia article: Anatoly Karpov

Last updated: 2018-07-24 17:42:35

 page 1 of 145; games 1-25 of 3,603  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Karpov vs Maksimov 1-0601961MagnitogorskE81 King's Indian, Samisch
2. Karpov vs Mukhudulin ½-½611961ZlatoustB56 Sicilian
3. Karpov vs Nedelin 1-0361961RUS-ch JuniorsC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
4. Shusharin vs Karpov 0-1351961CheliabinskC77 Ruy Lopez
5. Karpov vs V Kalashnikov 1-0601961ZlatoustC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
6. Zadneprovsky vs Karpov 0-1651961ZlatoustE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
7. Korchnoi vs Karpov ½-½301961SimulC45 Scotch Game
8. A Shneider vs Karpov 0-1511961CheliabinskC34 King's Gambit Accepted
9. Karpov vs Gaimaletdinov 1-0601961ZlatoustC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
10. Karpov vs Budakov ½-½261961ZlatoustC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
11. Tarinin vs Karpov 1-0351961ZlatoustC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
12. E Lazarev vs Karpov 0-1491961CheliabinskD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. Karpov vs A Alekseev ½-½581961ZlatoustB40 Sicilian
14. Karpov vs Ziuliarkin 1-0351961ZlatoustA07 King's Indian Attack
15. Karpov vs S Belousov 1-0401961BorovichiC07 French, Tarrasch
16. B Kalinkin vs Karpov ½-½321961CheliabinskC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
17. V Kalashnikov vs Karpov ½-½621961ZlatoustE15 Queen's Indian
18. Karpov vs Shefler 1-0431961ZlatoustC01 French, Exchange
19. G Timoshchenko vs Karpov 0-1531961RUS-ch JuniorsC10 French
20. Aranov vs Karpov 0-1711962CheliabinskC10 French
21. Manakov vs Karpov 0-1261962KoyenskC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
22. Ziuliarkin vs Karpov 0-1351962ZlatoustC50 Giuoco Piano
23. Kolishkin vs Karpov 0-1541962ZlatoustC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
24. Kolishkin vs Karpov ½-½391962CheliabinskC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
25. V G Kirillov vs Karpov 0-1631962ZlatoustA20 English
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  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
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.
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  HeMateMe: the five battles with kasparov are the greatest matches creation of the 20th century.
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  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....

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  Penguincw: Alternate source for games from the "World Chess Legends" tournament.

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

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  TheFocus: Karpov has over 3,600 games here. I hope he plays for another 100 years.
Aug-03-18  john barleycorn: <TheFocus: Karpov has over 3,600 games here. I hope he plays for another 100 years.>

Yes, such a great player. Unluckily, I won't be able to follow all of his games in the next hundred years ... I even stopped buying salami sausages and LP's hahaha

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  hoodrobin: <john barleycorn: I even stopped buying salami sausages and LPs.>
Do you mean you buy prosciutto, steaks and CDs?
Aug-03-18  john barleycorn: < hoodrobin: ...
Do you mean you buy prosciutto, steaks and CDs?>

No, only fast food like Cup noodles and other junk.

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  hoodrobin: < john barleycorn> Not so fast please.
Aug-03-18  john barleycorn: thanks <hoodrobin>, but then I better leave CG hahaha
Aug-03-18  Zappa XP: < . . but then I better leave CG hahaha > Oh, Happy Day
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  sonia91: Karpov recently played in the Salamanca University 8th Centenary rapid tournament, which was won by Veselin Topalov. Karpov scored 4.5/7:
Dec-22-18  Damenlaeuferbauer: It is just a little Christmas quiz:
On the whole world, there lived just two persons, who won a regular game (or more) with the black pieces against R. J. Fischer, A. E. Karpov and G. K. Kasparov, the three strongest chess players in history. A little hint: Both were born in the same city. Please name these two great masters of the royal game!
Dec-23-18  Granny O Doul: <above>Spassky and Korchnoi. I remember Robert Byrne's reporting of the first game of the Korchnoi-Kasparov candidates match. Something like "it is evident that Korchnoi is not impressed by the flashy victories of his young opponent".
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  perfidious: The victory by Spassky over Karpov (1974) and Korchnoi's over Kasparov (1983) were both in the opening game of candidates matches; moreover, they were the only wins ever scored by either player in classical games against that opponent.
Dec-23-18  Howard: Spassky beat Karpov at Hamburg 1982, but that was at accelerated time controls, as I recall.
Dec-25-18  Damenlaeuferbauer: Congratulations to all contributors: The two "Leningrad Cowboys" Viktor Lvovich (1931-2016) and Boris Vasilievich (born 1937) (both were pupils of the legendary trainer Vladimir G. Zak) are the right solution!
Jan-10-19  payan: I think it is very short biography about one of greatest player of chess history
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