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Anatoly Karpov
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Number of games in database: 3,596
Years covered: 1961 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2623 (2618 rapid, 2599 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2780

Overall record: +962 -224 =1280 (65.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1130 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (230) 
    B92 B81 B44 B84 B31
 King's Indian (188) 
    E60 E62 E81 E71 E63
 Queen's Indian (146) 
    E15 E17 E12 E16 E19
 Ruy Lopez (136) 
    C95 C82 C84 C80 C92
 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
 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 (88) 
    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
   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)

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

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Karpov Tournament Champion - I by chessgain
   Karpov Tournament Champion - I by amadeus
   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 obrit

   🏆 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) 0-1, rapid
   Yifan Hou vs Karpov (Feb-05-18) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   Karpov vs Yifan Hou (Feb-05-18) 1-0, rapid

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(born May-23-1951, 66 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.

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: 2016-12-26 18:54:11

 page 1 of 144; games 1-25 of 3,596  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Tarinin vs Karpov 1-0351961ZlatoustC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
2. Karpov vs Nedelin 1-0361961RUS-ch JuniorsC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
3. Shusharin vs Karpov 0-1351961CheliabinskC77 Ruy Lopez
4. Karpov vs Gaimaletdinov 1-0601961ZlatoustC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
5. Karpov vs Ziuliarkin 1-0351961ZlatoustA07 King's Indian Attack
6. A Shneider vs Karpov 0-1511961CheliabinskC34 King's Gambit Accepted
7. Karpov vs S Belousov 1-0401961BorovichiC07 French, Tarrasch
8. Karpov vs Budakov ½-½261961ZlatoustC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
9. Karpov vs Shefler 1-0431961ZlatoustC01 French, Exchange
10. E Lazarev vs Karpov 0-1491961CheliabinskD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. Karpov vs A Alekseev ½-½581961ZlatoustB40 Sicilian
12. Karpov vs Mukhudulin ½-½611961ZlatoustB56 Sicilian
13. B Kalinkin vs Karpov ½-½321961CheliabinskC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
14. V Kalashnikov vs Karpov ½-½621961ZlatoustE15 Queen's Indian
15. Karpov vs V Kalashnikov 1-0601961ZlatoustC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
16. Zadneprovsky vs Karpov 0-1651961ZlatoustE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
17. G Timoshchenko vs Karpov 0-1531961RUS-ch JuniorsC10 French
18. Korchnoi vs Karpov ½-½301961SimulC45 Scotch Game
19. Karpov vs Maksimov 1-0601961MagnitogorskE81 King's Indian, Samisch
20. Kolishkin vs Karpov 0-1541962ZlatoustC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
21. Kolishkin vs Karpov ½-½391962CheliabinskC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
22. V G Kirillov vs Karpov 0-1631962ZlatoustA20 English
23. Karpov vs Tarinin 1-0531962CheliabinskC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
24. Karpov vs Piskunov 1-0351962ZlatoustB03 Alekhine's Defense
25. Karpov vs Karin 1-0391962CheliabinskB06 Robatsch
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Oct-17-17  JPi: <Petrosianic: Does anybody know when was the last time Karpov was over 2700? The FIDE Rating Card only goes back to 2000, and he was in the 2690's then, but he doesn't show up over 2700 in any list after that.> 49 years old and still playing at 2700 Elo. Very impressive indeed. How many big tournaments has won Anatoly Karpov during his career?
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  Tomlinsky: "When you are getting outplayed by Karpov you actually understand when it becomes too late." - Ivan Sokolov - Middle Game Pawn Structures
Oct-31-17  sonia91: He is currently playing a 12-game (two 50'+10'', four 25'+10'' and six 3'+2'') match with Anatoli Vaisser at the <Karpov Trophy> in Cap d'Agde, France:
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  Joshka: Don't know if this as been posted on previous pages, but , FWIW.....kid solves a couple of mates in two, and then a mate in three, near the end.

Nov-15-17  todicav23: < Joshka: Don't know if this as been posted on previous pages, but , FWIW.....kid solves a couple of mates in two, and then a mate in three, near the end.

It's pretty clear the he knew the problems. But still, very impressive.

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  Joshka: <todicav23> What do you mean, you think he cheated???
Feb-06-18  posoo: WHY is DIS man's hair always so SWEATY?
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  john barleycorn: <posoo>, He never found out which shampoo the Dumpnald is using.
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  thegoodanarchist: Amazing, at the age of 66 Karpov is playing 2600+ level chess.


Feb-11-18  Caissanist: The hair question seems to get asked her every year or two. According to Nigel Short, Karpov was superstitious and would not wash his hair until suffering a defeat.
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  alexmagnus: Korchnoi was almost 2700 at the same age (that is, without any so often cited inflation adjustments).
Feb-11-18  Caissanist: Yes, Korchnoi aged better than probably any other player in history. He was still in the top 100 well into his 70s, nobody else has ever done that. So far as I know, the only other player who was ranked that high even in his late sixties was Smyslov; Karpov isn't quite at that level, but he has still aged extremely well.
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  zanzibar: I think Bisguier deserves mention in any conversation about players aging well.

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  Lambda: Lasker was in the top ten at 66.
Feb-11-18  nok: Karpov isn't really active. He plays a game here and there, mainly rapid.
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  zanzibar: Yes on Lasker, an amazing player throughout his life really. Over the course of a 30+-year career his EDO rating was bounded between 2650-2750

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  keypusher: Lasker and Korchnoi are an interesting contrast because Lasker would play in a few events in his 40s, then come back in his 50s, then his 60s (all at a high level) while Korchnoi played continuously into very old age. Korchnoi had an unusual aging pattern, not being bona fide top 10 until he was in his 30s, but then staying right at the top for a long time, with a firm grip on #2 until Kasparov showed up (by which time Viktor was in his 50s). Lasker, by contrast, was the first spectacularly great young player since Morphy (people forget that) and was at or near the top for the next 35 years, into his mid-50s, at least when he was playing.

I think both of them benefited from a relatively fallow period when they were old (Lasker in the 20s, Korchnoi in the 70s).

Feb-13-18  Everett: <b-11-18 Caissanist: The hair question seems to get asked her every year or two. According to Nigel Short, Karpov was superstitious and would not wash his hair until suffering a defeat.>

That sounds like a pretty clever joke, possible coming from Short.

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  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.
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  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  Caissanist: I have heard variations of the hair-washing story from other sources as well. This page mentions a few: .
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.

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  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.
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  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.
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  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!
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