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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.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (250) 
    B92 B81 B24 B44 B84
 King's Indian (185) 
    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 Gulko, 1996 1-0
   Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 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?]
   Madrid (1973)
   USSR Championship (1976)
   Bad Lauterberg (1977)
   Leningrad Interzonal (1973)
   Hastings 1971/72 (1971)
   Phillips & Drew GLC Kings (1984)
   Brussels World Cup (1988)
   Linares (1994)
   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 KingG
   Guess-the-Move Chess: 1980-1989 (Part 1) by Anatoly21
   a Karpov collection by obrit
   "Chess Genius Karpov" - Victor Baturinsky by Karpova
   Basic Instinct by Imohthep
   Anatoly Karpov's Best Games by Psihadal
   How Karpov Wins 2nd Edition by BntLarsen
   Karpov vs. the World Champions Decisive Games by visayanbraindoctor
   Instructive Karpov Games by Billy Ray Valentine
   Guess-the-Move Chess: 1960-1979 (Part 2) by Anatoly21

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(born May-23-1951, 63 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 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: and The St. Petersburg Times, Issue # 1246, 2007.02.16, Link:

Wikipedia article: Anatoly Karpov

 page 1 of 143; games 1-25 of 3,551  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Zadneprovsky vs Karpov 0-165 1961 ZlatoustE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
2. Karpov vs S Belousov 1-040 1961 BorowitschiC07 French, Tarrasch
3. B Kalinkin vs Karpov ½-½32 1961 CheliabinskC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
4. Karpov vs V Kalashnikov 1-060 1961 ZlatoustC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
5. Karpov vs Maksimov 1-060 1961 MagnitogorskE81 King's Indian, Samisch
6. Tarinin vs Karpov 1-035 1961 ZlatoustC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
7. G Timoshchenko vs Karpov 0-153 1961 BorovichiC10 French
8. Karpov vs Gaimaletdinov 1-060 1961 ZlatoustC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
9. Shusharin vs Karpov 0-135 1961 CheliabinskC77 Ruy Lopez
10. Karpov vs Ziuliarkin 1-035 1961 ZlatoustB24 Sicilian, Closed
11. Karpov vs Nedelin 1-036 1961 BorovichiC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
12. Karpov vs Budakov ½-½26 1961 ZlatoustC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
13. A Shneider vs Karpov 0-151 1961 CheliabinskC34 King's Gambit Accepted
14. Karpov vs Shefler 1-043 1961 ZlatoustC01 French, Exchange
15. Karpov vs A Alekseev ½-½58 1961 ZlatoustB40 Sicilian
16. E Lazarev vs Karpov 0-149 1961 CheliabinskD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. Karpov vs Mukhudulin ½-½61 1961 ZlatoustB56 Sicilian
18. Korchnoi vs Karpov ½-½30 1961 SimulC47 Four Knights
19. V Kalashnikov vs Karpov ½-½62 1961 ZlatoustE15 Queen's Indian
20. V G Kirillov vs Karpov 0-163 1962 ZlatoustA20 English
21. Kolishkin vs Karpov ½-½39 1962 CheliabinskC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
22. Karpov vs Piskunov 1-035 1962 ZlatoustB03 Alekhine's Defense
23. Karpov vs Tarinin 1-053 1962 CheliabinskC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
24. V Kalashnikov vs Karpov ½-½36 1962 ZlatoustC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
25. Karpov vs Karin 1-039 1962 CheliabinskB06 Robatsch
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Feb-13-15  HeMateMe: < Kortchnoi won back-to-back games in 1978 turning 5-2 into 5-4. What does that tell you, if you are familiar with the game of chess?>

Fair enough. But, when VK was winning those 2 games, wasn't the total match length about half of what had transpired in the Kasparov/karpov match? We’re talking about Korchnoi winning games in the 20s, while Kasparov was winning games at the 60+ mark. I’d say fatigue was more a real issue in the Kasparov match. That, coupled with reports that Karpov was exhausted and receiving medical treatment during the match lead me to conclude that he was physically falling apart at the end of the ’84 match. If those reports are true and not just gossip, I think it leads to the correct conclusion.

Feb-13-15  nok: I'd say both were quite tired. Kasparov: <Exhaustion did exist anyway... The most difficult to cope with was the psychological exhaustion, which increased even when a game was not so intense, because the match lasted a long time, and the responsibility was great.>

However: <some people (...) have claimed that the quality of the chess at the end was very poor, showing that the champion must have been sick and that my victories were a fluke. This is not borne out by close analysis.>

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  perfidious: <alex.....Somehow people think that Kasparov's appearance made Karpov weaker.>

Each player had to give his best to stay anywhere near the other--anyone who views things this way is dead wrong.

Feb-13-15  Catholic Bishop: Karpov:

""I cannot penetrate it." He could not, even though I wanted him to!"

Feb-19-15  pcomanici: "Jan-28-15 Lambda: Karpov and Kasparov played five world championship matches, they're the two most closely compared players in history. And Kasparov, after 144 games, finished +2. There's virtually nothing to choose between them. Wherever you have one, the other must also be thereabouts. "

Totally agree!!! Apparently these guys are not that old. If they were around back then they would know how each dominated everyone else except each other. Karpov's tournament record during this period was due to him being older and on the back side of his career. (in the late 70's early 80's his tourney record was just as impressive as anyone's including Kasparove's a decade later.) In fact when both Kasparov and Karpov where in a tourney together you knew who it was going to come down too. This went on for a decade! A decade people! As far a Fisher beating Karpov??? Nope wasn't going to happen... was Fisher a stronger player? Hell Yes! But Fisher had already melted down and self destructed by 1977... All who knew Fisher said and say...... "one of his biggest hurdles was he was afraid to defend his title! He didn't have the nerves... Was so afraid of loosing the tittle that he couldn't stomach defending it! That's why he didn't defend his title! He mentally couldn't!

Feb-24-15  zanzibar: Here's a picture of K&K together, along with Short and Sosonko, I believe circa 1986:

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  Ron: <zanzibar> Looks like Tal is in that picture too.
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  WannaBe: The guy scratching his cheek!? =))
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  WannaBe: Actually, if you blow the picture up, it looks like the right only have thumb and 2 fingers...

Did Tal have a deformed right hand? Or lost fingers in WWII?

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  tpstar: Tal had a deformed right hand from a birth defect:

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  WannaBe: <tpstar> Thank you!! Sir. That <IS> Tal in the picture!
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  chancho: The picture of Short, Tal, Karpov, Kasparov, and Sosonko is most likely from Brussels 1987.
Feb-24-15  zanzibar: Yes, sorry, I meant to put Tal's name down, in fact I know I did write it down, and yet...

The real mystery is the identity of the man on the far right.

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  chancho: The name of the guy on the far right is Sosonko according to the pic on the page:

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  WannaBe: <chancho> I'll believe ya, since my Spanish is as good as my Latin!

But I know 'y' means 'and'. =))

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  chancho: Well here's another pic of Sosonko:

Looks like the guy in the other photo.

Feb-24-15  zanzibar: Boy, I'm really out to lunch, of course I wrote his name down at the start.

Here's his portrait on <CG>, a few years later:

And here's a picture of Fischer visiting Tal in the hospital:

Of course later-day pictures of Short, Karpov and Kasparov are a dime a dozen...

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  offramp: Karpov owns a fine sculpture of a woolly mammoth carved from a woolly mammoth tusk!

Unfortunately one of the sculpture's tusks was broken off.

But luckily someone was able to make a sculpture of another woolly mammoth from the tusk of the first sculpture of the woolly mammoth.

Here it is:

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  offramp: <tpstar: Tal had a deformed right hand from a birth defect> Yes. The scientific name for it is Lobsterissimus Bumbicissimus.
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  chancho: A closer look:

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  offramp: <chances> You are correct in spotting the Electrodactyl Hyperdigital Tourettismus Normalis, but a more straightforward diagnosis would be Lobsterisimus Bummakisimus, a more technically correct Latin version of what I posted earlier.
Apr-03-15  thomastonk: To the day 40 years ago: Karpov became the new World Champion!
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  offramp: 40 years. I would think that Karpov has remembered, or someone has reminded him.

What a strange long trip it's been! Forty years, imagine! The way time passes...

Apr-11-15  Conrad93: I never understood why Kasparov has gathered more publicity than Karpov.

Perhaps it has to do with the fact that he majority of chess players find Karpov a boring player.

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  offramp: Most major chess masters have a ratings graph which looks like Eccentrica Gallumbits's brassière.
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