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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
   Karpov Tournament Champion - I by chessgain
   Anatoly Karpov - My Best 300 Games by webbing1947
   Anatoly Karpov - My Best 300 Games by jakaiden
   Anatoly Karpov - My Best 300 Games by Incremental
   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 S Belousov 1-0401961BorovichiC07 French, Tarrasch
2. Karpov vs Mukhudulin ½-½611961ZlatoustB56 Sicilian
3. A Shneider vs Karpov 0-1511961CheliabinskC34 King's Gambit Accepted
4. Karpov vs Budakov ½-½261961ZlatoustC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
5. Karpov vs V Kalashnikov 1-0601961ZlatoustC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
6. E Lazarev vs Karpov 0-1491961CheliabinskD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. Zadneprovsky vs Karpov 0-1651961ZlatoustE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
8. Karpov vs A Alekseev ½-½581961ZlatoustB40 Sicilian
9. Korchnoi vs Karpov ½-½301961SimulC45 Scotch Game
10. Karpov vs Gaimaletdinov 1-0601961ZlatoustC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
11. B Kalinkin vs Karpov ½-½321961CheliabinskC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
12. Tarinin vs Karpov 1-0351961ZlatoustC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
13. V Kalashnikov vs Karpov ½-½621961ZlatoustE15 Queen's Indian
14. G Timoshchenko vs Karpov 0-1531961RUS-ch JuniorsC10 French
15. Karpov vs Ziuliarkin 1-0351961ZlatoustA07 King's Indian Attack
16. Karpov vs Maksimov 1-0601961MagnitogorskE81 King's Indian, Samisch
17. Karpov vs Nedelin 1-0361961RUS-ch JuniorsC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
18. Karpov vs Shefler 1-0431961ZlatoustC01 French, Exchange
19. Shusharin vs Karpov 0-1351961CheliabinskC77 Ruy Lopez
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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May-23-16  siggemannen: Happy Birthday!
May-23-16  cunctatorg: Happy birhtday for the most successful (by far) and -by far- the most efficient player of the ("strictly") positional school!

Anatoly Karpov radically changed the impact, the domination and the ambitions of the positional school and -by far- the impact and the tradition of the "strictly" positional school, in a manner never perceived before him ... and never repeated after 1998!! And all that for no less than 25 years and particularly from 1984 until 1996!! It is hard for everybody to realize the achievements and the impact of this man and particularly when we think about the quality, the strength and the determination of the field of competition which included even Victor Korchnoi and Garry Kasparov for no less than three and five matches respectively!!...

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  eternaloptimist: Happy birthday to my favorite player & former World Chess Champion Anatoly Karpov!
May-23-16  Luckaskl: Happy birthday, Mr. Karpov! You are my favorite chess player of all time!
May-23-16  john barleycorn: <Luckaskl: Happy birthday, Mr. Karpov! You are my favorite chess player of all time!>

Let me join you in the congratulations. But Karpov is #2 for me among all and #1 is dead already. :-)

Jun-05-16  rayoflight: Happy birthday Mr. Anatoly. Thank you for your great games, you are always part of chess history.
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  offramp: He is currently playing a 4 game match against old rival Jan Timman in Murmansk.
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  perfidious: Gets mighty cold up there....
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  offramp: Karpov v Timman, eh?

Their rivalry began in - can you guess? - 1967. Very nearly 50 years.

In that time they have played well over 100 games, including a WC Match (ahem). says, "Anatoly Karpov beat Jan Timman 31 to 8, with 61 draws," but those figures will have to revised slightly in Mr Timman's favour at the conclusion of the Murmur In Murmansk, the match between these titans which has just concluded.

In -40C conditions, where twice the pieces froze to their squares and had to be blowtorched off, and where Timman accidentally licked a lamppost and had to be pulled off it by a team of Murmansk huskies, the great Dutch player won 2-1.


Oct-10-16  WorstPlayerEver: I found a nice picture of Karpov and Euwe.

It was the first tournament where Karpov met Timman. Almost 49 (!) years ago.

Oct-22-16  todicav23: Karpov in good shape was a monster. At 44 he won Amber Rapid by a huge margin, 10 out of 11:

Dec-26-16  ZonszeinP: I don't even remember how old that book was, but I remember I read a book of the best 50 (?) games by A.Karpov (before 1980 I believe) With introduction by non other than Mikhail Tal It was such a good read that if I needed to chose between that one and My 60 Memorable Games I wouldn't know which one to pick
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  TheFocus: For one of the greatest players ever, he is represented by another poor bio.


Dec-26-16  nok: The poorest bios are the verbose bios.
Example: <Carlsen played in a curtain raiser to the Norwegian Championship, winning the Carlsen - Predojevic Rapid Match (2013) by 2.5-1.5 (+1 =3); the match was organized by the "Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue" to celebrate the long-standing relationship between Lillehammer and Sarajevo.> If anything, this should go into the match page.

Or: <His "disappointing" third placement at 41st Biel International Chess Festival (2008) with 6/10, a half point behind joint winners Leinier Dominguez Perez and Evgeny Alekseev, was nevertheless still a 2740 performance> Verbosity. One can see who won and what category it was on the tournament page.

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  perfidious: If Karpov were one of this decade's great players instead of that of another generation, his page would rival those of So and Carlsen for coverage of the minutest details.

With time and care, such efforts will be rounded into form; there is no need to have copious pages detailing how often a top player has farted and in which key....

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  OhioChessFan: Well done on the edits <perf>
Jan-24-17  sledgehammer: "TheFocus: For one of the greatest players ever, he is represented by another poor bio.



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  HeMateMe: karpov in NYC, 1979. a 20 game simul, including a draw with 14 year old Joel Benjamin:


horrible garbled text, though. Must be a software glitch.

Jan-26-17  WorstPlayerEver: The difference between quality and quantity ^^
Mar-13-17  john barleycorn:
Mar-22-17  Octavia: 226 pp! Does Karpov ever read this or answer anyone? If not, why wish him a happy b?
Mar-22-17  ZonszeinP: Kindness I guess..
If one of these days he passes by,
He'd be please to see that we still remember his masterpieces
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  Big Pawn: Karpov is truly one of the greats. From about 75 to 85 he was tops.

I noticed there were no "games annotated by Karpov" in the bio, which is a shame. He could give good notes sometimes, while at other times they were just long variations. At one time there were some videos on youtube where he played Spassky and maybe someone else (or maybe just Spassky), and there were, I think four videos in total. Throughout the games, you would hear Boris's comments and Karpov's comments on the same position from different sides and it was so interesting to hear Karpov reason out his moves.

I may be mistaken in this, but it seems as though in terms of lineage of style, it goes Steinitz, Nimzovich, Petrosian and then Karpov. Some say that Karpov played like Capablanca, but I think when one person says this, everyone agrees just for the heck of it.

Karpov was a prophylactic player like Petrosian, Nimzo and Steinitz. I guess all great players have that ability, but it seems to me that Karpov's style can be rightly characterized as prophylactic. I remember at one time the Yogoslav attack in the Dragon was very popular. Everyone had a different move to play around move 15 or 16. Karpov's was unique in that he played Nd4-e2 so as to discourage black from exchange saccing on c3 as is often the case.

Moves like that are what I think characterize Karpov's style.

And who played better against the IQP than Karpov? He almost completely put the Tarrasch French (3...c5) out of business and the IQP Queen's Gambit positions too.

Then there was Linares in, I think, 94. He played so good there, it was unreal.

I was going to say that Magnus plays in a Karpov style, but I'm not sure. Magnus is actually quite like Steinitz in that he plays all these off beat lines in the opening, hoping to out play his opponent in the middle game. Steinitz definitely did that.

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  offramp: I was in a pub quiz at The Sultan in Wimbledon last night.

One of the sports questions was:

<"In 2013 the Magnus Carlsen - Borki Predojevic Rapid Chess Match was organised by the Nansen Centre for Peace and Dialogue as a celebration of this.">

Our team was the only one that got it right:

<"What is the relationship between Lillehammer and Sarajevo?">

50 valuable points!

May-23-17  rayoflight: Happy Birthday master.
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