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Anatoly Karpov
Number of games in database: 3,560
Years covered: 1961 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2623 (2630 rapid, 2644 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2780
Overall record: +977 -232 =1301 (64.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      1050 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 (147) 
    E15 E17 E12 E16 E19
 Ruy Lopez (135) 
    C95 C82 C84 C92 C80
 Queen's Gambit Declined (115) 
    D37 D30 D38 D35 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 (177) 
    C92 C95 C69 C77 C98
 Nimzo Indian (161) 
    E32 E54 E21 E53 E42
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (139) 
    C92 C95 C98 C93 C86
 Sicilian (92) 
    B46 B40 B44 B47 B42
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Karpov vs Kasparov, 1984 1-0
   Karpov vs Topalov, 1994 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?]
   Hastings 1971/72 (1971)
   Leningrad Interzonal (1973)
   Madrid (1973)
   Bad Lauterberg (1977)
   USSR Championship (1976)
   Phillips & Drew GLC Kings (1984)
   Brussels World Cup (1988)
   Linares (1994)
   Trophee Anatoly Karpov (2012)
   Cap D'Agde (2013)
   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
   "Chess Genius Karpov" - Victor Baturinsky by Karpova
   a Karpov collection by obrit
   Anatoly Karpov's best games by Psihadal
   Basic Instinct by Imohthep
   How Karpov Wins 2nd Edition by BntLarsen
   Instructive Karpov Games by Billy Ray Valentine
   Karpov vs. the World Champions Decisive Games by visayanbraindoctor
   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 3,560  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Zadneprovsky vs Karpov 0-165 1961 ZlatoustE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
2. B Kalinkin vs Karpov ½-½32 1961 CheliabinskC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
3. Karpov vs V Kalashnikov 1-060 1961 ZlatoustC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
4. Karpov vs Maksimov 1-060 1961 MagnitogorskE81 King's Indian, Samisch
5. Tarinin vs Karpov 1-035 1961 ZlatoustC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
6. G Timoshchenko vs Karpov 0-153 1961 BorovichiC10 French
7. Karpov vs Gaimaletdinov 1-060 1961 ZlatoustC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
8. Shusharin vs Karpov 0-135 1961 CheliabinskC77 Ruy Lopez
9. Karpov vs Ziuliarkin 1-035 1961 ZlatoustB24 Sicilian, Closed
10. Karpov vs Nedelin 1-036 1961 BorovichiC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
11. Karpov vs Budakov ½-½26 1961 ZlatoustC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
12. Karpov vs S Belousov 1-040 1961 BorowitschiC07 French, Tarrasch
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. Ziuliarkin vs Karpov 0-135 1962 ZlatoustC50 Giuoco Piano
22. Kolishkin vs Karpov ½-½39 1962 CheliabinskC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
23. Karpov vs Piskunov 1-035 1962 ZlatoustB03 Alekhine's Defense
24. Karpov vs Tarinin 1-053 1962 CheliabinskC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
25. V Kalashnikov vs Karpov ½-½36 1962 ZlatoustC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
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Jun-04-14  Everett: <In any case, you sound like a plagiarist yourself, and I wouldn't be surprised that you've toed that line on a few occasions.>

This is not an insult, actually. To me, you sound like a plagiarist, it is that simple. The example you mention, and how you would just lift it without doing the research yourself, comes close in my book.

In any case, you are an apologist for what Keene has done. For you to claim, as you have above, that you have looked over the index of his plagiarism and found little of substance makes me question your fitness in deciding such matters. And if you aren't clear on this issue, you are more likely to plagiarize, inadvertently or not.

And that is that on my end of it.

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  Sally Simpson: Hi Everett.

"The example you mention, and how you would just lift it without doing the research yourself."

As you yourself said, it was 'an example' of what a plagiarist would do.

Sorry if I confused you.

"actually. To me, you sound like a plagiarist, it is that simple."

I can't argue with that.

"I sound like a plagiarist."

How does one 'sound' like a plagiarst?

You appear to have no valid point to make in the copyright debate and are now scrapping the bottom of the barrel...I'll correct have moved the barrel aside and are digging underneath it.


" [that is me] are an apologist for what Keene has done."

He has done many good things for British Chess chess in general. He has never done me any harm. I have no axe to grind with any chess player.

See the profile. I always make up my own mind.

A lot of the evidence is Keene re-cycling his old stuff. That is not plagiarism. It's annoying because he can write good stuff when he wants to.

I say a lot and not all because there is some stuff on that site that does raise questions and I'm not talking about the lifting of a handful notes from an uncopyright game of chess.

On that important matter, I have no comment. (going any deeper and experience tells me this thread will get pulled.)

Jun-05-14  Poulsen: Concerning copyright: Remember that the rules of these things may differ somewhat from country to country.

The legal implications of the american concept of copyright may not be entirely identical to those of the concept of "author"-right used in many european countries. Also there can be differences as to, what can be copyrighted.

Off course that is not to say, that a work of literature from the U.S. can be freely copied or plagiarized in some european countries - or vice versa. After all the intention of both types of legal tradition is the same: to protect the original work from being exploited by others than the originator.

Common rules are set in two international conventions: the UCC-convention of 1952 and the Berne-convention of 1886. As far as I know most (all?) european countries follow the Berne-convention, but the U.S. follow the UCC-convention.

I am not familiar with all details - it's fairly complicated - but I believe, that one difference is, that under the U.S.-copyright rule one has register to a Copyright Office - for a renewable term. Whereas under the Berne-rules no registration is needed - however the 'copyright' is only upheld in a fixed, non-renewable term - which in most cases is set to be 70 years after the death of the originator(s).

In essense that means that everything that Tarrasch wrote concerning chess could be freely copied from 2004 - since he died in 1934. I am disregarding any moral aspects here ....

Also I would like to point out the quotation right .....

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  Sally Simpson: Hi Poulsen,

Thank you. I also understand penalties differ from country to country. You can get jailed in the USA for plagiarism.

Gosh! I keep forgetting this is Karpov's page, what a mess. If anyone wants to go further with this take it to my personal bit and let's jump out of here.

Jun-05-14  Poulsen: Agreed
Jun-05-14  Everett: <How does one 'sound' like a plagiarst? >

Copious gas emitted through a tight opening, usually accompanied by a foul odor.

Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <Everett> That is a fair, shall we say, crack at describing a poster or three who infests the pages of any great players one could name.
Jun-07-14  Everett: <perfidious> exactly. And <SS> was no doubt being intentionally obtuse, pretending not to understand my clear posts. Finally, he runs.

In any case, I keep plowing through Karpov's and Bronstein's great games, learning to smother and create at the chess board, in turn.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Sally Simpson: Hi Everett,

Still here, but forgot whose page I was on so ran off to my bit. (actually just checked it. nothing. OK with me.)

Good choice of games you are going through. Playing over a Bronstein game then a Karpov game. That is a nice entertaing mix. (what books?)

Karpov is one these players where you can pick a lesser known game at random and stumble upon a cracker. A nice simple easy to understand flowing game. (well easy after you see it and go through it again.)

Bronstein notes can shoot the reader off into space on a wonderful journey into the unknown.

A move Karpov played that Bronstein would have loved to have played.

Kamsky vs Karpov, 1993

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Karpov played 11...Ke7.

Not a typo: 11....King to e7.

Bronstein would have been jealous of that one.

Jun-09-14  Everett: Bronstein like Karpov Bronstein vs A Kapengut, 1972 Bronstein vs Bagirov, 1961

Bronstein like Petrosian
F Ignatiev vs Bronstein, 1968
B Vladimirov vs Bronstein, 1963

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  Sally Simpson: Bronstein's Knight in

B Vladimirov vs Bronstein, 1963

A game I know well. It's needs a pun 'The Knight and g-pawn.'

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Bronstein cements the Knight with g5.

White gets around to kicking it off e5 with g3 intending f4.

click for larger view

Bronstein plays g4! so the Knight can hop from f3 to and even stronger post on d4.

click for larger view

I would have just put down pen, stopped the clocks and applauded.

Jul-25-14  tzar: <Sally Simpson: Karpov is one these players where you can pick a lesser known game at random and stumble upon a cracker...Karpov played 11...Ke7>

Nice you found this game...I think I would also have found Ke7 but in a million years.

Aug-17-14  Chessman1504: Is it more or less true that Karpov stopped playing 1.e4 as much due to his issues against Kasparov's Sicilian or, is it more or less true that that is a myth?
Aug-17-14  fisayo123: Myth.
Aug-18-14  Chessman1504: Okay. I mentioned it because Karolyi more or less wrote it when I glanced in Karpov's strategic wins volume 2 that Karpov played less 1.e4s in part due to Kasparov. Maybe more accurate would be that he played more 1.d4s rather than less 1.e4s
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  HeMateMe: The '84 match...

<It was all very fishy. When a Western reporter asked about rumors concerning Karpov's mental and physical deterioration, Campomanes noted that the champion had fortuitously just entered the hall and would speak for himself. On that cue, Karpov walked on stage and declared, "As we say in Russia, rumors of my death are somewhat exaggerated." (That, of course, was a saying coined by the great Russian humorist, Mark Twainovitchski.) Karpov then insisted that he wanted to continue and was in great shape.>

Sep-01-14  vkk: lost my @#$% at that karpov quote

i didnt know he was a funny guy as well

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  HeMateMe: I think the Sports Illustrated writer is a bit funnier:

"That, of course, was a saying coined by the great Russian humorist, Mark Twainovitchski."

Sep-07-14  Everett: Truth is, Karpov takes himself in stride a bit better than some of the other greats. He was a "not too high, not too low" kind of guy, it seems.
Sep-09-14  vkk: Plus he's a billionaire investor
Sep-12-14  Everett: <Sep-09-14 vkk: Plus he's a billionaire investor>

A few bucks does take the edge off, doesn't it.

Oct-11-14  Chessman1504: Karpov is a fascinating player due to the affinity between his style and the current world champion. Can someone compare their styles a bit? What distinguishes Carlsen from being a better Karpov? What areas is he stronger in? What areas is he weaker than Karpov was in?
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  TheFocus: <I myself have been traveling around the world for twenty years, and I have never met a chess player who would agree to join me for a visit to an art gallery> - Karpov.
Oct-26-14  tranquilsimplicity: <Chessman 1504> A good reply to your question can be found in a recent post I received from <Fisayo123> regarding a Magnus Carsen v Topalov (Blindfold) game. Please read those comments. However in my view, Carlsen is a more universal player than Karpov. Carlsen is totally comfortable to unleash tactical combinations and demolish his opposition; an aspect which is absent in Karpov's ultra-positional, defensive oriented, cautious style that aims to win in a "serpentine" fashion of suffocating an opponent. That seems to me the main difference between Carlsen and Karpov. Carlsen's style is similar to that of Karpov, only that Karpov though capable of playing tactically, actively avoids doing so. As to their strengths, I honestly cannot judge.#
Oct-26-14  tranquilsimplicity: Sorry not Topalov but Svidler v Carlsen.#
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