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Anatoly Karpov
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Number of games in database: 3,569
Years covered: 1961 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2624 (2611 rapid, 2644 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2780

Overall record: +966 -225 =1284 (65.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1094 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (249) 
    B92 B81 B24 B44 B84
 King's Indian (188) 
    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 (115) 
    D37 D30 D35 D38 D31
 Grunfeld (98) 
    D85 D73 D97 D78 D87
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (272) 
    B17 B12 B10 B14 B18
 Queen's Indian (241) 
    E15 E12 E17 E19 E14
 Ruy Lopez (174) 
    C92 C69 C95 C77 C93
 Nimzo Indian (161) 
    E32 E54 E21 E53 E42
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (136) 
    C92 C95 C93 C98 C84
 Sicilian (94) 
    B46 B40 B44 B42 B47
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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 Spassky, 1974 1-0
   Karpov vs Kasparov, 1984 1-0
   Karpov vs Gulko, 1996 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?]
   USSR Championship (1976)
   Madrid (1973)
   Phillips & Drew GLC Kings (1984)
   Bad Lauterberg (1977)
   Montreal (1979)
   Brussels World Cup (1988)
   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)
   Superstars Hotel Bali (2002)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Karpov Tournament Champion - I by amadeus
   Karpov Tournament Champion - I by chessgain
   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 KingG
   Anatoly Karpov's Best Games by Jorome23
   Anatoly Karpov's Best Games by SantGG
   Power Chess - Karpov by Anatoly21
   a Karpov collection by obrit
   "Chess Genius Karpov" - Victor Baturinsky by SpaceRunner
   "Chess Genius Karpov" - Victor Baturinsky by Karpova

   R Edouard vs Karpov (Oct-28-16) 1-0
   Karpov vs R Edouard (Oct-28-16) 0-1
   R Edouard vs Karpov (Oct-27-16) 1-0
   Karpov vs D Harika (Oct-27-16) 1-0
   M Cornette vs Karpov (Oct-26-16) 0-1

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(born May-23-1951, 65 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 143; games 1-25 of 3,569  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Shusharin vs Karpov 0-135 1961 CheliabinskC77 Ruy Lopez
2. Karpov vs Ziuliarkin 1-035 1961 ZlatoustB24 Sicilian, Closed
3. Karpov vs S Belousov 1-040 1961 BorowitschiC07 French, Tarrasch
4. A Shneider vs Karpov 0-151 1961 CheliabinskC34 King's Gambit Accepted
5. Karpov vs Shefler 1-043 1961 ZlatoustC01 French, Exchange
6. Karpov vs Budakov ½-½26 1961 ZlatoustC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
7. E Lazarev vs Karpov 0-149 1961 CheliabinskD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. Karpov vs Mukhudulin ½-½61 1961 ZlatoustB56 Sicilian
9. Karpov vs A Alekseev ½-½58 1961 ZlatoustB40 Sicilian
10. B Kalinkin vs Karpov ½-½32 1961 CheliabinskC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
11. Karpov vs V Kalashnikov 1-060 1961 ZlatoustC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
12. V Kalashnikov vs Karpov ½-½62 1961 ZlatoustE15 Queen's Indian
13. Zadneprovsky vs Karpov 0-165 1961 ZlatoustE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
14. Korchnoi vs Karpov ½-½30 1961 SimulC47 Four Knights
15. G Timoshchenko vs Karpov 0-153 1961 BorovichiC10 French
16. Karpov vs Gaimaletdinov 1-060 1961 ZlatoustC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
17. Karpov vs Maksimov 1-060 1961 MagnitogorskE81 King's Indian, Samisch
18. Tarinin vs Karpov 1-035 1961 ZlatoustC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
19. Karpov vs Nedelin 1-036 1961 BorovichiC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
20. Karpov vs Tarinin 1-053 1962 CheliabinskC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
21. Karpov vs Piskunov 1-035 1962 ZlatoustB03 Alekhine's Defense
22. Karpov vs Karin 1-039 1962 CheliabinskB06 Robatsch
23. V Kalashnikov vs Karpov ½-½36 1962 ZlatoustC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
24. Aranov vs Karpov 0-171 1962 CheliabinskC10 French
25. Manakov vs Karpov 0-126 1962 KoyenskC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Tolya.

Thanks for the wonderful games.

May-23-16  gars: Happy Birthday, Grandmaster Karpov! May I live long enough to study your best games!
May-23-16  ndg2: Lol, some GMs So-and-So get pages upon pages of bio and outstanding ex-champ Tolja gets just a very slim one.

Maybe that's fitting. Karpov never didn't strike me as exactly attention grabbing.

Happy birthday, Tolya!

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:
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  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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