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Anatoly Karpov
Number of games in database: 3,539
Years covered: 1961 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2628 (2611 rapid, 2644 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2780
Overall record: +968 -228 =1283 (64.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      1060 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (249) 
    B92 B81 B24 B44 B84
 King's Indian (184) 
    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 (114) 
    D37 D30 D35 D38 D31
 Grunfeld (98) 
    D85 D73 D97 D78 D87
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (270) 
    B17 B12 B10 B14 B18
 Queen's Indian (240) 
    E15 E12 E17 E19 E14
 Ruy Lopez (174) 
    C92 C95 C69 C77 C98
 Nimzo Indian (160) 
    E32 E54 E21 E53 E42
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (136) 
    C92 C95 C98 C93 C86
 Sicilian (94) 
    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
   Karpov vs Topalov, 1994 1-0
   Kasparov vs Karpov, 1984 0-1
   Timman vs Karpov, 1979 0-1
   Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 1-0
   Karpov vs Gulko, 1996 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)
   Bugojno (1978)
   Montreal (1979)
   USSR Championship (1976)
   Phillips & Drew GLC Kings (1984)
   Bad Lauterberg (1977)
   Linares (1994)
   Brussels World Cup (1988)
   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
   Anatoly Karpov - My Best 300 Games by jakaiden
   Karpov Tournament Champion - II by amadeus
   Match Karpov! by amadeus
   Anatoly Karpov's Best Games by Psihadal
   Anatoly Karpov's Best Games by KingG
   Power Chess - Karpov by Anatoly21
   a Karpov collection by obrit
   "Chess Genius Karpov" - Victor Baturinsky by Karpova
   Basic Instinct by Imohthep
   How Karpov Wins 2nd Edition by BntLarsen
   Karpov vs. the World Champions Decisive Games by visayanbraindoctor
   Instructive Karpov Games by Billy Ray Valentine
   Anatoly Karpov - My 300 Best Games by YuanTi

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(born May-23-1951, 64 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 142; games 1-25 of 3,539  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Tarinin vs Karpov 1-035 1961 ZlatoustC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
2. G Timoshchenko vs Karpov 0-153 1961 BorovichiC10 French
3. Karpov vs Gaimaletdinov 1-060 1961 ZlatoustC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
4. Shusharin vs Karpov 0-135 1961 CheliabinskC77 Ruy Lopez
5. Karpov vs Ziuliarkin 1-035 1961 ZlatoustB24 Sicilian, Closed
6. Karpov vs Nedelin 1-036 1961 BorovichiC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
7. Karpov vs Budakov ½-½26 1961 ZlatoustC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
8. A Shneider vs Karpov 0-151 1961 CheliabinskC34 King's Gambit Accepted
9. Karpov vs Shefler 1-043 1961 ZlatoustC01 French, Exchange
10. Karpov vs A Alekseev ½-½58 1961 ZlatoustB40 Sicilian
11. E Lazarev vs Karpov 0-149 1961 CheliabinskD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. Karpov vs Mukhudulin ½-½61 1961 ZlatoustB56 Sicilian
13. Korchnoi vs Karpov ½-½30 1961 SimulC47 Four Knights
14. V Kalashnikov vs Karpov ½-½62 1961 ZlatoustE15 Queen's Indian
15. Zadneprovsky vs Karpov 0-165 1961 ZlatoustE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
16. Karpov vs S Belousov 1-040 1961 BorowitschiC07 French, Tarrasch
17. B Kalinkin vs Karpov ½-½32 1961 CheliabinskC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
18. Karpov vs V Kalashnikov 1-060 1961 ZlatoustC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
19. Karpov vs Maksimov 1-060 1961 MagnitogorskE81 King's Indian, Samisch
20. Karpov vs Piskunov 1-035 1962 ZlatoustB03 Alekhine's Defense
21. Karpov vs Tarinin 1-053 1962 CheliabinskC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
22. V Kalashnikov vs Karpov ½-½36 1962 ZlatoustC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
23. Karpov vs Karin 1-039 1962 CheliabinskB06 Robatsch
24. Ziuliarkin vs Karpov 0-135 1962 ZlatoustC50 Giuoco Piano
25. Manakov vs Karpov 0-126 1962 KoyenskC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
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  Penguincw: Karpov is playing against Sveshnikov!

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  offramp: Eugene Svyeshnikov is very original and inventive and I think these games will be fascinating. It's possible that ES might win the match.
Jul-23-15  SpiritedReposte: Fake tells are definitely part of poker. I've seen Phil Helmouth see right through them and insta-call.

Real tells are subconscious, body language you aren't even aware you are putting out there. You can always see what someone's intent/state of mind is from their body language. Unless they are deliberately covering/changing it, then hopefully you can see through that and wonder what they are hiding.

That's why playing against a basic poker player, "If a fish acts strong he's bluffing, if he acts meek he has a hand" from Rounders.

Jul-23-15  SpiritedReposte: Should add that novice poker players really do think their pair of 3s are good with a board of all paint and will push all in with great confidence. They make "stupid" calls or bets that a pro wouldn't and can wreak havoc on a pros sophisticated thought process. So "reading" a novice is harder when they don't even know what they have themselves.

I think Amirillo Slim said something like "You don't put a sophisticated play on a fish, you simply show him a hand" Meaning it's tougher to bluff them out, or set a trap for them, just play ABC poker and show them the best hand when they call you.

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  perfidious: More often than I can remember, I have seen a strong player indulge himself in what we call 'fancy play syndrome' and get caught out by someone, when good, solid stuff was the shortest way home. Slim referred to the latter as 'showing someone Mr More'.
Jul-24-15  SpiritedReposte: I think it comes down to the trite but true adage <"know thy enemy">. In chess, poker or anything really when you know what the opposition is capable of, what he will or won't do etc. that intel is priceless!
Jul-31-15  Everett: A remarkably understated bio! Difficult to get more spartan than this.
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  Sally Simpson: Hi Everett,

I was actually thinking that a few days ago when looking for details of his USSR Championship wins. 'Spartan' is indeed the correct word.

No mention at all of his nine consecutive tournament victories, nor the gold medals and board prizes he won representing USSR at the Olympiad.

Take out the 'by the way' mention of him winning the 1976 USSR championship and between 1975 and 1978, a golden period for Karpov, it reads like he actually played less chess than Fischer.

It's a pity Karpov never took part in the Mighty Norges Rafisklag Blitz tournament of 2013 then they could then have added this to his bio as they have with Anish Giri whose bio is endless compared to Karpov's.

Anish Giri

Never mind, most of us know how good Karpov was.

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  tpstar: Karpov had incredible results on the White side of the Sicilian Opocensky, undefeated in 21 games including a memorable win over a young Kasparov. Karpov vs Kasparov, 1975

Aug-15-15  thegoodanarchist: The bio states that <Outside of chess, Karpov has been linked to the company Petromir, which claimed in 2007 to have found a large natural gas field.****>

It strikes me as rather odd that this would be in Karpov's bio, unless it was Anatoly himself who found the gas field :)

Also, the bio is odd in that it is rather short for a World Champion.

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  MissScarlett: That's what you call 'a short back and sides':
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  parisattack: I see Karpov's Belgian stamps (apparently the biggest part of his collection) brought a small mint at auction:

Oct-25-15  thegoodanarchist: <parisattack: I see Karpov's Belgian stamps (apparently the biggest part of his collection) brought a small mint at auction>

I didn't know that Karpov is a stamp collector. He of all people should know that philately will get you nowhere.

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  Shams: <tga> Splendidly done sir.
Dec-18-15  HeMateMe: karpov has his own page at the IMDB (internet movie data base). One note there said his nickname is "tolya."


he appears briefly in the 2014 documentary Red Army (about the fabled USSR hockey teams), as himself. People always said he had "An icy demeanor." hehehehehehhe...

Jan-03-16  thegoodanarchist: <HeMateMe: karpov has his own page at the IMDB (internet movie data base). One note there said his nickname is "tolya.>

Well, yes, but I believe "Tolya" is more appropriate.

Jan-09-16  Kasparov Fan: It would be very ironic for me to say this given my username but the first ever game I played through and annotated was this game Karpov vs Timman, 1979
I was completely awestruck by the way Karpov demolished Timman by playing positionally just one word can describe Karpov's play Beautiful.
Jan-10-16  ColdSong: I'd love to see Karpov have a think for the old Lasker,and play very seriously at least one more strong tournament.Can't believe that the magic he's able to has vanished.
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  Joshka: I know Karpov has a chess school in Lindeborg, Kansas. There was a radio show being broadcast the other day and it was mentioning notable residents in this area, and Karpov was mentioned. Does he live occasionally Lindeborg? Or does he really just own property that he rents? thanks in advance!
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  Alex Schindler: how is this bio so understated? He may be one of the best five players of all time, and one of the most influential.
Feb-05-16  Howard: Karpov has been in Kansas at least a couple times in the last 12 years or so, but I have no idea if he has/rents property there.
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  Joshka: <Howard> yes, it seems to be news when he DOES go there to speak, teach, get involved with the going on's with the school/camp etc. That's why I was surprised when they spoke about his residency in that city.
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  john barleycorn: <parisattack: I see Karpov's Belgian stamps (apparently the biggest part of his collection) brought a small mint at auction ...>

That is a big surprise. I thought he would sell his Kasparov stamps first.

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  moronovich: <That is a big surprise. I thought he would sell his Kasparov stamps first.>

At the Post-Mortem ? ;)

Mar-04-16  ozmikey: <HeMateMe: karpov has his own page at the IMDB (internet movie data base). One note there said his nickname is "tolya.">

I like the bit where it says "He is an actor." (!)

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