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Anatoly Karpov
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Number of games in database: 3,589
Years covered: 1961 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2623 (2595 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. 1120 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 (116) 
    D37 D30 D35 D38 D31
 Grunfeld (100) 
    D85 D73 D97 D78 D87
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (271) 
    B17 B12 B10 B14 B18
 Queen's Indian (241) 
    E15 E12 E17 E19 E14
 Ruy Lopez (175) 
    C92 C69 C95 C77 C93
 Nimzo Indian (168) 
    E32 E54 E21 E42 E41
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (137) 
    C92 C95 C93 C98 C86
 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 Gulko, 1996 1-0
   Karpov vs Spassky, 1974 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)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Madrid (1973)
   USSR Championship (1976)
   Bad Lauterberg (1977)
   Bugojno (1978)
   Montreal (1979)
   Phillips & Drew GLC Kings (1984)
   Linares (1994)
   Brussels World Cup (1988)
   Cap D'Agde (2013)
   Leningrad Interzonal (1973)
   Hastings 1971/72 (1971)
   Trophee Anatoly Karpov (2012)
   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 sdbehrendt
   Anatoly Karpov's Best Games by Psihadal
   Anatoly Karpov's Best Games by KingG
   Anatoly Karpov's Best Games by SantGG
   Anatoly Karpov's Best Games by Jorome23
   Power Chess - Karpov by Anatoly21
   Kar pov 12th World Chess Champion by fredthebear
   a Karpov collection by brucemubayiwa

   🏆 Bundesliga 2017/18
   Karpov vs Li Chao (Nov-11-17) 0-1
   Vaisser vs Karpov (Nov-02-17) 1/2-1/2, blitz
   Karpov vs Vaisser (Nov-02-17) 0-1, blitz
   Vaisser vs Karpov (Nov-02-17) 1-0, blitz
   Karpov vs Vaisser (Nov-02-17) 0-1, blitz

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(born May-23-1951, 66 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 144; games 1-25 of 3,589  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Timoshchenko vs Karpov 0-1531961BorovichiC10 French
2. Karpov vs Ziuliarkin 1-0351961ZlatoustB24 Sicilian, Closed
3. Karpov vs Maksimov 1-0601961MagnitogorskE81 King's Indian, Samisch
4. Karpov vs Nedelin 1-0361961BorovichiC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
5. Karpov vs Shefler 1-0431961ZlatoustC01 French, Exchange
6. Shusharin vs Karpov 0-1351961CheliabinskC77 Ruy Lopez
7. Karpov vs Gaimaletdinov 1-0601961ZlatoustC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
8. Karpov vs Mukhudulin ½-½611961ZlatoustB56 Sicilian
9. A Shneider vs Karpov 0-1511961CheliabinskC34 King's Gambit Accepted
10. Karpov vs Budakov ½-½261961ZlatoustC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
11. Karpov vs V Kalashnikov 1-0601961ZlatoustC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
12. E Lazarev vs Karpov 0-1491961CheliabinskD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. Zadneprovsky vs Karpov 0-1651961ZlatoustE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
14. Karpov vs A Alekseev ½-½581961ZlatoustB40 Sicilian
15. Korchnoi vs Karpov ½-½301961SimulC47 Four Knights
16. B Kalinkin vs Karpov ½-½321961CheliabinskC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
17. Karpov vs S Belousov 1-0401961BorowitschiC07 French, Tarrasch
18. Tarinin vs Karpov 1-0351961ZlatoustC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
19. V Kalashnikov vs Karpov ½-½621961ZlatoustE15 Queen's Indian
20. Kolishkin vs Karpov ½-½391962CheliabinskC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
21. V G Kirillov vs Karpov 0-1631962ZlatoustA20 English
22. Karpov vs Tarinin 1-0531962CheliabinskC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
23. Karpov vs Piskunov 1-0351962ZlatoustB03 Alekhine's Defense
24. Karpov vs Karin 1-0391962CheliabinskB06 Robatsch
25. V Kalashnikov vs Karpov ½-½361962ZlatoustC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
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May-23-17  rayoflight: Happy Birthday master.
May-23-17  paavoh: I really got into chess by following the Karpov-Korchnoi matches. So both occupy a special place in my "chess pantheon".

Karpov, just a phenomenal player over so many years. Happy birthday!

May-23-17  Imran Iskandar: Happy birthday, Mr. Karpov!
May-23-17  gars: Happy BIrthday, Grandmaster Karpov! You are one of the five best chess players of all times.
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  Richard Taylor: Karpov's games are beautiful to play with many great attacking games and strategical masterpieces incorporated. Also of course with great endgames. His style perhaps like Capablanca and Fischer's in its classical approach but also playing modern style chess.

Karpov is a young fellow of only 66. I am his senior of 69!

Happy Birthday to Mr. Karpov!

May-23-17  Howard: Yes, Karpov was definitely one of the five greatest players who ever lived. No, Carlsen has not surpassed him--yet !
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  eternaloptimist: Happy birthday to the former World Chess Champ & my favorite player!
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  AdolfoAugusto: Happy birthday to my favorite player. Long live to the World Champion Anatoly Yevgenyevich Karpov!

I got into chess during the Karpov era and saw him teach (and bring all the way) Kasparov into the light.

Carlsen? I dont doubt he's a great World Champion, and I see a lot of Karpov in him.

But in my opinion he's not surpased Karpov, at least not yet.

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  eternaloptimist: When I think of Karpov, I think of this game.: Karpov vs Quinteros, 1973 I love the exchange sac (20.♖xd5!) that displaces Quinteros' e♙ to d5 so Karpov can get his attack rolling! The f5 square isn't guarded by that ♙ any longer so he plays 21.♘f5 & his attack just flows after that. I first found out about this game in this book.: It's 1 of my favorite games of his ever since I bought that book...I believe I bought it when I was in my late teenage years. I played over all the games in that old classic & this has been 1 of my favorite games of his ever since then. Of course many of his victories over Kasparov & korchnoi are memorable as well.
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  eternaloptimist: Of course Karpov defeated many players stronger than Quinteros so I'm not saying it's 1 of his most impressive victories from that standpoint. I'm just saying I really enjoy the way he played this game & that it really brings back fond memories for me.
May-24-17  Howard: You can also read about that Karpov-Quinteros game in the book about the Leningrad and Petropolis interzonals. It's long out of print, but definitely worth getting if you can find it. Found a copy about four years ago at a used bookstore---great book, especially for chess historians.
Jul-18-17  ZonszeinP: Beautiful game!

And i used to own that book!

Loved it

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  paulalbert: I attended an event at the Marshall Chess Club last night where Anatoly was our honored guest. He lectured on a couple interesting games from his career, bishops of opposite colors but rooks still on the board, showing that such positions are anything but drawish.He then answered questions on a number of topics. Among his interesting responses: 1) He was reasonably confident based on both his preparation and form that he had an excellent chance to beat Fischer had their match taken place. 2) Asked who among the top players rated below Magnus Carlsen had the best chance to beat Magnus, he opined they all had a chance but Magnus Carlsen remains clearly stronger than any of the potential challengers.

I had met Anatoly before, last time in NY at a fund raiser for his run for Fide president. Last night I got another autograph, and after the official event had a chance for more informal conversation with him as we walked a few blocks together. He is very friendly and charming and clearly ranks among the all time great chess players.

Aug-16-17  ZonszeinP: <paulalbert> Thank you for sharing!
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  russianbluecat: <paulalbert> Thanks for posting. I have always wanted to meet Karpov, but have no idea when and where he will show up. Do you have any advice?
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  paulalbert: <russianbluecat> I presume Anatoly is on some of the social media sites like Facebook and perhaps posts a schedule of his various activities. Anatoly was in NY in conjunction with a chess school and program run by GM MAX Dlughy and his wife for children. Anatoly has his program also for children that started in Lindborg, Kansas. He told me last night it is also in Chicago and another city now. I am not on social media so I cannot check this out. Maybe corresponding with GM Dlugy might also be helpful. By the way, your quote from Karpov on his choice of tactical vs. positional chess was stated similarly last night by Anatoly in response to a question about his chess style. Hope this is helpful.
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  Petrosianic: Does anybody know when was the last time Karpov was over 2700? The FIDE Rating Card only goes back to 2000, and he was in the 2690's then, but he doesn't show up over 2700 in any list after that.
Aug-28-17  Howard: According to the olimpbase website, Karpov's last 2700+ rating was in July, 1999.

Granted, his rating on the next list, in January, 2000 was barely below 2700 but not quite "there".

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  thegoodanarchist: <eternaloptimist: When I think of Karpov, I think of this game.: Karpov vs Quinteros, 1973 I love the exchange sac (20.♖xd5!) that displaces Quinteros' e♙ to d5 so Karpov can get his attack rolling!>

That's a very fine game. Thanks for noting it!

Oct-17-17  JPi: <Petrosianic: Does anybody know when was the last time Karpov was over 2700? The FIDE Rating Card only goes back to 2000, and he was in the 2690's then, but he doesn't show up over 2700 in any list after that.> 49 years old and still playing at 2700 Elo. Very impressive indeed. How many big tournaments has won Anatoly Karpov during his career?
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  Tomlinsky: "When you are getting outplayed by Karpov you actually understand when it becomes too late." - Ivan Sokolov - Middle Game Pawn Structures
Oct-31-17  sonia91: He is currently playing a 12-game (two 50'+10'', four 25'+10'' and six 3'+2'') match with Anatoli Vaisser at the <Karpov Trophy> in Cap d'Agde, France:
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  Joshka: Don't know if this as been posted on previous pages, but , FWIW.....kid solves a couple of mates in two, and then a mate in three, near the end.

Nov-15-17  todicav23: < Joshka: Don't know if this as been posted on previous pages, but , FWIW.....kid solves a couple of mates in two, and then a mate in three, near the end.

It's pretty clear the he knew the problems. But still, very impressive.

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  Joshka: <todicav23> What do you mean, you think he cheated???
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