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Road to the Championship - Anatoli Karpov
Compiled by suenteus po 147
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This is the road taken by Karpov during his title run. Karpov was seeded directly into the 1973 Leningrad Interzonal as World Junior Champion. He tied for first with Viktor Korchnoi, but was declared the winner on tiebreaks having gone undefeated. During this time Karpov would also take first in Madrid with an impressive 11/15. Karpov went undefeated again in the quarterfinals match against Lev Polugaevsky, and trounced the former world champion, Boris Spassky, in the semi-finals 7-4. Karpov was eventually victorious over Korchnoi in the candidates final with a score of 12.5-11.5 after a grueling 24 game match that saw 19 draws. When Fischer and FIDE refused to come to an agreement about the terms for the world championship match in 1975 Karpov was declared the de facto World Champion, making his the shortest of all title runs under the classic FIDE cycle. Special thanks to Fischer of Men for the collection idea and format.

Interzonal Tournament Game #1
G Estevez Morales vs Karpov, 1973 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 55 moves, 0-1

Interzonal Tournament Game #2
Karpov vs Huebner, 1973 
(B42) Sicilian, Kan, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Interzonal Tournament Game #3
V Tukmakov vs Karpov, 1973 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 33 moves, 0-1

Interzonal Tournament Game #4
Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1973 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Interzonal Tournament Game #5
Taimanov vs Karpov, 1973 
(E46) Nimzo-Indian, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Interzonal Tournament Game #6
M Cuellar Gacharna vs Karpov, 1973 
(A31) English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation, 56 moves, 0-1

Interzonal Tournament Game #7
Karpov vs G Kuzmin, 1973 
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 39 moves, 1-0

Interzonal Tournament Game #8
Tal vs Karpov, 1973 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

Interzonal Tournament Game #9
Karpov vs Quinteros, 1973 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 37 moves, 1-0

Interzonal Tournament Game #10
Larsen vs Karpov, 1973
(A36) English, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Interzonal Tournament Game #11
Karpov vs Robert E Byrne, 1973 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Interzonal Tournament Game #12
Uhlmann vs Karpov, 1973 
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 45 moves, 0-1

Interzonal Tournament Game #13
Karpov vs Gligoric, 1973 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 63 moves, 1-0

Interzonal Tournament Game #14
J Rukavina vs Karpov, 1973 
(A17) English, 49 moves, 0-1

Interzonal Tournament Game #15
Karpov vs I Radulov, 1973 
(A21) English, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

Interzonal Tournament Game #16
Smejkal vs Karpov, 1973 
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 72 moves, 0-1

Interzonal Tournament Game #17
Karpov vs E Torre, 1973 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 24 moves, 1-0

Candidates Quarterfinals Game #1
Polugaevsky vs Karpov, 1974 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Quarterfinals Game #2
Karpov vs Polugaevsky, 1974 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Quarterfinals Game #3
Polugaevsky vs Karpov, 1974
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Quarterfinals Game #4
Karpov vs Polugaevsky, 1974 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 49 moves, 1-0

Candidates Quarterfinals Game #5
Polugaevsky vs Karpov, 1974 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Quarterfinals Game #6
Karpov vs Polugaevsky, 1974 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 40 moves, 1-0

Candidates Quarterfinals Game #7
Polugaevsky vs Karpov, 1974
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Quarterfinals Game #8
Karpov vs Polugaevsky, 1974 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 41 moves, 1-0

Candidates Semi-Finals Game #1
Karpov vs Spassky, 1974 
(B83) Sicilian, 63 moves, 0-1

Candidates Semi-Finals Game #2
Spassky vs Karpov, 1974 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Semi-Finals Game #3
Karpov vs Spassky, 1974 
(E91) King's Indian, 55 moves, 1-0

Candidates Semi-Finals Game #4
Spassky vs Karpov, 1974 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Semi-Finals Game #5
Karpov vs Spassky, 1974 
(E59) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Semi-Finals Game #6
Spassky vs Karpov, 1974 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 56 moves, 0-1

Candidates Semi-Finals Game #7
Karpov vs Spassky, 1974 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Semi-Finals Game #8
Spassky vs Karpov, 1974 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Semi-Finals Game #9
Karpov vs Spassky, 1974 
(B83) Sicilian, 35 moves, 1-0

Candidates Semi-Finals Game #10
Spassky vs Karpov, 1974 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Semi-Finals Game #11
Karpov vs Spassky, 1974 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 35 moves, 1-0

Candidates Finals (Unofficial World Championship) Game #1
Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1974 
(A17) English, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Finals (Unofficial World Championship) Game #2
Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1974 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 27 moves, 1-0

Candidates Finals (Unofficial World Championship) Game #3
Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1974 
(A17) English, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Finals (Unofficial World Championship) Game #4
Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1974 
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Finals (Unofficial World Championship) Game #5
Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1974 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 67 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Finals (Unofficial World Championship) Game #6
Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1974 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 31 moves, 1-0

Candidates Finals (Unofficial World Championship) Game #7
Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1974 
(A17) English, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Finals (Unofficial World Championship) Game #8
Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1974 
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 51 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Finals (Unofficial World Championship) Game #9
Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1974 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Finals (Unofficial World Championship) Game #10
Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1974 
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Finals (Unofficial World Championship) Game #11
Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1974 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 81 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Finals (Unofficial World Championship) Game #12
Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1974 
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Finals (Unofficial World Championship) Game #13
Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1974 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 96 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Finals (Unofficial World Championship) Game #14
Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1974 
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Finals (Unofficial World Championship) Game #15
Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1974 
(A04) Reti Opening, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Finals (Unofficial World Championship) Game #16
Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1974 
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 67 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Finals (Unofficial World Championship) Game #17
Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1974 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 42 moves, 0-1

Candidates Finals (Unofficial World Championship) Game #18
Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1974 
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Finals (Unofficial World Championship) Game #19
Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1974 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 79 moves, 1-0

Candidates Finals (Unofficial World Championship) Game #20
Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1974 
(C70) Ruy Lopez, 51 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Finals (Unofficial World Championship) Game #21
Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1974 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 19 moves, 1-0

Candidates Finals (Unofficial World Championship) Game #22
Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1974 
(A13) English, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Finals (Unofficial World Championship) Game #23
Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1974 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Finals (Unofficial World Championship) Game #24
Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1974 
(D25) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

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