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Anatoly Karpov
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Number of games in database: 3,625
Years covered: 1961 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2617 (2583 rapid, 2607 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2780

Overall record: +949 -216 =1270 (65.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1190 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (235) 
    B92 B81 B44 B84 B31
 King's Indian (193) 
    E60 E62 E81 E71 E63
 Queen's Indian (147) 
    E15 E17 E12 E16 E19
 Ruy Lopez (137) 
    C95 C82 C84 C80 C92
 Queen's Gambit Declined (125) 
    D30 D37 D35 D39 D38
 Grunfeld (100) 
    D85 D78 D73 D97 D87
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (258) 
    B17 B12 B18 B10 B14
 Queen's Indian (241) 
    E15 E12 E17 E19 E14
 Nimzo Indian (177) 
    E32 E54 E21 E42 E41
 Ruy Lopez (176) 
    C92 C77 C69 C95 C98
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (136) 
    C92 C95 C98 C93 C86
 Sicilian (89) 
    B46 B44 B40 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 Korchnoi, 1974 1-0
   Karpov vs Unzicker, 1974 1-0
   Timman vs Karpov, 1979 0-1
   Karpov vs Spassky, 1974 1-0
   Karpov vs Topalov, 1994 1-0
   Karpov vs Uhlmann, 1973 1-0
   Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1978 1-0
   Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   Karpov - Korchnoi World Championship Match (1978)
   Karpov - Korchnoi World Championship Match (1981)
   Karpov - Kasparov World Championship Match 1984/85 (1984)
   Karpov - Kasparov World Championship Match (1985)
   Kasparov - Karpov World Championship Rematch (1986)
   Kasparov - Karpov World Championship Match (1987)
   Kasparov - Karpov World Championship Match (1990)
   Karpov - Timman FIDE World Championship Match (1993)
   Karpov - Kamsky FIDE World Championship Match (1996)
   Karpov - Anand FIDE World Championship Match (1998)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02 (2001)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   6th Soviet Team Cup (1968)
   Russian Championship (1970)
   Bad Lauterberg (1977)
   Las Palmas (1977)
   USSR Championship (1976)
   Linares (1994)
   Biel (1992)
   Cap D'Agde (2013)
   Leningrad Interzonal (1973)
   Hastings 1971/72 (1971)
   Rotterdam World Cup (1989)
   Trophee Anatoly Karpov (2012)
   San Antonio (1972)
   USSR Championship (1971)
   Skopje Olympiad Final-A (1972)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Karpov Tournament Champion - I by docjan
   Karpov Tournament Champion - I by chessgain
   Karpov Tournament Champion - I by amadeus
   Anatoly Karpov - My Best 300 Games by jakaiden
   Anatoly Karpov - My Best 300 Games by Incremental
   Anatoly Karpov - My Best 300 Games by webbing1947
   Karpov Tournament Champion - II by docjan
   Karpov Tournament Champion - II by chessgain
   Karpov Tournament Champion - II by amadeus
   Kar pov 12th World Chess Champion by fredthebear
   Match Karpov! by amadeus
   Anatoly Karpov's Best Games by Psihadal
   Anatoly Karpov's Best Games by sdbehrendt
   Karpov World Championship Games by Penguincw

   🏆 Russian Team Championship (Premier)
   Karpov vs M Matlakov (May-08-19) 1/2-1/2
   Karpov vs Z Almasi (Mar-10-19) 0-1
   M Baldauf vs Karpov (Mar-09-19) 1/2-1/2
   J C Schroeder vs Karpov (Nov-24-18) 1/2-1/2
   Karpov vs Yifan Hou (Feb-06-18) 1-0, rapid

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(born May-23-1951, 69 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. In May 1974, his rating reached 2700, only the second player, after Fischer, to do so. **

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: 2018-07-24 17:42:35

 page 1 of 145; games 1-25 of 3,625  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Zadneprovsky vs Karpov 0-1651961ZlatoustE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
2. Karpov vs Maksimov 1-0601961MagnitogorskE81 King's Indian, Samisch
3. Korchnoi vs Karpov ½-½301961SimulC45 Scotch Game
4. Karpov vs Gaimaletdinov 1-0601961ZlatoustC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
5. Karpov vs Nedelin 1-0361961RUS-ch JuniorsC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
6. Tarinin vs Karpov 1-0351961ZlatoustC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
7. Karpov vs S Belousov 1-0401961BorovichiC07 French, Tarrasch
8. Shusharin vs Karpov 0-1351961CheliabinskC77 Ruy Lopez
9. Karpov vs Ziuliarkin 1-0351961ZlatoustA07 King's Indian Attack
10. A Shneider vs Karpov 0-1511961CheliabinskC34 King's Gambit Accepted
11. Karpov vs Budakov ½-½261961ZlatoustC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
12. Karpov vs Shefler 1-0431961ZlatoustC01 French, Exchange
13. E Lazarev vs Karpov 0-1491961CheliabinskD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. Karpov vs A Alekseev ½-½581961ZlatoustB40 Sicilian
15. Karpov vs Mukhudulin ½-½611961ZlatoustB56 Sicilian
16. B Kalinkin vs Karpov ½-½321961CheliabinskC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
17. V Kalashnikov vs Karpov ½-½621961ZlatoustE15 Queen's Indian
18. Karpov vs V Kalashnikov 1-0601961ZlatoustC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
19. Timoshchenko vs Karpov 0-1531961RUS-ch JuniorsC10 French
20. Kolishkin vs Karpov 0-1541962ZlatoustC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
21. Kolishkin vs Karpov ½-½391962CheliabinskC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
22. V G Kirillov vs Karpov 0-1631962ZlatoustA20 English
23. Karpov vs Tarinin 1-0531962CheliabinskC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
24. Karpov vs Piskunov 1-0351962ZlatoustB03 Alekhine's Defense
25. Karpov vs Karin 1-0391962CheliabinskB06 Robatsch
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  ZonszeinP: Happy birthday to one of the greatest!
Jun-02-20  The Rocket: <Hmm? Karpov played better chess and more of it in the 70ís. >

Certainly not better. Nobody played better than Fischer in the 70s, to this day.

Jun-02-20  N0B0DY: <N0B0DY <played better than Fischer in the 70s, to this day.>> I'll take that as a true compliment.
Jul-06-20  Everett: <Rocket> nope, Fischerís games were not all flawless in the 70ís, and he played so few, of course. He demonstrated he could not play consistently as an adult for more than 30 or so months in a row, quitting multiple times.

Hard to play the best chess when you spend so much time sitting on the bench.

Dec-27-20  fisayo123: I think this is one of the most underrated accomplishments of his illustrious career :

Considering he was about 45 at the time.

That score is astonishing. I don't think anyone ever matched it in the illustrous history of that rapid event. Not Anand, not Carlsen. No one.

Dec-28-20  Olavi: Well spotted. Was that also the one year that he won the combined Melody Amber?
Dec-29-20  fisayo123: <Olavi> Sure he won the combined event. When you go 10/11 in rapid against the best players in the world, its kind of hard to imagine he didn't win the whole thing!
Dec-29-20  sudoplatov: Obviously, Karpov would have greeted Dali with the phrase, "Hello, Dali."
Jan-24-21  tspchessfan: <eternaloptimist and others>: Bobby Fischer had great natural talent, no one a la Dr. Mikhail Botvinnik to coach him. Anatoly Karpov had the mighty USSR's support to his favour.

As some people in this page (and elsewhere) opined, I think Bob Fischer would have beaten Anatoly in 1975 but as someone (was it Boris Spassky?!) said, the matters would have become too unfavourable to Bob in 1977/78, provided Anatoly Karpov challenged him again. Of course there is little doubt that Karpov would have become the challenger for the second time.

This is not to belittle Bobby Fischer, but the above could be a realistic picture. Fischer's games are of high quality, but there is a gaping hole of lack of sufficient quantity.

One bottom line: Anatoly Karpov is Anatoly Karpov; his games and his gentlemanly spirit are unsurpassable.

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  Richard Taylor: I think Karpov actually had a similar style to Fischer. He was better than Spassky and in practical terms, than Korchnoi. After he became the official World Champion he played a great series of games. Fischer could never be said to be the best as he only won the World Champs once. Karpov at least kept playing at the highest level. And won effectively three World Championships. It was quite a long time before Kasparov could beat him. It was a question then who had the best seconds, the most money, and Kasparov made sure he dominated. He kind of bullied such as Anand who was and is a great player.

No, the myth of Fischer has been exploded. He had great talent but lost interest once he won. There was a psychological weakness in himself. He knew it. Karpov played both great positional games and some beautiful attacks.

Had they played a match in 1974? The outcome is uncertain. Fischer was already showing signs of instability. He was suffering inside. Karpov just played chess and had a fairly even temperament.

It is a pity though that Fischer didn't get psychological or psychiatric assistance and then play Karpov. Fischer's main weakness was himself (and his rather limited opening repertoire).

I don't think that Karpov felt any animosity towards Fischer. They both agreed that the terms of the match proposed were not good, or as they wanted them. Then Fischer kind of disappeared and we all know the rest. He became a rather pathetic figure....

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  carpovius: "Unfair to Karpov?" an article by GM Keene))

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  fabelhaft: In April Karpov will be playing the Sigeman tournament (OTB classical) together with Tata winner van Foreest, Grandelius, Sarin, Navara, Shirov etc.

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  fabelhaft: I think this is the first classical round robin for Karpov in a dozen years, the last time was Donostia Chess Festival (2009)
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  alexmagnus: Did Karpov, approaching 70, suddenly decide he wants to top Korchnoi in terms of chess longevity too? The prerequisites are not very good though. Korchnoi at this age was still a top 50 player and fully active.

Karpov played his last classical game for the July 2019 list (draw against Matlakov), and his last rated classical win against a 2500+ player goes back to 2016.

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  fabelhaft: < Did Karpov, approaching 70, suddenly decide he wants to top Korchnoi in terms of chess longevity too? The prerequisites are not very good though. Korchnoi at this age was still a top 50 player and fully active>

What Korchnoi did aged 70 wonít be easily repeated

Biel (2001)

Feb-12-21  Olavi: <carpovius: "Unfair to Karpov?" an article by GM Keene))

The article gives the Anand - Karpov wins head to head as 11-5. I'm fairly sure it is 9-5, one of Anand's wins being from the Buenos Aires 1994 Polugaevsky Jubilee Sicilian theme tournament. This site makes the same mistake, considering a couple of rapid games as classical.

Anyone in possession of Keene's book on the 1978 match will recognize several passages. It's nice to meet old friends.

Feb-12-21  fisayo123: He just enjoys chess and loves to play. I personally think at age 70, he's better off spending his time doing other things than playing a classical tournament, but who am I to say anything to the great Karpov.
Feb-12-21  Poisonpawns: Karpov vs the Trompovsky (entire career)
Feb-14-21  Tadeusz Nida: if karpov did not accept 50k, he could still claim he is champ today:
Feb-26-21  Tadeusz Nida: karpov did not lose his fide title, technically he would be co world champion today if he did not sell it for 50000$, dumb ass:
Feb-26-21  Refused: Karpov is not really that active and as a multi millionaire he really doesn't have to play for a living. For him it's really just a hobby, and he only plays when and what he wants to play. So if he play an occasional tournament like Sigeman good for him, and best of luck to him.
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  HeMateMe: Good for karpy, glad he's back in action. I dont think he ever really needed chess as badly as korchnoi did, the feel of beating people, the recognizance.

I do wish karpov would lose some weight, though.

Apr-06-21  Tadeusz Nida: this sucks, karpov tourney postponed: this corona virus, God allowed it; life is short; but if you start something that matters, you have to finish it no matter what!
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  Penguincw: No idea how long ago this was, but this video (and the comment section) are hilarious.

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  Messiah: <Penguincw: No idea how long ago this was, but this video (and the comment section) are hilarious.

I burst out in uncontrollable laughter every single time when I watch this video. Legends say that around 1974-75 veteran grandmasters had this exact same reaction, as Misha, when they had to play with GM Karpov.

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