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Anatoly Karpov
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Number of games in database: 3,610
Years covered: 1961 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2617 (2583 rapid, 2607 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2780

Overall record: +963 -226 =1285 (64.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1136 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (231) 
    B92 B81 B44 B84 B31
 King's Indian (189) 
    E60 E62 E81 E71 E63
 Queen's Indian (147) 
    E15 E17 E12 E16 E19
 Ruy Lopez (137) 
    C95 C82 C84 C92 C80
 Queen's Gambit Declined (124) 
    D30 D37 D35 D39 D38
 Grunfeld (100) 
    D85 D78 D73 D97 D87
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (257) 
    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 C93 C98 C84
 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 Topalov, 1994 1-0
   Karpov vs Spassky, 1974 1-0
   Kasparov vs Karpov, 1984 0-1
   Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 1-0
   Karpov vs Gulko, 1996 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?]
   Madrid (1973)
   Bad Lauterberg (1977)
   Bugojno (1978)
   USSR Championship (1976)
   Brussels World Cup (1988)
   Montreal (1979)
   Phillips & Drew GLC Kings (1984)
   Linares (1994)
   Trophee Anatoly Karpov (2012)
   Cap D'Agde (2013)
   Leningrad Interzonal (1973)
   Hastings 1971/72 (1971)
   San Antonio (1972)
   USSR Championship (1971)
   Superstars Hotel Bali (2002)

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   Karpov Tournament Champion - II by amadeus
   Karpov Tournament Champion - II by chessgain
   Match Karpov! by amadeus
   Kar pov 12th World Chess Champion by fredthebear
   Anatoly Karpov's Best Games by Psihadal
   Anatoly Karpov's Best Games by sdbehrendt
   Karpov World Championship Games by Penguincw
   Anatoly Karpov's Best Games by KingG
   Anatoly Karpov's Best Games by alip

   🏆 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, 68 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 3,610  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Karpov vs Nedelin 1-0361961RUS-ch JuniorsC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
2. Shusharin vs Karpov 0-1351961CheliabinskC77 Ruy Lopez
3. Karpov vs Mukhudulin ½-½611961ZlatoustB56 Sicilian
4. A Shneider vs Karpov 0-1511961CheliabinskC34 King's Gambit Accepted
5. Karpov vs V Kalashnikov 1-0601961ZlatoustC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
6. Karpov vs Budakov ½-½261961ZlatoustC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
7. Zadneprovsky vs Karpov 0-1651961ZlatoustE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
8. Korchnoi vs Karpov ½-½301961SimulC45 Scotch Game
9. Karpov vs S Belousov 1-0401961BorovichiC07 French, Tarrasch
10. E Lazarev vs Karpov 0-1491961CheliabinskD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. Karpov vs Gaimaletdinov 1-0601961ZlatoustC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
12. Karpov vs A Alekseev ½-½581961ZlatoustB40 Sicilian
13. Tarinin vs Karpov 1-0351961ZlatoustC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
14. B Kalinkin vs Karpov ½-½321961CheliabinskC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
15. V Kalashnikov vs Karpov ½-½621961ZlatoustE15 Queen's Indian
16. Karpov vs Ziuliarkin 1-0351961ZlatoustA07 King's Indian Attack
17. G Timoshchenko vs Karpov 0-1531961RUS-ch JuniorsC10 French
18. Karpov vs Maksimov 1-0601961MagnitogorskE81 King's Indian, Samisch
19. Karpov vs Shefler 1-0431961ZlatoustC01 French, Exchange
20. V Kalashnikov vs Karpov ½-½361962ZlatoustC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
21. Aranov vs Karpov 0-1711962CheliabinskC10 French
22. Manakov vs Karpov 0-1261962KoyenskC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
23. Ziuliarkin vs Karpov 0-1351962ZlatoustC50 Giuoco Piano
24. Kolishkin vs Karpov 0-1541962ZlatoustC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
25. Kolishkin vs Karpov ½-½391962CheliabinskC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
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Dec-22-18  Damenlaeuferbauer: It is just a little Christmas quiz:
On the whole world, there lived just two persons, who won a regular game (or more) with the black pieces against R. J. Fischer, A. E. Karpov and G. K. Kasparov, the three strongest chess players in history. A little hint: Both were born in the same city. Please name these two great masters of the royal game!
Dec-23-18  Granny O Doul: <above>Spassky and Korchnoi. I remember Robert Byrne's reporting of the first game of the Korchnoi-Kasparov candidates match. Something like "it is evident that Korchnoi is not impressed by the flashy victories of his young opponent".
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  perfidious: The victory by Spassky over Karpov (1974) and Korchnoi's over Kasparov (1983) were both in the opening game of candidates matches; moreover, they were the only wins ever scored by either player in classical games against that opponent.
Dec-23-18  Howard: Spassky beat Karpov at Hamburg 1982, but that was at accelerated time controls, as I recall.
Dec-25-18  Damenlaeuferbauer: Congratulations to all contributors: The two "Leningrad Cowboys" Viktor Lvovich (1931-2016) and Boris Vasilievich (born 1937) (both were pupils of the legendary trainer Vladimir G. Zak) are the right solution!
Jan-10-19  payan: I think it is very short biography about one of greatest player of chess history
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  amadeus: <Howard: Spassky beat Karpov at Hamburg 1982, but that was at accelerated time controls, as I recall.>

Classical games: Anatoly Karpov beat Boris Spassky 14 to 1, with 23 draws

search "karpov vs spassky"

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  alexmagnus: Chessgames lists the Hamburg 1982 game as "exhibition".
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  amadeus: <Joseph Blackcape: In June the 67 years old GM Karpov scored yet another tournament win by triumphing in World Chess Legends 2 in Platja d'Aro, Spain over 3 other GMs of his generation.>

A nice interview with Karpov just after his win:

Btw, the games haven't been uploaded yet.

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  andrewjsacks: A happy birthday wish is in order to a great Champion, though perhaps a less than fully admirable man in some respects.
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  Richard Taylor: It's a pity he didn't play Fischer. He was at his peak in 1974 or around there. He played, as well as his positional masterpieces, some great attacking games. I'm just playing over games by him from a book I found by Markland. His prize winning games included a great win against Timman. But he also beat Tal, Korchnoi and others in some amazing games. One game he played he moved his King to e4 and back to c2:

Karpov vs A Zaitsev, 1970

May-23-19  gars: Happy Birthday, Grandmaster Karpov! You are one of the BESTEST players ever!
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  Phony Benoni: Anatoly Karpov and I were born in the same year. He in May, me in November.

Amazing what that six months head start can do.

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  Sally Simpson: ***

Hi P.B.

Anatoly Karpov was born a just a month before me - amazing what one month head start can do.

Happy Birthday G.M. Anatoly Yevgenyevich Karpov.


Hi Richard,

The Markland book was one of the first to be published in algebraic in the UK. I was never too fond of the 1.e2-e4 e7-e5 long notation it used. Much preferred the shorter 1.e4 e5 format which (if memory serves) is the style they used in the notes.

Also the diagrams, they had a-h and 1-8 on all sides of the board to help those new to algebraic.


May-24-19  cunctatorg: <andrewjsacks: A happy birthday wish is in order to a great Champion, though perhaps a less than fully admirable man in some respects.>

Is it a pity that the amazing internet avenue of global communication is also a ground for everyone to insult people, even in his birthday?!? Or is it didactic?

Anyways, Happy Birthday to the most effective (and overwhelming!!...) positional chess player ever, one of the greatest players in chess history!!

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  AylerKupp: <<andrewjsacks> A happy birthday wish is in order to a great Champion, though perhaps a less than fully admirable man in some respects.>

Who among us is fully admirable in all respects? Certainly not me.

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  AylerKupp: <<Phony Benoni> Anatoly Karpov was born a just a month before me - amazing what one month head start can do.>

Many years ago my wife and I asked one of our friends' 4-year old daughter:

“Kelly, how old are you?”

“Four!” she said in a bright and happy voice.

“And how old is your friend Aaron?” we asked.

“Five!” she replied in an equally bright and happy voice. Then seriously: “Next year I’m going to be five, and Aaron is going to be six.”

Suddenly, her face turned somber and she mumbled sadly: “I’m never going to catch up, am I?”

So good luck in catching up with Karpov, both in age and playing ability.

May-24-19  john barleycorn: <AylerKupp: ...

So good luck in catching up with Karpov, both in age and playing ability.>

I cannot do that in age, for sure.

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  Chessical: "Anatoly Karpov could not fly to New York for the long established chess training camp of Maxim Dlugy Academy. In the previous two years he flew there without any difficulties.

This time, the former world champion and State Duma deputy filed a visa application in early March. They talked to him at the American embassy and asked if he intended to communicate with congressmen in the country. Karpov replied that the purpose of his trip was exclusively chess.

Formally, they have not refused him a visa, but the application is still “at the verification stage”, according to the US Department of State. The training camp took place last week; Karpov participated on Skype.

Neither a letter from the senator and congressman of New York, nor the invitation from the police chief of the city of Chicago, nor the fact that US President George W. Bush once assigned Anatoly Karpov the title of Honorary Citizen of Texas, helped."


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  wordfunph: another version..

<Russian chess legend Anatoly Karpov unable to get U.S. visa, friend says>

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  MissScarlett: It took me a while to work out that it's the Americans, not the Russians, apparently delaying the granting of a visa.
Aug-28-19  Caissanist: NPR had a story on that today. Supposedly the denial was related to the reduction in US diplomatic staff in Moscow, one of the people they interviewed said Karpov could probably have gotten a visa had he been willing to travel to Warsaw to make his application.
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  MissScarlett: <
· 22h
Kasparov on a Karpov interview where he claimed he & Garry understood chess better than Magnus & at their peak would beat him: "He now knows much more about chess than we did... I spent quite a lot of time with Magnus & he understands chess no worse than us!" #SinquefieldCup>

Sep-28-19  spingo: I am eating some Pad Krapow Gay at Karpov's gay pad.

What are the chances of that haappening?

Nov-04-19  WorstPlayerEver: Karpov vs Nihal

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