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Anatoly Karpov
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Number of games in database: 3,666
Years covered: 1961 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2617 (2583 rapid, 2607 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2780

Overall record: +948 -217 =1267 (65.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1234 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (244) 
    B92 B81 B44 B84 B31
 King's Indian (192) 
    E60 E62 E81 E71 E63
 Queen's Indian (149) 
    E15 E17 E12 E16 E19
 Ruy Lopez (141) 
    C95 C82 C84 C80 C92
 Queen's Gambit Declined (125) 
    D30 D37 D35 D39 D38
 Grunfeld (103) 
    D85 D78 D73 D97 D87
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (258) 
    B17 B12 B18 B10 B14
 Queen's Indian (244) 
    E15 E12 E17 E19 E14
 Ruy Lopez (177) 
    C92 C77 C69 C95 C93
 Nimzo Indian (177) 
    E32 E54 E21 E42 E41
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (137) 
    C92 C95 C93 C84 C98
 Sicilian (89) 
    B46 B44 B40 B47 B42
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Karpov vs Kasparov, 1984 1-0
   Karpov vs Topalov, 1994 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 Kasparov, 1985 1-0
   Karpov vs Uhlmann, 1973 1-0
   Karpov vs Topalov, 1994 1-0
   Kasparov vs Karpov, 1984 0-1

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)

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

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

   🏆 Smyslov Region Group Cup
   D Paravyan vs Karpov (Aug-16-21) 1-0
   Karpov vs M Kobalia (Aug-16-21) 0-1
   Karpov vs D Paravyan (Aug-16-21) 1-0
   M Kobalia vs Karpov (Aug-16-21) 1-0
   Huebner vs Karpov (Mar-01-20) 1/2-1/2

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(born May-23-1951, 71 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 147; games 1-25 of 3,667  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Lazarev vs Karpov 0-1491961CheliabinskD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. Karpov vs V Kalashnikov 1-0601961ZlatoustC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
3. A Shneider vs Karpov 0-1511961CheliabinskC34 King's Gambit Accepted
4. Karpov vs Nedelin 1-0361961RUS-ch JuniorsC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
5. Karpov vs Budakov ½-½261961ZlatoustC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
6. Zadneprovsky vs Karpov 0-1651961ZlatoustE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
7. Shusharin vs Karpov 0-1351961CheliabinskC77 Ruy Lopez
8. Tarinin vs Karpov 1-0351961ZlatoustC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
9. Karpov vs Maksimov 1-0601961MagnitogorskE81 King's Indian, Samisch
10. V Kalashnikov vs Karpov ½-½621961ZlatoustE15 Queen's Indian
11. Karpov vs A Alekseev ½-½581961ZlatoustB40 Sicilian
12. B Kalinkin vs Karpov ½-½321961CheliabinskC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
13. Karpov vs Gaimaletdinov 1-0601961ZlatoustC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
14. Karpov vs Mukhudulin ½-½611961ZlatoustB56 Sicilian
15. Karpov vs Shefler 1-0431961ZlatoustC01 French, Exchange
16. Larinin vs Karpov  1-0351961ZlatoustC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
17. Karpov vs S Belousov 1-0401961BorovichiC07 French, Tarrasch
18. Timoscenko vs Karpov 0-1531961RUS-ch JuniorsC10 French
19. Karpov vs Ziuliarkin 1-0351961ZlatoustA07 King's Indian Attack
20. Korchnoi vs Karpov ½-½301961SimulC45 Scotch Game
21. Aranov vs Karpov 0-1711962CheliabinskC10 French
22. Karpov vs Karin 1-0391962CheliabinskB06 Robatsch
23. V Kalashnikov vs Karpov ½-½361962ZlatoustC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
24. Kolishkin vs Karpov ½-½391962CheliabinskC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
25. Karpov vs Tarinin 1-0531962CheliabinskC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
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Nov-24-21  Mathematicar: Lasker, Capablanca and Karpov are my favourites. Karpov mainly because he is strongly influenced by the genius of Capablanca. On the other hand, modern players... Too much computer assistance there.
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  plang: As long as you are not able to use a computer while you are playing I think "computer assistance" will be over-rated.
Jan-21-22  Albertan: ´´One clear win and already tired of winning’.An interview with Anatoly Karpov.:

Feb-03-22  VerySeriousExpert: A.Karpov is a great person in chess history, but each great player has played some very bad games. Here is one of them (1976), where A.Karpov's terrible blunder was on the 12th move. But Yury V. Bukayev has discovered its natural and rare cause! .
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  Messiah: russky satan
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<Karpov expressed support of the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, and accused Europe of trying to demonize Putin.[35] In August 2019, Maxim Dlugy said that Karpov had been waiting since March for the approval of a non-immigrant visa to the United States, despite frequently visiting the country since 1972. Karpov had been scheduled to teach a summer camp at the Chess Max Academy. Dlugy said that Karpov had been questioned at the US embassy in Moscow about whether he planned to communicate with American politicians.[36] Karpov was among the Russian State Duma members placed under sanctions by the EU during the 2021–2022 Russo-Ukrainian crisis.[37]>

abominable, loathsome putinist satan

Feb-26-22  Albertan: Karpov:A Russian MP sanctioned by the EU is a chess legend:

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  Messiah: <Albertan: Karpov:A Russian MP sanctioned by the EU is a chess legend:

red swine

Mar-07-22  Polonia: in match play kasparov beat karpov only by 2 games? in 1987 match was tied... in 1994 before linares... kasparov regretted saying whoever wins tournmanent is real champion and karpov had almost 3000 point performance!

karpov (how could you and duma give put-in aka stal-in jr crown for life) and 350 duma losers banned by eu!

Mar-07-22  Polonia: karpov kicked some major ass:
Game Collection: Karpov at Linares 1994
Mar-07-22  Polonia: kicking da chess-ass!
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  FSR: "FIDE moved to strip one of the world’s most famous chess players, the Russian grandmaster and former world champion Anatoly Karpov, of his title of FIDE Ambassador for Life.

As a member of the Duma, or Russian Parliament, Mr. Karpov supported President Vladimir V. Putin’s decision to recognize the independence of two separatist regions in Ukraine, which set the stage for Russia’s assault, FIDE officials said."

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  perfidious: Required reading for those who live and breathe by the verdict of Stockfish, from the interview with Karpov:

<....In game six (of the 2021 title match), in which (Nepo) had Black, it seems as if he was very close to a win. Now, there are many people who say that the computer shows that there was no direct win, but what the computer shows is one thing, but a practical game is completely different.... under the pressure of the clock things are not so simple....>

Mar-08-22  offramp: I think that politics and war should be kept separate.
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  Dionysius1: Hehe!
Mar-10-22  Polonia: f stockfish! thats out of reality when playing under time control!
Mar-11-22  Polonia: so fischer refused to play in 1975, then karpov was de facto champion in 1974 as that was the last match for the cmapionship!
Mar-18-22  Polonia: whats up with karpov's rematch clause? fbV6iXvbTw

so karpov was de facto champ in 1974? no, fischer did not defand in 1975 and he should have to cement his legacy!

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  MissScarlett: The September 1979 <BCM>. p.426, notes the wedding of Anatoly and Irina in Moscow on June 2nd 1979, with a couple of pictures of the beaming groom (whose teeth have been fixed) and the blushing bride (quite tasty). The second Mrs. Karpov, I believe.

I pass on this information, conscious that the chess biographical community shows little apparent interest in the family affairs of the great players.

May-26-22  Olavi: <MissScarlett: The second Mrs. Karpov, I believe.>

The first (of two). Karpov wrote in one of his books (Karpov on Karpov, I think) that after losing his father and Furman the possibility of a marriage began to take shape. The exact wording may have been slightly different.

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  perfidious: <keypusher.....It's hard to say that Kasparov is underrated, except by the ignorant, but one thing that tends to get underplayed is how infrequently he lost. A good deal less often than Fischer, despite playing the very strongest opposition continuously for decades.>

Not to mention coming in for relatively few defeats despite venturing into razor-sharp theoretical lines as often as Kasparov did, which is a tribute to his greatness.

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  MissScarlett: <The first (of two).>

I have a memory of a statuesque blonde that he married in the mid-1970s. Leave it with me.

May-26-22  Olavi: <I have a memory of a I have a memory of a statuesque blonde that he married in the mid-1970s. Leave it with me. that he married in the mid-1970s. Leave it with me.> German wikipedia gives Irina as the first, Natasha the latter. She sure was/is a statuesque blonde. Now that I think of it, the tournament book of Hamburg 1982 has a short interview with Karpov, where he mentions Irina.
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  MissScarlett: It wouldn't be the first time that the Soviets had airbrushed someone out of history.
May-26-22  Olavi: Indeed the Russian wiki also. I think I side with Soviet propaganda here.
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