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Anatoly Karpov
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Number of games in database: 3,614
Years covered: 1961 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2617 (2583 rapid, 2607 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2780

Overall record: +963 -226 =1284 (64.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1141 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 (191) 
    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 D73 D78 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 B47 B40 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 Korchnoi, 1978 1-0
   Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 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)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02 (2001)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Madrid (1973)
   USSR Championship (1976)
   Bugojno (1978)
   Montreal (1979)
   Bad Lauterberg (1977)
   Brussels World Cup (1988)
   Linares (1994)
   Cap D'Agde (2013)
   Hastings 1971/72 (1971)
   Leningrad Interzonal (1973)
   55th USSR Championship (1988)
   Linares (1993)
   Trophee Anatoly Karpov (2012)
   San Antonio (1972)
   USSR Championship (1971)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Karpov Tournament Champion - I by chessgain
   Karpov Tournament Champion - I by amadeus
   Anatoly Karpov - My Best 300 Games by webbing1947
   Anatoly Karpov - My Best 300 Games by Incremental
   Anatoly Karpov - My Best 300 Games by jakaiden
   Karpov Tournament Champion - II by chessgain
   Karpov Tournament Champion - II by amadeus
   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 alip
   Anatoly Karpov's Best Games by KingG

   🏆 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 3,614  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Karpov vs V Kalashnikov 1-0601961ZlatoustC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
2. B Kalinkin vs Karpov ½-½321961CheliabinskC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
3. Zadneprovsky vs Karpov 0-1651961ZlatoustE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
4. V Kalashnikov vs Karpov ½-½621961ZlatoustE15 Queen's Indian
5. Korchnoi vs Karpov ½-½301961SimulC45 Scotch Game
6. Karpov vs Gaimaletdinov 1-0601961ZlatoustC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
7. G Timoshchenko vs Karpov 0-1531961RUS-ch JuniorsC10 French
8. Tarinin vs Karpov 1-0351961ZlatoustC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
9. Karpov vs Maksimov 1-0601961MagnitogorskE81 King's Indian, Samisch
10. Karpov vs Nedelin 1-0361961RUS-ch JuniorsC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
11. Karpov vs Ziuliarkin 1-0351961ZlatoustA07 King's Indian Attack
12. Shusharin vs Karpov 0-1351961CheliabinskC77 Ruy Lopez
13. Karpov vs Shefler 1-0431961ZlatoustC01 French, Exchange
14. A Shneider vs Karpov 0-1511961CheliabinskC34 King's Gambit Accepted
15. Karpov vs Budakov ½-½261961ZlatoustC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
16. Karpov vs Mukhudulin ½-½611961ZlatoustB56 Sicilian
17. E Lazarev vs Karpov 0-1491961CheliabinskD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. Karpov vs A Alekseev ½-½581961ZlatoustB40 Sicilian
19. Karpov vs S Belousov 1-0401961BorovichiC07 French, Tarrasch
20. Ziuliarkin vs Karpov 0-1351962ZlatoustC50 Giuoco Piano
21. Kolishkin vs Karpov 0-1541962ZlatoustC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
22. Kolishkin vs Karpov ½-½391962CheliabinskC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
23. V G Kirillov vs Karpov 0-1631962ZlatoustA20 English
24. Karpov vs Tarinin 1-0531962CheliabinskC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
25. Karpov vs Piskunov 1-0351962ZlatoustB03 Alekhine's Defense
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Apr-28-20  The Rocket: What can I say about this chess titan that hasn't been repeated a million times by now?

Anatoly Karpov was in many ways a complete chess player in that he excelled both at tactics and positional play. There were however weaknesses that did crop up on occasion.

While an excellent calculator and tactician over the board, Karpov did not play double edged positions very well. These types of positions seemed to conflict with his positional instincts that were not pertinent to every position. Kasparov made this point that Karpov wanted to "play like Karpov" even when the position did not warrant it, and instead required concrete and sometimes unorthodox play (hence "concrete").

Karpov circumvented this weakness most of the time by employing opening variations that restricted his opponents counter-play and played to his own strengths. His Be3, dxe5 variation in the Kings Indian Defense against Kasparov was brilliant and Kasparov admitted that he never got anything out of them, while Karpov played as if he was born to handle those types of structures.

So in some positions, it felt like Karpov perfect chess.

Kasparov likened Karpov to a computer, and to confuse the computer, you might need to muddy the waters...

Apr-28-20  The Rocket: *Robot, not computer.
May-22-20  Reecie: Who did Petrosian and Spassky say was stronger: Fischer or Karpov?
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  andrewjsacks: We say happy birthday to a great World Champion.
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  Fusilli: <andrewjsacks: We say happy birthday to a great World Champion.>

I second that!

May-23-20  Everett: < Fischer did everything better than Karpov. It isn't even debate who played higher quality chess in the 70s, and Karpov in the 80s still had weaknesses. Fischer had no discernible weaknesses in the 70s>

Hmm? Karpov played better chess and more of it in the 70’s. He also earned or maintained the WC twice as many times. He also actively maintained champion status against all for the rest of the decade.

And Fischer had one big weakness throughout his career: at any moment he could quit. This is a weakness that tips all others.

Happy birthday Anatoly. Thank you for bringing your unique chess style to the world!

May-23-20  Everett: < May-22-20 Reecie: Who did Petrosian and Spassky say was stronger: Fischer or Karpov?>

Not specifying a time, Spassky said Karpov was. Something along the lines of not understanding what Karpov was looking for at the board.

Kramnik has noted, and Karpov agrees, that our birthday boy did not value the initiative nearly as much as most top players, and his tendency to patiently clean up his position while oozing down the board was likely the reason why so many had a difficult time playing against him.

I bet he would have been awesome at Chess960.

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  harrylime: Karpov is just , and it'za tiny just , behind Bozza in the Soviet School of Chess Rankings for me.
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  Sally Simpson: ***

Happy Birthday Maestro Karpov and thank you for all the great games.

Hi Joshka:

I just noticed this:

"You write in your bio a meeting with Karpov for over an hour!! Wow.....what time period was this? I met him in Miami around 2004 was able to ask him questions about Fischer and what he was preparing and what not. thanks in advance!"

It was 1984. I never mention Bobby. Figured he must have been asked that a lot.

We were too wrapped up in chess history. He was impressed with the signatures we had in the visitors book...Alekhine, Capa, Blackburne...etc and etc.

The walls were covered in b/w pictures of the old masters. He like a collage of about 20 b/w pictures we had made up of the old guys.

He knew most/all of them think I had to point out who was who just once.

Showed him the pieces the boys used to analyse the 1825-1829 corres match on and the letters from London.

Then he was gone..... I felt like I had just spent an hour with the Pope.

Karpov's 'The Spanish' probably meant he had things up his sleeve as Black v Fischer's 1.e4. Maybe have to look at his and Geller's Black Lopez's after 1975 to see if any stunners were unearthed.

Know Karpov used the Zaitsev as Black so maybe (and this is just a guess) he had an improvement in Fischer vs Stein, 1967

(sorry for taking so long in replying.)


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  harrylime: Hey <<Sally>>

Yoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooze reckon the STAMP COLLECTOR would have given Bobby a game loike ??

May-23-20  ewan14: I do Macca
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  harrylime: <<ewan14: I do Macca>>

Bobby win no probz matey

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  eternaloptimist: Happy birthday to 1 of the best chess players of all time, Anatoly Karpov! Here’s a game where he came up w/ a great plan in a complex game!: Karpov vs Kiril D Georgiev, 1994
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  eternaloptimist: <harrylime> I’m not so sure that Fischer would’ve beaten Karpov if they would’ve played for the World Championship. You need to keep in mind that Fischer was inactive from ‘72 to ‘75. *Maybe* Fischer would’ve won in ‘75 anyway. Although even if that would’ve happened, Karpov probably would’ve qualified again in ‘78 & w/ more experience would’ve had a good chance to beat Fischer then. I also think it’s definitely a possibility that Fischer retired b/c of Karpov. I think he knew that there was a legit chance that Karpov would’ve beaten him in ‘75 if they would’ve played a W C match then.
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  harrylime: <<eternaloptimist: <harrylime> I’m not so sure that Fischer would’ve beaten Karpov if they would’ve played for the World Championship. You need to keep in mind that Fischer was inactive from ‘72 to ‘75. *Maybe* Fischer would’ve won in ‘75 anyway. Although even if that would’ve happened, Karpov probably would’ve qualified again in ‘78 & w/ more experience would’ve had a good chance to beat Fischer then. I also think it’s definitely a possibility that Fischer retired b/c of Karpov. I think he knew that there was a legit chance that Karpov would’ve beaten him in ‘75 if they would’ve played a W C match then.>>

I respect your opinion and I know this is Karpov's page . But ! lol .. You really rate Karpov that high ? And Bobby that low ??

It's all about opinions tho .👍

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  eternaloptimist: Actually Spassky himself thinks that Fischer would’ve won in ‘75 but he thinks if that would’ve happened then Karpov would’ve qualified for a rematch & would’ve beaten Fischer in ‘78. Although there’s obviously no proof that those things would’ve happened but Spassky’s opinion does carry some weight to it since he played both of them in big matches. Like I said, Fischer was inactive for about 3 years & would’ve faced 1 of the best players of all time so there’s a chance that Spassky could be wrong about Fischer winning in ‘75. That at least would’ve given Karpov a legit shot to win the W C in ‘75. I know that Fischer went for 20 years w/o playing in a chess tournament or a match from ‘72 to ‘92 (except for playing Greenblatt [a computer program] in a few games in a match in ‘77) & then beat Spassky convincingly in a match in ‘92. Although Spassky was 55 years old then & was definitely past his prime. Both Fischer & Karpov beat Spassky convincingly in their matches vs him in the early ‘70s. Lol like u said as far as who would’ve won the match, we’re just going by our opinions.
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  yiotta: There is a wonderful photo of Karpov and Salvador Dali. Dali is smiling and saying something, one liver spotted hand draped over Karpov,s shoulder, and Karpov is laughing so hard he's unrecognizable. I think the first question I would have for Karpov, should I ever meet him, would be "What'd he say?"
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  Fusilli: <yiotta> Here it is:
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  yiotta: Terrific! Thank you, Fusilli.
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  harrylime: <<eternaloptimist>>

Bobby's main enemy was Bobby. Purely chess I think he was a better player than Karpov.

Karpov is a very great chess player. He's part of my youth in getting into chess . For a time in the early 80's he developed a mystique which only the very , very best chess players do ... and it took quite possibly the best chess player of all time to topple him ..

Itz all speculative. Bobby , without his inner demons , was an unstoppable force over the board tho...

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  0ZeR0: Happy belated 69th birthday to my personal chess hero, Karpov!
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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 70’s. >

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, Fischer’s games were not all flawless in the 70’s, 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.

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