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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 D73 D78 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 C93
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (136) 
    C92 C95 C98 C93 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 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)
   Madrid (1973)
   Bad Lauterberg (1977)
   USSR Championship (1976)
   Las Palmas (1977)
   Biel (1992)
   Linares (1994)
   Cap D'Agde (2013)
   Leningrad Interzonal (1973)
   Hastings 1971/72 (1971)
   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
   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 amadeus
   Karpov Tournament Champion - II by chessgain
   Karpov Tournament Champion - II by docjan
   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
   Yifan Hou vs Karpov (Feb-06-18) 1-0, rapid

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(born May-23-1951, 70 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 3,624  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Lazarev vs Karpov 0-1491961CheliabinskD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. A Shneider vs Karpov 0-1511961CheliabinskC34 King's Gambit Accepted
3. Karpov vs V Kalashnikov 1-0601961ZlatoustC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
4. Karpov vs Budakov ½-½261961ZlatoustC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
5. Zadneprovsky vs Karpov 0-1651961ZlatoustE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
6. Karpov vs Nedelin 1-0361961RUS-ch JuniorsC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
7. Tarinin vs Karpov 1-0351961ZlatoustC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
8. Shusharin vs Karpov 0-1351961CheliabinskC77 Ruy Lopez
9. V Kalashnikov vs Karpov ½-½621961ZlatoustE15 Queen's Indian
10. Karpov vs A Alekseev ½-½581961ZlatoustB40 Sicilian
11. B Kalinkin vs Karpov ½-½321961CheliabinskC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
12. Karpov vs Gaimaletdinov 1-0601961ZlatoustC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
13. Karpov vs Mukhudulin ½-½611961ZlatoustB56 Sicilian
14. Karpov vs Shefler 1-0431961ZlatoustC01 French, Exchange
15. Karpov vs Maksimov 1-0601961MagnitogorskE81 King's Indian, Samisch
16. Karpov vs S Belousov 1-0401961BorovichiC07 French, Tarrasch
17. Timoshchenko vs Karpov 0-1531961RUS-ch JuniorsC10 French
18. Karpov vs Ziuliarkin 1-0351961ZlatoustA07 King's Indian Attack
19. Korchnoi vs Karpov ½-½301961SimulC45 Scotch Game
20. Manakov vs Karpov 0-1261962KoyenskC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
21. Karpov vs Karin 1-0391962CheliabinskB06 Robatsch
22. V Kalashnikov vs Karpov ½-½361962ZlatoustC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
23. Kolishkin vs Karpov ½-½391962CheliabinskC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
24. Aranov vs Karpov 0-1711962CheliabinskC10 French
25. Karpov vs Tarinin 1-0531962CheliabinskC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
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May-24-21  fisayo123: This is the full link to the complete interview.

Karpov seemed to be in a good mood to grant such a long and extensive interview that touched on many things.

Interesting bit on Fischer. This was a question asked by GM Vladmir Fedoseev. Apparently, they had agreed to a match in 1977 but Fischer turned it down at the last minute.

Fedoseev, vice-champion of the world in rapid chess: - If there was a match with Robert Fischer in 1975, how would this change chess and your career?

<<- To begin with, the match would become a unique event in the history of not only chess, but also world sports. It is a pity that it failed. Although we negotiated for a long time, we met three times. The last time was in Washington. 1977 year. They actually shook hands there. We went to the Philippine consulate. Campomanes, FIDE President, found a typist who typed everything that was agreed. We have already taken pens to sign the agreement. But at the last moment, Fischer refused.

Negotiations were later resumed through Lothar Schmid, who was a referee at the Fischer-Spassky match and since then has maintained a cordial relationship with Bobby. I was still actively involved in chess, Fischer watched - but had not played for a long time ... Finally, I suggested - well, let's play your chess, Fischer's. Also did not respond.

I don’t want to claim that he was afraid of me. But some kind of insecurity wandered in him. Too many new things awaited in the confrontation with me. When Fischer went to the title of world champion, he defeated opponents much older. Plus, everyone was rooting for him.

Over time, the alignment has changed. I am eight years younger and had a lot of support. And Bobby at that moment also spoiled his relations with the press. He did not play a single official game after the match with Spassky. Yes, Fischer could not imagine life without chess, he continued to study. But at home you cannot simulate a tournament environment, you cannot train the nervous system. This is probably why I felt psychologically ill at ease.

He also saw me progressing rapidly. Having become the world champion, he immediately won the largest tournament in Milan. And in the future, he completely dominated for six years, won everything in a row. Only with Korchnoi in Baguio did he suffer a little. In total, I performed at a high level for 25 years. It is a rarity among chess players>>

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  harrylime: Karpov is UNKNOWN now ..

NOBODY knows him

lol lol lol lol

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  Williebob: <Harry>, do you think the top players of today are fools if they don’t worship at the chess altar of The Bob?

Should they be asking themselves during a serious game, “What would Fischer play?”

Your protestations lack substance, man! Of course Bobby is a reasonable contender for GOAT, but nobody can actually prove their point without making concessions. Karpov? He played! He never took 2-3 year breaks, nurturing his record against the top players. He played ‘em all; old and young. It took Garry over 40 games to beat him! Bobby didn’t even have the guts to face Spassky in a Candidates! C’mon!
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  harrylime: <<When Fischer had to face a younger man <karpov>, he retired.

and, Harry Lime is still a <dik>. That never changes.>>

Bobby came.
Bobby saw
Bobby conquered
Bobby became the Greatest

Fischer had nothing to prove ...

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  HeMateMe: <Bobby didn’t even have the guts to face Spassky in a Candidates! C’mon!>

indeed, the paranoid Fischer hid when Spassky was at his prime.

Bob DeNiro: "It IS what it IS!"

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  TommyChess: who is the most boring chess champion of all time ??
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  TommyChess: <<HeMateMe: <Bobby didn’t even have the guts to face Spassky in a Candidates! C’mon!> indeed, the paranoid Fischer hid when Spassky was at his prime.

Bob DeNiro: "It IS what it IS!">>

I'm SMOKIN you Ooooot.


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  harrylime: Fischer would have owned karpov
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  Petrosianic: <harry david chapman> ...And you hate him for not playing and winning that match. We know, Killer, we know. Unfortunately, that won't change anything.
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  Petrosianic: <We have already taken pens to sign the agreement. But at the last moment, Fischer refused.>

The reason Fischer gave for backing out at the last minute, literally with pen in hand to sign, was a dispute over what to call the match. He decided it should be called The Professional Chess World Championship, or something like that. Of course he knew Karpov wouldn't be allowed to play in a match like that because the official Party Line was that Soviet players weren't professionals, they were amateurs. Officially they all had other jobs, usually "Journalist" (Chess Journalist, of course). One or two of them, like Botvinnik and Taimanov actually did have legitimate Other Jobs, but they were the exceptions.

Anyway, Karpov pointed out that he wouldn't be allowed to play in a match with that name. Campomanes told Fischer to just sign the contract and they'd work out a name that both sides could live with later. Fischer said No, and walked out.

A year later, Chess Life & Review reported that the Fischer-Gligoric match was a done deal. Gligoric did agree to absolutely everything, but even then Fischer didn't want to play. When the match fell through, CL&R was so disgusted that they didn't even report it or retract their claim that the match was on. They just stopped talking about it entirely. In its place, Gligoric and Ljubojevic played a real slugfest of a match that Ljubo won 5½-4½.

A year later, Korchnoi issued his challenge to Fischer, agreed to everything, and got the same result. In hindsight we know Fischer was retired, but people couldn't accept the fact then. That's why people like Harry despise Fischer to this day for not living up to the legend.

May-25-21  macer75: <Petrosianic: <Carlsen also now has won four undisputed title matches,> Well... kinda. Actually, he won two matches, drew two matches, and won two Rapids playoffs. If we're going to count a draw in regulation as a win, then we should really count 1910, 1951, 1954, 1987 and 2004 as "wins" for the titleholder as well, for a more direct comparison (i.e. the guy who walks out with the title is the winner). Which would mean the 1984 match should really be considered a win for Karpov as well, giving him three.>

I propose a draw in regulation with no playoff counts as half a win, and a draw in regulation followed by a playoff victory counts as 3/4 of a win.

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  HeMateMe: <harrylime: Fischer would have owned karpov >

Karpov gave Kaspy all he could handle--five extremely close or drawn matches.

Don't tell us that Fischer would have beaten Kasparov in a match--you won't get any takers on that.

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  Petrosianic: <HeMateMe<: Harry admitted he doesn't even play chess himself. He's judging them solely as Western pop culture icons. And on that count, Fischer clearly outpaces both Karpov and Kasparov. The non-chessplying public doesn't know Karpov at all, and knows Kasparov only slightly from his David Letterman interviews (maybe a few know him from his failed political career).
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  Petrosianic: <macer75>: <I propose a draw in regulation with no playoff counts as half a win, and a draw in regulation followed by a playoff victory counts as 3/4 of a win.>

I'd keep it even simpler. There are successful title defenses, and unsuccessful ones. It used to be that they only counted the number of times you acquired the title. Hence, Botvinnik was always considered a 3-time champion in his day. Today, with the effort to pad records, they call him a 5-time champion. I saw one site even call Karpov a 7-time champion, by conflating the World Championship with the FIDE Championship (so 1978, 1978, 1981, 1984, 1993, 1996, 1998). Really though, Karpov is a 1-time champion who defended that one win several times.

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  SkySports: Karpov has recently played a blitz tournament in Moscow:
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  Troller: Karpov is to play a classical tournament in Sweden:

Aug-29-21  WNRRRWN: karpov to play in september?

does anybody know karpov and karpov manager's email? whats official website and i dont mean his crappy chess school!

Sep-03-21  ColdSong: Just looked at Karpov's opponents list to Malmoe.There are reasons to be worried.Best wishes anyway.
Sep-09-21  Albertan: Karpov (Age 70) Defeats Karjakin in Epic Endgame:

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  Troller: Unfortunately Karpov has withdrawn from the TePe tournament. Fortunately his replacement is my compatriot Jonas Buhl Bjerre.

Back in the day the Sigeman tournament always had its share of Danish players, e.g. Peter Heine Nielsen and Curt Hansen shared first in 2004 ahead of a certain Norwegian kid. But since 2008 when Lars Bo Hansen competed, no Dane has played the event.

Sep-23-21  Albertan: Tatarstan is among top 3 regions for the development of chess among young people:

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  HeMateMe: I think Karpov was the first chess player to sort of 'cash in', commercially speaking. In the late 70s or early 80s he was hired to put his name on/endorse one of those crappy stand alone chess computers (Mephisto, Excalibur, Fidelity). I can't remember if Brezhnev had died yet but the glasnost thaw was sort of beginning. Karpov was allowed to stamp his name on one of these early chess computers made by the USA or West Germany, and get a sponsorship fee.

Kasparov later followed, but Karpov was first. He had the rep as the dour commie boy, but Karpov understood capitalism quite well. He knows how to make money.

Sep-26-21  WNRRRWN: why did karpov chicken out, afraid he would lose and go below 2600? this sux:
Sep-26-21  WNRRRWN: what is contact to karpov's agent?
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  0ZeR0: <WNRRRWN>

Are you gonna send him a chastising letter?

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