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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 =1284 (64.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1137 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 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 C93
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (136) 
    C92 C95 C93 C98 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 Topalov, 1994 1-0
   Karpov vs Spassky, 1974 1-0
   Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 1-0
   Kasparov vs Karpov, 1984 0-1
   Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1978 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?]
   USSR Championship (1976)
   Madrid (1973)
   Bugojno (1978)
   Phillips & Drew GLC Kings (1984)
   Montreal (1979)
   Bad Lauterberg (1977)
   Brussels World Cup (1988)
   Linares (1994)
   Cap D'Agde (2013)
   Hastings 1971/72 (1971)
   Leningrad Interzonal (1973)
   Trophee Anatoly Karpov (2012)
   San Antonio (1972)
   Superstars Hotel Bali (2002)
   USSR Championship (1971)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Karpov Tournament Champion - I by amadeus
   Karpov Tournament Champion - I by chessgain
   Anatoly Karpov - My Best 300 Games by Incremental
   Anatoly Karpov - My Best 300 Games by jakaiden
   Anatoly Karpov - My Best 300 Games by webbing1947
   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 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. A Shneider vs Karpov 0-1511961CheliabinskC34 King's Gambit Accepted
2. Karpov vs Ziuliarkin 1-0351961ZlatoustA07 King's Indian Attack
3. Karpov vs Budakov ½-½261961ZlatoustC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
4. Karpov vs S Belousov 1-0401961BorovichiC07 French, Tarrasch
5. E Lazarev vs Karpov 0-1491961CheliabinskD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. Karpov vs Shefler 1-0431961ZlatoustC01 French, Exchange
7. Karpov vs A Alekseev ½-½581961ZlatoustB40 Sicilian
8. B Kalinkin vs Karpov ½-½321961CheliabinskC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
9. Karpov vs Mukhudulin ½-½611961ZlatoustB56 Sicilian
10. V Kalashnikov vs Karpov ½-½621961ZlatoustE15 Queen's Indian
11. G Timoshchenko vs Karpov 0-1531961RUS-ch JuniorsC10 French
12. Karpov vs V Kalashnikov 1-0601961ZlatoustC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
13. Karpov vs Maksimov 1-0601961MagnitogorskE81 King's Indian, Samisch
14. Zadneprovsky vs Karpov 0-1651961ZlatoustE27 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation
15. Korchnoi vs Karpov ½-½301961SimulC45 Scotch Game
16. Karpov vs Nedelin 1-0361961RUS-ch JuniorsC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
17. Karpov vs Gaimaletdinov 1-0601961ZlatoustC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
18. Shusharin vs Karpov 0-1351961CheliabinskC77 Ruy Lopez
19. Tarinin vs Karpov 1-0351961ZlatoustC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
20. V G Kirillov vs Karpov 0-1631962ZlatoustA20 English
21. Karpov vs Tarinin 1-0531962CheliabinskC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
22. Karpov vs Piskunov 1-0351962ZlatoustB03 Alekhine's Defense
23. Karpov vs Karin 1-0391962CheliabinskB06 Robatsch
24. V Kalashnikov vs Karpov ½-½361962ZlatoustC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
25. Aranov vs Karpov 0-1711962CheliabinskC10 French
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Dec-19-19  Absentee: Who was he replying to, anyway?
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  keypusher: <Absentee: Who was he replying to, anyway?>

WPE. Not every furriner can English as good as you can, Fusilli. :-)

Dec-19-19  Absentee: <keypusher: <Absentee: Who was he replying to, anyway?>

WPE. Not every furriner can English as good as you can, Fusilli. :-)>

I mean who was WorstPlayerEver replying to. I can't see the connection between his comment and the ones below (or above, depending on your settings).

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  keypusher: < Absentee: <keypusher: <Absentee: Who was he replying to, anyway?> WPE. Not every furriner can English as good as you can, Fusilli. :-)>

I mean who was WorstPlayerEver replying to. I can't see the connection between his comment and the ones below (or above, depending on your settings).>

The voices in his head?

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  WorstPlayerEver: I was just kidding, reacting to no one.
But I hit a nerve, I suppose.
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  beatgiant: <Fusilli>
<who or what is MSM> Aren't you a sociologist? MSM = "mainstream media," often used perjoratively by those who prefer "alternative facts."
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  perfidious: While those who use the term as the above-mentioned pejorative are often given to routinely referring to anything which runs counter to their world view as <fake news>.
Dec-22-19  Jambow: Of course <While those who use the term as the above-mentioned pejorative are often given to routinely referring to anything which runs counter to their world view as <fake news>.>

Might be true and yet when the never insightful lemmings get their propaganda regurgitated they dutifully swallow it down and vomit it up like only <useful idiots> can do and here is Alan right on cue.

If you ever posted an original thought I would contact admin to let them know your account has been hacked.... ;0]

Dec-22-19  cunctatorg: This very conversation in Anatoly Karpov's CG page seems to me kinda a blasphemy to both Anatoly and chess...
Dec-24-19  Jambow: <cunctatorg: This very conversation in Anatoly Karpov's CG page seems to me kinda a blasphemy to both Anatoly and chess...>

Agreed but it is also hypocrisy when you would have likely never said a word about it until I responded to what shouldn't have been here to begin with.

So if you were actually about to respond and just hadn't hit send in reply to the above misplaced nonsense I apologize for the mischaracterization of you and you post. If you would have never said a word until I posted then I called it perfectly and you epitomize what you protest. I find emotional left bent people are only offended when their views are challenged and never find it improper or out of place where ever an echo exists of their own liking.

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  Fusilli: <beatgiant> Ah, yeah, I forgot about the acronym, thanks. It's because I don't care for it and don't use it.
Dec-24-19  spingo: <Fusilli: <beatgiant> Ah, yeah, I forgot about the acronym, thanks. It's because I don't care for it and don't use it.>

On various social platforms I routinely block anyone whose uses the letters "MSM" (except arthritis sufferers).

Dec-24-19  cunctatorg: <@ Jambow> I hadn't really read this thread and I hit it recently just by curiosity: <What's about Anatoly Karpov nowadays?> Hence I didn't study the posts, I just took a quick, general idea about the ongoing conversation and I rushed to write my opinion about the obvious misplacement of these arguments. For the best or the worst, that was all...
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  harrylime: Karpov would have lost to Fischer.

Look to Russian athletes being banned from the Olympics for Fischer's opinion of Karpov lol lol lol lol

Dec-25-19  Jambow: <cunctatorg> No worries sir...
Dec-25-19  cunctatorg: I really believe that had Bobby Fischer was able to deliver a performance like that of 1970-1972, Anatoly Karpov would have lost in the 1975 WCC.

However I don't know the result of their ... 1984 WCC match!!.

Merry Christmas!!

Dec-25-19  cunctatorg: <@ Jambow> Merry Christmas Sir!

Most likely I'll come back (in due time) in order to point out some threads, proper enough (imho) for every conversation and almost every heated argument or so!!...

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  Sally Simpson: ***

Karpov gave a Simultaneous Display for the opening festival at Gibraltar on the 19th of January.

He won 24 games, drew 4 and lost noe.

On Board 9 he played Robert Fisher. This was one of the draws.

(we just have to get that game here)


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  HeMateMe: Does Karpov stipulate than players can't be rated above 1600, ala Kasparov?
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  Sally Simpson: ***

He gave a simul in Glasgow and would not allow Roderick M McKay or Graham Morrison to play.

But plenty of other good players took part. Sadly not me, I could not even get through to watch it. But the following day we met at the Edinburgh Club.


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  HeMateMe: If you're that talanted, a karpov or a kasparov, I would think it would be a fun challange to beat really strong players in a simul. Didnt Kasparov once play the entire Israel olympiad team, 5 boards, and beat them all?

My college team tried to get spassky for a simul, in the 1980s. We couldn't get him but instead got artie bisguier, who destroyed us. One guy on our team, rated +2200 recused himself, as being too strong. I think he would have lost, had he played.

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  alexmagnus: Kasparov never admitted strong players to "weak" simuls though. IIRC the cap was at 1900.

And those simuls against national teams (he played many of them) were timed.

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  Joshka: <Sally Simpson> 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!
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  PhilFeeley: <HeMateMe> He had several players over 2000, and some more over 1800, so I think the answer to your question is “No”.
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  WorstPlayerEver: Interview Karpov:

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