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Anatoly Karpov
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Number of games in database: 3,674
Years covered: 1961 to 2022
Last FIDE rating: 2617 (2583 rapid, 2607 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2780

Overall record: +947 -219 =1274 (64.9%)*
   * 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 (243) 
    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 (259) 
    B17 B12 B18 B10 B14
 Queen's Indian (244) 
    E15 E12 E17 E19 E14
 Ruy Lopez (180) 
    C92 C77 C69 C95 C93
 Nimzo Indian (177) 
    E32 E54 E21 E42 E41
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (140) 
    C92 C95 C93 C98 C84
 Sicilian (89) 
    B46 B44 B47 B40 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
   Karpov vs Spassky, 1974 1-0
   Timman vs Karpov, 1979 0-1
   Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 1-0
   Karpov vs Uhlmann, 1973 1-0
   Karpov vs Topalov, 1994 1-0
   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)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Russian Championship (1970)
   6th Soviet Team Cup (1968)
   Madrid (1973)
   Las Palmas (1977)
   USSR Championship (1976)
   Bad Lauterberg (1977)
   Linares (1994)
   Biel (1992)
   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)

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   Karpov Tournament Champion - II by amadeus
   Karpov Tournament Champion - II by chessgain
   Karpov Tournament Champion - II by docjan
   Match Karpov! by amadeus
   Anatoly Karpov's Best Games by Psihadal
   Anatoly Karpov's Best Games by sdbehrendt

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   Karjakin vs Karpov (Jul-19-22) 1/2-1/2
   Karpov vs Karjakin (Jul-19-22) 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 3,674  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 S Belousov 1-0401961BorovichiC07 French, Tarrasch
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. Timoscenko 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. Aranov vs Karpov 0-1711962CheliabinskC10 French
21. Karpov vs Piskunov 1-0351962ZlatoustB03 Alekhine's Defense
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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  Joshka: <Aminda> <I am not An American citizen> So you know nothing about the subject. GET THE BOOK!!! Larry Nichols did many Radio Show interviews in the 1990's and is of course VERY credible, while he of course was alive. Wished I would have recorded all his radio show interviews he did. He used to work for the Clinton's!! Knows Hillary and Bubba VERY WELL!! As a foreigner, believe me when I tell you, you'll not get much truth from the New York Times and Washington Pos. They are LIARS radical Left-wing propaganda bull horns for the Demonrat Party, No you won't get TRUTH there. Wikipedia is the same, and almost anyone can edit its pages without documenting anything, so take that site with a grain of salt as well. I suggest Washington Times, and New York Post to a degree. So what country are you from may I ask??
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  Joshka: <Williebob> The New York Times always for many years referred to Robert Fischer as a chess master. Knowing full well he was a GM. Papers like that have a cute clever way of digging at folks they don't like. They have been doing this to President Trump all the time.
Nov-07-22  Olavi: <Joshka: <Williebob> The New York Times always for many years referred to Robert Fischer as a chess master. Knowing full well he was a GM.>

He was a master of the art. That's OK, Michelangelo was a master of sculpture and painting, Verdi was a master composer.

Nov-07-22  Cibator: "Master" should have remained the highest accolade for a chess player (used, IIRC, to refer to even the strongest of the participants at Hastings 1895). "Grandmaster" is unnecessary hyperbole.
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  perfidious: While I am, in USCF terminology, a life master, I also understand who the real players are in this game.

The man on this page is one.

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  Fusilli: I think <master> is a more meaningful word for the general public. <grandmaster> is more appropriate for a chess public. When I tell people I am a chess master they open their eyes wide and go OHHH!!!! and I feel compelled to quickly clarify the very modest meaning of that term.
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  perfidious: <Fusilli>, last year at the WSOP I was playing with a Lithuanian opponent and, late in the day, we talked a bit of various topics. I mentioned being a master and he immediately figured I was a player of international standard. I quickly set this misimpression straight.
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  Fusilli: <Aminda> Appreciated!
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  Joshka: <Olavl> What pissed off Bobby about this was that the people writing these chess articles are ignorant of chess, and shouldn't be writing articles about Fischer and chess when they know next to nothing about the sport. Or they do KNOW what they are writing and to piss Bobby off they slight him whenever they get the opportunity. He was at one time the YOUNGEST GRANDMASTER EVER at 15 years of age in 1958. Was on TV shows that year and USCF funded a trip for his family to go to the Soviet Union. But by the time the 2000's rolled around he was only Master. A total DISS!!
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  Fusilli: <Joshka> <shouldn't be writing articles about Fischer and chess when they know next to nothing about the sport.>

Do you agree with his view? My first reaction is that requiring anyone who writes about chess news to know more than the average bear about chess would significantly reduce the volume of chess coverage in the media. Do we want that? Would Fischer have preferred to simply be ignored? My guess is that he wanted all the fame *and* high-level content.

<Or they do KNOW what they are writing and to piss Bobby off they slight him whenever they get the opportunity>

Did Fischer believe this? This kind of paranoia would have been befitting of him.

Fischer was undoubtedly a chess genius, and the greatest player ever until his time at least. But he was no role model of rational or measured behavior and thinking outside chess, was he?

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  Fusilli: <Joshka> <...shouldn't be writing articles about Fischer and chess when they know next to nothing about the sport.>

Additional thought. Consider the recent Niemann-Carlsen cheating scandal. By the second or third week after the St Louis incident, it had reached the global media... The NYT, The Economist, the WSJ... it appeared everywhere. I suspect that your friends and family, like mine, brought up the subject to get your opinion or comment, and then you had to do a great deal of explaining of what exactly cheating in chess is.

(I remember with amusement an old YouTube video about cheating at chess where the lesson was about how to pluck pieces off the board, or elbow a piece to the next square, after properly distracting your opponent to look away. I can't find that video today, since searching for chess and cheating videos now takes us to the Niemann affair.)

So... I found that explaining chess cheating to non-chess folks is challenging, but I welcomed the chance. It helped me share my passion and have good conversation. And I definitely provided information and insight that wasn't in the news articles.

Nov-08-22  offramp: I remember when Jack Nance died:

<On December 29, 1996, Nance lunched with friends ... Nance had a visible "crescent shaped bruise" under his eye; and, when asked about it, he related to them the story about a brawl outside a [shop that retailed donuts, about the 6th most popular in California] Donuts store that morning. He described the incident as, "I guess I got what I deserved." He soon went home, complaining of a [pain in his head].

The injuries he sustained caused a [head injury], resulting in his death the following morning....An autopsy revealed that the actor's blood alcohol level was 0.24% at the time of his death [cessation of life].>

The original report said that "Lanced nunched".

Nov-08-22  Chessius the Messius: Latest news:

Nov-11-22  stone free or die: I just woke up <Missy>, any news about the vodka yet?


Nov-12-22  Cibator: Note to moderators and/or administrators: the post immediately prior to this one is totally off-topic and I suggest it be removed to a more appropriate location.
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  HeMateMe: <they could to make Bobby appear like he was nuts /wacko/ect.>

And here I thought it was Bobby Fischer who did everything <he> could do to look like a wack job.

But hey, I don't think Karpov disliked Fischer. BF's outsized antics and chess talent did increase prize money in chess and probably helped create more tournaments for professionals. I dare say Anatoly Karpov made more money 1975-85 than any grandmaster ever, before him. Think about it.

Anyone remember the Church Chicken chess circuit? Petrosian played in it. So did all of the best American players of the day (except of course the reclusive Fischer).

Fischer's problem was he thought the rules did not apply to Bobby Fischer. when the American state department says "you can't go to country 'X' to engage in commercial activities..." then you can't go. It's really that simple. Being a racist doesn't help, either.

Nov-13-22  Granny O Doul: William Safire, late language maven at the New York Times, once opined that "grandmaster" was the absolute best title, rejecting "Imperial Wizard" as too grandiose, and I forget where he felt "all-world" fell short, but in any case it doesn't really work as a noun.

William Winter reported Alekhine telling him something like "you call me grandmaster but I'm not even a master. Chess will always be the master of us all".

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  perfidious: So long as the appellation is not Grand Imperial Wizard.
Nov-13-22  Cibator: <HeMateMe:Anyone remember the Church Chicken chess circuit?> I remember the Church's Fried Chicken tournament in San Antonio, 1972, won jointly by Petrosian, Karpov and Portisch. Thought that was a one-off, though, not part of a circuit. IIRC, Fischer said of it something to the effect that the event was too weak and the money was "nothing".

[Note: my previous post on this page appears to have been acted upon. The one that immediately precedes it now is NOT the one I was referring to.]

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  perfidious: Do not recall any talk of a 'Church's circuit', though certainly the event in San Antonio was one worth remembering, despite any comments Fischer may have made to slag it. Tough lot at the top of the crosstable.
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  HeMateMe: Not a one off. I think the owner of a gauntlet of fried chicken joints was named Jose Cucci. He was a chess enthusiast and sponsored pro tournaments for several years. Times got a bit leaner in the '80s and church chicken partnered up with Godfather's Pizza, those 2 in 1 franchises that were very common for awhile. I think both companies went out of business.
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  perfidious: Jose Cuchi sponsored the New York Open.
Nov-13-22  Granny O Doul: Church's sponsored a number of things; for instance, a Larry Christiansen sumul tour in the late 70's, and they were the original sponsor of the USCF's grand prix in 1980, I think it was. Not sponsoring individual events, but paying prizes to the top ten or whatever number of point-earners throughout the year.

Jose Cuchi's company was called Heraldica Imports, and at first he specialized in organizing big-money class tournaments (a whole bunch of them in 1979, which coincided with a seven-month stretch of broken ratings computer at the USCF), but eventually the class players tired of them and he then concentrated on the New York Open.

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  HeMateMe: If memory serves (being a faithful Chess Life reader) wasn't the knock on the Church Chicken tour that it was the same group of American players at every single stop, and people just got bored with it. Of course the players were happy to have a way to make a living, but there wasn't enough variety to generate continued interest in this chess Grand Prix, or whatever it was called.
Nov-22-22  stone free or die: <Missy> may have lost interest, but here's some good news for Karpov fans:

<<Karpov is back home>

11/18/2022 – The news from Russia about Karpov's accident and state of health have been confusing and contradictory. In the end, it appears as if everything was far less serious than reported and Karpov was able to send greetings to the Karpov Festival in Cap d'Agde. Now the 12th world champion is back home. >

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