Happy birthday to Anatoly Karpov, the 12th world chess champion (1975-1985, 1993-1999)!

Happy birthday to Anatoly Karpov, the 12th world chess champion (1975-1985, 1993-1999)!

Anatoly Yevgenyevich Karpov (Russian: Анато́лий Евге́ньевич Ка́рпов; born May 23, 1951) is a Russian chess grandmaster and former World Champion. He was the official world champion from 1975 to 1985 when he was defeated by Garry Kasparov. Karpov played five matches against Kasparov for the title from 1984 to 1990 without ever defeating him in a match, later becoming FIDE World Champion once again after Kasparov broke away from FIDE in 1993. He held the title until 1999, when he resigned his title in protest against FIDE’s new world championship rules. For his decades-long standing among the world’s elite, many consider Karpov one of the greatest players in history.

His tournament successes include over 160 first-place finishes.[2][3] He had a peak Elo rating of 2780, and his 102 total months at world number one is the third longest of all time, behind Magnus Carlsen and Garry Kasparov, since the inception of the FIDE ranking list in 1970.

Anatoly Karpov turns 69 today. Here he is at 24, during a 30-board simultaneous exhibition on June 20, 1975 in Trbovlje, Yugoslavia. He was generous to accept a draw from an 11-year-old girl and gave her a fine autograph too.

 
10 Best Chess Games by Anatoly Karpov

[Event “Ch World FIDE (final)”]
[Site “Lausanne (Switzerland)”]
[Date “1998.01.05”]
[EventDate “?”]
[Round “4”]
[Result “0-1”]
[White “Viswanathan Anand”]
[Black “Anatoly Karpov”]
[ECO “B14”]
[WhiteElo “?”]
[BlackElo “?”]
[PlyCount “98”]

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 6.Nf3 Be7 7.cxd5
Nxd5 8.Bd3 Nc6 9.O-O O-O 10.Re1 Bf6 11.Be4 Nce7 12.h4 Nf5
13.Qd3 Nxc3 14.bxc3 h6 15.h5 Nd6 16.Ne5 Nxe4 17.Qxe4 Bxe5
18.dxe5 f5 19.Qe2 Bd7 20.Rd1 Bb5 21.Qf3 Qe8 22.Bf4 Rc8 23.Rd4
Rc4 24.Rad1 Qf7 25.Rxc4 Bxc4 26.a3 Rc8 27.Rd4 Kh7 28.Bd2 Bd5
29.Qh3 b5 30.a4 bxa4 31.Rxa4 Rc4 32.Rxc4 Bxc4 33.Qh4 Bb5 34.c4
Be8 35.c5 Qd7 36.Bc3 Qd3 37.Qd4 Qxd4 38.Bxd4 a5 39.c6 Bxc6
40.f3 f4 41.Bb2 Be8 42.Bc1 a4 43.Bxf4 a3 44.Be3 Bxh5 45.Kf2
Be8 46.Bd4 Bc6 47.Bc3 a2 48.g3 h5 49.g4 h4 0-1

[Event “Sanghi Nagar IND”]
[Site “Sanghi Nagar IND”]
[Date “1995.02.??”]
[EventDate “?”]
[Round “7”]
[Result “0-1”]
[White “Boris Gelfand”]
[Black “Anatoly Karpov”]
[ECO “E14”]
[WhiteElo “?”]
[BlackElo “?”]
[PlyCount “160”]

1.c4 Nf6 2.d4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.e3 Bb7 5.Nc3 d5 6.cxd5 exd5 7.Bb5+
c6 8.Bd3 Be7 9.O-O O-O 10.b3 Nbd7 11.Bb2 Bd6 12.Rc1 Re8 13.Ne2
Qe7 14.Ng3 g6 15.Qe2 Ba3 16.Rfe1 Qd6 17.Qc2 Bxb2 18.Qxb2 c5
19.Red1 Rac8 20.Ne2 Red8 21.Rc2 cxd4 22.Nexd4 Rxc2 23.Bxc2 Rc8
24.Rc1 Ne4 25.Bd3 Rxc1+ 26.Qxc1 Qc5 27.Qd1 b5 28.Ne2 b4 29.Qa1
Qd6 30.Qd4 Qc5 31.Qa1 Qd6 32.h3 Ndc5 33.Bc2 Qf6 34.Qe5 Qxe5
35.Nxe5 f6 36.Nf3 Ne6 37.Ne1 Kf7 38.f3 N4c5 39.g4 a5 40.Kf2
Ba6 41.h4 h6 42.h5 gxh5 43.gxh5 Ke7 44.Ng3 Ng7 45.Bg6 Kd6
46.Kg2 Bb5 47.Nc2 Nce6 48.f4 Bd7 49.Kf2 Nc7 50.Nd4 Nb5
51.Nxb5+ Bxb5 52.Ke1 Bd7 53.Bd3 Bg4 54.Be2 Nf5 55.Nxf5+ Bxf5
56.Kd2 Kc5 57.Bd3 Bd7 58.Bc2 Be8 59.Bg6 Bc6 60.Bc2 Bd7 61.Bd1
Bh3 62.Bf3 Bf5 63.Kc1 Bd7 64.Kd2 a4 65.bxa4 Bxa4 66.Be2 Bc6
67.Bf3 Be8 68.Bd1 d4 69.Kd3 Bb5+ 70.Ke4 d3 71.Kf5 Bc4 72.Ke4
d2 73.f5 Bxa2 74.Kd3 Bb1+ 75.Kxd2 Bxf5 76.Be2 Be4 77.Kc1 Kd6
78.Kb2 Bd5 79.Bd3 Bf7 80.Be2 Ke5 0-1

[Event “6, FIDE World Ch Elista, Russia”]
[Site “6, FIDE World Ch Elista, Russia”]
[Date “1996.06.16”]
[EventDate “?”]
[Round “6”]
[Result “0-1”]
[White “Gata Kamsky”]
[Black “Anatoly Karpov”]
[ECO “C43”]
[WhiteElo “?”]
[BlackElo “?”]
[PlyCount “58”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. d4 Nxe4 4. Bd3 d5 5. Nxe5 Nd7 6. Nxd7
Bxd7 7. O-O Bd6 8. Nc3 Qh4 9. g3 Nxc3 10. bxc3 Qg4 11. Re1+
Kd8 12. Be2 Qf5 13. Rb1 b6 14. c4 dxc4 15. Bxc4 Re8 16. Be3
Bc6 17. d5 Bd7 18. Bf1 h6 19. c4 Re7 20. Bd3 Qf6 21. Kg2 Ke8
22. Bc2 Qc3 23. Bb3 Kf8 24. Rc1 Qf6 25. Bc2 Rae8 26. Qd3 Bg4
27. Bd2 Re2 28. Rxe2 Rxe2 29. Rf1 Rxd2 0-1

[Event “Cup World (cat.15)”]
[Site “Belfort”]
[Date “1988.07.01”]
[EventDate “?”]
[Round “14”]
[Result “1-0”]
[White “Anatoly Karpov”]
[Black “Garry Kasparov”]
[ECO “D87”]
[WhiteElo “?”]
[BlackElo “?”]
[PlyCount “75”]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7
7.Bc4 c5 8.Ne2 Nc6 9.Be3 O-O 10.O-O Bg4 11.f3 Na5 12.Bxf7+
Rxf7 13.fxg4 Rxf1+ 14.Kxf1 Qd6 15.e5 Qd5 16.Bf2 Rd8 17.Qa4 b6
18.Qc2 Rf8 19.Kg1 Qc4 20.Qd2 Qe6 21.h3 Nc4 22.Qg5 h6 23.Qc1
Qf7 24.Bg3 g5 25.Qc2 Qd5 26.Bf2 b5 27.Ng3 Rf7 28.Re1 b4 29.Qg6
Kf8 30.Ne4 Rxf2 31.Kxf2 bxc3 32.Qf5+ Kg8 33.Qc8+ Kh7 34.Qxc5
Qf7+ 35.Kg1 c2 36.Ng3 Bf8 37.Nf5 Kg8 38.Rc1 1-0

[Event “m/17”]
[Site “New York/Lyon 50/485 Zaitsev,I”]
[Date “1990.12.05”]
[EventDate “?”]
[Round “17”]
[Result “1-0”]
[White “Anatoly Karpov”]
[Black “Garry Kasparov”]
[ECO “D85”]
[WhiteElo “?”]
[BlackElo “?”]
[PlyCount “79”]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7
7.Be3 c5 8.Qd2 O-O 9.Nf3 Bg4 10.Ng5 cxd4 11.cxd4 Nc6 12.h3 Bd7
13.Rb1 Rc8 14.Nf3 Na5 15.Bd3 Be6 16.O-O Bc4 17.Rfd1 b5 18.Bg5
a6 19.Rbc1 Bxd3 20.Rxc8 Qxc8 21.Qxd3 Re8 22.Rc1 Qb7 23.d5 Nc4
24.Nd2 Nxd2 25.Bxd2 Rc8 26.Rc6 Be5 27.Bc3 Bb8 28.Qd4 f6 29.Ba5
Bd6 30.Qc3 Re8 31.a3 Kg7 32.g3 Be5 33.Qc5 h5 34.Bc7 Ba1 35.Bf4
Qd7 36.Rc7 Qd8 37.d6 g5 38.d7 Rf8 39.Bd2 Be5 40.Rb7 1-0

[Event “m/18, Merano 32/433”]
[Site “m/18, Merano 32/433”]
[Date “1981.11.18”]
[EventDate “?”]
[Round “18”]
[Result “1-0”]
[White “Anatoly Karpov”]
[Black “Viktor Korchnoi”]
[ECO “C80”]
[WhiteElo “?”]
[BlackElo “?”]
[PlyCount “82”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Nxe4 6. d4 b5
7. Bb3 d5 8. dxe5 Be6 9. Nbd2 Nc5 10. c3 d4 11. Bxe6 Nxe6
12. cxd4 Ncxd4 13. a4 Be7 14. Nxd4 Nxd4 15. Ne4 Ne6 16. Be3
O-O 17. f4 Qxd1 18. Rfxd1 Rfb8 19. Rd7 Bf8 20. f5 Nd8 21. a5
Nc6 22. e6 fxe6 23. f6 Ne5 24. Rxc7 Rc8 25. Rac1 Rxc7 26. Rxc7
Rd8 27. h3 h6 28. Ra7 Nc4 29. Bb6 Rb8 30. Bc5 Bxc5+ 31. Nxc5
gxf6 32. b4 Rd8 33. Rxa6 Kf7 34. Ra7+ Kg6 35. Rd7 Re8 36. a6
Ra8 37. Rb7 Kf5 38. Rxb5 Ke5 39. Rb7 Kd5 40. Rf7 f5 41. Rf6 e5
1-0

[Event “Linares”]
[Site “Linares, ESP”]
[Date “1994.??.??”]
[EventDate “1994.??.??”]
[Round “11”]
[Result “1-0”]
[White “Anatoly Karpov”]
[Black “Vladimir Kramnik”]
[ECO “D48”]
[WhiteElo “?”]
[BlackElo “?”]
[PlyCount “79”]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Bd3 dxc4
7. Bxc4 b5 8. Bd3 a6 9. e4 c5 10. d5 c4 11. dxe6 fxe6 12. Bc2
Bb7 13. O-O Qc7 14. Ng5 Nc5 15. e5 Qxe5 16. Re1 Qd6 17. Qxd6
Bxd6 18. Be3 O-O 19. Rad1 Be7 20. Bxc5 Bxc5 21. Nxe6 Rfc8
22. h3 Bf8 23. g4 h6 24. f4 Bf3 25. Rd2 Bc6 26. g5 hxg5
27. fxg5 Nd7 28. Nxf8 Nxf8 29. Rd6 b4 30. Ne4 Be8 31. Ng3 Rd8
32. Nf5 Rxd6 33. Nxd6 Bg6 34. Bxg6 Nxg6 35. Nxc4 Rd8 36. Re4
b3 37. axb3 Rd3 38. Kg2 Rxb3 39. h4 Nf8 40. Re8 1-0

[Event “Montreal”]
[Site “Montreal CAN”]
[Date “1979.04.14”]
[EventDate “1979.04.11”]
[Round “4”]
[Result “1-0”]
[White “Anatoly Karpov”]
[Black “Boris Spassky”]
[ECO “D37”]
[WhiteElo “?”]
[BlackElo “?”]
[PlyCount “81”]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bf4 O-O 6. e3 c5
7. dxc5 Nc6 8. Qc2 Qa5 9. a3 Bxc5 10. Rd1 Be7 11. Nd2 Bd7
12. Be2 Rfc8 13. O-O Qd8 14. cxd5 exd5 15. Nf3 h6 16. Ne5 Be6
17. Nxc6 Rxc6 18. Bf3 Qb6 19. Be5 Ne4 20. Qe2 Nxc3 21. Bxc3
Rd8 22. Rd3 Rcd6 23. Rfd1 R6d7 24. R1d2 Qb5 25. Qd1 b6 26. g3
Bf8 27. Bg2 Be7 28. Qh5 a6 29. h3 Qc6 30. Kh2 a5 31. f4 f6
32. Qd1 Qb5 33. g4 g5 34. Kh1 Qc6 35. f5 Bf7 36. e4 Kg7
37. exd5 Qc7 38. Re2 b5 39. Rxe7 Rxe7 40. d6 Qc4 41. b3 1-0

[Event “6, Amsterdam Wch m”]
[Site “6, Amsterdam Wch m”]
[Date “1993.01.07”]
[EventDate “?”]
[Round “?”]
[Result “1-0”]
[White “Anatoly Karpov”]
[Black “Jan Timman”]
[ECO “D37”]
[WhiteElo “?”]
[BlackElo “?”]
[PlyCount “65”]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.e4 Bb4 6.Bg5 c5 7.Bxc4
cxd4 8.Nxd4 Bxc3+ 9.bxc3 Qa5 10.Nb5 Bd7 11.Nd6+ Ke7 12.Qd2 Bc6
13.f4 Nd7 14.Rd1 Rhd8 15.Qd4 h6 16.Bh4 Qh5 17.Bf2 Kf8 18.e5
Nd5 19.O-O Qg4 20.h3 Qh5 21.f5 Kg8 22.Rd3 N7b6 23.Bxd5 Bxd5
24.Rg3 Rd7 25.Be3 Bc4 26.Rf4 f6 27.exf6 e5 28.Qxe5 Qd1+ 29.Kh2
Qxd6 30.f7+ Kxf7 31.Qxg7+ Ke8 32.Qh8+ Ke7 33.Re4+ 1-0

[Event “FIDE GP”]
[Site “Dubai UAE”]
[Date “2002.04.07”]
[EventDate “2002.04.03”]
[Round “4.3”]
[Result “1-0”]
[White “Anatoly Karpov”]
[Black “Veselin Topalov”]
[ECO “A57”]
[WhiteElo “2693”]
[BlackElo “2739”]
[PlyCount “61”]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 b5 4. Nf3 Bb7 5. b3 e6 6. dxe6 fxe6
7. cxb5 Be7 8. e3 Ne4 9. Bb2 Bf6 10. Qc2 O-O 11. Nbd2 a6
12. a4 axb5 13. Bxb5 Na6 14. Nxe4 Bxb2 15. Neg5 Rxf3 16. Qxh7+
Kf8 17. h4 Rf5 18. Rd1 Bd5 19. e4 Bc3+ 20. Ke2 Nc7 21. exf5
Nxb5 22. Rxd5 exd5 23. axb5 Ra2+ 24. Kf3 Qf6 25. Rd1 Bd4
26. Re1 Be5 27. b6 Rb2 28. b7 Rxb3+ 29. Kg4 Rxb7 30. f4 Rb4
31. g3 1-0


White Mates in 5. Karpov vs Chilnov, Riga, 1970

[Event “”]
[Site “”]
[Date “”]
[EventDate “”]
[Round “”]
[Result “”[White “”]
[Black “”]
[SetUp “1”]
[FEN “3r3Q/pq1k1b2/2pn4/P4p2/1P2P2P/2B5/6B1/3R3K w – – 0 1
“]


White Mates in 7. Karpov vs Izotov, Leningrad, 1970

[Event “”]
[Site “”]
[Date “”]
[EventDate “”]
[Round “”]
[Result “”]
[White “”]
[Black “”]
[SetUp “1”]
[FEN “1kb3rr/1p3p2/R3p2p/3pPp2/2pP1N1q/2P5/2P2PPP/1RQ3K1 w – – 0 1
“]


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