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If Fischer would played Karpov for the World Champion, who would win?

  • 6 weeks ago · Quote · #1481


    @mashanator - yes they were more impressive. Karpov won between 100 and 160 high class tournaments (depending on which sources you use). Fischer's total is nowhere close to that. It would be agood idea not to claim that facts are just people's opinions, next time.

    @najdorf96 - first of all the thread doesn't include a date in the title, so you're well off the mark already. But even if it did, Karpov's future results are obviously relevent to a judgement about the kind of player he was. It's very convenient to cut off your assessment at the point at which Fischer disappeared, because there's no more evidence for him whereas there is plenty of evidence to show Karpov's greatness. The key point of course is that stylistically, Fischer Karpov would have been a bit like Kasparov Kramnik - Fischer would have come up against a solid positional wall, probably not winning any games, and losing a few from the kinds of errors he knew he was prone to (which is why he wanted a really long match, to prevent his tendency to make mistakes from being decisive).

  • 6 weeks ago · Quote · #1482


    chyss~obviously you hadn't read the OP's quote #1. Soo I'll leave you to your take about this thread's premise. As it is, it's all in good fun ta speculate, isn't it? Hope you're cool with that.


  • 6 weeks ago · Quote · #1483


    I see.

  • 6 weeks ago · Quote · #1484


    @najdorf96. Thread title's supercede OP's quote #1. Don't you know anything about forums?

  • 13 days ago · Quote · #1485


    To be comepletly honest, Fischer was a great player who from 70-72 was playing top level Chess. But, it would seem that his ability couldn't have gone on forever. Your career as a player only goes down not up. The older you get, the more mistakes you make. So although I appreciate both players, Karpov would seem to have the advantage in a match. Fischer wasn't even studying or playing anymore. How could he defend the title?

  • 13 days ago · Quote · #1486


    Fischer was the best player in the world in 1972. He didn't play any chess after winning the title but he was as talented and strong as ever. In 1975 Karpov was a very inexperienced player but he was full of energy. I think Fischer may have prevailed in the 1975 match only for his experience. But by 1978 Karpov could have beaten Fischer. The onyl player Karpov couldn't beat was Kasparov. But remember in the first match (1984) Kasparov was young and lost a lot of games in the beginning. It took Kasparov some time to understand Karpov's style. Fischer would not have that problem because he had been facing countless Soviet grandmasters for decades before being world champion (and having to defend his title). 

  • 13 days ago · Quote · #1487


    Call in Alexandra thessa somebody!quick!oh and mr.Yeres,too!

  • 13 days ago · Quote · #1488


    Fischer would have won by a decent margin in 1975, but I think Karpov would have become even stronger as a result and would have beaten Fischer in 1978 and smashed Kasparov later on in his career. In Karpov's own words, not getting to play a match against Fischer is his biggest chess regret.

  • 13 days ago · Quote · #1489


    Fischer. no question

  • 13 days ago · Quote · #1490


    Do Karpov a favor and stop comparing him with players that were/are too strong for him.You want to draw some interesting and meaningful comparisons?Fine.Compare Karpov with Kramnik,with Anand,with Botvinnik,with Petrosian.Leave Fischer,Kasparov,Carlsen, out of this.Don't you see you are doing Karpov a disservice by making him look like a dwarf when in fact he was a great player?Please!

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