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Play Like Anatoly Karpov

Play Like Anatoly Karpov

Can you find the key moves from World Champion Karpov's best games?

Anatoly Karpov was FIDE World Champion from 1975 to 1985. Even after losing the title, he was the main rival with World Champion, Garry Kasparov, for another decade in the greatest chess rivalry of all time. At his best Karpov was known for squeezing wins out of tiny advantages, but he could also play brilliant attacking games. Follow along and figure out the moves in five of his best masterpieces. Start winning like Karpov today!

Here is what you will learn:

  • Score a smooth positional win against World Champion Spassky!
  • Find brilliant attacking ideas to defeat Timman and Tatai!
  • Find ways to win with both colors against Viktor Korchnoi, a giant of 20th-century chess!
Play Like Anatoly Karpov: Karpov vs Korchnoi

Play Like Anatoly Karpov: Karpov vs Korchnoi

This 1974 match against Korchnoi essentially decided the world championship when Bobby Fischer didn't defend his title.
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Play Like Anatoly Karpov: Tatai vs Karpov

Play Like Anatoly Karpov: Tatai vs Karpov

Try to find the moves from one of Karpov greatest attacks.
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Play like Anatoly Karpov: Korchnoi vs Karpov

Play like Anatoly Karpov: Korchnoi vs Karpov

While Karpov could attack as well as anyone, he was best known for squeezing wins out of quiet positions.
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Play Like Anatoly Karpov: Karpov vs Spassky

Play Like Anatoly Karpov: Karpov vs Spassky

In this game Karpov slowly improved every piece until he had an overwhelming position and then he used a sacrifice to win the game.
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Play Like Anatoly Karpov: Timman vs Karpov

Play Like Anatoly Karpov: Timman vs Karpov

In this game from 1979, Karpov had the black pieces, but started an attack right out of the opening and won brilliantly.
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Play Like Anatoly Karpov

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Released October 14, 2019
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