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Play Like Anatoly Karpov

Play Like Anatoly Karpov

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.

  • Play Like Anatoly Karpov: Karpov vs Korchnoi

    Viktor Korchnoi was one of the greatest players ever to never win the World Championship title. Karpov defeated him in two World Championship matches and a further match that essentially decided the title when Fischer refused to play a match. Korchnoi...

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  • Play Like Anatoly Karpov: Tatai vs Karpov

    Stefano Tatai was a many time champion of Italy and won games against many of the World's best, including Timman and Larsen. However, against World Champion Karpov, he was outclassed. Try to find the moves from one of Karpov greatest attacks.

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  • 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. In this game from their 1981 World Championship match, Karpov demonstrated a lesson for all of us on how to play against an isolated pawn. It's not...

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  • Play Like Anatoly Karpov: Karpov vs Spassky

    On his way to claiming the World Championship title, Karpov faced Boris Spassky in a match. Most players expected the experienced Spassky to win, but after losing the first game, Karpov didn't lose again! In this game Karpov slowly improved every piece...

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  • Play Like Karpov: Timman vs Karpov

    Jan Timman was one of the world's best players from the 1970s - 1990s. He played 108 classical games with Karpov throughout their careers and Karpov had a dominant score of 30 - 8 with 64 draws. In this game from 1979, Karpov had the Black pieces, but...

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