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

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 was a very sharp player, but Karpov had no fear and in this game from their 1974 match, he went straight into the main line of the fearsome Dragon Variation.
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Play Like Anatoly Karpov: Tatai vs Karpov

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

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 often that someone of Korchnoi's level can be made to look helpless with the White pieces.
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Play Like Anatoly Karpov: Karpov vs Spassky

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 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

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 started an attack right out of the opening and won brilliantly.
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Play Like Anatoly Karpov

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5 Lessons
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5 Challenges
Released October 14, 2019
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