GM Anatoly Karpov

Full name
Anatoly Karpov
May 23, 1951 (age 67)
Place of birth
Zlatoust, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union

Known as the master of prophylaxis, Anatoly Karpov would positionally strangle his opponents in order to crush them during his games. Karpov was also involved in one of the greatest chess rivalries in history. The 12th World Chess Champion, who took over the title after Fischer forfeited it in 1975, played in eight (!) consecutive World Championship matches with the last five of those all being against Garry Kasparov. This storied rivalry set the tone for the following years of chess, with many of the games in these matches becoming classic historical games that have been studied countless times since.

Anatoly Karpov learned to play chess at the age of 4 and improved quickly. He was accepted into the chess school of Mikhail Botvinnik when he was 12 years old and with Botvinnik’s instruction he was able to skyrocket into the world’s elite players. In 1969 at the age of 18 he became an International Master and one year later he became a Grandmaster. He qualified to play against Bobby Fischer for the World Championship in 1975 but the match never ended up happening because Fischer’s demands were not met and he forfeited the title. Because he knew that people may have viewed him having the title as a fraud, Karpov began to play in every single large tournament in order to prove to everyone that he was the real deal. He continued to defend his title against all players until 1985 when Garry Kasparov challenged him for the second time. It was then that Kasparov proved victorious and this rivalry turned history as they played in five world championship matches in a row! Eventually, Kasparov proved to be the final victor but Karpov has still definitely proven his strength. Karpov won a large tournament as recently as 2012 which shows that he is still a great player who hasn’t lost a step as he has aged.

Best Game

Most Played Openings

White Pieces
Queen's Pawn Opening (29) : A40 A41 A43 D02 D03
Reti Opening (4) : A04
Bogo-Indian Defense (39) : E11
Benko Gambit Fully-Accepted (13) : A58 A59
Blumenfeld Countergambit (2) : E10
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (23) : D78 D71 D79 D73
Queen's Indian Defense (147) : E15 E17 E18 E12 E16 E19 E14
Old Indian Defense (11) : A54 A53
Tarrasch Defense (16) : D32 D34
Queen's Gambit Accepted (55) : D27 D20 D22 D25 D24
Italian Game (2) : C55 C57
Modern Defense (12) : A42 B06
Semi-Slav Defense (87) : D45 D47 D43 D46 D48
Benoni Defense (17) : A61 A70 A57 A56 A60
Undefined (1) : A00
Giuoco Piano Game (4) : C50 C53
Modern Defense with 1.d4 (2) : A40
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense with 3...d5 (8) : D70
Benko Gambit Declined (1) : A57
Catalan Opening (21) : E04 E00 E01 E05
King's Pawn Opening (3) : B00
Pirc Defense (34) : B07 B08 B09
Benko Gambit Half-Accepted (6) : A57
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (1) : B06
Scotch Game (2) : C45
King's Indian Attack (2) : A07
Blumenfeld Countergambit Accepted (1) : E10
Alekhine Defense (18) : B05 B04 B02 B03
Torre Attack (2) : A48
London System (5) : A48
Budapest Defense (2) : A52
Semi-Slav Defense Accepted (1) : D44
Petrov's Defense (18) : C42 C43
Nimzowitsch Defense Declined (1) : B00
Scandinavian Defense (6) : B01
Lion Defense (2) : B07
Philidor Defense (2) : C41
Old Benoni Defense (2) : A56 A43
Richter-Veresov Attack (1) : D01
Black Pieces
Trompowsky Attack (10) : A45
Queen's Pawn Opening (9) : D00 A40 D03
Queen's Indian Defense (239) : E15 E18 E16 E12 E14 E19 E17
Reti Opening (12) : A04 A05
King's Indian Attack (11) : A07
Catalan Opening (73) : E00 E01 E05 E02
Scotch Game (14) : C45
Giuoco Piano Game (21) : C53 C50 C52 C54
Scandinavian Defense (16) : B01
Queen's Gambit Accepted (19) : D27 D20 D26 D21 D28 D23
Indian Game (23) : A46 E10
Torre Attack (25) : A46
Petrov's Defense (80) : C42 C43
Anderssen Opening (1) : A00
Four Knights Game (13) : C49 C47 C46 C48
Undefined (1) : A00
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (2) : A01
Vienna Game (5) : C29 C26 C25
King's Indian Defense (3) : E81 E61
Semi-Slav Defense (2) : D47
King's Gambit Accepted (7) : C36 C33 C34 C38
Center Game Accepted (4) : C21 C22
Bishop's Opening (3) : C24 C28
Hungarian Opening (6) : A00
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (1) : D78
Bogo-Indian Defense (4) : E11
Polish Opening (1) : A00
Richter-Veresov Attack (1) : D01
Gruenfeld Defense (2) : D94
Three Knights Opening (1) : C46
Ponziani Opening (2) : C44
Benko Gambit Declined (1) : A57
Alekhine Defense (2) : B03 B02
Italian Game (2) : C50
Bird's Opening (1) : A03