Anatoly Karpov Bio, Wife, Age, Net Worth, 1984, Karpov vs Kasparov, Books and IQ

Anatoly Karpov Biography

Anatoly Karpov {Full name – Anatoly Yevgenyevich Karpov; (Russian: Анато́лий Евге́ньевич Ка́рпов)} is a Russian chess grandmaster and former World Champion who was born on May 23, 1951, Zlatoust, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union.

Before he was defeated by Garry Kasparov, he was the official world champion from 1975 to 1985. From 1986 to 1990, Karpov played three matches against Kasparov for the title and became FIDE World Champion once again after Kasparov broke away from FIDE in 1993. He held the title until 1999 but resigned his title in protest against the new world championship rules introduced by the FIDE. Many consider Karpov as one of the greatest players in history for his decades-long standing among the world’s elite.

Among Anatoly Karpov’s tournament successes are over 160 first-place finishes. He had a peak Elo rating of 2780. Since the inception of the FIDE ranking list in 1970, Karpov’s 102 total months at world number one is the third-longest of all time, behind Magnus Carlsen and Garry Kasparov respectively.

Anatoly Karpov Wife | Children

Karpov’s first wife was to Irina Kuimova with whom he has a son. The marriage did not last long as his wife was unable to cope with the pressures of Karpov’s career as a chess player of international acclaim. He got married for the second time to Natalia Bulanova. The couple has one daughter.

Anatoly Karpov Age

Karpov was born on May 23, 1951, Zlatoust, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union. He became a professional chess grandmaster and became the chess World Champion from 1986 to 1990 and then from 1993 to 1999. Karpov is 68 years old as of 2019.Anatoly Karpov’s Photo

Anatoly Karpov Net Worth

Karpov was born in May of 1951 in Zlatoust, Soviet Union (which was still intact at the time). He became most popular for being a grandmaster and World Champion of chess. Karpov is a retired Russian chess player who has an estimated net worth of $5 million.

Karpov Vs Kasparov

Anatoly Karpov remained a formidable opponent for Garry Kasparov, and the world No. 2, until the early 1990s. He fought Kasparov in three more world championship matches in 1986 (held in London and Leningrad), 1987 (in Seville), and 1990 (in New York City and Lyon).

The scores to the three matches were 11½–12½ (+4−5=15), 12–12 (+4−4=16), and 11½–12½ (+3−4=17) making the games extremely close. Karpov had winning chances up to the very last games in all three matches. The most outstanding was the 1987 Seville match which featured an astonishing blunder by Kasparov in the 23rd game.

Needing only a draw to win the title in the final game, Karpov cracked under time pressure at the end of the first session of play, missed a variation leading to an almost forced draw, and allowed Kasparov to adjourn the game with an extra pawn. Karpov was slowly ground down and resigned on move 64 after a further mistake in the second session, ending the match and allowing Kasparov to keep the title.

Karpov scored 19 wins, 21 losses, and 104 draws in 144 games in their five world championship matches.

Anatoly Karpov 1984

The World Chess Championship 1984 was a match between defending champion Anatoly Karpov and challenger Garry Kasparov in Moscow. The match was played from 10 September 1984 to 15 February 1985 for the World Chess Championship title. After 5 months and 48 games, the match was abandoned in controversial circumstances with Karpov leading five wins to three (with 40 draws), and replayed in the World Chess Championship 1985.

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Anatoly Karpov Bobby Fischer

The hopes of a world championship match between Karpov and Bobby Fischer, which was highly anticipated, were never realized. Fischer gave a raft of conditions for the match to happen, not only insisting that the match be won by the first to ten wins (draws not counting), but also that the champion retains the crown if the score was tied 9–9. Fischer was the reigning champion at the time so after FIDE, the International Chess Federation, refused to allow this proviso, Fischer resigned his championship. This action prompted the FIDE to declare that Fischer forfeited his crown on June 27, 1975.

Anatoly Karpov later attempted to set up another match with Fischer, but the negotiations fell through. The young Karpov, therefore, became the World Champion without facing the reigning champion. Garry Kasparov argued that because Karpov had beaten Spassky convincingly and was a new breed of tough professionals, Karpov would have had good chances of beating Fischer who had been inactive for three years. On the other hand, Spassky thought that Fischer would have won in 1975 but Karpov would have qualified again and beaten Fischer in 1978.

Karpov is on record saying that he could have been a much better player if he had had the opportunity in his twenties, to play Fischer for the crown.

Anatoly Karpov Vs Magnus Carlsen

Many of Anatoly Karpov’s wins were spectacular especially his win over Topalov which is considered possibly the finest of his career. This performance against the best players in the world put his Elo rating tournament performance at 2985, the highest performance rating of any player in history up until 2009 when Magnus Carlsen won the category XXI Pearl Spring chess tournament with a performance of 3002. Chess statistician Jeff Sonas considers Karpov’s Linares performance the best tournament result in history.

Anatoly Karpov Books

  • Karpov, Anatoly; Roshal, Alexander (1979). Chess Is My Life.
  • Karpov, Anatoly (1988). The Open Game in Action.
  • Karpov, Anatoly (1988). The Semi-Open Game in Action.
  • Karpov, Anatoly (1990). The Closed Openings in Action.
  • Karpov, Anatoly (1990). The Semi-Closed Openings in Action.
  • Karpov, Anatoly (1990). Karpov on Karpov: Memoirs of a chess world champion.
  • Karpov, Anatoly (1992). Beating the Grünfeld.
  • Karpov, Anatoly (2006). Caro-Kann Defence: Advance Variation and Gambit System.
  • Karpov, Anatoly (2007). My Best Games.
  • Karpov, Anatoly; Henley, Ron (2007). Elista Diaries.
  • Karpov–Kamsky, Karpov–Anand, Anand Mexico City 2007 World Chess Championship Matches.
  • Karpov, Anatoly (2007). How To Play The English Opening.
  • Find the right plan with Anatoly Karpov.

Anatoly Karpov Iq

Karpov has a high IQ and is considered as the 11th among the Top 25 Chess players of all time. He was World Champion for a total of 16 years (10 years as undisputed champion). Karpov shares the record of having won 6 world championship matches and won the World Rapid Chess Championship once in the year 1988.

Anatoly Karpov Quotes

Combinations with a queen sacrifice are among the most striking and memorable

Pawns not only create the sketch for the whole painting, but they are also the soil, the foundation, of any position.

Chess is everything: art, science, and sport.

By all means, examine the games of the great chess players, but don’t swallow them whole. Their games are valuable not for their separate moves, but for their vision of chess, their way of thinking.

The first great chess players, including the world champion, got by perfectly well without constant coaches.

I still love to play chess. So I do not even spend a minute on the possibility to step back.

Like dogs who sniff each other when meeting, chess players have a ritual at first acquaintance: they sit down to play speed chess.

The ideal in chess can only be a collective image, but in my opinion, it is Capablanca who most closely approaches this …

To be a champion requires more than simply being a strong player; one has to be a strong human being as well.

Just make the right estimation of your own strengths and weaknesses, and also that of your opponent.

Children can take lessons in that school via the Internet and can score extra points like e.g. in Geography or History. That sounds very promising and is a fantastic basis for future steps.

First of all, we have to go back to the classical time control.

I am thinking about chess in schools in particular. In the USA more than 3200 children competed in an event.

Combinations with a queen sacrifice are among the most striking and memorable.

We need strong personalities and only one world champion to attract sponsors.

The priority must be the unification of the world titles to straighten things out. But we should not wait that long anymore to change the situation, because we are running out of time.

Chess is my life, but my life is not chess.

No, I do not want to sacrifice four days for two games. My time is too valuable to do that.

If the opponent offers keen play I don’t object; but in such cases, I get less satisfaction, even if I win, than from a game conducted according to all the rules of strategy with its ruthless logic.

I like to do projects in which you can see statistical results. I am very happy for all these small children, who have been the biggest group of victims of iodine deficiency.

I didn’t picture myself as even a grandmaster, to say nothing of aspiring to the chess crown. This was not because I was timid – I wasn’t – but because I simply lived in one world, and the grandmasters existed in a completely different one. People like that were not really even people but like gods or mythical heroes.

My studies with Botvinnik brought me immense benefit, particularly the homework assignments which forced me to refer to chess books and to work independently.

I still remember Botvinnik’s reaction to each of my games, right from the opening moves. At first, he would express amazement, then annoyance, and, finally irritation.

Seville never had a rich chess tradition. Valencia is entirely different, it is enough to say that one of the city squares is named after me.

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