Anatoli Karpov

Anatoly Karpov, born in 1951, is an International Grand Master, World Champion (1975-1985) and FIDE World Champion (1993-1999).

Karpov is a chess legend. He is not only one of the best chess players in history but also one of the most successful professional sportsman ever. He played the Chess World Championship Match ten times, he was World Champion at 16 and is the player who has set the record of victories in international high level tournaments (more than 170).

Karpov has taken part in several epic fights during the World Championship Matches. He faced the dissident Viktor Korchnoi twice during the Cold War (1978 and 1981) and Garri Kasparov, his great opponent, during the Perestroika (1984, 1985, 1986, 1987 and 1990). These matches were incredibly hard both from the point of view of the competition and their external circumstances. These matches transcended the world of chess and received extensive media coverage all over the world.

The 1984 match illustrates how hard and intense these fights were: it was cancelled after six months as both players could not beat each other and were physical and psychologically exhausted. Karpov and Kasparov played 144 games during their World Championship matches. Karpov won 12, Kasparov 15 and 117 games were drawn! An amazing equality and a landmark in sports history.

Apart from being a professional chess player, Anatoly Karpov has a degree in Economics. He is currently an honorary professor at the Moscow International Higher Business School (MIRBIS) and UNICEF Goodwill ambassador. He manages more than 150 chess schools all around the world and collaborates with the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation.

The next game was played during one of Karpov’s epic matches against Kasparov. The game shows that Karpov was an exceptional strategist. He uses his deep understanding of the position to beat his eternal rival.

Analysis by FIDE Master and FIDE Trainer Amador González de la Nava