Anatoly Karpov

Anatoly Karpov

He certified to bet Bobby Fischer for the World Championship in 1975, however the match never ever occurred since Fischer’s needs were not met. Many individuals ( including Kasparov) believe that Karpov would have won the 1975 match against Fischer, as Fischer had actually been out of practice for 3 years and was playing a younger opponent who Fischer knew little about. Sadly, the world will never in fact know what would have taken place in this match.

Anatoly Karpov learned to play chess at the age of 4 and improved quickly. He was accepted into the chess school of former World Champion Mikhail Botvinnik when he was 12 years of ages, and with Botvinnik’s instruction he had the ability to increase into the world’s elite gamers. In 1969 at the age of 18 he became an International Master and one year later on he ended up being a Grandmaster.

Karpov’s boa constrictor style was used to positionally strangle his challengers, depriving them of counterplay up until they were picking from just losing relocations. Former World Champion Viswanathan Anand mentions that “Karpov isn’t so interested in his own plan, but he will continue foiling yours!”. Karpov’s strangling technical play, and impressive endgame method have become subjects for many articles and videos. Here is an example of Karpov abusing former World Champion Boris Spassky and his separated queen’s pawn.

Anatoly Karpov was the 12th World Champion (1975-1985), and is considered to be one of the best players of perpetuity. He was the highest ranked gamer on the planet for over 100 months (an accomplishment only bested by Garry Kasparov and Magnus Carlsen), and restored his FIDE world champ title from 1993-1999.

Karpov ruled as the top player for the next years, winning over 160 total tournaments in his lifetime. He safeguarded his crown versus the opposition, Viktor Korchnoi, in very interesting matches in 1978 and after that again in 1981. In 1984, among the best chess competitions in history began – Karpov played 5 consecutive World Championship matches against Garry Kasparov from 1984-1990. Here is an example from their 1984 match, where Karpov dismantles Kasparov from a really dry position – a traditional Karpov squeeze ~ read more