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Anatoly Karpov (born 1951) was the World Champion from 1975 to 1985 (and FIDE World Champion from 1993 to 1999 when Garry Kasparov broke from FIDE). He's known for his solid positional play. Like Botvinnik or Capablanca, in his prime Karpov was almost impossible to defeat.

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Karpov-Kasparov matches prearranged?

In an interview toward the end of his life, among other (questionable) things, Fischer claimed that the Karpov-Kasparov matches were prearranged. Is there any evidence to support this idea or was it ...
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Did Kasparov and Karpov reconcile?

Did Kasparov and Karpov reconcile? In “On My Great Predecessors” Vol. V, Kasparov refers to Karpov very familiarly, as "Anatoly" or even "Tolya." He refers to Korchnoi (a much ...
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In which tournament did Karpov play his first move with white pieces and offer a draw?

It had to have happened in the 90s, but I can't remember either the tournament or Karpov's opponent (probably some Spanish tournament, like Linares or Dos Hermanas). Karpov was upset with the ...
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Why is FIDE investigating Karjakin and Shipov, but not Karpov?

Recently FIDE decided to refer GMs Karjakin and Shipov to the ethics and disciplinary commission for supporting the Russian invasion of Ukraine. They have not, however, decided to refer GM Anatoly ...
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Why did Karpov choose this knight placement over the normal Ruy Lopez knight manoeuvre?

I was studying some Karpov games and I came across a knight manoeuvre that I hadn't seen before in the Ruy Lopez, shown in the below game (moves 15,16...): [Event "Milan"] [FEN ""] ...
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Karpov vs Kasparov, Game 41

In the common literature, it appears as truth that Karpov missed the winning a6! instead of Rxd1 on move 33, Game 41, in the first Karpov vs Kasparov match. But is the following position, derivate ...
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Why did Bobby Fischer resign his title?

I was wondering about this question for a while. Why did Bobby Fischer resign his title?
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Example of a Karpov vs. Kasparov game with a controversial move

Full disclosure: I'm not a regular chess player. This question is because I'm writing a book about alternate timelines, and I want to use a game in a real life famous chess match as a point of ...
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In Caro-Kann, which one is less risky, the main line or the Steinitz?

After 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4, the most popular move (main line) is 4...Bf5. But former world champion Anatoly Karpov seems to like 4...Nd7. Since Karpov's style is "solidly ...
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During the 1984-1985 Karpov-Kasparov match, what was Karpov's initial weight?

When discussing whether chess is a sport, I have often used that Karpov lost a reported 22 pounds (10 kg.) during the match as a point to show that chess can be physical. While 22 pounds is ...
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Karpov's Queen's Gambit beats Kasparov. What is Karpov thinking?

A lifelong 1.e4 player switching to 1.d4, naïvely, I see little White can do to stop Black from achieving what seems to be an excellent position. For example, from Karpov v. Kasparov, World ...
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Did Karpov really only wash his hair when he lost?

At the recent Isle of Mann coverage, the topic of conversation was grandmaster superstitions, during which GM Simon Williams conveyed that Karpov would only wash his hair when he lost a game. ...
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Video of the Kasparov vs. Kaprov 2009 match in Valencia

Is there a video archive of the (rapid and blitz) match between Kasparov and Karpov that took place in Valencia in 2009? I assume there was a live video coverage with commentary, and I would very much ...
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Why Kirsan Ilyumzhinov is so popular in the chess world? [closed]

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has just been re-elected as the next FIDE president again. He's so far beaten two World Chess Champions in the elections - Karpov and Kasparov, both by some absolutely big margins. ...
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Rivals to the FIDE

Though the PCA and the Classical Chess Championship have failed, the wish to reform, dethrone or replace the FIDE evidently remains strong, at least in some quarters of the chess world. Some suggest ...
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