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One of the greatest players of all time selects the best of his games from the last 25 years. Karpov's lucid notes to his many flowing, yet hitherto bewildering, masterpieces will both instruct and delight.

Anatoly Karpov is one of the greatest chess players ot all lime. His play is a blend of harmony, logic, tenacity and power. Here he analyses and explains his 64 best games from his quarter-century as a top-class player.

His commentaries are especially instructive since, unlike many annotators, he describes his plans and thoughts at the board.

These games chart Karpov´s illustrious career, from his early games as a young grandmaster on his way to the world title, through his ten years as undisputed Champion, and the marathon battles against Kasparov. Finally we see how his play has become yet more combative in the 1990s, raising his game to a new level in response to the challenge trom a young generation of professionals.

Introduction

In 1968 I started at Moscow State University as a seventeen-year-old, and in 1969 I won my first tournament in Moscow. You could say that the Moscow University Championship was my first step in the struggle to reach the top in chess. Immediately after it I was selected for the World Junior Championship, won it, and six years later, in 1975, became 'adult' World Champion. A quarter of a century has passed since 1969, and quite recently, in 1994,I won the 'super-tournament' at Linares - the 'World Championship Tournament', and what is more, I can say without false modesty that I had a unique result - 11 points out of 13, and two and a half points clear of Kasparov.

So, this anniversary of a quarter of a century in top-level chess, and also my success at Linares, gave me the idea of compiling a collection of my best games 1969-1994.

In my already fairly long chess life I have taken part in around two hundred tournaments and matches (not counting team competitions, rapidplays and blitz tournaments) and won well over a hundred of them. Although it would be difficult to count up precisely, I think that all in all I have won about a thousand games. Obviously, out of a quantity like that it is not at all easy to pick out the very best games. I hope that all of them are models, which the reader can judge, of the clearest examples of my work, and many of them are also part of the true art of chess.

It stands to reason that this book includes all my most interesting victories from matches for the chess crown, from Candidates battles of various years, and from prominent international tournaments. Many of the victories I have chosen won prizes for their beauty, best game prizes, and most important theoretical game prizes in one of the most popular world chess publications, Informator. Incidentally, the author of this book has the leading number of these Informator prizes, way ahead of other grandmasters.

Of course, over many years chess players remember fewer and fewer of their old games, as they are displaced by fresher and more important duels. That is why this book in the main concentrates on my victories over the last ten years.

I have also written new commentaries for the older games, or at least reworked the opening part, as theory has advanced so much since then.

In an overwhelming number of games in this collection I am playing White. This is not surprising, as beautiful victories are most often gained with the white pieces.

Let us quickly run through the composition of this collection. Which of my victories have got into it?

The first game, dated 1969, was played when I was still a master, but the next one is taken from a strong grandmaster tournament. Then my progress towards the Mount Olympus of chess is illustrated - here the reader will find one game from the Interzonal tournament and all the Candidates' matches. My match with Fischer did not take place, through no fault of mine, and in 1975 I became the 12th World Champion. Then there are some games from prominent international tournaments, and then two encounters from my duels with Korchnoi in Baguio and Merano. You could say that my victory in our anniversary national championship ends the first part of the book.

In 1984 a new era began in chess, linked with Karpov-Kasparov confrontation. Here the reader will find ten of my victories from my first four duels with Kasparov. I also bring you some games played in between these 'epoch-making' matches. After our battle in Seville, our dispute was interrupted for three years. In this part of the book you will find my victories in the World Cup, our 55th national championships, and other contests. After 15 years I again had to climb the Candidates ladder, and most of the steps are illustrated with a victory, as well as games from my next duel with Kasparov. This is where you could say the second part of my book ends.

Soon I was joining the regular cycle of battles for the crown, which also means regular games from new Candidates matches. Unfortunately, my encounter with Short did not end happily for me, and, alas, my possible sixth meeting with Kasparov did not take place. Therefore there are several wins from tournaments in the early 1990s. In 1993 a schism occurred in the chess world (it is scarcely worth dwelling on that question in this book), as a result of which I was able to play another match for the chess crown. Having won my match against Timman, I was again declared FIDE World Champion (Kasparov and Short had played for the title of PCA World Champion).

I end the book with two victories from the 'super-tournament' at Linares in 1994. Although after that I have won other interesting tournament games, I think that the full stop in this book should be placed precisely after Linares, where I achieved one of the most convincing victories in the entire history of chess.

In conclusion it remains for me to thank the chess master and writer Evgeny Gik for his help in preparing the manuscript.

Anatoly Karpov

Contents

005 Symbols

006 Introduction

009 1 Karpov - Gik, Moscow University Ch 1969

013 2 Karpov - Hort, Moscow Alekhine mem 1971

018 3 Smejkal - Karpov, Leningrad IZ1973

025 4 Karpov - Polugaevsky, Moscow Ct (6) 1974

029 5 Karpov - Spassky, Leningrad Ct (9) 1974

033 6 Karpov - Korchnoi, Moscow Ct (2) 1974

037 7 Karpov - Vaganian, Skopje 1976

041 8 Tatai - Karpov, Las Palmas 1977

045 9 Karpov - Korchnoi, Baguio City Wch (14) 1978

049 10 Karpov - Korchnoi, Baguio City Wch (32) 1978

052 11 Timman - Karpov, Montreal 1979

055 12 Korchnoi - Karpov, Merano Wch (9) 1981

060 13 Karpov - Korchnoi, Merano Wch (18) 1981

065 14 Karpov - Yusupov, USSR Ch (Moscow) 1983

068 15 Karpov - Kasparov, Moscow Wch (9) 1984/5

073 16 Karpov - Kasparov, Moscow Wch (27) 1984/5

078 17 Karpov - Kasparov, Moscow Wch (4) 1985

083 18 Kasparov - Karpov, Moscow Wch (5) 1985

086 19 Karpov - Kasparov, Moscow Wch (22) 1985

088 20 Karpov - Beliavsky, Moscow tt 1986

091 21 Karpov - Kasparov, London/Leningrad Wch (5) 1986

094 22 Karpov - Kasparov, London/Leningrad Wch (17) 1986

098 23 Karpov - Kasparov, London/Leningrad Wch (19) 1986

102 24 Karpov - Sznapik, Dubai OL (14) 1986

105 25 Karpov - A.Sokolov, Linares Ct (10) 1987

110 26 Kasparov - Karpov, Seville Wch (2) 1987

113 27 Karpov - Farago, Wijk aan Zee 1988

116 28 Karpov - Timman, Brussels World Cup 1988

120 29 Karpov - Kasparov, Belfort World Cup 1988

125 30 Karpov - M.Gurevich, USSR Ch (Moscow) 1988

128 31 Karpov - Yusupov, USSR Ch (Moscow) 1988

131 32 Karpov - Malaniuk, USSR Ch (Moscow) 1988

133 33 Karpov - Hjartarson, Tilburg 1988

136 34 Hjartarson - Karpov, Seattle Ct (3) 1989

138 35 Karpov - P.Nikolic, Skelleftea World Cup 1989

142 36 Karpov - Yusupov, London Ct (8) 1989

145 37 Karpov - Timman, Kuala Lumpur Ct (4) 1990

150 38 Karpov - Anand, Brussels Ct (4) 1991

153 39 Karpov - Short, Linares Ct (7) 1992

157 40 Karpov - Kamsky, Moscow Alekhine mem 1992

163 41 Kamsky - Karpov, Dortmund 1993

167 42 Karpov - Kramnik, Linares 1994

172 43 Karpov - Beliavsky, Linares 1994




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Artikelnummer:
LXKARAKBG
 
Kategorie:
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Sprache:
Englisch
 
Verlag:
PfeilBatsford Chess
 
ISBN-10:
0713478438
 
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Breite: 
14,0 cm
 
Höhe: 
21,5 cm
 
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0,230 kg
 
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