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diabolus 9 ( +1 | -1 )
World champions Do you really think that Karpov deserved the title " a world chess champion"?
cairo 23 ( +1 | -1 )
Any which way you look at it, Karpov was a great player in the years from 1975.
Maybe one of the greatest positional player ever!

Best wishes
Cairo
bafverfeldt1981 7 ( +1 | -1 )
unfortuantly He put down some time in refuting some lines of the Alekhine's :(((
edmaster 110 ( +1 | -1 )
I RESPECT KARPOV! FISCHER DID NOT DEFEND HIS TITLE AND LOST BY DEFAULT BY SENDING HIS RESIGNATION TO(FIDE).
WHY?FISCHER WANTED(159)CONDITIONS TO HOLD THE 1975 WORLD CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP AND(FIDE)ONLY ACCEPTED(158)SO FISCHER RESIGNED!
KARPOV WOULD OF LOST BY(4)GAMES OR EVEN MORE?
FISCHER WAS OBVIOUSLY STRONGER THAN KARPOV AND IF FISCHER DID DEFEND THE WORLD TITLE HE WOULD OF KEPT IT EVERY(3)YEARS AND KASPAROV WOULD HAVE A CRACK OE(2)AT HIM EITHER IN(1988)OR(1991)BUT BY THEN FISCHER WOULD EVEN BE STRONGER AND WOULD BEAT KASPAROV!FISCHER WOULD KEEP HIS WORLD CHESS TITLE AS LONG AS HE LIVED!AND THE CHESS STORY GOES FISCHER WOULD OF GOING TO HIS GRAVE WITH THE TITLE!AND THIS SO CALLED RUSSIAN GUY RUSLAN WOULD BE DECLARED WORLD CHESS CHAMPION!NOW THATS THE WAY IT SHOULD OF HAPPENED!SAD TO SAY IT DIDN'T!NOW FISCHER CAN SETTLE WHO IS WORLD CHESS CHAMPION TODAY BY COMING OUT AND PROVE THAT HE IS THE KING OF CHESS!WHAT WOULD BE VERY KOOL IF HE BEAT THEM ALL IN HIS(60'S)HE WOULD EVEN BE MORE OF A LEGEND!
YOUR CHESS COMRADE EDMASTER.
diabolus 37 ( +1 | -1 )
Do you have in mind the communist party in USSR and the way Karpov became a champion, his mysterious games against Kortchnoi? Or the team Karpov was working with compared with the Kortchnoi's team? He won the title without playing chess, and he lost it ... by playing:)) He doesn't have a match win against Kasparov so far
However, for me Karpov is the most absurd champion ever
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pawnstar 8 ( +1 | -1 )
diabolus I hope your not referring to that Jedi mind trick crud.
calmrolfe 119 ( +1 | -1 )
The three K's The three K's have all been playing for Russia versus a Rest of the World team in the Kremlin, Moscow. This has been dubbed as the Match of the Century and it was VERY important for Russian prestige that they won. They fielded all three K's, Kasparov, Kramnik and Karpov.

"Gary Kasparov... YOU are the WEAKEST LINK, goodbye !!"

Gary Kasparov had a dreadful Tournament, losing to Judit Polgar and humiliatingly lost in just 25 moves to Akopian, who was 0 + 2 at the time. He was lucky to escape with a draw against Nigel Short, having been outplayed throughout the game.

Kramnik also finished on a minus score, but the Russian team were grateful for some fine performances from Karpov, who played well after a rocky start.

Karpov was a good champion and he remains a regular and very successful Tournament player. He was easily the pick of the three K's in Moscow.

.....Oh ! The match result ? The Rest of the World gained an upset win after eleven rounds. The poor performances from Kasparov and Kramnik killed the Russian chances stone dead.

So, don't knock Karpov, he may not be everyones ideal as a chess player, but he was a worthy champion.

Kind regards,

Cal
peppe_l 324 ( +1 | -1 )
Karpov Is my favourite player so I hope this post is free from bias :)

Anyway,

Some ppl here seem to suggest Karpov became WC without playing - this is not true at all. He beat strongest players of the world in Candidates matches - Polugajewasky, Spassky, and finally Korchnoi in Candidates final. Yes Fischer was absent, but he had quit his active chess career after winning the world championship 72. Nobody knew was he in decent form or were his ridiculous demands just an excuse to not play after 3 years break. Was 72 Fischer stronger than 75 Karpov? Propably, but one must not forget Karpov was still making heavy improvement as a player (also who knows how well 75 Fischer played).

After becoming WC, Karpov proved he was clearly superior compared to all the other players - he took tournament wins after another and basically dominated chess during 75-85. Baguio WC match 1978 was a tight battle, but keep in mind Korchnoi was extremely strong then (he proved that by beating all the other top players in Candidates matches) and Karpov was playing under heavy pressure. Then, Kasparov appeared, and after a long match(es!) and somewhat confusing events, took WC from Karpov. Those who argue Karpov never won a match against Kasparov better check the overall score of K-K matches. They were very close battles, and for example Seville was 12-12, Kasparov keeping his title. Karpov also proved his longevity by beating Timman for FIDE title after Kasparov starting PCA in 93, very soon winning 94 Linares super GM tournament in a crushing way - leaving 2.5 points margin to 2nd place finishers (Kasparov & Shirov). His score was 11/13 (9 wins, 4 draws, no losses) and performance rating close to 3000. Lately he hasnt been concentrating on chess so much, but is still a top player, like we saw in Eurotel tournament for example.

About his style, yes many people called him boring player and so on...Well, of course its boring to watch him play if one doesnt have a slightest clue about whats happening in his games. If you observe GM games in net, every time someone sacs a piece people will shout !! regardless of was the sac correct or not. But, every time you observe a positional type of game, you have people saying "this is boring..." or "they are just moving pieces back and forth..." and so on. To put it simply, most people dont UNDERSTAND Karpovs moves (including me, but to me TRYING to is rewarding). The funny thing is I am not just talking about amateur players here - many top GMs were unable to understand his moves! If you look at some of his games after 75, you can see how creative his positional ideas were. Many of them look extragavant, even strange, but Karpov proved they were actually very strong! Sadly it is true most chess fans will always find Bxh7 sacs more interesting than deep positional moves and thats ok, but I hope ppl are still able to give Karpov credit like I give to Tal for example. Also, when discussing about who deserved the title, let it be an issue of playing strength, not playing style, character or nationality.



agkvirtual 9 ( +1 | -1 )
HA haha !! stupid fischer fans fischer:"I read Playboy and I watch cartoons-these are what I do without chess."
gutschi 27 ( +1 | -1 )
I like Karpov... ...and I think he was a worthy champion, although he lost some of his power in the last years, but he is still a strong player.
I think the question should be if Morozewitsch and this Ruslan soandso are wothy champions, if you ask me the aren't. Because the strongest players now are Kramnik and Anand.
certainratio 25 ( +1 | -1 )
Russia vs. R.O.W This match is rapidplay. 25 minutes
plus 10 second increment. Therefore I
place no significance on Kasparov's
and Kramnik's minus scores, and I'm not
surprised the rest of the world won.

Gutschi: Kasparov is also one of the
strongest players now. Probably the
strongest. Definitely in top two.
tonlesu 7 ( +1 | -1 )
match of the century Hey Cal, this century is still in diapers---Perhaps match of the week.
gutschi 8 ( +1 | -1 )
Well... ... Kasparov is perhaps num. 3, but I think in the meantime, Anand and Kramnik are stronger than he is.
getoutofhere 9 ( +1 | -1 )
match of the ... The event called itself the 'Match of the NEW Century' which makes more sense.
bafverfeldt1981 30 ( +1 | -1 )
I do not like Kasparov or Kramnik very much but that doesn't matter- I think Kasparov have earned his and so have Kramnik.

Their last losses in Rus- TROTW meant absolutely nothing.

And now something completely different; I'm really longing for the game in oct between junior and Gary...
blindio 28 ( +1 | -1 )
don't write off ... ...Kasparov yet. He is still the man to beat. Only Kramnik is a real rival at present.

(Kasparov's record against Anand is +19-7=29 - overwhelmingly in Garry's favour.)

Karpov demonstrated convincingly that he was the strongest player prepared to actually play chess in 1975, and yes, he was a worthy champion.
tonlesu 13 ( +1 | -1 )
quiz Does anyone know how many match and tournament games Kasparov played Karpov before he finally won a game?