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Karpov became World Champion in , as the successor of Bobby Fischer. With his fine endgame technique Karpov managed to win positions which nearly everybody else assessed as a draw. This book takes, for the first time, a close look at his endgame technique, explaining the finer points better than Karpov himself has ever cared to do.
All existing analysis has been reworked and many spectacular findings have been added. Endgame Virtuoso Anatoly Karpov provides valuable insight into the qualities that made Karpov such a great endgame player, maybe the greatest of all time. A highly instructive and entertaining book. He is an experienced chess coach Judit Polgar and Peter Leko were among his pupils , who regularly contributes to various major chess magazines. He has written books about Garry Kasparov and Judit Polgar.
Introduction To become a World Champion one has to play at the highest level in all aspects of the game. The giants of chess history had their strong points and their chess was based on a juxtaposition of the elements in different ways. When it comes to the World Champions, all of them have been capable of playing marvellous endgames and some were exceptional in their level of application.
Mikhail Botvinnik, for example, was outstanding, and yet he thrived especially in complicated middlegames. Vasily Smyslov and Bobby Fischer were both superb, creating a strong artistic impression in their endgames.
As Karpov reigned much later than the Cuban, at a time when competitive standards were generally much higher, it is fair to assume that the Russian played endgames at the highest-ever level. Changes in the tournament rules of chess have contributed to the preservation of his status. Karpov was the last World Champion to play the majority of his career games with the rule of adjournment in operation.
In addition, his style of play was more ferocious, which automatically meant fewer endgames. Going deeply into the analysis of Karpov's endgames has highlighted certain aspects of his play to the author of this book. He will fight for the open files and often manoeuvres his rooks to the seventh rank. It transpired that there was often a fine line between a strong king and a vulnerable one in the centre.
Anatoly had a well-defined sense of timing such strategies with the king. He was not afraid that the bishop would hunt down the pawns. No player has ever produced as many magnificent over-the-board endgames as Karpov. Of course such a talent does not only come from the understanding of a chess genius.
It has much to do with excellent concentration, fighting spirit and a strong determination to grind down your opponents. As a rule, the analysis starts at the moment that the players went for simplification. These endgames will bring joy to all who study them, but my main objective is to help young players to learn from Karpov. Ever since Karpov played these games, the level of analysis has been raised dramatically. Our understanding of endgames has been deepened through the use of computer programs.
Karpov has analysed many of his games himself. In Russian chess culture there have even been some lighthearted comments about the depth of his analysis. Like many players, Karpov tended to select games for analysis on the basis of their importance for his career rather than for their artistic value.
The idea to devote an entire book to Karpov's endgames was born when I had a short conversation with Jan Timman. I asked him whose playing style was closest to Kasparov's. The mere mention of Kasparov's style generated a smile of admiration from the Dutch grandmaster. Somehow our conversation turned to my best pupil, Peter Leko. The idea stayed with me for quite a while, and once we had finished the second volume of Kasparov's games, I started to explore Karpov's endgames.
Like all great players, Peter becomes very shy when it comes to talking about the type of training that helped him become a world-class player. However, as I know, he never worked systematically on his endgames with anybody other than me. When I trained Leko as a junior, we went through many of Karpov's endgames. Karpov's career consists of almost 4 full decades. In the s, as a talented junior, he reached an intermediate summit by becoming Junior World Champion. At this age he was already capable of playing exceptionally fine endgames.
In the s, he moved on from being a young grandmaster to becoming a World Champion who subsequently dominated the chess world. In the s, the pattern changed. From being the very best player he had to settle for being the world number two. We have included games up until , when Karpov lost his last match with his successor Garry Kasparov. These analysed games occupy extra space in the book. There are a dozen positions that motivated much deeper analysis.
Sometimes the analysis became even further extended, but in view of the importance and the beauty of these lines, it seemed essential to retain them all. Just when the major part of this book had been completed, out came Kasparov's study of Karpov in the My Great Predecessors series. Garry analyses 40 games from Anatoly's career, but there are few that we have both selected. Happily, a number of moves that I was proud to discover, were also introduced by Garry in his book.
The 'I' in this book refers to Tibor Karolyi, the chief author. I have been a professional player for a dozen years and have spent many years as a trainer; among others of Judit Polgar and Peter Leko in their junior years.
The co-author, Nick Aplin, has been an enthusiastic chess amateur for long and is periodically a manager of junior and senior chess teams travelling from Singapore.
January Tibor Karolyi. Wenn man Endspiel lernen will, warum dann nicht von einem der besten Spieler aller Zeiten? Niemand hat wohl so viele herausragende Endspiele in der Praxis gezeigt wie der Karolyi hat nun der besten Beispiele beginnend mit seinen Jugenderfolgen bis zusammengestellt.
Mir ist nicht klar geworden, warum der ungarische IM die letzte Dekade der aktiven Zeit von Karpow ausgelassen hat. Karolyi weist darauf hin, dass Karpow bedauerlicherweise in seinen eigenen Analysen sehr knapp ist und daher durchaus Bedarf zu tieferen Studien besteht.
Gelegentlich gibt er vergleichende Partiefragmente oder gar Studien, die ein spezielles Motiv verdeutlichen. Er kann einige Besonderheiten im Spielstil Karpows herausarbeiten. Doch wer staunt nicht gerne? Beide stellen in ihrem Buch, das sie vornehmlich an Amateure richten, die besten Endspiele aus Karpovs Karriere vor. Die Partienotationen sind in Fettschrift gedruckt. In einem einzigen Punkt erregt das Buch Widerspruch. Mehr von New in Chess. Biographien Artikel. Fernschach 6 Artikel.
Historische Partien 45 Artikel. Kurzpartien 4 Artikel. Remispartien 1 item. Turnier 5 Artikel. New in Chess.
Karpov - Endgame Virtuoso
Last week we looked at a book dedicated to chess endgames virtuoso Ulf Andersson. Today we will look at a book dedicated to an endgame master known to all — Karpov. But I imagine that one endgame can take up to a few hours so it is unrealistic to study all of them unless you dedicate your life to this task. My goal is to extract the maximum out of the book having limited time for studying endgames and chess in general. The goal is to use the learned information during my games — be it a specific position or general plan.
Endgame Virtuoso: Anatoly Karpov - The Exceptional Endgame Skills of the 12th World Champion
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