Anatoly Karpov 12thclassical world champ (1975-1985)

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Today we look at a Grandmaster, I feel got a raw deal in attaining the chess championship. he never got to play for the title and I think he will always wonder…especially even more so with the passing of Bobby Fischer who never gave Karpov the chance to test his chess skill to “succeed or fail” in attainment of the world championship title.

Be this as it may, Karpov has proven himself ad nauseum to be one of the greatest players, and a formidable world champ, but he needs to accept this fact and fully embrace his achievements.


Karpov is still alive and well and at age 69 would have played at Tepe Sigeman Chess Tournament if it was not for the Covid 19 breakout that brought all sporting codes in the world to an abrupt halt. He is a role model to many GM’s like Kramnik, Carlsen and many young and upcoming chess players in the world, even in the West Coast in South Africa he has a following and young chess players aspiring to be like the ‘boa constrictor’.

In the following blog we will look at another chess giant and world champ, that is also still living….wonder who that can be.

Till next time, burn the chess candle on both ends.

Basil Ellman

Basil is an active chess coach for more than 30 years... He is also a qualified trainer of coaches and a qualified chess arbiter. Basil has a passion for chess and has established various chess clubs in schools and communities in the Western Cape - South Africa which are still in existence and growing strong. He has served on various bodies promoting chess not only as a sport but also as a tool to excel academically. He has a Masters degree in Specialised education and is also an advocate for players with special needs.

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