Originally posted by nimzo5
With Karpov we will never know what ideas were his and what was the machine behind him. He beat Kortchnoi twice that way.. and then failed to beat Kasparov 3x.. I doubt that Karpov would have enjoyed such a dominance in the computer age that he did in the 70's.
In his five world championship matches vs Kasparov, Karpov scored 19 wins, 21 losses, and 104 draws in 144 games.
If Kasparov was arguably the best player ever, Karpov deserves to be in the top 10. Every top player today has help and it is mostly with the openings. The soviet machine certainly did not play his impeccable endgames and choking middlegames for him.
By machine I do hope you mean the soviet machine, because the computers during his reign did not help at all, they were terrible. Karpov did not dominate in the computer age at all!
let's not forget this is not a list about the top 10 natural talents! or else Sultan Khan would be there 🙂