Originally posted by bill718There's an interesting interview in June's Chess Life with Karpov. He doesn't seem to harbor any ill-will towards Fischer and wishes they could have played.
Back in the 70's and 80's I used to look upon Karpov as a cold, calculating, egotistical little man who could only function over a chess board. Perhaps he was at that time, but the last 2 decades have very much changed my opinion of him. In the last 20 years Karpov has become a great ambassador for chess. He has given countless lectures and exibitions around ...[text shortened]... Fischer in 1975, but I am sure of this. Anatoly Karpov is my chess hero...NOT Bobby Fischer.
Originally posted by greenpawn34According to the interview, Karpov met with Fischer in Tokyo AFTER Karpov had been awarded the WC. The meeting was arranged by Florencio Campomanes in June 1976 without Karpov's advance knowledge. Karpov's a little vague on why a match couldn't be arranged; he does claim that he doesn't think Fischer was psychologically ready to play. Who knows?
Karpov went to Fischer's hotel and tried to persuade him to play.
I think the last thing Kaprov wanted was to win it by default.
He knew he would have to prove himself to the Chess World he
was a worthy Champion. And he was.
(Karpov won 28 out of the 34 tournaments in which he took part from 1975 to 1984.)
Originally posted by IchibanovI don't know anything about the measures taken against Korchnoi's family and/or Karpov's alleged complicity in them.
I do agree that he was the legitimate champion. He proved himself the best against all who would play him. Can't ask more from a champion than that.
What are your thoughts on the non-chess stuff I mentioned, GP? Was he really the tool of the state he appeared to be? Is it even fair to bring such things into the discussion?
Ah, thanks No1. I'll check it in a week or so and, hopefully, it'll be up.
Originally posted by greenpawn34last summer I interviewed people for a job, and it turned out one of the applicants had played karpov! nothing fancy though, just taking part in a simul when karpov visited finland in the early 80s (1982 I think he said). too bad he didn't keep the score...
I too met him, spent a wonderful 2-3 hours just me and him talking chess.
Certainly nobody in the Korchnoi camp thought Karpov had anything to
do with the pressure that the USSR had put Korchnoi under.
By that I mean he did not ask for any state help to put off Korchnoi.