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    I have won Russia at least 16 world championships. I have fought for my country.
    — Anatoly Karpov
    tags: world  russia 
     
    If, in our first match for the world champion's title, I had managed to make the score 6-0, there would have been no Kasparov as a good chess player at all.
    — Anatoly Karpov
    tags: world  chess 
     
    Putin needs strong moves to keep the country as one. There is some criticism that he is centralizing power, but in Russia, if you don't centralize power, you have the risk of losing the country.
    — Anatoly Karpov
    tags: criticism  power  risk  strong  russia 
     
    Russia is a state within a state. To understand the population of Russia, you need to know the areas of the country; you need an understanding of the people and their interests.
    — Anatoly Karpov
    My idea is to make moves to bring chess back to the world's map, to make it part of the world's geography again.
    — Anatoly Karpov
    tags: world  ideas  chess  geography 
     
    I was world champion. For me, chess is my life. It is everything.
    — Anatoly Karpov
    tags: world  chess 
     
    I didn't know so well chess theory, the theory of chess openings. And so, of course I knew the theory, but not on the level of the best players, so this was my... this was always my weakness.
    — Anatoly Karpov
    tags: weakness  chess 
     
    Style? I have no style.
    — Anatoly Karpov
    As a personality, I'm fighter, you know. And I don't give up, and if I believe I'm correct, I'm right, then I work, and I fight. Okay, this could be over a chess board, this could be in life, and so I defend my principles.
    — Anatoly Karpov
    To be a champion requires more than simply being a strong player; one has to be a strong human being as well.
    — Anatoly Karpov
    tags: human  strong 
     
    Las Vegas is a beautiful place. I like it more and more and plan to be here often. It's a great place for chess.
    — Anatoly Karpov
    tags: beautiful  chess 
     
    Playing black, I put great stake in the Ruy Lopez: I liked it, feel it, and understand it; in matches with Hjartarson and Timman it served me well. - on preparing for World Championship versus Garry Kasparov
    — Anatoly Karpov
    tags: world  black 
     
    Bulgaria is the first state that has been awarded for its excellent fight against iodine deficiency by UNICEF
    — Anatoly Karpov
    tags: fight 
     
    If you want to become a World Champion you should avoid playing in Open tournaments.
    — Anatoly Karpov
    tags: world 
     
    I still love to play chess. So I do not even spend a minute on the possibility to step back.
    — Anatoly Karpov
    tags: possibility  chess 
     
    'Rubberneck' has nothing to do with comedy, nor does it follow comedic people.
    — Anatoly Karpov
    tags: people  comedy 
     
    It is dangerous to maintain equality at the cost of placing the pieces passively.
    — Anatoly Karpov
    If the opponent offers keen play I don't object; but in such cases I get less satisfaction, even if I win, than from a game conducted according to all the rules of strategy with its ruthless logic.
    — Anatoly Karpov
    tags: logic  strategy  rules  games 
     
    The truth is that my chess development was nothing out of the ordinary, and it proceeded probably at a pace no faster than others.
    — Anatoly Karpov
    tags: truth  development  chess 
     
    Happiness should always remain a bit incomplete. After all, dreams are boundless.
    — Anatoly Karpov
    tags: happiness  dreams 
     
    I don't pretend to anything more than harmony.
    — Anatoly Karpov
    tags: harmony 
     
    I lost the match. I blame only myself for this. There were many opportunities to win. But I missed them, no one else.
    — Anatoly Karpov
    Like dogs who sniff each other when meeting, chess players have a ritual at first acquaintance: they sit down to play speed chess.
    — Anatoly Karpov
    tags: dog  chess  meeting 
     
    Just make the right estimation of your own strengths and weaknesses, and also that of your opponent.
    — Anatoly Karpov
    tags: right  weakness  strength 
     
    It doesn't require much for misfortune to strike in the King's Gambit - one incautious move, and Black can be on the edge of the abyss.
    — Anatoly Karpov
    tags: black 
     
    The first great chess players, including the world champion, got by perfectly well without constant coaches.
    — Anatoly Karpov
    tags: world  chess 
     
    Style, I've got no style.
    — Anatoly Karpov
    You can't play chess if you're groggy from pills.
    — Anatoly Karpov
    tags: chess 
     
    This whole fuss did not only damage Fischer's image, but that of the USA as well. The way the Americans treated one of their most popular citizens did not make a positive impression worldwide.
    — Anatoly Karpov
    tags: positive  american 
     
    To be champion requires more than simply being a strong player; one has to be a strong human being as well.
    — Anatoly Karpov
    tags: human  strong 
     
    Chess is a very tough game, and psychologically a tough game. And of course, chess needs a lot of qualities, human qualities. And so you must have a very strong nervous system, and then you must be well prepared; you must be able to work a lot.
    — Anatoly Karpov
    tags: work  human  strong  chess  games  quality 
     
    By all means examine the games of the great chess players, but don't swallow them whole. Their games are valuable not for their separate moves, but for their vision of chess, their way of thinking.
    — Anatoly Karpov
    tags: thinking  vision  chess  games 
     
    I still remember Botvinnik's reaction to each of my games, right from the opening moves. At first he would express amazement, then annoyance, and, finally irritation.
    — Anatoly Karpov
    tags: right  games 
     
    The ideal in chess can only be a collective image, but in my opinion it is Capablanca who most closely approaches this ...
    — Anatoly Karpov
    tags: opinion  chess 
     
    Chess is everything: art, science, and sport.
    — Anatoly Karpov
    tags: chess 
     
    Pawns not only create the sketch for the whole painting, they are also the soil, the foundation, of any position
    — Anatoly Karpov
    tags: painting 
     
    I didn't picture myself as even a grandmaster, to say nothing of aspiring to the chess crown. This was not because I was timid - I wasn't - but because I simply lived in one world, and the grandmasters existed in a completely different one. People like that were not really even people, but like gods or mythical heroes.
    — Anatoly Karpov
    tags: people  world  hero  god  chess 
     
    But how difficult it can be to gain the desired full point against an opponent of inferior strength, when this is demanded by the tournament position!
    — Anatoly Karpov
    tags: strength 
     
    My studies with Botvinnik brought me immense benefit, particularly the homework assignments which forced me to refer to chess books and to work independently.
    — Anatoly Karpov
    tags: work  book  chess 
     
    Furman astounded me with his chess depth, a depth which he revealed easily and naturally, as if all he were doing was establishing well-known truths.
    — Anatoly Karpov
    tags: truth  chess 
     
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