Here are some chess problems taken from the games of Anatoly Karpov.
White to play and win except where noted.

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
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a)
Karpov vs Nedelin, Borovichi, 1961
1r4k1/4bpnp/3p2p1/2qPp1P1/1p2P3/r2Q1N1P/P3NPK1/RR6 w - - 0 1
[ Qxa3 w/Rxb8+ Rc1 & R1c8 ]

b)
Black to move and win. Rutka vs Karpov, Trinec, 1967
r2r3k/3q3P/p4p2/1pb1pN2/4Q2N/2P5/PP1n1P2/R3K2R b KQ - 0 1
[ ...Bxf2+ (if ...Nxe4 Ng6#) ]

c)
White Mates in 5. Karpov vs Chilnov, Riga, 1970
3r3Q/pq1k1b2/2pn4/P4p2/1P2P2P/2B5/6B1/3R3K w - - 0 1
[ Rxd6+ w/Qxd8+ ]

d)
White Mates in 7. Karpov vs Izotov, Leningrad, 1970
1kb3rr/1p3p2/R3p2p/3pPp2/2pP1N1q/2P5/2P2PPP/1RQ3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qa3 ]

e)
Karpov vs Victor Korchnoi, Leningrad, 1971
r6r/pQ6/5p2/4q2p/3pN2k/8/PPP1B1P1/2K5 w - - 0 1
[ g3+ Kh3 Nf2+ ]



Karpov, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.

a)
Karpov vs Aronshtats, Leningrad, 1971
r3r1k1/1b1pn1pp/ppqB1p2/8/P2QP3/2NP4/1P4PP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rc1 w/Nb5 ]

b)
Karpov vs Leonid Gofstein, Rostov, 1971
2br2k1/p4rb1/P1p3qp/2P1n3/1N1N4/2B2n2/R5BP/2QR3K w - - 0 1
[ Nxf3 ]

c)
Karpov vs VN Kozlov, Leningrad, 1971
1r4k1/5pbp/3r2p1/Np2p3/1R1nB1P1/4BN1P/1P3PK1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Nxd4 w/Bf4 ]

d)
White Mates in 2. Karpov vs Henrique Mecking, Hastings, 1971
4rr2/1p5R/3p1p2/p2Bp3/P2bPkP1/1P5R/1P2K3/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rg7 ]

e)
Karpov vs Donald Byrne, San Antonio, 1972
2rr4/2q2pkp/1p2pnp1/pB1bQ3/P4P2/2N5/1PPR2PP/2KR4 w - - 0 1
[ Ba6 ]

Karpov vs Topalov, 1994


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Karpov, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 4. Karpov vs Mark Taimanov, Moscow, 1972
6r1/3b1Npk/4p3/3pP2P/8/6R1/q4P2/2Q3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qg5 ]

b)
Karpov vs Eugenio Torre, Leningrad, 1973
r5k1/pp1n1rbp/2n1p1p1/3pPq2/3P4/BP3N1P/P4RP1/R2Q1NK1 w - - 0 1
[ g4 ]

c)
Karpov vs Victor Korchnoi, Moscow, 1974
4r1k1/pp2pp1p/2bp1npQ/q2N4/4PN2/5P2/PPP5/2K4R w - - 0 1
[ e5 if dxe5 Nxf6+ & Nh5 ]

d)
Karpov vs A Pomar Salamanca, Nice, 1974
k7/p4R2/1pp1p3/6n1/PPPP1Brp/3K4/8/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rf8+ w/Rb8+ & Bd2 ]

e)
Karpov vs Victor Kupreichik, Riga, 1975
5r2/1p1n1pkp/2q2np1/pNb5/P1Q2BP1/3B1R1P/1r4P1/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Qc3 w/g5 ]

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Karpov, Part IV. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Karpov vs Svetozar Gligoric, Milan, 1975
3r2k1/3P3p/6p1/p2Pp3/4q3/R2b3P/Q4BPK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxd3 if Qxd3 d6+ Kh8 Qxa5 Rxd7 Qxe5+ Rg7 Bd4 ]

b)
White Mates in 2. Karpov vs Klaus Wockenfuss, Bad Lauterberg, 1977
2R5/4rppk/7p/1p2Q1n1/1P4Bq/4P2P/5PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bf5+ ]

c)
White Mates in 6. Karpov vs Istvan Csom, Bad Lauterberg, 1977
q3rn1k/2QR4/pp2pp2/8/P1P5/1P4N1/6n1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf5 if exf5 Qh2+ ]

d)
Black Mates in 3. Viktor Korchnoi vs Karpov, Baguio, 1978
8/7R/2r5/8/P3n3/8/3nk1PP/R5K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nf3+ ]

e)
Karpov vs Victor Korchnoi, Baguio City, 1978
4rk2/2p2prp/pq2b2N/1p6/8/2PR1Q2/PP4PP/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Rd7 if Bxd7 Qxf7+ mates or if Rb8 Nxf7 Bxd7 Nd8+ mates ]



Karpov, Part V. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 8. Karpov vs Vlastimil Hort, Bugojno, 1978
1Q2r1r1/pp1qk1b1/2p1p1p1/6Pp/2BP1B1P/2P5/PP3P2/2K1R3 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe6+ w/Qc7+ & Bd6+ ]

b)
White Mates in 7. Karpov vs Ljubomir Ljubojevic, Bugojno, 1978
8/1p3q1k/3p2p1/P2Nb1Pp/1pQ2R1P/6K1/8/8 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ ]

c)
Karpov vs Gennadi Sosonko, Tilburg, 1979
5k2/p3p3/q2p1rR1/2rR3p/2p1QP1P/2P5/2P3P1/2K5 w - - 0 1
[ Rxc5 ]

d)
White Mates in 7. Karpov vs Miguel Quinteros, Buenos Aires, 1980
2r4r/2q2kbR/bp2p1p1/3pP3/p2P1PB1/P5Q1/1n2NBK1/7R w - - 0 1
[ Bxe6+ if Kxe6 Qxg6+ or if Kf8 Rxh8+ ]

e)
White Mates in 5. Karpov vs Mikhail Tal, Bugojno, 1980
2r5/1b2rppp/3R1n2/4B3/2k2N2/5P2/6PP/1R4K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rd2 ]



Karpov, Part VI. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 5. Karpov vs Miguel Najdorf, Mar del Plata, 1982
3R4/6pk/6bp/p2B3q/P1p2P2/6P1/2r4P/4Q1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bg8+ w/Bf7+ & Rxh8+ ]

b)
Black to move and win. Boris Spassky vs Karpov, London, 1982
5rk1/4bnpp/p3r3/3qp3/PpN2B2/1Q6/1P2RPPP/4R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd6 ]

c)
Karpov vs Bent Larsen, Tilburg, 1982
3rk2r/2Rn1q2/2Q1pp2/p2p4/3P3N/6R1/P4PK1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Nf5 if exf5 Re3+ Kf8 Qd6+ Kg7 Rg3+ ]

d)
Karpov vs Gyula Sax, Linares, 1983
2k2r2/2q2p2/p2r2pp/8/B5PP/2P2Q2/PP3P2/2K1R3 w - - 0 1
[ Re7 Qxe7 Qa8+ Kc7 Qa7+ if Kd8 Qb8# ]

e)
White Mates in 6. Karpov vs Efim Geller, USSR, 1983
3rrk2/R4ppB/7p/1p2N1q1/nPbP1p2/2PQ1P2/6PP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxc4 ]

Karpov, Part VII. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Karpov vs Ian Rogers, Bath, 1983
2kr3r/pp3ppp/1qp1p3/3bPnPP/6Q1/7R/PPP2P2/2KRBB2 w - - 0 1
[ c4 if Qc5 b4 ]

b)
Black to move and win. Jan Timman vs Karpov, London, 1984
k3rr2/P1p4p/b1p5/3pP1Bq/1b5P/1N2Q1P1/PP4K1/2R4R b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxe5 if Qxe5 Qf3+ ]

c)
White Mates in 5. Karpov vs Zoltan Ribli, Dubai, 1986
3rn1k1/5ppn/1p1P4/1r2pPP1/2q1P3/5BK1/1R5Q/3R4 w - - 0 1
[ Qxh7+ w/Rh1+ & Rbh2 ]

d)
Karpov vs Bruno Kamber, Switzerland, 1987
1r3r1k/6pp/1b1p4/3Npq2/1P2R2P/3Q1PP1/6K1/2R5 w - - 0 1
[ Nxb6 w/Rf4 ]

e)
Karpov vs V Kveinis, Riga, 1988
2r2k1r/4ppbp/2B3p1/q2Ppb2/8/4B3/PR3PPP/3Q1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ g4 ]

Karpov, Part VIII. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Karpov vs Lajos Portisch, Tilburg, 1988
8/1q3pk1/p1Np1bp1/3P4/4P3/5R1P/2Q2PK1/r7 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf6 w/Qc3 ]



b) White Mates in 3. Karpov vs Jaan Ehlvest, Reykjavik, 1991

c)
White Mates in 4. Karpov vs Mikhail Gurevich, Reggio Emilia, 1991
5Q2/8/6p1/2p4k/p1Bpq2P/6PK/P2b4/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qh8+ w/Qe5+ ]

d)
White Mates in 4. Karpov vs George Trammell, St Martin, 1992
8/8/5K2/6r1/8/8/5Q1p/7k w - - 0 1
[ Qf1+ w/Qf3+ & Qe4 ]

e)
Black to move and win. Alexander Ivanov vs Karpov, Moscow, 1992
r1r3k1/ppq1bpp1/1n2pn2/4N1N1/5B2/3R4/PPP1QP1P/2K4R b - - 0 1
[ ...Nfd5 ]

Karpov, Part IX. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black to move and win. Ljubomir Ljubojevic Ljubomir vs Karpov, Linares, 1992
4Q3/1q3nk1/5pp1/1p2p2p/1b1pP2P/1P1P2P1/4BPK1/6N1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Be7 w/...Nd6 ]

b)
Black to move and win. Badals Magem vs Karpov, Madrid, 1992
3q2k1/5p2/3p2p1/p2Np1b1/P1P1P2p/5P1P/1QR3PK/4r3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Be3 if Nxe3 Qg5 mates ]

c)
Karpov vs Oleg Romanishin, Tilburg, 1993
6k1/2pn1pp1/R7/2pPP3/4P1p1/2r3P1/3N3P/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ra8+ w/e6 ]

d)
Karpov vs Valery Salov, Linares, 1993
r3rbk1/1b3Npp/1q1p2n1/2pP4/5R2/1PN3Q1/4P1BP/5R1K w - - 0 1
[ Qxg6 if hxg6 Rh4 ]

e)
White Mates in 5. Karpov vs D De Vreugt, Euro Disney CH, 1994
r3r3/pb3pk1/1p1p1p1p/2qP4/P1pNPPP1/2Q5/1P4BP/4R2K w - - 0 1
[ Nf5+ w/Qh3 ]

Karpov, Part X. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Karpov vs Kiril Georgiev, Tilburg, 1994
bq1r2k1/3n1rb1/1p1P2pp/2p5/P3N3/1Q3NP1/4RP1P/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Neg5 w/Nxg5 & Re8 ]

b)
Black to move and win. Joel Lautier vs Karpov, Linares, 1994
r5k1/6p1/5p1p/8/3Pb3/1Rn1BNPP/5K2/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd1+ if Ke2 Bc2 or if Kg2 Ra2+ ]

c)
Black Mates in 5. Valery Salov vs Karpov, Alma-Ata, 1995
8/1P3pk1/2Qpp3/7p/P2Pn1p1/4qN1P/6PK/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...g3+ Kh1 Nf2+ Kg1 Nxh3+ ]

d)
Black to move and win. Renzo Mantovani vs Karpov, San Giorgio Legnano, 1995
8/p1r2ppk/1p3nqp/8/2N1pP2/P3P1nP/1P3QPK/3RN3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qh5 w/...Ng4+ or ..Qxd1 ]

e)
Karpov vs Alexander Beliavsky, Dortmund, 1995
1R3nk1/6p1/3Ppp1p/r2q4/4Q2P/5PB1/6PK/8 w - - 0 1
[ d7 if Qxd7 Qb4 ]

Karpov Puzzles, Part XI. White to move and win.
a)
Karpov vs Alexander Khalifman, Linares 1995
5r2/pR3pk1/q2p1bp1/3B3p/2P4P/3Q1RP1/5PK1/4r3 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf6 if Kxf6 Qf3+ Kg7 Rxf7+ mates ]

b)
Black Mates in 5. Magem Badals vs Karpov, Cap d'Agde, 1996
8/5k2/3bpp2/1p1p1b1p/3P3P/1B2QPP1/P4BK1/1q6 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bh3+ ]

c)
Black Mates in 5. Eric Lobron vs Karpov, Frankfurt, 1997
6rk/pb4rp/1p3p2/3q3Q/1P1P3R/1P5P/1B2R1P1/6K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxg2+ Kf1 Rg1+ Kf2 Rf1+ ]

d)
Karpov vs Marcin Krysztofiak, Koszalin (simul), 1997
r1b4k/p2n2bp/2pn1rp1/q3p1N1/2B1Pp2/2N2P2/PP1Q1BPP/2KR3R w - - 0 1
[ Qxd6 Rxd6 Nf7+ Kg8 Nxd6+ Kh8 Nxc8 ]

e)
White Mates in 2. Karpov vs Piotr Mickiewicz, Koszalin (Simul), 1997
5r1r/1p6/p1p2p2/2P1bPpk/4R3/6PP/P2B2K1/3R4 w - - 0 1
[ Rh4+ ]

Karpov Puzzles, Part XII. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 2. Karpov vs Bidjukova, Voronezh (Simul), 1997
2r5/2R5/3npkpp/3bN3/p4PP1/4K3/P1B4P/8 w - - 0 1
[ g5+ ]

b)
Black to move and win. Paul Van Der Sterren vs Karpov, Wijk aan Zee, 1998
5rk1/QBr2ppp/1p6/1bq5/8/6P1/P4P1P/R3R1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxb7 (if ...Bc6 Rac1) Qxb7 Bc6 if Qe7 Qd5 ]

c)
White Mates in 4. Karpov vs Federico Perez, Bastia (Simul), 1998
1r1qrbk1/3b3p/p2p1pp1/3NnP2/3N4/1Q4BP/PP4P1/1R2R2K w - - 0 1
[ Nxf6+ ]

d)
Karpov vs Gustavo Albarran, Buenos Aires (Simul), 2001
2bqr1k1/5pbp/ppp1p1p1/4B3/2P1n3/1PN1P3/P2rBPPP/R1Q2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxe4 if Rxe2 Bxg7 Kxg7 Rd1 Qh4 Ng3 ]

e)
Black to move and win. Alexei Shirov vs Karpov, Bastia, 2002
4rk2/p4p1p/5Bp1/1bb1N3/4B3/3P4/P1P2PPP/4K3 b - - 0 1
[ ...Re6 if Bh8 f6 w/...f5 ]

Karpov Puzzles, Part XIII. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Karpov vs Judit Polgar, Moscow, 2002
2rr2k1/pp2ppbp/3n2b1/1q4p1/1nNP2P1/4P2P/PB1NQP2/R2R1BK1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxd6 ]

b)
White Mates in 5. Karpov vs Gomez Gustavo, Sao Paulo (Simul), 2003
rrn2q1k/2p3b1/n1Pp3p/6PR/1PQ1Pp2/4BP2/3NK3/7R w - - 0 1
[ Rxh6+ if Bxh6 Bd4+ ]

c)
Karpov vs Carlos Solis, Sao Paulo (Simul), 2003
1r1r1k2/1b2qpp1/p3pn1p/1pNnN3/3P3Q/PB6/1P3PPP/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxe6+ if Qxe6 or fxe6 Ng6+ ]

d)
Karpov vs Alain Costa, Ajaccio, 2007
r1bqk2r/pppp1ppp/8/3Pp3/1b1n4/6P1/PP1PPPBP/R1BQK1NR w KQkq - 0 1
[ e3 ]

e)
Karpov vs Michael Seitz, Wolfsburg (Simul), 2007
1rn1b1k1/4bpp1/4p2p/1pNqN3/1P1P4/1Q1B3P/5PP1/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxd5 exd5 Na6 w/Nc7 ]

f)
White Mates in 3. Karpov vs Mahajlo Stojanovic, Valjevo, 2007
2q1rb1k/prp3pp/1pn1p3/5p1N/2PP3Q/6R1/PP3PPP/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6 if h6 Qxh6+ ]

g)
Karpov vs Alexei Shirov, Tallinn, 2006
4kr2/p1Bbpp2/1p4p1/n6p/2B1P2P/2K2P2/P2R2P1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Bb5 ]


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