ANATOLI KARPOV was born in Zlatoust, Chelyabinsk Region in the Urals, on May 23, 1951.?
A Soviet TV reporter interviewed Anatoli Karpov on April 3, just after FIDE President Max Euwe had announced in Amsterdam that Karpov became the 12th world chess champion by default.
TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: How does it feel to be the new champion?
A. KARPOV: It has come so unexpected that the American champion should forfeit his title. I regret this very much. At the same time I'm very happy that the chess crown made its come-back to this country.
R: What did you do after the match against Korchnoi?
A.K: Now I shall continue to work, to play chess and try to prove that my world champion title is not just a windfall. It must take one all the time to prove that you are up to the title.
R: When do you start to prepare for contesting your title and who is your likely opponent?
A.K.: This is not very easy to say at the moment. There are many young players both in this country and abroad plus an army of chess players of mature age. Thus all depends on the balance of power between the two age groups."
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Background: ANATOLI KARPOV was born in Zlatoust, Chelyabinsk Region in the Urals, on May 23, 1951. Student of economics at the Leningrad University, he is also member of the Central Committee of the All-Union Leninist Young Communist League (KOMSOMOL). In 1969 won the world title among young chess players. Winner in major international tournaments in Moscow (1971), Hastings (1971-72), St Antonio (1972), Madrid (1973).
At the 11th Olympiad in Nice in 1974 Karpov achieved the best result in the world history of this contest winning 14 out of 12 points on the first board.
In 1973 he seeded between the first and the second among the contenders in the inter-zonal tournament for the world title.
In 1974 he defeated Lev Polugaevski, Boris Spasski and Victor Korchnoi -- contenders for the world match.
Anatoli won 17 cut of 60 games with them, lost 3 and drew the remaining ones.
The latest appearance he made on March 7 to play 20 winners in a chess quiz sponsored by newspaper "Komsomolskaya Pravda".