The Anatoly Karpov Master Method

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The Anatoly Karpov Comprehensive Chess Course

The Anatoly Karpov Master Method

Karpov Master Method

In this extraordinary 15 hour course, former World Champion Anatoly Karpov has put together the definitive training program on his approach to chess mastery.

Focusing on positional play, strategy, and endgames, The Karpov Method takes you into the inner circle, revealing Anatoly’s discoveries and some of the chess’ deepest secrets.

This is a rare opportunity to learn directly from one of the greatest players of all time, as Anatoly Karpov talks candidly about his games, opponents and the method he used to solve problems at the board.

A true pioneer of the game, Karpov introduced strategic ideas, refined techniques and astounded the world with his masterful play. Now the 12th World Champion teaches you how to follow in his footsteps with an unforgettable tour of hidden chess truths.

In the Karpov Master Method, Anatoly Karpov and GM Ron W. Henley explain in an easy-to-understand way many of the strategies and tactics that brought Karpov success at key moments in his career.

As a bonus to the Master Method by World Champion Anatoly Karpov, the Karpov Method includes a 300+ pages pdf book on Anatoly Karpov, written by GM Ron W. Henley. All the examples from Karpov’s games presented in the course are included in the book. The table of contents gives you an overview of all topics and all the games. You can easily find the games in the book and recheck some key aspects or analyze them more deeply after having watched the course.

And that’s not all – in addition to the 15 hours of chess lessons is a fascinating in-person interview with Anatoly Karpov as he discusses Fischer, Kasparov, Carlsen and modern chess, among many other topics.

Win Like Karpov!

This is a very instructional series which explains strategy and tactics at a basic level both verbally and visually, whereby the student can easily understand the action on the chess board.

We start by taking a look at Early Games and some Anatoly Karpov Classics.

From there we move to look at the most amazing Combinations which are broken down by various tactical motifs and types of sacrifices. In the latter part of the course, we have a chance to look at Karpov’s Endgames.

Anatoly Karpov:

The Anatoly Karpov Master Method

The Legendary Anatoly Karpov.

Anatoly Yevgenyevich Karpov is a Russian chess grandmaster and the 12th World Chess Champion. He was the official world champion from 1975 to 1985.

Anatoly played three matches for the title in total against Garry Kasparov between 1986 to 1990, before becoming FIDE World Champion once again when Kasparov broke away from FIDE in 1993.

Karpov then held the title until 1999 when he resigned his title in protest against FIDE’s new world championship rules. For his decades-long standing among the chess players world’s elite, Anatoly Karpov is considered to be one of the greatest players in chess history.

Ron W. Henley:

Ron Henley (born December 5, 1956, in Houston, Texas) is an American chess grandmaster, writer, narrator, and producer of chess videos.

Henley obtained the International Master title in 1980 and the Grandmaster title in 1982. He also appeared on the cover of Chess Life in 1982, representing the United States.

Aside from being a strong player in his own right, GM Henley acted as second, analyst and trainer for Anatoly Karpov in many of his matches in the 1990s.

Is this course for me?

With this amazing chess course featuring a former world champion, any aspiring club player who wants to study one of the greatest chess players of all time has an excellent and easy-to-access resource at hand.

You’ll explore many of the strategies and tactics that brought Karpov success at key moments in his career.

Here are some of the things you’ll be able to learn:

The Minority Attack

The Anatoly Karpov Master MethodWhite has conducted a classic queenside minority attack and seems to be reaping the rewards. The black pawns on c6 and d5 are weak and fixed, and Karpov’s rook pair does not seem too imposing – for the moment!

However, Karpov’s rooks are doubled on the half-open e-file and he does have space on the kingside. Karpov plays 36… h4! Karpov begins stirring up kingside counterplay.

White plays 37.g4, naturally wanting to keep the kingside blocked and focus on his queenside plans. Now Karpov makes a temporary pawn sacrifice to activate his light square Bishop 37… f5!?

Space Advantage

The Anatoly Karpov Master MethodOn the white side of a Spanish Breyer Defense, Karpov obtained a connected passed d-pawn and his f5 pawn offered him a kingside space advantage.

However, the White light-squared Bishop on d3 is a bit boxed in and Black does have a beautifully posted Knight on c3 and a 2–1 queenside pawn majority.

Karpov’s plan is:

a) Eliminate the intruder on c3 thereby reducing Black’s chances for queenside counterplay.
b) White will then increase his kingside space advantage.
c) Utilize his superior mobility to break down the black defenses.

With this amazing chess course featuring the legendary Anatoly Karpov, you’ll be able to study one of the greatest chess players of all time and implement his technique in your own games against your opponents.

When you purchase this course, you also get access to an exclusive collection of chess courses with Karpov:

Karpov on Fischer (Vol 1-3)

Anatoly Karpov, the Twelfth World Chess Champion discusses games he has personally selected of the American Chess Legend Bobby Fischer (1943-2008). These games were played during Fischer’s “Quest for the Crown”, “Match of the Century” in 1972 and the “Historic Return” in 1992.

Karpov on Kasparov – World Championship Matches (Vol 1-3)

In this volume of a series of chess DVDs devoted to his World Championship career, the 12th World Champion GM Anatoly Karpov discusses and analyzes five of his games from the 1984/85 World Championship Match in Moscow (KK-1) against his “eternal” rival – Garry Kasparov.

Karpov’s Best Games – 4 Volume Set

These games were not actually picked by Karpov himself but were picked by a team of 10 Grandmasters led by Informant’s GM Matanovic. Karpov is assisted in the presentation and analysis of his best games by award-winning chess producer and commentator GM Ron W. Henley.

Whether you wish to improve your game by learning from the very best or are just a fan of chess history, The Karpov Method is unmissable.

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4 reviews for The Anatoly Karpov Master Method

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Marlon, Dr. Munian

    An instant classic. GM Karpov gives you an insight into the thinking which endured for many years as champion and as a perennial tournament winner. You’re guaranteed to learn from this video, but if anything, it’s a bargain to listen to one of the greatest players in the history of the game talk teach and explain his approach to the game.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Miguel Ararat

    Anatoly Karpov is one of the best chess players ever and his contribution to chess span more than four decades.
    Chess players of any strenght will benefit from learning chess from Anatoly Karpov, the 12th World Chess Champion and profit from his vast experience. The Karpov Method is a series of video lessons explaning how to improve your chess by using sound chess strategies, endgame technique and taking advantage of the smallest weaknesses in your opponet’s camp. Importantly, the material in the Karpov Method is presented by Karpov and GM Ron Henley in a question and answer format. Henley ask questions that most players below master level will ask, such as why to trade a piece (or avoid he exchange)

    As a bonus, you get a video clip called Tea with Toyla and sereval additional files on middlegame, endgame, summary of the lessons and puzzles. My favorite bonus material is video clip Tea with Toyla in which Karpov provides concrete advise on how to improve your chess skills. In summary, The Karpov Method is a valuable tool to understand and improve at chess.
    FI. Miguel Ararat (US National Chess Coach)

  3. Rated 4 out of 5

    nemabass (verified owner)

    This is an excellent course. Karpov is a world champion and has excellent insight in chess. This course contains lots of great games that are analyzed by a world champion. This course also contains lots of awesome extras like the PDF it comes with and the tea time videos. This course focuses on solid chess play in the topic of middle-game strategy such as minor piece play and pawn structures, but most importantly, endgame technique. Players who want to understand the endgame should consider this course. The biggest complaint I have with this course, however, is that Karpov may be a little difficult to understand at times. He is not a loud speaker and has an accent that may need some getting used to. Overall, however, this course is one of a kind and taught by a world champion. Recommended.

  4. Rated 4 out of 5

    cghori (verified owner)

    I was shocked to see a course offered by a former world champion so I wasted no time putting it into my cart and purchasing it. I must say, that this is a wonderful course taught by a man regarded as one of the top five chess players ever! Karpov’s insights into the game are priceless and invaluable in helping improve your rating. One negative, as others have pointed out, is sometimes the inability to understand him because of his accent which why I removed one star. The extras that come with the course are great which makes this course an ever greater value. Private tutoring by an ex-world champion-doesn’t get much better than that!

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