Karpov’s Chess Confession

Question: What are your weaknesses as a player?

Anatoly Karpov: Weaknesses?  So, I didn’t know so well \r\nchess theory, the theory of chess openings.  And so, of course I knew \r\nthe theory, but not on the level of the best players, so this was my... \r\nthis was always my weakness.  But this is you know, this is weakness and\r\n this is advantage because if I would know Chess theory so well, so \r\nprobably I would not work out this style to defend difficult positions \r\nbecause from my childhood I could receive difficult positions against \r\neven weaker players, but okay nothing happened, so I was continuing to \r\nfight.  And so this is weakness, this is positive thing, but still more \r\nthis is weakness.  It is better to know Chess Theory and not to get in \r\ndifficult positions from the beginning. 

Why didn’t you study chess openings?

Anatoly Karpov: So, it was boring to study this, so \r\npeople consider that it is boring to study end games, but for me it was \r\nmore boring to study openings and then also I didn’t want to play when I\r\n know everything till almost 25 or 30. I wanted to create something over\r\n the board.

Recorded on May 17, 2010
Interviewed by Paul Hoffman

The Russian grandmaster admits that he found it boring to study chess openings.

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