Former World Chess Champion Anatoly Karpov is celebrating his 69th birthday today. As a number of online tributes attest, he is one of the most acclaimed chess grandmasters of his generation.
Popular chess grandmaster Anatoly Karpov has always liked to keep a bit of himself hidden from view. At 69th birthday, he remains a man of many facets.
Karpov, a cultural icon
Born Anatoly Yevgenyevich Karpov in Zlatoust on May 23, 1951, his career spans an arc over many different eras and tastes in Russian history. Karpov's not just a great chess grandmaster, he's an inspiration, an icon and a successful business man. At this point in his career, there seems to be little Anatoly hasn't done.
And we've got a feeling the next 12 months are going to be even bigger and better for Anatoly Karpov as he promises more to come. After all, he's only 69.
Happy Birthday, Anatoly, you're the best!
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