Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Number 184

Former World Champion Anatoly Karpov has apparently won the 184th tournament of his career, after finishing first in a 4 player rapid/blitz event in Spain. His fellow competitors were veterans Torre, Vassier and Ljubojevic, and the event looked to be half serious, half fun by all reports. Nonetheless Karpov keeps count of these wins, and seemingly doesn't make a distinction between the serious and not so serious tournaments.
But if you think 184 is impressive, then try 865. This was the number of tournaments won by FM John Curdo up until 2011. With a peak career rating of 2305 the events he plays in aren't Linares or Wijk aan Zee (at least not the top section), but a win is a win.