How Anatoly Karpov won his title

Karpov won 10 games and  tied for first with Victor Kortchnoi in the 1973 Leningrad Interzonal, he then proceeded to win the following 3 candidate elimination matches:   

              a)      Defeated Lev Polugaevski 5.5 2.5, with 3 wins, 5 draws, 0 losses.

b)     Defeated ex World Champion Boris Spassky 7-4, with 4 wins, 6 draws, 1 loss.

c)      Defeated 2-time world champion contender Victor Kortchnoi 5-4, with 3 wins, 19 draws, 2 losses.

d) Karpov was proclaimed World Champion when Bobby Fischer refused to defend his title.

Karpov's title defenses:

In 1978 Karpov won 6 games and successfully defend his title against Victor Kortchnoi . By a score of 16.5 - 15.5. The match was decided by the first player to win 6 games. 

In 1981 Karpov won 6 games and successfully defended his title against Victor Kortchnoi, by a score of 
 11 - 7.0. The match was decided by the first player to win 6 games.

In 1984 Karpov defended his title against Garry Kasparov, after jumping out to a 5 point lead, Karpov tired and the match was called off after 48 games with Karpov leading 6-3. 

In 1985 Karpov defended his title against Garry Kasparov and lost by a score of  12.5-10.5

Karpov tried to regain his title against Garry Kasparov in 1986, 1987, 1990. However he was not able to defeat Garry Kasparov.

            So there is no question, Karpov is a great player, a worthy challenger and champion. He was forged into steel by the process. He reaffirmed this by winning all those tournaments in the 70s and 80s.

 Karpov won 20 games to win his title in 1975

Karpov's career -  1960 - 1984 - http://members.tripod.com/~Mark_Weeks/chw01c01/karpov.html

Karpov's career 1985 - http://members.tripod.com/~Mark_Weeks/chw01d01/karpov.html