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Road to the Championship - Tigran Petrosian
Compiled by suenteus po 147
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This is the road taken by Petrosian during his title run. Any games decided by forfeit are not included. Petrosian placed first in the 28th USSR Championship, but tied for second--compared to Fischer's crushing first--in the Stockholm Interzonal with Geller, Korchnoi, and Filip. He emerged the victor over the Candidates Tournament in Curacao, much to Fischer's chagrin (he accused the Russians of cheating, conspiring to keep him out of the championship match). During this time, Petrosian proved virtually unbeatable (losing only one zonal game in the sixth round to Stein) before meeting Botvinnik in the first round. Special thanks to Fischer of Men for the collection idea and format, and special thanks also to Benzol, Poohavez, and sneaky pete for all their help filling in the zonal games for me.

Zonal Tournament Game #1
Simagin vs Petrosian, 1961 
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 93 moves, 1/2-1/2

Zonal Tournament Game #2
Boleslavsky vs Petrosian, 1961
(B94) Sicilian, Najdorf, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Zonal Tournament Game #3
Petrosian vs Lutikov, 1961 
(E92) King's Indian, 53 moves, 1-0

Zonal Tournament Game #4
A Bannik vs Petrosian, 1961 
(A55) Old Indian, Main line, 11 moves, 1/2-1/2

Zonal Tournament Game #5
Petrosian vs Korchnoi, 1961 
(D83) Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit, 40 moves, 1-0

Zonal Tournament Game #6
Stein vs Petrosian, 1961 
(C18) French, Winawer, 26 moves, 1-0

Zonal Tournament Game #7
Petrosian vs Smyslov, 1961 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 32 moves, 1-0

Zonal Tournament Game #8
Cherepkov vs Petrosian, 1961 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 27 moves, 0-1

Zonal Tournament Game #9
Petrosian vs Geller, 1961
(E12) Queen's Indian, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

Zonal Tournament Game #10
Furman vs Petrosian, 1961 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 41 moves, 0-1

Zonal Tournament Game #11
Petrosian vs Gufeld, 1961 
(E70) King's Indian, 38 moves, 1-0

Zonal Tournament Game #12
Averbakh vs Petrosian, 1961 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Zonal Tournament Game #13
Petrosian vs Bronstein, 1961
(D26) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Zonal Tournament Game #14
A Khasin vs Petrosian, 1961 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 40 moves, 0-1

Zonal Tournament Game #15
Petrosian vs Spassky, 1961 
(D25) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Zonal Tournament Game #16
Polugaevsky vs Petrosian, 1961 
(E55) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation, 47 moves, 0-1

Zonal Tournament Game #17
Petrosian vs Taimanov, 1961 
(E83) King's Indian, Samisch, 50 moves, 1-0

Zonal Tournament Game #18
G Borisenko vs Petrosian, 1961 
(A55) Old Indian, Main line, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Zonal Tournament Game #19
Petrosian vs V Tarasov, 1961
(D26) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 12 moves, 1/2-1/2

Interzonal Tournament Game #1
Petrosian vs F Olafsson, 1962 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 34 moves, 1-0

Interzonal Tournament Game #2
Stein vs Petrosian, 1962
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Interzonal Tournament Game #3
Petrosian vs Geller, 1962
(E92) King's Indian, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Interzonal Tournament Game #4
Korchnoi vs Petrosian, 1962 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Interzonal Tournament Game #5
Petrosian vs Filip, 1962
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Interzonal Tournament Game #6
Julio Bolbochan vs Petrosian, 1962 
(A35) English, Symmetrical, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Interzonal Tournament Game #7
Petrosian vs M Bertok, 1962 
(D29) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 34 moves, 1-0

Interzonal Tournament Game #8
Uhlmann vs Petrosian, 1962
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Interzonal Tournament Game #9
Petrosian vs Teschner, 1962 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 41 moves, 1-0

Interzonal Tournament Game #10
Benko vs Petrosian, 1962
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Interzonal Tournament Game #11
Petrosian vs M Aaron, 1962 
(A26) English, 49 moves, 1-0

Interzonal Tournament Game #12
Portisch vs Petrosian, 1962
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Interzonal Tournament Game #13
Petrosian vs I Bilek, 1962 
(A35) English, Symmetrical, 50 moves, 1-0

Interzonal Tournament Game #14
G Barcza vs Petrosian, 1962
(A04) Reti Opening, 13 moves, 1/2-1/2

Interzonal Tournament Game #15
Petrosian vs Bisguier, 1962 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Interzonal Tournament Game #16
Fischer vs Petrosian, 1962 
(C11) French, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Interzonal Tournament Game #17
Petrosian vs A Pomar Salamanca, 1962 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 41 moves, 1-0

Interzonal Tournament Game #18
Gligoric vs Petrosian, 1962
(B10) Caro-Kann, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Interzonal Tournament Game #19
Petrosian vs S Schweber, 1962 
(E73) King's Indian, 43 moves, 1-0

Interzonal Tournament Game #20
Yanofsky vs Petrosian, 1962 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 10 moves, 1/2-1/2

Interzonal Tournament Game #21
Petrosian vs E German, 1962
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 65 moves, 1-0

Interzonal Tournament Game #22
M Cuellar Gacharna vs Petrosian, 1962 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Tournament Game #1
Petrosian vs Tal, 1962 
(A12) English with b3, 64 moves, 1-0

Candidates Tournament Game #2
Korchnoi vs Petrosian, 1962 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Tournament Game #3
Petrosian vs Geller, 1962
(E12) Queen's Indian, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Tournament Game #4
Petrosian vs Keres, 1962 
(D18) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Tournament Game #5
Benko vs Petrosian, 1962 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 67 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Tournament Game #6
Petrosian vs Fischer, 1962 
(E84) King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Tournament Game #7
Filip vs Petrosian, 1962
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Tournament Game #8
Tal vs Petrosian, 1962 
(C11) French, 20 moves, 0-1

Candidates Tournament Game #9
Petrosian vs Korchnoi, 1962 
(D23) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Tournament Game #10
Geller vs Petrosian, 1962 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Tournament Game #11
Keres vs Petrosian, 1962 
(D59) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Tournament Game #12
Petrosian vs Benko, 1962 
(D92) Grunfeld, 5.Bf4, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Tournament Game #13
Fischer vs Petrosian, 1962 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 43 moves, 0-1

Candidates Tournament Game #14
Petrosian vs Filip, 1962 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 28 moves, 1-0

Candidates Tournament Game #15
Petrosian vs Tal, 1962 
(A16) English, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Tournament Game #16
Korchnoi vs Petrosian, 1962 
(C90) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 69 moves, 0-1

Candidates Tournament Game #17
Petrosian vs Geller, 1962
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Tournament Game #18
Petrosian vs Keres, 1962
(E12) Queen's Indian, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Tournament Game #19
Benko vs Petrosian, 1962 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 43 moves, 0-1

Candidates Tournament Game #20
Petrosian vs Fischer, 1962 
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Tournament Game #21
Filip vs Petrosian, 1962 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 50 moves, 0-1

Candidates Tournament Game #22
Petrosian vs Korchnoi, 1962 
(A31) English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation, 21 moves, 1-0

Candidates Tournament Game #23
Geller vs Petrosian, 1962 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Tournament Game #24
Keres vs Petrosian, 1962 
(B36) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Tournament Game #25
Petrosian vs Benko, 1962 
(D91) Grunfeld, 5.Bg5, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Tournament Game #26
Fischer vs Petrosian, 1962 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Candidates Tournament Game #27
Petrosian vs Filip, 1962 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

World Championship Game #1
Petrosian vs Botvinnik, 1963 
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 40 moves, 0-1

World Championship Game #2
Botvinnik vs Petrosian, 1963 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

World Championship Game #3
Petrosian vs Botvinnik, 1963 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 86 moves, 1/2-1/2

World Championship Game #4
Botvinnik vs Petrosian, 1963 
(A35) English, Symmetrical, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

World Championship Game #5
Petrosian vs Botvinnik, 1963 
(D94) Grunfeld, 48 moves, 1-0

World Championship Game #6
Botvinnik vs Petrosian, 1963 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

World Championship Game #7
Petrosian vs Botvinnik, 1963 
(A10) English, 52 moves, 1-0

World Championship Game #8
Botvinnik vs Petrosian, 1963 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

World Championship Game #9
Petrosian vs Botvinnik, 1963 
(E08) Catalan, Closed, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

World Championship Game #10
Botvinnik vs Petrosian, 1963 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

World Championship Game #11
Petrosian vs Botvinnik, 1963 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

World Championship Game #12
Botvinnik vs Petrosian, 1963 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 53 moves, 1/2-1/2

World Championship Game #13
Petrosian vs Botvinnik, 1963 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 54 moves, 1/2-1/2

World Championship Game #14
Botvinnik vs Petrosian, 1963 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 57 moves, 1-0

World Championship Game #15
Petrosian vs Botvinnik, 1963 
(D81) Grunfeld, Russian Variation, 58 moves, 1-0

World Championship Game #16
Botvinnik vs Petrosian, 1963 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 54 moves, 1/2-1/2

World Championship Game #17
Petrosian vs Botvinnik, 1963 
(E14) Queen's Indian, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

World Championship Game #18
Botvinnik vs Petrosian, 1963 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 61 moves, 0-1

World Championship Game #19
Petrosian vs Botvinnik, 1963 
(E19) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3, 66 moves, 1-0

World Championship Game #20
Botvinnik vs Petrosian, 1963 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

World Championship Game #21
Petrosian vs Botvinnik, 1963 
(A15) English, 10 moves, 1/2-1/2

World Championship Game #22
Botvinnik vs Petrosian, 1963 
(D23) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 10 moves, 1/2-1/2

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