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Petrosian v. the Elite
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By Ray Keene

Tigran Petrosian is acquiring a reputation as one of the most sophisticated World Champions and also one of the most successful. The victim of a hostile press during his lifetime, Petrosian's exploits were brought into sharp focus during the official Petrosian year - 2004, the 75th anniversary of his birth. A whole series of Petrosian memorial tournaments, combined with a re-evaluation of his games and results, revealed that his legacy had been serious underestimated. Indeed, his record includes :

- Victories in two World Championship matches against Botwinnik and Spassky - First prize in the World Championship Candidates Tournament - Four Soviet Championship titles
- Two individiual and team gold medals on top board for the USSR team in the international Olympiads of Havana 1966 and Lugano 1968 - Numerous first prizes in important tournaments - Match and game victories against Kasparov, Fischer, Karpov, Hübner, Portisch, Korchnoi, Polugayevsky, Smyslov, Tal, Euwe, Reshevsky, Keres and many others

Petrosian vs Korchnoi, 1946 
(A90) Dutch, 23 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Tolush, 1950 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 19 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Smyslov, 1951 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 51 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Pachman, 1952 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 36 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Petrosian, 1952 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 46 moves, 0-1

Kotov vs Petrosian, 1952 
(A48) King's Indian, 29 moves, 0-1

Taimanov vs Petrosian, 1953 
(A70) Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3, 38 moves, 0-1

Geller vs Petrosian, 1953 
(C15) French, Winawer, 26 moves, 0-1

Petrosian vs Smyslov, 1953 
(D85) Grunfeld, 42 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Benko, 1955 
(E26) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 27 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Geller, 1956 
(D34) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 73 moves, 1-0

Polugaevsky vs Petrosian, 1956 
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 35 moves, 0-1

Tolush vs Petrosian, 1957 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 33 moves, 0-1

Petrosian vs Taimanov, 1959 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 43 moves, 1-0

Keres vs Petrosian, 1959 
(B39) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation, 51 moves, 0-1

Petrosian vs Fischer, 1959 
(E40) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 31 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Benko, 1959 
(E30) Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, 41 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Larsen, 1960 
(A55) Old Indian, Main line, 45 moves, 1-0

Bronstein vs Petrosian, 1960 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 23 moves, 0-1

Petrosian vs Stein, 1961  
(E93) King's Indian, Petrosian System, 39 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Filip, 1962 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 28 moves, 1-0

Benko vs Petrosian, 1962 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 43 moves, 0-1

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

Petrosian vs Benko, 1963 
(D81) Grunfeld, Russian Variation, 43 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Gligoric, 1963 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 48 moves, 1-0

Benko vs Petrosian, 1963 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 55 moves, 0-1

Petrosian vs Tal, 1963 
(A15) English, 50 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Larsen, 1965 
(A11) English, Caro-Kann Defensive System, 40 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Gligoric, 1965 
(D94) Grunfeld, 45 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Ivkov, 1965 
(D25) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 37 moves, 1-0

Filip vs Petrosian, 1965 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 40 moves, 0-1

Petrosian vs Averbakh, 1966 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 39 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Petrosian, 1966 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 0-1

Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966 
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 30 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966 
(E59) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line, 41 moves, 1-0

Najdorf vs Petrosian, 1966 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 74 moves, 0-1

Botvinnik vs Petrosian, 1966 
(A10) English, 34 moves, 0-1

Larsen vs Petrosian, 1966 
(C00) French Defense, 48 moves, 0-1

Petrosian vs Najdorf, 1966 
(D80) Grunfeld, 36 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Bronstein, 1967 
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 34 moves, 1-0

M Bobotsov vs Petrosian, 1968 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 41 moves, 0-1

Petrosian vs Reshevsky, 1968 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 42 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Uhlmann, 1968 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 41 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Gligoric, 1968 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 51 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Larsen, 1968 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 32 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Spassky, 1969 
(E47) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3, 38 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Petrosian, 1969 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 56 moves, 0-1

Petrosian vs Spassky, 1969 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 50 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Hort, 1969 
(E83) King's Indian, Samisch, 60 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Polugaevsky, 1970 
(E14) Queen's Indian, 42 moves, 1-0

Hort vs Petrosian, 1970 
(C18) French, Winawer, 48 moves, 0-1

Petrosian vs Mecking, 1971 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 57 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Hort, 1971 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 34 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Korchnoi, 1971 
(A20) English, 41 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Fischer, 1971 
(D82) Grunfeld, 4.Bf4, 32 moves, 1-0

Korchnoi vs Petrosian, 1971 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 30 moves, 0-1

Petrosian vs Spassky, 1971 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 39 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Tal, 1972 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 38 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Karpov, 1973 
(E14) Queen's Indian, 65 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Petrosian, 1973 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 27 moves, 0-1

Petrosian vs Portisch, 1974 
(A15) English, 27 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Ivkov, 1974 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 41 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Korchnoi, 1977 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 37 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Nunn, 1978 
(A61) Benoni, 35 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Petrosian, 1981 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 41 moves, 0-1

Kasparov vs Petrosian, 1981 
(D25) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 42 moves, 0-1

Timman vs Petrosian, 1982 
(D16) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 21 moves, 0-1

Petrosian vs Psakhis, 1982 
(A17) English, 34 moves, 1-0

Portisch vs Petrosian, 1982 
(A25) English, 55 moves, 0-1

Petrosian vs Beliavsky, 1983 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 41 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Ljubojevic, 1983 
(E48) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5, 28 moves, 1-0

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