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Petrosian Games Only
Compiled by fredthebear

These games are taken out of the N O P collection to thin it out. A great world champion deserves his own collection!

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Three Knights, Philidor Def. (C46) 1-0 Better pawn structure
Petrosian vs Nezhmetdinov, 1949 
(C46) Three Knights, 43 moves, 1-0

g1-Botvinnik draws first blood
Petrosian vs Botvinnik, 1963 
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 40 moves, 0-1

g22 - QGA Mannheim Variation (D23); Quick draw is a clincher
Botvinnik vs Petrosian, 1963 
(D23) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 10 moves, 1/2-1/2

g18-Petrosian's knights penetrate like snakes; QGD D31
Botvinnik vs Petrosian, 1963 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 61 moves, 0-1

g14 - QGD Charousek (Petrosian) Variation (D31); tied at 2 each
Botvinnik vs Petrosian, 1963 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 57 moves, 1-0

g19 - Petrosian wins two in a row
Petrosian vs Botvinnik, 1963 
(E19) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3, 66 moves, 1-0

g5-Petrosian wins first in a real battle
Petrosian vs Botvinnik, 1963 
(D94) Grunfeld, 48 moves, 1-0

g7-Pertrosian takes lead in match
Petrosian vs Botvinnik, 1963 
(A10) English, 52 moves, 1-0

g15-Petrosian takes lead for good!
Petrosian vs Botvinnik, 1963 
(D81) Grunfeld, Russian Variation, 58 moves, 1-0

Sicilian McDonnel Attack; 31.... a5! and Black is winning
Botvinnik vs Petrosian, 1952 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 46 moves, 0-1

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

Slav Defense: Geller Gambit (D15) 1-0 GK was impressed
Petrosian vs Smyslov, 1951 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 51 moves, 1-0

Gruenfeld Defense (D80) 1-0 The better posted Q (& King) wins
Petrosian vs Filip, 1953 
(D80) Grunfeld, 42 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Defense: Fischer-Sozin Attack (B86) 1/2-White Fortress
Huebner vs Petrosian, 1971 
(B86) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Black Erects a Pawn Barrier on the Dark Squares, Ouch!
Petrosian vs Fischer, 1971 
(A04) Reti Opening, 66 moves, 0-1

Sicilian Closed Traditional (B23) 1-0 Black is a strong player
T L Petrosian vs Jakovenko, 2004 
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 75 moves, 1-0

Russian Game, Cozio (Lasker) Attack (C42) 1-0 miniature
Petrosian vs Nersesov, 1944 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 16 moves, 1-0

"Petrosian??? That can't be right..."
Petrosian vs Dzaparidze, 1945 
(C36) King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense, 14 moves, 1-0

Old Indian Def Ukrainian (A54) 0-1Exchange sac for connected Ps
Aganalian vs Petrosian, 1945 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 34 moves, 0-1

Catalan Opening (E00) 1-0 A Masterpiece
Petrosian vs Mirtsaev, 1945 
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 41 moves, 1-0

Teenagers Battle; Exchanging off the Stonewall dark bishop
Petrosian vs Korchnoi, 1946 
(A90) Dutch, 23 moves, 1-0

Old Indian Def. Ukrainian (A54) 0-1 Q sac removes key defender
K Kalantar vs Petrosian, 1946 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 27 moves, 0-1

Notes by Peter Clarke
Petrosian vs Y Kotkov, 1946  
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 20 moves, 1-0

C-K Exchange. Rubinstein Var (B13) 0-1 Rob the pin, penetrate!
Snilga vs Petrosian, 1946 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 46 moves, 0-1

Notes by Peter Clarke
A Kalantar vs Petrosian, 1948  
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 48 moves, 0-1

French Tarrasch Guimard Defense (C03) 0-1 Strange indeed
Keres vs Petrosian, 1950 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 35 moves, 0-1

Notes by Peter Clarke
Petrosian vs Bondarevsky, 1950  
(A04) Reti Opening, 41 moves, 1-0

Indian Game: Odd London System (A48) 0-1 Tigran Attacks!
Kotov vs Petrosian, 1952 
(A48) King's Indian, 29 moves, 0-1

QGD Exchange or Indian Game: Anti-Nimzo-Indian (E10) 1-0
Petrosian vs Pachman, 1952 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 36 moves, 1-0

Winawer. Kondratiyev Variation (C15); Pin her to win her
Geller vs Petrosian, 1953 
(C15) French, Winawer, 26 moves, 0-1

Bishop Pair Beats Rook Pair
O Troianescu vs Petrosian, 1953 
(A04) Reti Opening, 57 moves, 0-1

NID, Bernstein Defense (E58)1/2-1/2 25.. Re6 exchange sacrifice
Reshevsky vs Petrosian, 1953 
(E58) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Old Indian Defense: Normal (A55) 1/2-1/2 Exchange sac
Kotov vs Petrosian, 1953 
(A55) Old Indian, Main line, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Queen's Gambit Declined: Exchange. Positional Variation (D35)
Petrosian vs H Corral, 1954 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 29 moves, 1-0

Game 12: Move by Move - Petrosian (Engqvist)
Pilnik vs Petrosian, 1954
(B59) Sicilian, Boleslavsky Variation, 7.Nb3, 49 moves, 0-1

One of Petrosian's favourite games
Petrosian vs Guimard, 1955 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 62 moves, 1-0

Ch URS (1956) Old Indian Defense: Czech Variation (A53)
Petrosian vs Simagin, 1956 
(A53) Old Indian, 48 moves, 1-0

Valery Beim annotates in "How To Calculate Chess Tactics"
Polugaevsky vs Petrosian, 1956 
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 35 moves, 0-1

Indian Game: Wade-Tartakower Defense (A46); 2 way to mate
E Terpugov vs Petrosian, 1957 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 27 moves, 0-1

A Masterpiece; (A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
Pachman vs Petrosian, 1958 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 36 moves, 0-1

English Dbl Fio / Anglo-Dutch Stonewall(A10) 1-0 Shenanigans
Petrosian vs Tolush, 1958 
(A10) English, 37 moves, 1-0

Ya gotta SQUEEZE 'EM to please 'em!
Petrosian vs Fischer, 1959 
(E40) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 31 moves, 1-0

Accelerated Dragon. Maroczy Bind Breyer Variation (B39); Q Sac
Keres vs Petrosian, 1959 
(B39) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation, 51 moves, 0-1

Battle Chess ~ Petrosian's Perfect Pawn Play
Benko vs Petrosian, 1959 
(A04) Reti Opening, 34 moves, 0-1

Polugaevsky - of the most influential theoreticians of his day
Polugaevsky vs Petrosian, 1960 
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 24 moves, 1-0

Slow Torture! Many believe that this is Petrosian's finest game
Petrosian vs Unzicker, 1960 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 55 moves, 1-0

Dutch Defense: Hopton Attack (A80) 1-0
Petrosian vs P M Nielsen, 1960  
(A80) Dutch, 25 moves, 1-0

Old Indian Defense: General (A53) 0-1 Outside passer is forcing
B Kolvig vs Petrosian, 1960 
(A53) Old Indian, 34 moves, 0-1

Good work by the dark squared bishop
Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961  
(A04) Reti Opening, 21 moves, 1-0

FR Winawer. Poisoned Pawn (C18) 1-0 Surprise B sac opens chain
Stein vs Petrosian, 1961 
(C18) French, Winawer, 26 moves, 1-0

Italian Game / Philidor Def (C50) 0-1 One pawn, then two, three
A Khasin vs Petrosian, 1961 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 40 moves, 0-1

C-K Accelerated Panov Attack (B10) 0-1Superior B pair; zugzwang
D Keller vs Petrosian, 1961 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 59 moves, 0-1

QID; Kasparov-Petrosian Variation. Petrosian Attack (E12)
Petrosian vs Smyslov, 1961 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 32 moves, 1-0

Notes by International Grandmaster Raymond Keene
Petrosian vs Stein, 1961  
(E93) King's Indian, Petrosian System, 39 moves, 1-0

Underhanded Chess?
Petrosian vs Korchnoi, 1962 
(A31) English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation, 21 moves, 1-0

Reti Opening: Anglo-Slav. London Defensive System (A12) 1-0
Petrosian vs Tal, 1962 
(A12) English with b3, 64 moves, 1-0

18..a5!! one of Petrosian's most celebrated moves
A Dueckstein vs Petrosian, 1962 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 40 moves, 0-1

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

Stalemate looms if RxNf8
Petrosian vs Najdorf, 1966 
(A05) Reti Opening, 86 moves, 1-0

WC 1966; Torre Attack: Classical Defense (A46)
Spassky vs Petrosian, 1966 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 0-1

Excellent candidate for "game of the decade"
Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966 
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 30 moves, 1-0

Game 11, Petrosian leads 6 1/2-4 1/2
Spassky vs Petrosian, 1966 
(C10) French, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Take the Hippo seriously; W gets fortunate windmill perpetual
Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966 
(A04) Reti Opening, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

9.b3 is a good move. Also good is 9.Nxf6+ as played
Petrosian vs Gheorghiu, 1967 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 41 moves, 1-0

QGD Charousek (Petrosian) Variation (D31); prize winner
Petrosian vs A Bykhovsky, 1968 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 29 moves, 1-0

Petrosian sacs the exchange for a fatal discovery
Petrosian vs Estrin, 1968 
(A21) English, 26 moves, 1-0

French Defense: Tarrasch. Botvinnik Var (C05) 0-1 Reverberation
J B Bednarski vs Petrosian, 1968 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 30 moves, 0-1

A good example of gaining space in front of thy castled king
M Bobotsov vs Petrosian, 1968 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 41 moves, 0-1

FR Rubinstein. Blackburne Def (C10) 1/2- Seize open lines, outn
Parma vs Petrosian, 1969
(C10) French, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

A Fierced Passed Pawn
Spassky vs Petrosian, 1969 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 30 moves, 1-0

French Advance, Main Line (C02) 0-1 Sequence favors Black
I Zaitsev vs Petrosian, 1969 
(C02) French, Advance, 33 moves, 0-1

FR Winawer Classical (C18) 0-1Ultra centralization, Pawn roller
Hort vs Petrosian, 1970 
(C18) French, Winawer, 48 moves, 0-1

English Opening: Agincourt Defense. Catalan Defense (A14) 0
Polugaevsky vs Petrosian, 1970 
(A14) English, 36 moves, 0-1

C10 French; anything but normal!
Fischer vs Petrosian, 1971 
(C10) French, 46 moves, 1-0

The game that broke Fischer's 20 game win streak
Petrosian vs Fischer, 1971 
(D82) Grunfeld, 4.Bf4, 32 moves, 1-0

King's English. Four Knights Fianchetto (A29) 1-0 Q fork
Petrosian vs H Ree, 1971 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 8 moves, 1-0

Found in "Power Chess, Great GM Battles From Russia" by Keres
Tal vs Petrosian, 1973 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 27 moves, 0-1

Double Fianchetto; Centralized Knight vs Isolated pawn
Petrosian vs Portisch, 1974 
(A15) English, 27 moves, 1-0

FR Rubinstein. Blackburne Def (C10) 1/2- Early White threats
Portisch vs Petrosian, 1974
(C10) French, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

QGD Orthodox Def. Henneberger Var (D63) 1-0 Kside breakthru
Portisch vs Petrosian, 1974 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 33 moves, 1-0

EG: A pawn sacrifice for piece activity in R+N v. R+N.
Petrosian vs Portisch, 1974 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 40 moves, 1-0

Game 196 in 'Soviet Chess 1917-1991' by Andrew Soltis
Romanishin vs Petrosian, 1975 
(A17) English, 30 moves, 1-0

QGD Semi-Tarrasch Defense. Exchange Variation (D41) 1-0 Passer
Petrosian vs Korchnoi, 1977 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 37 moves, 1-0

FR Rubinstein. Blackburne Def (C10) 1/2- Invaluable g-pawn
G Kuzmin vs Petrosian, 1977 
(C10) French, 61 moves, 1-0

Play this from the response to move 41. Good engame challenge.
Petrosian vs Browne, 1978 
(A47) Queen's Indian, 41 moves, 1-0

NID Normal. Schlechter Def (E52) 0-1 Black manhandles Isolani
Portisch vs Petrosian, 1978 
(E52) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6, 45 moves, 0-1

Using the king as bait: 35...Kc6 is an amazing move
Kasparov vs Petrosian, 1981 
(D25) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 42 moves, 0-1

Another Masterpiece; Anglo-Indian Defense. Hedgehog System (A17
Petrosian vs Psakhis, 1982 
(A17) English, 34 moves, 1-0

Caro-Kann Defense: Modern Variation (B12) 1/2-1/2
Jansa vs Petrosian, 1983
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Zukertort Opening vs Modern (A04) 0-1 Exchange sac, get it back
Polugaevsky vs Petrosian, 1983 
(A04) Reti Opening, 24 moves, 0-1

English Anglo-Indian Def KID set-up (A15) 1-0Bolt from the blue
Vaganian vs T L Petrosian, 2004 
(A15) English, 40 moves, 1-0

Neat mate w/pawn forming bishop outpost
T L Petrosian vs A Minasian, 2006 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 30 moves, 1-0

Evans Gambit. Stone-Ware Var (C51) 0-1 Know this EG technique
T L Petrosian vs A Volokitin, 2009 
(C51) Evans Gambit, 66 moves, 0-1

Pirc Defense: 150 Attack (B07) 1-0 What a slugfest!
E Najer vs T L Petrosian, 2016 
(B07) Pirc, 33 moves, 1-0

Sic Najdorf08 6...e6 (B95) 0-1 Rooking around
Ragozin vs Petrosian, 1953 
(B95) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6, 40 moves, 0-1

Old Indian Defense: Normal (A55) 1-0 Exchange sac fails to free
Petrosian vs Larsen, 1960 
(A55) Old Indian, Main line, 45 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Paulsen. Bastrikov Var (B49) 1/2-1/2 Swap offs
Petrosian vs Taimanov, 1969
(B49) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Dutch Stonewall. Modern Bd6 (A90) 1-0 Notes by Peter Clarke
Petrosian vs A Pirtskhalava, 1947  
(A90) Dutch, 36 moves, 1-0

KID Yugoslav Exch (E66) 0-1 Petro returned to table, blundered
Petrosian vs Bronstein, 1956 
(E66) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno, 36 moves, 0-1

QGD Modern. Normal (D55) 0-1Mimic b-pawns block Minority Attack
Benko vs Petrosian, 1963 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 55 moves, 0-1

QID Kasparov-Petrosian ML (E12) 0-1Minority Attack bxc6 counter
Spassky vs Petrosian, 1969 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 56 moves, 0-1

QGD Harrwitz Attack (D37) 1-0 Black's Isolani is trouble
Petrosian vs M Yudovich Sr., 1967 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 36 moves, 1-0

Benoni Def. Classical. Czerniak Def. Tal Line (A77) 1-0
Petrosian vs Quinteros, 1976 
(A77) Benoni, Classical, 9...Re8, 10.Nd2, 43 moves, 1-0

French Winawer. Classical (C18) 0-1 Another K walk away
J Diez del Corral vs Petrosian, 1969 
(C18) French, Winawer, 54 moves, 0-1

Game 49: Chess Secrets-The Giants of Strategy by Neil McDonald
Petrosian vs Ivkov, 1982 
(A42) Modern Defense, Averbakh System, 49 moves, 1-0

English, Anglo-Indian Def. Q's Knight Var (A16) 1/2-1/2 Photo
Petrosian vs Fischer, 1958 
(A16) English, 67 moves, 1/2-1/2

French Winawer. Poisoned Pawn (C18) 0-1 K charge!
P Dubinin vs Petrosian, 1950 
(C18) French, Winawer, 46 moves, 0-1

King's English. Taimanov Var (A25) 0-1 Black Q irritates White
Portisch vs Petrosian, 1982 
(A25) English, 55 moves, 0-1

C-K 2 Ns Attk. Mindeno Exchange (B11) 0-1 Brave K escorts pawns
Fischer vs Petrosian, 1959 
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 68 moves, 0-1

Modern Defense: Averbakh Var (A42) 1-0 Triple digits
Petrosian vs Ljubojevic, 1974 
(A42) Modern Defense, Averbakh System, 100 moves, 1-0

QGD: Albin Countergambit (D08) 1-0 Classic trickster
Petrosian vs M Mukhitdinov, 1951 
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 31 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Def. Lasker-Dunne Attack (B20) 0-1Triple Ps for Black
P Trifunovic vs Petrosian, 1956 
(B20) Sicilian, 83 moves, 0-1

Torre Attack: Classical Def (A46) 1-0 Dark square stranglehold
Petrosian vs Mecking, 1971 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 57 moves, 1-0

Nimzo-Indian Def. Leningrad Var (E30) 1-0Another castle by hand
Petrosian vs Benko, 1959 
(E30) Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, 41 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Defense: Modern Var (B56) 0-1 Remove the Guard
N Minev vs Petrosian, 1966 
(B56) Sicilian, 58 moves, 0-1

1966 WC Polish Defense (A40) 1-0 Safe and solid White play
Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 35 moves, 1-0

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

C-K Two Knights Attack. Mindeno Var Exchange (B11) 0-1 Zugzwang
Kasparian vs Petrosian, 1946 
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 54 moves, 0-1

K's Indian Attk Copycat (A07)1-0 General paralysis of the inane
Petrosian vs M Yudovich Sr., 1953 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 38 moves, 1-0

Game 14: Move by Move - Petrosian (Engqvist)
Petrosian vs Taimanov, 1955 
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 24 moves, 1-0

Petrosian plays simple chess to win KIA at Stockholm Interzonal
Petrosian vs Teschner, 1962 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 41 moves, 1-0

Game 61 in Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy by John Watson
Petrosian vs J Peters, 1976 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 50 moves, 1-0

KID/Dutch Leningrad kingside sacrifices beats English/Reti
Petrosian vs Vasiukov, 1956 
(A05) Reti Opening, 37 moves, 0-1

French Defense: McCutcheon. Lasker Var (C12) 0-1Better endgame
Fischer vs Petrosian, 1962 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 43 moves, 0-1

Petrosian's first ever game in a Soviet Championship. See notes
Kotov vs Petrosian, 1949 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 13 moves, 1-0

KID Classical Fianchetto (E67) 1-0 N sac for connected passers
Smejkal vs Petrosian, 1981 
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 42 moves, 1-0

Petrosian walks through a mating net!
Rodolfo Cardoso vs Petrosian, 1975 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 50 moves, 0-1

The Danish Immortal
Larsen vs Petrosian, 1966 
(B39) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation, 30 moves, 1-0

Game 148 in 'Soviet Chess 1917-1991' by Andrew Soltis.
Petrosian vs Krogius, 1960 
(D03) Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation), 42 moves, 1-0

Modern Def. Geller's System (B06) 1-0 Instructive Q blockade
Petrosian vs Mecking, 1969 
(B06) Robatsch, 41 moves, 1-0

Horwitz/Dutch Defense (A40) 1-0 W knight on 5th
Petrosian vs Chistiakov, 1954 
(A40) Queen's Pawn Game, 65 moves, 1-0

Tal destroys one of the greatest defensive players.
Tal vs Petrosian, 1974 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 23 moves, 1-0

Larsen's 1.f4 results: 19 wins, 7 losses the rest being draws
Larsen vs Petrosian, 1958 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 41 moves, 1-0

French Def. Winawer. Poisoned P (C18)1-0 Q can't maintain guard
V Liberzon vs Petrosian, 1964 
(C18) French, Winawer, 15 moves, 1-0

French Winawer. Advance Var (C17) 1-0 R sac on move 6?!
Petrosian vs Kelendzheridze, 1945 
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 19 moves, 1-0

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