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Alexander Beliavsky vs Tigran Levonovich Petrosian
Aeroflot Open (2005), Moscow RUS, rd 4, Feb-18
Tarrasch Defense: Classical. Carlsbad Variation (D34)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Mar-17-05  Backward Development: Ha! Petrosian himself plays the Tarrasch, which he so loathed in his '69 match with Spassky. The bitter irony...
Mar-17-05  Keshishian: It might be ironic if it were the same Petrosian.
Tigran Petrosian, the world champion, whom you're referring to died in the early 1980s. This is another Tigran Petrosian who shares the same name.
Mar-17-05  TheSlid: As has been noted many times on the site, Petrosian is a very popular Armenian surname.

Tigranes the Great was ruler of the most significant province in the Eastern Roman empire until about 55BC and there are still many Armenians named after their notable forefather.

Vartan remains also a popular name in Armenia, after a 5th century Christian leader.

Hence the confusion and the appearance of the 9th Champion's full name in every game reference.

(See the Wikipaedia for proper details)

Mar-17-05  Backward Development: <It might be ironic if it were the same Petrosian.>I think it's Ironic because they're not the same Petrosian! Wouldn't it be ironic if there was a minor GM with the last name Kasparov played the Caro-Kann ...Nd7 variation just like his nemesis Karpov? <Tigran Petrosian, the world champion, whom you're referring to died in the early 1980s.>I know. Doesn't he have a son named Tigran Vartonavich Petrosian who also plays chess? <This is another Tigran Petrosian who shares the same name. >Hence the Irony. :-)
Aug-15-05  ARTIN: No, he doesn't have a son name Tigran. Even if he did, his son would be called Tigran Tigranovich Petrosian, not Vartanovich. The middle name is given according to the Russian tradition (at the time Armenia was part of the USSR), and it's the father's name.
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