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|Feb-15-13|| ||MTuraga: Petrosian was a deep player who baffled opponents. He was criticized for his many draws but even strong opponents like Botvinnik and Tal failed to grasp his contribution to chess. He was the pioneer of defensive art of chess who was a 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 re-evaluation of his games has revealed that his legacy has been seriously underestimated and he is now regarded as one of the most sophisticated World Champions. His methods are now taught in chess schools in Russia. |
He won the following tournaments after he became World Champion: 1964 - 1st Buenos Aires; 1st Moscow Unions Ch; 1966 - 1st Moscow GM tournament; 1968 - 1st Moscow Ch; Team & individual gold medal Lugano Olympiad; 1972 - 1st San Antonio GM tournament; 1973 - 1st Las Palmas; 1st IBM Amsterdam; 1975 - 1st Soviet Ch. 1976, 1st Lone Pine; 1977 - eliminated from candidates by Korchnoi.
Unlike Fischer, Petrosian keenly felt his duty to his club, country, fans and the PUBLIC, and carried on playing chess until he dropped. His humble beginnings and his ultimate achievements are awesome and inspiring to anyone who wishes to be successful in life.
|Feb-15-13|| ||IndigoViolet: Oxford Companion (2nd ed.): <During his championship years Petrosyan competed in seven strong international tournaments; he played as a champion should at Los Angeles 1963, scoring +4 =9 -1 to tie with Keres for first place, but his only other first place was at Buenos Aires, when he scored +8 =9 and again shared victory with Keres.>|
|Mar-03-13|| ||DrNyet: In 79 pages of kibitzing in this forum perhaps this has been said before, but one measure of Petrosian's strength is this: In the FIDE controlled world championship cycle (i.e. after Alekhine's death) Petrosian was the first to successfully defend his title by actually *winning* against the next challenger (defeating Spassky in 1966).|
Botvinnik never actually won a title match other than rematches. He successfully "defended" his title by drawing his 1951 and 1954 matches and regained the title twice after losing it. Of course by the time Petrosian won the title in 1963 the right to a rematch was no longer available to Botvinnik. How different chess history might have been if the champion had not had a right to a rematch from 1951-1961.
|Mar-03-13|| ||Jim Bartle: "Botvinnik never actually won a title match other than rematches. He successfully "defended" his title by drawing his 1951 and 1954 matches and regained the title twice after losing it."|
I believe Botvinnik in all his world championship matches actually had a slightly negative score.
|Apr-06-13|| ||The Rocket: Keres vs Petrosian, 1959
He may not be the strongest world champion, but this game of his was a very determined and systematic win as black. One of the all time great 0-1 wins, in my opinion.
|May-27-13|| ||alexmagnus: Petrosian btw is the only world champion to have played in all WC cycles (Interzonal or its equivalents or higher) since his first qualification for a WC cycle. That is, he competed in cycles which ended in WC matches of 1954, 1957, 1960, 1963, 1966, 1969, 1972, 1975, 1978, 1981 and 1984.|
Tal came close in this nomination, be he had to leave out one cycle - the one which led to the 1972 match - for health reasons.
|Jun-17-13|| ||brankat: R.I.P. Tigran the Champ.|
|Jun-17-13|| ||EdZelli: We remember the World Champion today. He would have been 84 today. Gone too early. Rest in Peace ...|
|Jun-17-13|| ||KlingonBorgTatar: Happy Birthday Champ. You are always included in my daily prayers . Thanks for teaching us that by taking draws , we win a half point and not lose a half point. There is no honor lost in remis. Your Caro-Kann game vs Duckstein* will be forever etched in my heart. Happy B-day and RIP.|
*And many more!! Kasparov - Petrosian, Moscow 1981 and Tilburg1981, Olafssson - Petrosian Bled 1961, Petrosian-Cardoso Portorozh 1958, Fischer-Petrosian 13th round Curacao 1962, Andersen -Petrosian Copenhagen 1969, etc etc etc. : D
|Jul-20-13|| ||wordfunph: "I remember a joke about Petrosian: after a loss, he was said to draw five or six games until he felt like moving a piece past the third rank again."|
- GMC Jonathan Berry
|Oct-22-13|| ||visayanbraindoctor: Game Collection: Petrosian vs the World Champions Decisive Games|
|Nov-29-13|| ||Chessman1504: Petrosian, the Stupendous Tactician. Petrosian is often stereotyped as a positional player who disliked complications, but I know Spassky begged to differ and said he was foremost a tactician. Now, I want to know exactly what this means, because I've also heard that tactics and calculation are not the same thing, which confuses a patzer like me. Therefore, my question is: When people describe Petrosian as a tactician, do they mean to praise his prowess at calculating deep variations or are they praising his ability to find tactical ideas that increase his positional foothold or both? I ask this because Kramnik said positional play was not necessarily his cup of tea, as opposed to say Smyslov. I also want games to show Petrosian at his tactical best in both calculating deep variations and finding neat ideas to increase his positional hold.
|Dec-20-13|| ||EdZelli: To CG, Please add the 1973 IBM International tournament in Amsterdam to Petrosian's winning list under "Classical Tournaments" up above.|
|Dec-31-13|| ||SChesshevsky: <Chessman1504: Petrosian, the Stupendous Tactician. Petrosian is often stereotyped as a positional player who disliked complications, but I know Spassky begged to differ and said he was foremost a tactician.> |
Petrosian vs Suetin, 1958
Great chess players usually excel at both position and tactics, I'm not sure one can get very far without getting a feel for the interaction between the two. This game's a great example how even early in his career Petrosian was very skillful.
His getting the N to e3 and 17.f3 shows the intent on controlling the White squares which positionally/strategically keeps Black's pawns on dark squares which in the end game is a weakness as long as White keeps his QB. White square control also restricts the undeveloped Black QB which gives White time to take advantage of the semi open c-file where Black is bound by d5, a positional plus.
The tactical part is how to expolit the advantages. A lot of that has to do with timing. As Suetin wrote in his notes, around move 17-20 Petrosian plays energetically to get to them before they can be defended.
The way it played out, and not by accident, by move 24...Qd4, Petrosian through his tactics from 17.. to 24.. probably produced a strategically won game. White has invaded with the Rook, Blacks got the iso stuck on a dark square with very weak pawns on the b & h file. From this position Petrosian has to figure tactically how to best take advantage which he does fairly easily.
I thought a great example of how position/strategy and tactics/combinations work together. As Fischer said in My 60 Memorable Games, something like tactics flow from a superior position.
|Jan-14-14|| ||SeanAzarin: The most impressive thing about Petrosian's play is his high number of wins compared to his number of losses. It's easy, by playing drawish variations, to generate a high number of non-losses, but very hard to avoid losses AND still generate a high number of wins. If you play "to win or lose" you open up the chance you will lose. Petrosian had more than 4 times as many wins as he did losses.|
|Mar-07-14|| ||RookFile: This guy played heavyweights his whole career, spanning from Botvinnik to Kasparov, and was world champion for most of the 1960's. I believe his strength is greatly underestimated.|
|Mar-23-14|| ||Raymond Ouyang: Petrosian is my favorite chess-player. His idea of not losing to stronger opponents appeals to me.|
|Apr-18-14|| ||Conrad93: His game vs Duckstein is not in the database...|
|Apr-18-14|| ||Benzol: <Conrad> Try A Dueckstein vs Petrosian, 1962 and A Dueckstein vs Petrosian, 1968|
|Apr-19-14|| ||offramp: < Raymond Ouyang: Petrosian is my favorite chess-player. His idea of not losing to stronger opponents appeals to me.¬>|
If they couldn't beat him they weren't stronger.
|Apr-20-14|| ||Conrad93: That Duckstein game is one of my favorites.|
|Apr-20-14|| ||Conrad93: For some reason I wasn't able to Google it, which is odd.|
|Apr-20-14|| ||N0B0DY: Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.|
|Apr-20-14|| ||Conrad93: I searched "Duckstein vs. Petrosian" on Google and got nothing except some video analysis.|
I also tried the ChessGames website, so how did I fail exactly?
|Apr-21-14|| ||N0B0DY: So someone didn't get the google memo about their newly implemented anti-trolling algos?|
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