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Petrosian 
 
Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian
Number of games in database: 1,938
Years covered: 1942 to 1983
Highest rating achieved in database: 2645
Overall record: +697 -159 =1070 (64.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      12 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (121) 
    E92 E81 E80 E91 E60
 English (94) 
    A15 A13 A16 A10 A14
 Queen's Indian (78) 
    E12 E14 E19 E17 E15
 Nimzo Indian (77) 
    E41 E40 E46 E55 E54
 Queen's Pawn Game (54) 
    A46 A40 E10 D05 D02
 Queen's Gambit Declined (54) 
    D37 D30 D35 D38 D31
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (146) 
    C07 C16 C11 C18 C15
 Sicilian (138) 
    B40 B52 B81 B92 B94
 Caro-Kann (85) 
    B17 B11 B14 B18 B10
 King's Indian (72) 
    E94 E67 E81 E63 E62
 French Tarrasch (53) 
    C07 C05 C09 C03
 Nimzo Indian (52) 
    E54 E32 E46 E56 E58
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966 1-0
   Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961 1-0
   Spassky vs Petrosian, 1966 0-1
   Kasparov vs Petrosian, 1981 0-1
   Petrosian vs Botvinnik, 1963 1-0
   Keres vs Petrosian, 1959 0-1
   Fischer vs Petrosian, 1959 1/2-1/2
   Petrosian vs Fischer, 1971 1-0
   E Terpugov vs Petrosian, 1957 0-1
   Fischer vs Petrosian, 1959 0-1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   Petrosian - Botvinnik World Championship Match (1963)
   Petrosian - Spassky World Championship Match (1966)
   Petrosian - Spassky World Championship Rematch (1969)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Curacao Candidates (1962)
   USSR Championship (1959)
   USSR Championship 1961a (1961)
   USSR Championship (1969)
   USSR Championship (1951)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1952)
   Bled-Zagreb-Belgrade Candidates (1959)
   USSR Championship (1960)
   Stockholm Interzonal (1962)
   Rio de Janeiro Interzonal (1979)
   Palma de Mallorca (1968)
   Biel Interzonal (1976)
   Bled (1961)
   USSR Championship (1957)
   Budapest (1952)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Match Petrosian! by amadeus
   Tigran, Tigran, burning bright by sleepyirv
   Tigran Petrosian's Best Games by KingG
   Road to the Championship - Tigran Petrosian by suenteus po 147
   Guess-the-Move Chess: 1960-1979 (Part 3) by Anatoly21
   Exchange sacs - 1 by obrit
   MY TRIBUTE TO THE "IRON TIGER" by Malacha
   Petrosian v. the Elite by refutor
   P.H.Clarke: Petrosian's Best games by setuhanu01
   Crouching Tigran by Gregor Samsa Mendel
   samsloan's favorite games of Petrosian by samsloan
   Petrosian wins miniatures by ughaibu
   fav Smyslov & Petrosian games by guoduke
   Endgames World champions - part three by Alenrama

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TIGRAN VARTANOVICH PETROSIAN
(born Jun-17-1929, died Aug-13-1984) Georgia (citizen of Armenia)
PRONUNCIATION:
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Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian was the World Champion from 1963 until 1969. He was born in Tiflis (modern day Tbilisi) in Georgia to Armenian parents, but eventually relocated to Armenia in 1946 before moving to Moscow in 1949.

Petrosian was an avid student of Aron Nimzowitsch 's theories. His play was renowned for its virtually impenetrable defence and patient manoeuvring, a technique that earned him the nickname “Iron Tigran”. Despite this, his capacity for dealing with tactical complications when the need arose prompted Boris Spassky to comment that: ”It is to Petrosian's advantage that his opponents never know when he is suddenly going to play like Mikhail Tal, and Robert James Fischer to observe that "He has an incredible tactical view, and a wonderful sense of the danger... No matter how much you think deep... He will 'smell' any kind of danger 20 moves before!" Petrosian’s pioneering use of the positional exchange sacrifice underscored both his positional and tactical grasp of the game. Moreover, he has two major opening systems named after him: the Petrosian Variation of the King's Indian Defence (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 O-O 6.Be2 e5 7.d5) and the Petrosian System in the Queen's Indian Defence (1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.a3). He also advanced to the Fischer - Petrosian Candidates Match (1971) semifinals, but lost, thereby losing the opportunity to qualify to the 1972 championship.

National Championships: Petrosian's first major win was the championship of Georgia in 1945 when he was 16. He won the 5th USSR Junior Championship in 1946 with a score of 14/15, won or came equal first in the championships of Armenia held in 1946, 1948, 1974, 1976 and 1980, won the Moscow championship in 1951; and shared first place with Vladimir Simagin and David Bronstein in the 1956 and 1968 Moscow Championships respectively. He gained his International Master title in the 1951 Soviet Championships, and went on to win the Soviet championship outright three times in 1959, 1961, and 1975, sharing the title with Lev Polugaevsky in 1969.

World championships: Petrosian won his Grandmaster title when he came equal second in the 1952 Interzonal tournament in Stockholm, which also qualified him for the 1953 Candidates tournament in Zurich. An eight time Candidate for the World Championship in 1953, 1956, 1959, 1962, 1971, 1974, 1977 and 1980, he won the Curacao Candidates Tournament of 1962 without losing a single game. The following year, he won the Petrosian - Botvinnik World Championship Match (1963) to become the 9th official World Chess Champion. He retained his title by winning the Petrosian - Spassky World Championship Match (1966), the first time since the Alekhine - Bogoljubov World Championship Rematch (1934) that the World Champion had succeeded in winning a title match. This feat was not repeated until Anatoly Karpov ’s success at the Karpov - Korchnoi World Championship Match (1978).

Team Play: Petrosian played in ten consecutive Soviet Olympiad teams from 1958 to 1978, winning nine team gold medals, one team silver medal, and six individual gold medals. His overall performance in Olympiad play was +78 =50 −1, the only loss being to Robert Huebner. He also played for the Soviet team in every European Team Championship from 1957 to 1983, winning eight team gold medals, and four board gold medals.

Classical Tournaments: Soon after becoming champion, he shared first place with Paul Keres in the first Piatagorsky Cup in Los Angeles in 1963. He won the tournaments at Biel and Lone Pine in 1976, the Keres Memorial in 1979, and took second place in Tilburg in 1981, half a point behind the winner Alexander Beliavsky. He was ranked among the top 20 players in the world until he died in 1984.

"Chess is a game by its form, an art by its content and a science by the difficulty of gaining mastery in it. Chess can convey as much happiness as a good book or work of music can. However, it is necessary to learn to play well and only afterwards will one experience real delight." - Tigran Petrosian

Wikipedia article: Tigran Petrosian


 page 1 of 78; games 1-25 of 1,938  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Petrosian vs Kopelevic 1-024 1942 TbilisiC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
2. Petrosian vs Flohr 1-045 1942 TbilisiA52 Budapest Gambit
3. Petrosian vs A A Smorodsky ½-½40 1944 GEO-chA28 English
4. Bakhtadze vs Petrosian 0-127 1944 Tbilisi (Georgia)A28 English
5. Petrosian vs N Sorokin 1-023 1944 TbilisiD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
6. Petrosian vs V Mikenas 0-141 1944 TbilisiB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
7. Petrosian vs Nersesov 1-016 1944 Tbilisi (Georgia)C42 Petrov Defense
8. Grigoriev vs Petrosian 0-126 1945 TbilisiB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
9. Petrosian vs A Reshko 1-039 1945 Leningrad (Russia)C07 French, Tarrasch
10. Petrosian vs Dzaparidze 1-014 1945 TbilisiC36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense
11. Petrosian vs Kelendzheridze 1-019 1945 Training TournamentC17 French, Winawer, Advance
12. Petrosian vs V Korolkov 1-018 1945 LeningradE10 Queen's Pawn Game
13. Petrosian vs Mirtsaev 1-041 1945 Final I Category TournamentE00 Queen's Pawn Game
14. Lolua vs Petrosian ½-½36 1945 TbilisiC34 King's Gambit Accepted
15. Seceda vs Petrosian 0-157 1945 Tbilisi (Georgia)A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
16. Aganalian vs Petrosian 0-134 1945 TbilisiA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
17. A Blagidze vs Petrosian ½-½40 1945 Final I Category TournamentE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
18. Petrosian vs N Grigoriev 1-013 1945 TbilisiB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
19. Petrosian vs M Shishov  ½-½51 1945 Tbilisi-chE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
20. Petrosian vs Zeinalli 1-020 1945 Leningrad (Russia)A33 English, Symmetrical
21. Petrosian vs N Sorokin 1-039 1945 TbilisiD14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
22. Petrosian vs Chachua 1-036 1945 Training TournamentD05 Queen's Pawn Game
23. Petrosian vs Y Rudakov 1-032 1945 Leningrad (Russia)D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. K Kalantar vs Petrosian 0-131 1946 LeningradA48 King's Indian
25. Kasparian vs Petrosian 0-138 1946 ARM-chB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
 page 1 of 78; games 1-25 of 1,938  PGN Download
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May-31-14  The Rocket: <"Yes. I pointed out what the claim was made about, not whether it's right or wrong.> <He was recognized as the hardest player to beat in the history of chess by the authors of a 2004 book.[4]>

It's time to burry this myth, once and for all. Btw, his play against Fischer was at times really strong, despite his losses. I don't think his level had deteriorated. I am not sure why two different standards are to be applied, with regards to Petrosian and Kasparov.

May-31-14  The Rocket: Why didn't petrosian and korchnoi like each other?:)
May-31-14  The Rocket: I forgot to add: 2001, Kasparov, <0> losses. And you guys came up with one year of no losses for Petrosian...
May-31-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  PhilFeeley: <Granny O Doul> Send the photo to Kevin Spraggett. I'll bet he could identify a few more.

Better yet, send it to Kashdan or someone else in the US chess community. I'll bet they could identify the players and a lot of the spectators.

May-31-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  PhilFeeley: <The Rocket: Why didn't petrosian and korchnoi like each other?:)> I don't think Korchnoi got along with anybody.
May-31-14  The Rocket: Haha, that might be true. He even detested Karpov - one of most laidback, and nicest guys you could ever meet. At least that's my impression of Anatoly. A fan came up, wanting Korchnoi to sign a book of his, and korchnoi refused since Karpov was on it:) It was on youtube. The guy filming cracked up.
May-31-14  Granny O Doul: Not to take sides in their dispute, The Rocket, but perhaps Karpov did not see you as quite so much of a rival.

I hope that "Kashdan" is the handle of someone on this site. Otherwise, I'm afraid we've missed the boat there. I will hazard one more guess--Candido Tirado for the balding bearded turtlenecked guy behind Simon. But, maybe not. I also believe the boy with the longish straight hair, arms folded, is pictured in the Saidy-Lessing "World of Chess", sucking on a lollipop while playing either Spassky or Mednis. And leanings over Simon is Simon's cousin, I'm told, but he is someone I never met.

May-31-14  Petrosianic: <The Rocket>: <Why didn't petrosian and korchnoi like each other?:)>

<I don't think Korchnoi got along with anybody.>

It's partly that, but also, Petrosian was the editor of "64" magazine. So, when Korchnoi started getting in trouble, a lot of his official condemnation went through Petrosian's office.

May-31-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: <The Rocket: Why didn't petrosian and korchnoi like each other?:)> Tigran's wife was also very abrasive.
May-31-14  Granny O Doul: Even if Petro and Korch had begun as buds, meeting in four consecutive Candidates cycles would put a strain on any friendship.
May-31-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Most notably an article titled, 'Unsporting, Grandmaster'. It was after the appearance of that piece that Korchnoi got suspended from the privilege of playing foreign tournaments for a year.
May-31-14  The Rocket: Petrosians wife was a mean bitch. She was personally responsible for fischers defeat opposite an IM in 1970, if we are to believe the reports. Having heard her husband discuss the game, and finding a winning continuation for black, she relayed the information to fischers opponent.
May-31-14  The Rocket: Someone asked before about Petrosian and his calculative abilities. All strong calculators are good tacticans, but not all tacticans are strong calculators. That's the best way I could put it. Petrosian and Korchnoi were very strong calculators, as evident from their defensive abilities.
May-31-14  ughaibu: "She was personally responsible for fischers defeat opposite an IM in 1970, if we are to believe the reports."

The reports have zero credibility and are insulting to Kovacevic.

May-31-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: <perfidious> and <Granny O Doul> thanks for that information. I really like both the face and pose Petrosian is striking, and the audience is pretty fun too.

The board on the left seems to be doing pretty well:


click for larger view

(And Black should draw)

The game against Simon's is more difficult for me to make out, but I'll try:


click for larger view

And if that's right (note I'm guided by the pieces off the board too) then the game is about even. But this game looks a little bit livelier.

Jun-01-14  The Rocket: <ughaibu>

Why would you fabricate such a story? Somethings are simply too absurd, (while still grounded in reality) not to be true.

Apparently Korchnoi witnessed it.

http://en.chessbase.com/post/a-hist...-

Jun-01-14  ughaibu: "Why would you fabricate such a story?"

Are you seriously asking me why anyone would make an excuse for Fischer?

"Apparently Korchnoi witnessed it."

Are you unaware of how many times Korchnoi has cried wolf? That a story comes from Korchnoi gives that story "zero credibility".

Think about it, this story claims that Fischer allowed a spectator to whisper a sequence of moves to his opponent during the game. Not a random spectator, Petrosian's wife. Surely you know what an utter bitch Fischer was to even the most harmless of spectators, for example, those who unwrapped chocolate bars while he was playing.

Jun-01-14  The Rocket: Yes. Why would a random spectactor, or whoever the informer might be, fabricate such a story?
Jun-01-14  RedShield: <Tigran's wife was also very abrasive>

5 o'clock shadow?

Jun-01-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sally Simpson: This tale has always had me worried as well.

This scenario does not fit.

"OK Bobby, just like you asked. The audience are roped off 20 metres away. The lighting has been improved and players wives are allowed to wander around the boards."

However the Korchnoi story goes the game was a postponed game and he and Petrosian were watching the game from a cafe. They saw the trap and Petrosian's wife told Kovacevic about the trap whilst he was walking about.

And that to me is the twister.

Fischer had set a trap.

Kovacevic (to move) is walking about?

Hmmmm....

A good story though and no matter how many times it get de-bunked it's in chess lore forever.

Jun-01-14  The Rocket: I think the story is true. People envision it in a dramatized way. He simply overheard the move, and possibly it's intentions.
Jun-01-14  RedShield: You think you debunked it?
Jun-01-14  ughaibu: So, Rona was "personally responsible" but Kovacevic "simply overheard the move". Nonsense, and still insulting to Kovacevic.
Jun-01-14  The Rocket: Yeah, she didn't shut up.
Jun-13-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: <RE: Petrosian's US simuls>

<Perfidious> recalled Petrosian visiting Boston area in the late 1970's.

Here's some low-quality pictures of him giving a Boston-area simul in spring 1982:

http://www.masschess.org/Chess_Hori...

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