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Crouching Tigran
Compiled by Gregor Samsa Mendel

I guess what fascinates me about Petrosian's style is his ability to demonstrate wins in positions that, superficially, seem equal at best. He seemed to be very good at luring his opponents into such positions.

Just another exchange sacrifice
Hort vs Petrosian, 1970 
(C18) French, Winawer, 48 moves, 0-1

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

Amazingly, Black is dead lost after move 21
Petrosian vs Korchnoi, 1971 
(A20) English, 41 moves, 1-0

Bobotsov tries to emulate the master, loses queen instead
Bobotsov vs Petrosian, 1968 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 41 moves, 0-1

Much typical Petrosian manuvering, spectacular finish
Keres vs Petrosian, 1959 
(B39) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation, 51 moves, 0-1

One king avoids two queens by hiding in a clump of enemy pawns
Fischer vs Petrosian, 1959 
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

Here the king does a cute little sidestep
Petrosian vs J Peters, 1976 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 50 moves, 1-0

Featuring a positional squeeze and a comical king stroll
Petrosian vs Unzicker, 1960 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 55 moves, 1-0

Observe the unique strategy of retreating to the back rank
Petrosian vs Aronin, 1961  
(A04) Reti Opening, 40 moves, 1-0

Sometimes, the best offense really is a good defense
Petrosian vs Stein, 1961  
(E93) King's Indian, Petrosian System, 39 moves, 1-0

Black forgoes castling to save his g7 bishop--a good choice
Unzicker vs Petrosian, 1962 
(B06) Robatsch, 72 moves, 0-1

Whirlwind attack from "boring" position
Petrosian vs Hort, 1972 
(A15) English, 26 moves, 1-0

Petrosian plays the hippo
O Sabitov vs Petrosian, 1983 
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 31 moves, 0-1

more subtle and unusual opening strategy
Petrosian vs W Schmidt, 1972 
(A16) English, 38 moves, 1-0

Black is just plain outmanuvered
Petrosian vs M Pavey, 1955 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 48 moves, 1-0

The strangler fig
J Sefc vs Petrosian, 1957 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 96 moves, 0-1

The manuver Ra8-b8-b7-g7-f7 combines defense and attack
A Pomar Salamanca vs Petrosian, 1970 
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 30 moves, 0-1

E Terpugov vs Petrosian, 1957 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 27 moves, 0-1

Yet another bizarre king walk by the master
R Cardoso vs Petrosian, 1975 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 50 moves, 0-1

Irresistible Force Meets Immovable Object: Draw
Bronstein vs Petrosian, 1963 
(C34) King's Gambit Accepted, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Petrosian at the top of his game
Spassky vs Petrosian, 1966 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 0-1

An exchange sac and suddenly it's all over
Polugaevsky vs Petrosian, 1983 
(A04) Reti Opening, 24 moves, 0-1

Why is Petrosian's king so often his farthest-advanced piece?
Fischer vs Petrosian, 1959 
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 68 moves, 0-1

Knights are usually better than bishops in closed positions
Petrosian vs S Schweber, 1962 
(E73) King's Indian, 43 moves, 1-0

Super Nezh is hit with chess kryptonite, part I
Petrosian vs R Nezhmetdinov, 1949 
(C46) Three Knights, 43 moves, 1-0

Super Nezh is hit with chess kryptonite, part II
R Nezhmetdinov vs Petrosian, 1954 
(B94) Sicilian, Najdorf, 44 moves, 0-1

Super Nezh is hit with chess kryptonite, part III
Petrosian vs R Nezhmetdinov, 1959 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 47 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Petrosian, 1963 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 61 moves, 0-1

In this game, Tigran didn't crouch
Petrosian vs Taimanov, 1955 
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 24 moves, 1-0

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

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

If one exchange sacrifice is good, then two must be better
O Troianescu vs Petrosian, 1953 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 57 moves, 0-1

Y Sakharov vs Petrosian, 1956 
(C16) French, Winawer, 42 moves, 0-1

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

P H Clarke vs Petrosian, 1958 
(C02) French, Advance, 41 moves, 0-1

B Andersen vs Petrosian, 1960 
(E88) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6, 29 moves, 0-1

Another Petrosian king walk
Diez del Corral vs Petrosian, 1969 
(C18) French, Winawer, 54 moves, 0-1

Petrosian vs V Loginov, 1983 
(E92) King's Indian, 36 moves, 1-0

K Langeweg vs Petrosian, 1973 
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 51 moves, 0-1

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

Double feature: exchange sacrifice and king walk
A Dueckstein vs Petrosian, 1962 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 40 moves, 0-1

J Durao vs Petrosian, 1977 
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 32 moves, 0-1

Petrosian vs C Guimard, 1955 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 62 moves, 1-0

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

Aganalian vs Petrosian, 1945 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 34 moves, 0-1

Petrosian vs Petrovsky, 1946 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 28 moves, 1-0

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

Larsen foolishly allows Petrosian to sacrifice the exchange
Larsen vs Petrosian, 1966 
(C00) French Defense, 48 moves, 0-1

Petrosian vs M Bertok, 1965 
(A22) English, 61 moves, 1-0

Yet another example of Petrosian's fighting king
Petrosian vs Botvinnik, 1963 
(D94) Grunfeld, 48 moves, 1-0

When Petrosian sacrifices, it's time to resign.
Petrosian vs G Pfeiffer, 1960 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 30 moves, 1-0

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