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Petrosian v. the Elite
Compiled by rbaglini
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By Ray Keene

Tigran Petrosian is acquiring a reputation as one of the most sophisticated World Champions and also one of the most successful. The 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 whole series of Petrosian memorial tournaments, combined with a re-evaluation of his games and results, revealed that his legacy had been serious underestimated. Indeed, his record includes :

- Victories in two World Championship matches against Botwinnik and Spassky - First prize in the World Championship Candidates Tournament - Four Soviet Championship titles
- Two individiual and team gold medals on top board for the USSR team in the international Olympiads of Havana 1966 and Lugano 1968 - Numerous first prizes in important tournaments - Match and game victories against Kasparov, Fischer, Karpov, Hübner, Portisch, Korchnoi, Polugayevsky, Smyslov, Tal, Euwe, Reshevsky, Keres and many others

Petrosian vs Korchnoi, 1946 
(A94) Dutch, Stonewall with Ba3, 23 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Tolush, 1950 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 19 moves, 1-0

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

Petrosian vs Pachman, 1952 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 36 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Petrosian, 1952 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 46 moves, 0-1

Kotov vs Petrosian, 1952 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 29 moves, 0-1

Taimanov vs Petrosian, 1953 
(A70) Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3, 38 moves, 0-1

Geller vs Petrosian, 1953 
(C15) French, Winawer, 26 moves, 0-1

Petrosian vs Smyslov, 1953 
(D85) Grunfeld, 42 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Benko, 1955 
(E26) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 27 moves, 1-0

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

Polugaevsky vs Petrosian, 1956 
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 35 moves, 0-1

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

Petrosian vs Taimanov, 1959 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 43 moves, 1-0

Keres vs Petrosian, 1959 
(B39) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation, 51 moves, 0-1

Petrosian vs Fischer, 1959 
(E40) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 31 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Benko, 1959 
(E30) Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, 41 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Larsen, 1960 
(A55) Old Indian, Main line, 45 moves, 1-0

Bronstein vs Petrosian, 1960 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 23 moves, 0-1

Petrosian vs Stein, 1961  
(E93) King's Indian, Petrosian System, 39 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Filip, 1962 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 28 moves, 1-0

Benko vs Petrosian, 1962 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 43 moves, 0-1

Petrosian vs Botvinnik, 1963 
(E19) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3, 66 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Benko, 1963 
(D81) Grunfeld, Russian Variation, 43 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Gligoric, 1963 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 48 moves, 1-0

Benko vs Petrosian, 1963 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 55 moves, 0-1

Petrosian vs Tal, 1963 
(A15) English, 50 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Larsen, 1965 
(A11) English, Caro-Kann Defensive System, 40 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Gligoric, 1965 
(D94) Grunfeld, 45 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Ivkov, 1965 
(D25) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 37 moves, 1-0

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

Petrosian vs Averbakh, 1966 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 39 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Petrosian, 1966 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 43 moves, 0-1

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

Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966 
(E59) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line, 41 moves, 1-0

Najdorf vs Petrosian, 1966 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 74 moves, 0-1

Botvinnik vs Petrosian, 1966 
(A10) English, 34 moves, 0-1

Larsen vs Petrosian, 1966 
(C00) French Defense, 48 moves, 0-1

Petrosian vs Najdorf, 1966 
(D80) Grunfeld, 36 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Bronstein, 1967 
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 34 moves, 1-0

Bobotsov vs Petrosian, 1968 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 41 moves, 0-1

Petrosian vs Reshevsky, 1968 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 42 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Uhlmann, 1968 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 41 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Gligoric, 1968 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 51 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Larsen, 1968 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 32 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Spassky, 1969 
(E47) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3, 38 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Petrosian, 1969 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 56 moves, 0-1

Petrosian vs Spassky, 1969 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 50 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Hort, 1969 
(E83) King's Indian, Samisch, 60 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Polugaevsky, 1970 
(E14) Queen's Indian, 42 moves, 1-0

Hort vs Petrosian, 1970 
(C18) French, Winawer, 48 moves, 0-1

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

Petrosian vs Hort, 1971 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 34 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Korchnoi, 1971 
(A20) English, 41 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Fischer, 1971 
(D82) Grunfeld, 4.Bf4, 32 moves, 1-0

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

Petrosian vs Spassky, 1971 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 39 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Tal, 1972 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 38 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Karpov, 1973 
(E14) Queen's Indian, 65 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Petrosian, 1973 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 27 moves, 0-1

Petrosian vs Portisch, 1974 
(A15) English, 27 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Ivkov, 1974 
(E41) Nimzo-Indian, 41 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Korchnoi, 1977 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 37 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Nunn, 1978 
(A61) Benoni, 35 moves, 1-0

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

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

Timman vs Petrosian, 1982 
(D16) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 21 moves, 0-1

Petrosian vs Psakhis, 1982 
(A17) English, 34 moves, 1-0

Portisch vs Petrosian, 1982 
(A25) English, 55 moves, 0-1

Petrosian vs Beliavsky, 1983 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 41 moves, 1-0

Petrosian vs Ljubojevic, 1983 
(E48) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5, 28 moves, 1-0

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