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Arshak B Petrosian
Number of games in database: 417
Years covered: 1970 to 1999
Last FIDE rating: 2475 (2472 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2510

Overall record: +86 -97 =232 (48.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 2 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Indian (27) 
    E12 E17 E14
 King's Indian (26) 
    E73 E67 E69 E60 E62
 English (25) 
    A15 A13 A14 A16
 Reti System (22) 
    A06 A04
 Grunfeld (15) 
    D73 D97 D72 D85 D80
 Queen's Gambit Declined (12) 
    D30 D37 D35 D31
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (48) 
    B90 B22 B92 B97 B50
 Queen's Gambit Declined (32) 
    D37 D31 D35 D30
 Ruy Lopez (31) 
    C87 C77 C85 C69 C95
 Sicilian Najdorf (30) 
    B90 B92 B97 B93 B91
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (23) 
    C87 C95 C85 C84
 Orthodox Defense (21) 
    D58 D50 D61 D59
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Petrosian vs L Hazai, 1970 1/2-1/2
   A Petrosian vs Tseshkovsky, 1976 1/2-1/2
   A Petrosian vs V Akopian, 1988 1/2-1/2
   A Petrosian vs Morozevich, 1992 1-0
   Vaganian vs A Petrosian, 1980 0-1
   Chekhov vs A Petrosian, 1991 0-1
   A Petrosian vs Leko, 1993 1/2-1/2
   A Petrosian vs Anand, 1987 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   URS-ch sf Lvov (1984)
   Yerevan (1980)
   URS-ch First League Tashkent (1984)
   Jurmala (1983)
   Petrosian Memorial (1994)
   Leipzig DSV (1977)
   Riga (1981)
   Kirovakan (1978)
   Yerevan (1986)
   Yerevan (1982)
   Yerevan (1976)
   Moscow-B (1987)
   URS-ch FL50 (1982)
   46th URS-ch selection (1978)
   Dortmund Open-A (1992)

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(born Dec-16-1953, 68 years old) Armenia

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Arshak Bagratovich Petrosian was born in Erevan, Armenia. He was awarded the IM title in 1978 and the GM title in 1984 and went on to become a prominent Soviet tournament player during the 1980's, collecting victories against Rafael Vaganian, Alexey Shirov, and Alexander Morozevich, among others. More recently he has served as a trainer and mentor to his son-in-law, Peter Leko.

Wikipedia article: Arshak Petrosian

 page 1 of 22; games 1-25 of 535  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Reshko vs A Petrosian 1-0291970Leningrad-ch sfA30 English, Symmetrical
2. Romanishin vs A Petrosian  1-0461970SukhumiB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
3. A Petrosian vs L Hazai ½-½5519706th International Junior TournamentE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
4. S Vesselovsky vs A Petrosian 1-02419717th Soviet Team Cup qual-3B03 Alekhine's Defense
5. Karpov vs A Petrosian ½-½2319717th Soviet Team Cup Final-AB03 Alekhine's Defense
6. A Petrosian vs V Peresipkin  0-13319717th Soviet Team Cup Final-AA25 English
7. M Steinberg vs A Petrosian  ½-½1819717th Soviet Team Cup Final-AB03 Alekhine's Defense
8. A Petrosian vs D B Radulovic  ½-½361971URS-YUGA16 English
9. J Barle vs A Petrosian  ½-½171971URS-YUGB02 Alekhine's Defense
10. A Petrosian vs Marjanovic  ½-½591971URS-YUGE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
11. D B Radulovic vs A Petrosian  ½-½211971URS-YUGB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
12. A Petrosian vs J Barle  ½-½331971URS-YUGD80 Grunfeld
13. Marjanovic vs A Petrosian  0-1991971URS-YUGA07 King's Indian Attack
14. Romanishin vs A Petrosian  1-0371972URS-chTC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
15. A Petrosian vs Palatnik  0-1611973URS-ch sfE82 King's Indian, Samisch, double Fianchetto Variation
16. Sveshnikov vs A Petrosian  1-0311974USSRC45 Scotch Game
17. A Petrosian vs Vasiukov  ½-½301975 13th Soviet Team Championship qual-1A39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
18. Vaganian vs A Petrosian  1-0221976YerevanD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. A Ornstein vs A Petrosian  1-0591976YerevanC87 Ruy Lopez
20. P Poutiainen vs A Petrosian  ½-½231976YerevanC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
21. A Petrosian vs Romanishin  ½-½161976YerevanC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
22. A Petrosian vs Vasiukov 1-01011976YerevanA15 English
23. Furman vs A Petrosian  ½-½411976URS-ch FL44A17 English
24. A Petrosian vs Smejkal  ½-½161976YerevanA15 English
25. Csom vs A Petrosian  ½-½341976YerevanA15 English
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Feb-12-04  youngplayer11: he sure plays like leko.look at all those Draws!
Aug-09-04  tomh72000: It's quite amazing how many Armenians have the name Petrosian. There are several GM and IM Petrosians, not just the "Iron Tiger" Tigran.
Aug-09-04  azaris: From

Petrosian, Tigran L. (ARM, GM 2537)
Petrosian, Tigran A. (ARM, 2321)
Petrosian, Suren (ARM, IM 2395)
Petrosian, Karlen (RUS, 2123)
Petrosian, Karen (ARM, IM 2350)
Petrosian, Davit G. (ARM, IM 2387)
Petrosian, David S. (ARM, 2261)
Petrosian, Arthur (ARM, 2148)
Petrosian, Arshak B (ARM, GM 2470)

Aug-09-04  tomh72000: <azaris> Thanks for taking the time to prove my point. Incredible statistics, really.
Aug-09-04  acirce: It is a very common name there. They also had a president called Ter-Petrosian until 1998 who had to resign due to the Nagarno-Karabakh conflict (he wanted to make territorial concessions and the opposition, well, opposed it).
Jan-16-05  MidnightDuffer: Interesting info Acirce; always a pleasure to read what you have to say!
Jun-01-05  Catfriend: <arirce> what a gentle way to phrase it:)
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  al wazir: Petrosian is the Armenian equivalent of Peterson (Peters, Pederson, etc.) and Petrovich (Petrov, Petroff).
Dec-16-06  BIDMONFA: Arshak B Petrosian


Nov-25-08  Davolni: Thanks to the coach!!!!

Arshak Petrosyan!!!

2 gold medals!!!!

Dec-16-08  Davolni: happy birthday to ARSHAK PETROSYAN!!!

Dec-16-08  karoaper: Tsnundt shnorhavor varpet Arshak!!!
Dec-16-08  brankat: Happy Birthday!
Feb-23-09  WhiteRook48: happy birthday 296 days in advance!
Apr-17-09  stanleys: The great Tigran watching the little Arshak:

May-22-09  Infohunter: <tomh72000: It's quite amazing how many Armenians have the name Petrosian. There are several GM and IM Petrosians, not just the "Iron Tiger" Tigran.>

Funny I should see this post nearly five years after the fact. As it happens there is a fairly new employee where I work who is from Armenia. This morning I asked him if he had heard of Tigran Petrosian. Evidently he is a non-chessplayer, and he definitely is too young to remember the "Iron Tiger" as World Champion. Just the same, his response was priceless: "Petrosian? MY name is Petrosian!" (I hadn't known his surname up to that point.) So Petrosian really IS a common Armenian name indeed!

Dec-16-11  knighterrant999: I am changing my name to Capablanca
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  WannaBe: I am changing my name to Casablanca.
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  Penguincw: Happy 59th birthday.
Dec-16-12  waustad: Finally someone who's younger than I am who doesn't look a lot older. What? You want me to look in the mirror?
Dec-16-12  Kikoman: Happy Birthday GM A. Petrosian! :D
Dec-16-12  Abdel Irada: <knighterrant999: I am changing my name to Capablanca>

<WannaBe: I am changing my name to Casablanca.>

And I am changing my name to Casanova ... or perhaps Caissanova.

Dec-16-17  WhiteRook48: Happy birthday, GM. Petrosian! You now have a year of life for every square on the chessboard. That's meaningful.

Sort of a shame that his most notable game is the one where he was the victim of a defensive fortress swindle in a Q v. B position, though.

Sep-20-19  Chesgambit: FIDE GM
Oct-11-20  login:

'.. Petrosian describes the moment as a 22-year-old that he came within a move or two of playing in the powerful 1976 USSR Championship final, which was ultimately won by Anatoly Karpov above the likes of Tigran Petrosian, Mihkail Tal and Vasily Smyslov:

In Minsk, for the first and last time I had tears in my eyes. Back then I was with Oleg Dementiev – we’d just started to cooperate in 1976. In the last round I was playing against Grandmaster Semyon Abramovich Furman, Anatoly Karpov’s trainer. .. If I won I’d make it into the Higher League. Perhaps my fate would have worked out differently. .. My next chance arose only in 1985 – can you imagine that?

With Black I had to play for a win, but I played only the Queen’s Gambit, which isn’t particularly great for playing for a win. Furman, however, played 1.Nf3, 2.c4, 3.Nc3… In that game I was playing at the board, with no preparation. We’d prepared something completely different. And then I managed to outplay him and get a totally stunning position. I sacrificed a piece and pushed a pawn to e2! And I had 20 minutes left, while Furman had 3 minutes until the time control! And I recall it perfectly: finally he played the move Rd2 – he simply didn’t have anything else. ..'


'.. And running through my head: “What’s he thinking so long about?” He thought for 17 minutes, and in that time I calculated how to mate in a few moves instead of simply taking that rook, then queening the pawn, exchanging queens, attacking two pieces and that would be that – I’m a piece up. He’d resign. Simply two moves! But I had a powerful attack, a very interesting one, a beautiful game. Later they gave some kind of prize for a beautiful draw. ..

I still remember it to this day: the black bishop is on b7, cutting the board in two, and then I play Qc6 – a move I’d calculated in advance, and he can’t stop mate.

It would have been such a beautiful win... ..'

For the (surprising) punch line, more on Levon Aronian or Peter Leko read the rest of his entertaining interview with Chesspro, 2016 (in Russian)

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