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Tigran Levonovich Petrosian
T L Petrosian 
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Number of games in database: 811
Years covered: 1994 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2601 (2637 rapid, 2602 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2671

Overall record: +228 -108 =213 (60.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 262 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Reti System (85) 
    A06 A04 A05
 Sicilian (81) 
    B90 B23 B43 B25 B30
 King's Indian Attack (61) 
 French Defense (21) 
    C10 C12 C15 C00 C02
 Sicilian Najdorf (18) 
    B90 B93
 Grunfeld (17) 
    D78 D73 D79 D85 D75
With the Black pieces:
 Robatsch (58) 
 Sicilian (41) 
    B78 B90 B76 B51 B30
 Queen's Pawn Game (39) 
    A41 A40 A46 E10 E00
 Pirc (39) 
    B07 B09 B08
 Slav (36) 
    D17 D12 D11 D10 D18
 Grunfeld (27) 
    D85 D70 D86 D92 D78
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   T L Petrosian vs A Minasian, 2006 1-0
   T L Petrosian vs P Smirnov, 2006 1-0
   D Sengupta vs T L Petrosian, 2004 0-1
   T L Petrosian vs Le Tien Dung, 1994 1-0
   Karjakin vs T L Petrosian, 2005 0-1
   T L Petrosian vs Jakovenko, 2004 1-0
   T L Petrosian vs S P Sethuraman, 2006 1-0
   M Chommyyev vs T L Petrosian, 2012 0-1
   T L Petrosian vs Y Drozdovskij, 2004 1-0
   T L Petrosian vs B Vuckovic, 2008 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   8th Dubai Open (2006)
   Armenian Championship (2007)
   Moscow Open (2015)
   Reykjavik Open (2019)
   Asrian Memorial (2019)
   European Club Cup (2006)
   Gibraltar Chess Festival (2008)
   Dubai Chess Open (2015)
   10th European Individual Championship (2009)
   European Individual Championship (2007)
   Pro Chess League (2018)
   13th European Individual Championship (2012)
   European Individual Championship (2014)
   European Individual Championship (2013)
   PRO League Group Stage (2019)

   🏆 World Blitz Championship
   A Samsonkin vs T L Petrosian (Dec-30-19) 0-1, blitz
   T L Petrosian vs A Kim (Dec-30-19) 1-0, blitz
   T L Petrosian vs M Bartel (Dec-30-19) 0-1, blitz
   T Baron vs T L Petrosian (Dec-30-19) 1-0, blitz
   T L Petrosian vs Dmitry Tsoi (Dec-30-19) 1-0, blitz

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(born Sep-17-1984, 35 years old) Armenia
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Tigran L Petrosian (no relation to the late World Champion Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian) was Armenian Under-18 Champion in 2002, became an IM in 2003, placed second in the World U-20 Championship in 2004 and won the GM title that year. 2nd in the Pan-Armenian Chess Olympiad held in August 2010. In 2012, he won the 72nd Armenian Championship, came 6th in the 28th International Open at Cappelle-la-Grande with 6.5/9, scored 7/11 at the 13th European Individual Championship (2012), an undefeated 6.5/9 (=6th with +4 =5) at the 14th Dubai Open (2012), came =1st (3rd on tiebreak) at the Albena Open (2012) and scored 6.5/9 to place =8th in the Golden Sands (2012).

He won the 2017 World open with a score of 7.5/9 points(1).

Wikipedia article: Tigran L. Petrosian

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Last updated: 2017-07-06 17:12:13

 page 1 of 33; games 1-25 of 811  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. T L Petrosian vs Le Tien Dung 1-0161994Wch U10C45 Scotch Game
2. M A Botvinnik vs T L Petrosian 0-1411998Under-16 OlympiadsD74 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O
3. Ponomariov vs T L Petrosian ½-½671999Artek ol U16B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
4. A Z Shalamberidze vs T L Petrosian 0-1342001BatumiD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
5. T L Petrosian vs T Balkhamishvili  1-0412001BatumiB23 Sicilian, Closed
6. D Maghalashvili vs T L Petrosian 1-0402001BatumiD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
7. M Abdullaev vs T L Petrosian 0-1392001BatumiB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
8. T L Petrosian vs N Dzagnidze  ½-½772001BatumiB23 Sicilian, Closed
9. K Rukhaia vs T L Petrosian  1-0482001BatumiB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
10. T L Petrosian vs N Tsikarishvili 1-0212001BatumiA04 Reti Opening
11. T Odisharia vs T L Petrosian  1-0262001BatumiB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
12. T L Petrosian vs G Sargissian  ½-½582003ARM-ch 63rdC45 Scotch Game
13. A Yegiazarian vs T L Petrosian  ½-½622003ARM-ch 63rdA15 English
14. T L Petrosian vs Y Drozdovskij 1-0352004Kochin Wch U20A07 King's Indian Attack
15. T L Petrosian vs A Timofeev  ½-½432004Aeroflot OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
16. R Kempinski vs T L Petrosian  ½-½292004Aeroflot OpenD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
17. T L Petrosian vs P M Kotsur  1-0362004Aeroflot OpenB25 Sicilian, Closed
18. E Najer vs T L Petrosian  0-1412004Aeroflot OpenB08 Pirc, Classical
19. T L Petrosian vs T Markowski  ½-½402004Aeroflot OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
20. V S Popov vs T L Petrosian  ½-½812004Aeroflot OpenA15 English
21. T L Petrosian vs A Galkin 1-0372004Aeroflot OpenB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
22. Vaganian vs T L Petrosian 1-0402004Aeroflot OpenA15 English
23. T L Petrosian vs Jakovenko 1-0752004Aeroflot OpenB25 Sicilian, Closed
24. T L Petrosian vs K Asrian ½-½422004Petrosian MemorialB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
25. Sveshnikov vs T L Petrosian 1-0552004Petrosian MemorialC42 Petrov Defense
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Jan-11-12  plimko: Tigran L. Petrosian is the top seeded player in the 72nd Armenian Championship

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On 'Scacchi Internazionali':

Jan-12-12  plimko: After a defeat in the first round, a nice game by Tigran:

[Event "72nd Armenian Championship"]
[Site "Yerevan/Armenia"]
[Date "2012.01.12"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Petrosian, Tigran L"]
[Black "Grigoryan, Avetik"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A01"]
[WhiteElo "2636"]
[BlackElo "2621"]
[PlyCount "61"]
[EventDate "2012.??.??"]
[TimeControl "40/5400+30:1800+30"]

1. b3 e5 2. Bb2 Nc6 3. e3 d6 4. Nf3 f5 5. d4 e4 6. d5 Nce7 7. Ng5 Nxd5 8. Bb5+ c6 9. Qxd5 Nh6 $146 (9 Qd7) 10. Ne6 Qd7 11. Nxf8 Rxf8 12. Qd4 cxb5 13. Qxg7 Ng4 14. h3 Qxg7 15. Bxg7 Rg8 16. hxg4 Rxg7 17. Nc3 b4 18. Nb5 fxg4 19. Nxd6+ Kf8 20. O-O-O a5 21. Rd4 b6 22. Rxe4 Bd7 23. Rf4+ Kg8 24. Ne4 Bc6 25. Nf6+ Kh8 26. Rxg4 Rf7 27. Rh6 Raf8 28. Rf4 Bxg2 29. Nxh7 Kg7 30. Nxf8 Rxf4 31. Rg6+ 1-0

Jan-12-12  timhortons: did you upload this game? he collapse like house of cards:)

Petrosian,T - Grigoryan,A, 72nd Armenian Championship 2012

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1. (1.19): 10.Bxc6+ bxc6[] 11.Qxc6+[] Bd7 12.Qd5 Rc8 13.Ne6 Qe7 14.Nxf8 Rxf8 15.Nc3 Bc6 16.Qa5 Kf7 17.Nd5 Qd7 18.c4 Ng4 2. (0.99): 10.Nxe4 cxb5 11.Ng3 Bd7 12.0-0 Qc7
3. (0.97): 10.Ne6 Qd7 11.Nc3 a6 12.Ba4 b5 13.Nxf8 Kxf8 14.Qd2 Nf7 15.0-0-0 bxa4 16.Nxa4 Qb7[]

Petrosian,T - Grigoryan,A, 72nd Armenian Championship 2012

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1. (5.25): 29.Nxh7
2. (2.19): 29.c4 Rd8 30.Rfh4 Kg7 31.Rxh7+ Kf8 32.Ng4 Rxh7 33.Rxh7 Rd6 34.Ne5 3. (1.57): 29.Kb2 Kg7 30.Rxh7+ Kg6 31.Rhh4 Rxf6 32.Rfg4+ Kf5 33.Rxg2 Ke5 34.Rg5+ Rf5 35.f4+ Ke4 36.Rg3 R5f6 37.Rh7 R8f7

Jan-19-12  timhortons: Melkumyan,H - Petrosian,T, 72nd Armenian Championship 2012

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another nice win by petrosian as he chased the king with his rook across the board!

Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: What is his middle name?
What the L does it stand for?
Jan-23-12  jamesmaskell: Tigran L Petrosian has won his first Armenian Championship with 7/11, half a point ahead of last years winner, Robert Hovhannisyan.
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  whiteshark: Congratulations for winning the 72nd Armenian Championship ( Yerevan; January 11 - 22, 2012 )

Final standings:

Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: In case anyone doubts the existence of rating inflation, this fellow - no doubt a fine player - has a current rating of 2657. The peak rating of his more famous namesake, Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian, in this database was just 2645.
Oct-01-12  RookFile: I'm sure the current Petrosian would not claim superiority over the champ.
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  HeMateMe: A lot of Petrosians in Armenia? Must be one of those Smith/Jones names for the central asian folks.
Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: The champ's was in decline though when ratings were introduced.
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  perfidious: <alexmagnus> Same as many others; Smyslov peaked at 2620 in July 1971, to name only one great player. If Elo had been used by FIDE in the 1950s, scary to think where he would have been.
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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday Petrosian.
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  offramp: Congratulations to the highest-ever rated Petrosian.

The strongest Petrosian ever!

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  Penguincw: Happy 30th birthday to Tigran L Petrosian.
Dec-11-14  NBAFan: Does anyone find it coincidental that this player was born just over 1 month after the "real" Petrosian passed away? It feels like there was a reincarnation or something along those lines.
Mar-29-15  greed and death: <offramp: What is his middle name? What the L does it stand for?>

Russian Wikipedia says its Levonovich;

Premium Chessgames Member
  diagonal: Tigran L. Petrosian achieved a higher Elo rating peak (2671 Elo) than Tigran V. Petrosian (who officially peaked at 2645 Elo), ranked then as no.2/3 of the world in 1977, annual list, together with Korchnoi, behind only Karpov.

<The champ's was in decline though when ratings were introduced.> Well, Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian was no longer World Champion, but throughout the whole 1970s up to and including 1980, Petrosian was still and always ranked in the Top Ten of the world, nevertheless he had then a lower (peak) rating than his namesake who never made it to the Top Fifty at all..

(As reigning World Chess Champion, Petrosian had an inofficial peak rating of 2660 Elo, Chessgames refers to this figure on the corresponding site)

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  alexmagnus: <Well, Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian was no longer World Champion, but throughout the whole 1970s up to and including 1980, Petrosian was still and always ranked in the Top Ten of the world>

...among other old players. Except Karpov. Fischer, Karpov and early Kasparov were so dominant among other simply for biological reasons.

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  diagonal: You certainly got the point: <V.> Petrosian in the 1970s had a lower rating as a Top Ten ranked player than <L.> Petrosian, a Non-Top Fifty ranked player later in the 2000s; besides, a player who never won any big international tournament.

The Elo system is by definition a <zero sum game>, so even if people in general are getting better at chess (i.e. thanks to computer and databases, younger age, or / and a dominant leading player, mental training methods, better food, hard work, etc.), it shouldn't mean that average (median) ratings are going up!

The only thing that matters for the ratings are the final result of the game (win, draw, or lose). Subsequently the Elo System can be used in other fields as well.

I'm aware that Elo inflation, starting around 1986 has stopped since around 2012 (Top Hundred Players, empirical evidence).

Unfortunately I'm just an economist, thus I can't follow your simple biological stipulations in this matter.

PS: One of our leading historians in Chessgames is a biologist by profession! The importance of Biology for life in general is beyond dispute :)

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  alexmagnus: <The Elo system is by definition a <zero sum game>, so even if people in general are getting better at chess (i.e. thanks to computer and databases, younger age, or / and a dominant leading player, mental training methods, better food, hard work, etc.), it shouldn't mean that average (median) ratings are going up!>

If they get better <siultaneously>, sure.

But note three things. First, getting better is not simultaneous, there are always pioneers. Second, it's the top ratings that grow, you don't look at the entire system. Third, even the top ratings somehow stopped growing in the last decade (since about 2011-2012).

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  alexmagnus: And 1986 as a starting point for the alleged inflation makes sense in my "pioneers" interpretation. Even triply. Dying out of old players who were on top for too long, appearance of the dominator Kasparov, and the start of the computer era.
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  beatgiant: <alexmagnus>
<Dying out of old players who were on top for too long>

I'm not sure I follow this particular point.

When a top-rated player leaves the rating pool, what happens to those rating points? They are not returned back into the pool. At first glance, that sounds like an anti-inflationary factor. What am I missing?

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  alexmagnus: It's the phenomenon I often mention here: due to a missing generation (those born around WW2), 1970s and early 1980s chess was dominated by players way past their primes - with exception of the aforementioned Fischer, Karpov and Kasparov.

So when the young generation finally arrived in the second half of the 1980s and especially early 1990s, they not only reached their level but surpassed it easily. Which, of course, got reflected in the ratings. Plus the "pioneer effect" due to Kasparov and computers - and there you have it, the ratings of top players shot through the roof.

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  beatgiant: <alexmagnus>
I guess I'm not clear whether you are trying to argue for or against the alleged inflation.

I'd define inflation as a systemic upward skew independent of changes in players' performances. But what you're describing is actual changes in players' performances.

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