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Tigran V Petrosian vs Valery A Loginov
16th Soviet Team-ch qual group 2 (1983), Moscow URS, rd 3, Jul-18
King's Indian Defense: Petrosian Variation. Stein Defense (E92)  ·  1-0

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Feb-20-05  lopium: Nice rook's sacrifice for the winning position!
Jun-19-08  armtwister: Great Petrosians Visiting card!! " The Petrosianovic Exchange Sac" and he played it against a young Grand Master and probably in his very last Trounament! Bravo Petrosian!!
Jun-19-08  Murphyman: Petrosian sac's a rook (5 pawns) for gain of the a knight (3.25 pawns) and a pawn so he is down 0.75 on the transaction. He gets more access to the isolated b pawn of black (which he gangs up on) and has one protected passed pawn and the possibility of another. I think its a good example of him making a sac for a PERMANENT positional gain - though it isn't a full exchange he has sacc'ed. Still very instructive.

Nice finish at the end where he gangs up on the bishop which is in an ABSOLUTE PIN and black resigns as his 3rd defender of f8 would be the queen and it would be lost to something like; ...Qf7 Rxf8+ Bxf8

Would make a good CG puzzle - not sure what day of the week though

Jun-19-08  arsen387: A great exchange sac and a very nice finish. An admirable precision by Petrosian and he was 54 when this game was played
Aug-14-09  xombie: It appears that black is getting the upper hand after taking the Nc5 outpost- a typical Petrosian theme, which is of course highly disagreeable to him. He gets rid of it with this highly original (but obvious) exchange sac to dislodge the blockader.

In addition, white had set up this excellent defensive formation (doubled pawn, and strongly protected f2, h2), so the rooks were biting at granite.

Moreover, black's backrank was weak and minor pieces vulnerable.

Aug-14-09  tedceldor: Tigran PETROSIAN, Yeah he thinks in constellation not just individual moves. A great master of positional play and prophylaxis. Though he is underrated many of us forget that he is the conqueror of BOTVINNIK.
Feb-10-11  rclb: If Tal offers a sacrifice, accept it. If I offer a sacrifice, consider it. If Petrosian offers a sacrifice, resign." -- Botvinnik
Aug-23-11  jackpawn: I loved Petrosian style of play. Imagine if had the ambition of a Fischer or Korchnoi?
Aug-23-11
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: Um, <jackpawn>--Petrosian was World Champion for six years--that's longer than Fischer and Korchnoi were, put together.
Aug-26-11  jackpawn: Yes, but his results often didn't reflect his true strength. Many short draws, many tournaments with sub-par results. Often he would play maybe a half dozen 'serious' games in a tournment, agreeing to short draws in all the rest. Imagine if he had gone all-out in all games like Fischer? That was my point . . .
Aug-26-11
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  perfidious: <rclb: If Tal offers a sacrifice, accept it. If I offer a sacrifice, consider it. If Petrosian offers a sacrifice, resign." -- Botvinnik>

I remember this Botvinnik quote going in the following way: 'If Tal offers you a pawn, accept it. If Petrosian offers you a pawn, decline it. If I offer you a pawn, think it over'.

Aug-26-11  Lt.Surena: He was also 6 times Soviet Champion (you can easily call that World Championship Series). His Olympiad record is probably still standing. His record of Candidate matches !

Imagine if he had resigned to a cheap motel in Pasadena after winning the World Championship in 1963 and claimed insanity. They would have called him the greatest !!

Aug-26-11  drnooo: It is odd, isn't it: how none, not Kasp or Kar or Kram or Ana or ANYONE of the last men standing here ever rate The Tiger as the greatest yet he just might have been at his peak, or certainly very close say to Capa or Alekhine or Keres, (who has to be included considering those two records, how even they were against each other) as for the first comment look around, see if you can find any of the top current players who rate Petrosian as the best at least to come along since Alekhine none
Aug-27-11  Lt.Surena: Facts not innuendo !!

1. Back to back world Champ. That's more than Bobby, Korchnoi and Keres combined.
2. Six times Soviet Champ.
3. Unmatched record in Olympiads.
4. Most Candidate match qualifications.
Not given to him by Benko (wink, wink!)

Subtle ! He was a target of a lot of spin specially in the West. But facts above speak louder than just words. Envy, racism (Russian or not) didn't get the critics anywhere !

Aug-27-11  ughaibu: Petrosian was four times Soviet champion, not six. Only Tal and Botvinnik won six.
Aug-27-11  Garech: Petrosian is so misunderstood! I love games like this. Cheers,

-Garech

Sep-22-11
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  perfidious: <Lt.Surena: Facts not innuendo !!

1. Back to back world Champ. That's more than Bobby, Korchnoi and Keres combined. 2. Six times Soviet Champ.
3. Unmatched record in Olympiads.
4. Most Candidate match qualifications.
Not given to him by Benko (wink, wink!)...>

Not to interfere with fanboy nonsense, but all the participants in the 1969 US Championship had to relinquish any claim to a spot at Palma, not just Benko.

<....He was a target of a lot of spin specially in the West....>

In the Soviet chess press, he came under fire for performances which were replete with colourless and/or short draws.

Check out the 1955 Soviet championship, which was a zonal qualifier, for a nice little example: Game Collection: USSR Championship 1955.

Sep-22-11  TheFocus: Only four times as Soviet Champion, not six.

Two times USSR Junior Champion.

Three-time Champion of Armenia.

Georgia Champion at least once.

Eight times European Champion.

One of my favorite players.

May-15-15  CountryGirl: Talk about outflanking! Great insight by Tigran to see black's would-be kingside attack was going nowhere, and that he was badly placed to counter the white initiative on the other side of the world...

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