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Tigran L Petrosian
T L Petrosian 
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Number of games in database: 951
Years covered: 1994 to 2022
Last FIDE rating: 2601 (2637 rapid, 2602 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2671

Overall record: +259 -134 =252 (59.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 306 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Reti System (99) 
    A06 A04 A05
 Sicilian (88) 
    B90 B23 B43 B25 B30
 King's Indian Attack (78) 
 French Defense (23) 
    C12 C10 C00 C15 C07
 Ruy Lopez (22) 
    C65 C67 C92 C78 C95
 Sicilian Najdorf (20) 
    B90 B93
With the Black pieces:
 Robatsch (67) 
 Queen's Pawn Game (50) 
    A41 A46 A50 A40 E10
 Sicilian (46) 
    B78 B90 B76 B51 B30
 Pirc (45) 
    B07 B09 B08
 Slav (41) 
    D17 D12 D10 D11 D18
 Grunfeld (30) 
    D85 D70 D78 D92 D86
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   T L Petrosian vs Ara Minasian, 2006 1-0
   T L Petrosian vs P Smirnov, 2006 1-0
   T L Petrosian vs Le Tien Dung, 1994 1-0
   Sengupta vs T L Petrosian, 2004 0-1
   Karjakin vs T L Petrosian, 2005 0-1
   T L Petrosian vs G Halvax, 2018 1-0
   T L Petrosian vs Jakovenko, 2004 1-0
   T L Petrosian vs S P Sethuraman, 2006 1-0
   T L Petrosian vs J Wintzer, 2008 1-0
   T L Petrosian vs Kurajica, 2010 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Armenian Championship (2008)
   Armenian Championship (2007)
   Moscow Open (2015)
   28th Cappelle-la-Grande (2012)
   Albena Open (2012)
   Gibraltar Masters (2008)
   Dubai Chess Open (2015)
   European Championship (2009)
   Dresden Olympiad (2008)
   European Championship (2014)
   European Championship (2007)
   European Championship (2013)
   Pro Chess League (2018)
   European Championship (2012)
   PRO League Group Stage (2019)

   🏆 World Blitz Championship
   V Murzin vs T L Petrosian (Dec-30-22) 1-0, blitz
   T L Petrosian vs V Durarbayli (Dec-30-22) 1-0, blitz
   T L Petrosian vs D Lazavik (Dec-30-22) 1/2-1/2, blitz
   T L Petrosian vs A Riazantsev (Dec-30-22) 1/2-1/2, blitz
   T L Petrosian vs A Nesterov (Dec-30-22) 1/2-1/2, blitz

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(born Sep-17-1984, 38 years old) Armenia
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Tigran Levonovich 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: 2020-12-12 09:54:12

 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 994  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. T L Petrosian vs A Volokitin  1-0302000Artek ol U16A07 King's Indian Attack
5. A Shalamberidze vs T L Petrosian 0-1342001Batumi OpenD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
6. T L Petrosian vs T Balkhamishvili  1-0412001Batumi OpenB23 Sicilian, Closed
7. D Maghalashvili vs T L Petrosian 1-0402001Batumi OpenD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
8. M Abdullaev vs T L Petrosian 0-1392001Batumi OpenB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
9. T L Petrosian vs N Dzagnidze  ½-½772001Batumi OpenB23 Sicilian, Closed
10. K Rukhaia vs T L Petrosian  1-0482001Batumi OpenB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
11. T L Petrosian vs N Tsikarishvili 1-0212001Batumi OpenA04 Reti Opening
12. T Odisharia vs T L Petrosian  1-0262001Batumi OpenB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
13. M Cornette vs T L Petrosian  0-1252002Wch U18B78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
14. T L Petrosian vs M Gagunashvili  1-0462003Batumi BCSA opB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
15. T L Petrosian vs L Javakhishvili  1-0542003Batumi BCSA opB23 Sicilian, Closed
16. A Yegiazarian vs T L Petrosian  ½-½622003ARM-ch 63rdA15 English
17. T L Petrosian vs G Sargissian  ½-½582003ARM-ch 63rdC45 Scotch Game
18. T L Petrosian vs A Pashikian  0-1362003ARM-ch 63rdA07 King's Indian Attack
19. T L Petrosian vs Y Drozdovskij 1-0352004Kochin Wch U20A07 King's Indian Attack
20. T L Petrosian vs A Timofeev  ½-½432004Aeroflot OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
21. R Kempinski vs T L Petrosian  ½-½292004Aeroflot OpenD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
22. T L Petrosian vs P Kotsur  1-0362004Aeroflot OpenB25 Sicilian, Closed
23. E Najer vs T L Petrosian  0-1412004Aeroflot OpenB08 Pirc, Classical
24. T L Petrosian vs T Markowski  ½-½402004Aeroflot OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
25. V Popov vs T L Petrosian  ½-½812004Aeroflot OpenA15 English
 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 994  PGN Download
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Oct-03-20  Muttley101: < MissScarlett: Aronian's latest tweet: <When I was little my grand father told me that my family's ancestry comes from Karabakh. I won my first strong tournament in a wonderful city of Stepanakert. We are people who always defended with pride throughout the history. We will this time too, I know It. #NagornoKarabakh>

Aronian's tweet is nothing to do with the TP/Armenia Eagles episode, but the unrest and conflict in Nagorno Karabakh.

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  perfidious: <Geoff....Without 100% proof we have to cut the player some slack. Here I remind you, a very good player....>

But when play their <J'accuse!> card, it is all up with that party--there is no appeal from their Day of Judgment.

Oct-03-20  Petrosianic: <Sally Simpson>: <Nakamura is of the opinion, yes if Wesley felt something was amiss then complain through the proper channels and not on open forums. >

Bypassing the Ethics Committee and trying to settle disputes in the court of public opinion is, itself an ethics violation.

Oct-04-20  fabelhaft: <Here's how TP handles an interview about the matter with dignity and grace. (Note. Not a video, but a transcript. There's clearly a video somewhere out there.)

Ironically, he threatens to stop playing on forever over the matter. Not his choice to make>

That is from anarchychess and not exactly the real thing. In case anyone would believe the text about Petrosian memorizing his grocery list, having ”what would Magnus Carlsen do?” written in his palm, and trying to hold his wrist watch in a way so it would reflect into So’s eyes etc etc. Petrosian’s own text is actually more entertaining :-)

Oct-04-20  Muttley101: <fabelhaft> Apologies, I don't look at reddit and assumed that (anarchychess) was a site. If the transcript is intended as satire- he got me. And yes, the posts TP made on the matter are better examples of grace, dignity and discretion.

If it is a genuine transcript though, I challenge you to an OTB game for $5,000 and a glass of bull's milk.

Oct-04-20  Muttley101: One condition, though. The bull's milk is certified as genuine by the arbiter, Tigran L Petrosian.
Oct-04-20  login:

The anarchy outlet of r/chess is set up to mislead and meme 24/7 by default. It's one 'younger' generation's way - not with hate but fun based, of dealing with life opposite to the Rogoff rubber cell for our grumpy elders.

'.. I have zero interest in defaming or destroying the reputation of any titled player or human being on the planet ..' and in the next sentence he contradicted what his business practically did just months later for popularity

It's complicated yes, I might be biased here true but I don't see the organizers following their own preachings one bit with influencer ''s coach of the month IM Levy Rozman' and main live commentator together with several other figures closely tight to the org (bull) milking this incident nonstop on every media outlet e.g. with CAPTIONS like

0:00 Intro to Drama
4:05 Tigran: PIPI in PAMPERS

Oct-04-20  Sally Simpson: ***

Hi perfidious,

<But when play their <J'accuse!> card, it is all up with that party--there is no appeal from their Day of Judgment.>

A friend of mine, not what you would call a famous player, was banned there and he kicked up such a persistent row and would not let it go that he was eventually let back on - not because he really wanted to play there again but to clear his name. (no evidence or data was forthcoming.)

A name BTW not used for selling books or getting top dog invites, he just felt the insult needed rectifying.

I think they just ban a few every now and then at random to give the impression they have surveillance equipment to frighten off would be cheats.

Maybe we should call the 'Professional Rapid Online Chess League' the '2020 Computer Chess championship.' :)


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  MissScarlett: This appears to be a kosher source giving Petrosian's defence:

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  MissScarlett: <Peter Heine Nielsen

Chessbase: check engine correlation:
Petrosian,T: Corr= 60% 8 games
Giri: Corr= 60% 1 game
Grischuk,A: Corr= 51% 1 game
Dominguez Perez,L: Corr= 39% 1 game
Xiong,J: Corr= 38% from 1 game
So,W: Corr= 37% from 1 game
Saric,I: Corr= 33% from 1 game
Caruana,F: Corr= 32% from 1 game

7:18 PM · Oct 2, 2020·Twitter Web App>

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  OhioChessFan: <li: For a quick recap this segment of Nakamura's popular lifestream on (reuploaded to his YT) might provide some 'evidence' why strong GMs e.g. like Wesley So raised suspicions at Tigran's play>

It's unbelievable to see Naka instantaneously click through 48 plies, "normal, normal, standard, normal..." GM's are in a different universe than the rest of us.

Oct-06-20  Sally Simpson: ***

Hi Ohio,

<"GM's are in a different universe than the rest of us.">

Yes, but that will not stop us telling them what openings they should play and the best way to improve.


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  OhioChessFan: Watched the video of Petrosian looking down, and I am totally unconvinced. I have the habit of looking down and to my left. Opponents have occasionally commented on it. "Why do you always stare at the a/h file?" Some people stare at the ceiling. I don't know. This wasn't close to justifying So's public comments.
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  perfidious: Indeed--there is a poster whose opening erudition far outstrips that of all top GMs, rolled into one and who loses no opportunity to proclaim that 'such-and-such is unplayable'--one would think him the superior of even Stockfish, Rybka and Wotsit.
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  MissScarlett: Think how strong Petrosian would be if he used a mouse.
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  SteinitzLives: It`s always an option for the player accused of cheating to bring a lawsuit against his/her accusers. Libel, slander, defamation of character are all serious charges if the player knows he/she is innocent. Has Petrosian done this yet?

Here in the US, the amount of time and labor required to successfully prosecute an accused cheater is great, and many tournament directors would rather not deal with it.

That being said, a case is usually only brought when the evidence is overwhelming, and their are not many cases at all of a player successfully defending against an accusation of cheating.

Hopefully better technology will reduce the instances of any inaccurate charges of cheating and instances of cheating too.

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  Messiah: Cheaters are pathetic vermins. If he really cheated, then this situation is simply horrible.
Oct-11-20  login:

Some guy in OZ still wondering about

A trout in the milk?

This 'author' has the guts (necessary financial freedom) to go public, so at least one of all this other 'respectable' mute gentlemen stops pussyfooting around.

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  SteinitzLives: I just read McShane's article in the Spectator, and it seems like no one clear issue generated the accusations of cheating and disqualification, but perhaps several small ones. Seems kind of shakey, and the secrecy around investigative methods, which is probably to protect against future cheating, makes it seem shakier.

It`s as if the evidence is all under seal, and that Petrosian is not presumed innocent until clearly and openly proven otherwise. It`s the lack of clarity and openness implied in McShane's article that stands out.

To put the onus on Petrosian to prove his innocence seems completely wrong to this US-based former paralegal.

Why should he have to incur the expense of filing suit against the governing body, if he is innocent, to prove it?

I will tell you why, because of the secrecy which both protects and condemns.

One element I would like to see in the algorithm is percent likelihood to find the best move given time constraint and player rating, but for now I am sure that is impossible to do.

We understand and can anticipate human nature more than the same for the human brain.

It`s true that "Democracy dies in darkness", but with each passing day that Petrosian does nothing to attempt to maintain or prove his innocence, the gultier he looks because of the disqualification, despite the unfair looking secrecy behind it.

Oct-17-20  login:

Hey Man, Nice Shot

'.. [Wesley] So, for his part, told the Guardian in an email that he felt sorry for Petrosian. Perhaps thinking of Lance Armstrong, he added: “I was a big fan of a certain cyclist and a part of me understands the pressure to succeed at all costs. At the same time I feel pain for other competitors ... Who will restore what was taken from them?” ..'

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  Messiah: Terrible guy!
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  Messiah: Very, very bad!
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  Dionysius1: I don't have a clue whether TLP is guilty or not "as charged".

But what adds humour to the situation is that Wesley So, who seems to be the chief concerned opponent, was forfeited a game for making notes against Akobian in a US Championship game back in 2015!

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  Messiah: <Dionysius1: I don't have a clue whether TLP is guilty or not "as charged".

But what adds humour to the situation is that Wesley So, who seems to be the chief concerned opponent, was forfeited a game for making notes against Akobian in a US Championship game back in 2015!>

I've never ever heard of this story. Shocking!

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  Dionysius1: Golly, I was only aiming at humour. Shock is a bonus, particularly to shock you, <Messiah>.
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