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Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian (1929-1984)

Armenian Tigran Petrosian is widely regarded as the best defender in the game of chess. He was the first person to demonstrate that it is possible to defend virtually every position. He was a brilliant tactician and an excellent strategic player. He could cope with every kind of situation.

Petrosian is most famous for being one of the best players pioneering the theory of prophylaxis. His style of play was often highly strategical, notable for anticipating opponent's possible attacks and he based many of his games on avoidance of error, content with accumulating small advantages.

In 1963 Petrosian defeated Mikhail Botvinnik 12.5–9.5 to become World Chess Champion. His patient, defensive style frustrated Botvinnik and if Botvinnik made one mistake, Petrosian was ready to punish him. Petrosian in 1966 defeated Boris Spassky 12.5-11.5 to retain his title.

In those years, it was easier to win the Soviet Championship than a game against "Iron Tigran". — Lev Polugaevsky

Great Games:
Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966 Petrosian vs Botvinnik, 1963

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   Petrosian63 has kibitzed 427 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-06-13 Hans-Joachim Federer (replies)
Petrosian63: Should be interesting with Nadal and the new time violation rules on the ATP when he comes back.
   Apr-13-12 Boris Spassky (replies)
Petrosian63: <Dionysius1>
   Nov-11-11 Michael Adams (replies)
Petrosian63: Good win over Ivanchuk in the ETCC.
   Mar-27-10 Vasily Smyslov (replies)
Petrosian63: RIP GM Vasily Smyslov.
   Dec-30-09 Russian Championship Superfinal (2009) (replies)
Petrosian63: How much did Grischuk win? ChessBase said he won 100K :S
   Feb-18-09 John Nunn (replies)
Petrosian63: How well would a top GM compete in a problem solving competition?
   Jun-12-08 Karen Asrian (replies)
Petrosian63: Rest in peace GM Karen Asrian. Nice tribute to Asrian on Chess Base.
   May-16-08 Cez Chess Trophy Rapid (2008) (replies)
Petrosian63: What is Movsesian doing there?
   Apr-07-08 V Akopian vs D Kokarev, 2008
Petrosian63: Akopian is really struggling lately.
   Apr-01-08 Robert James Fischer (replies)
Petrosian63: Fischer having lived in Japan, has he ever played Shogi?
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