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Thanks again Grandmaster Melikset Kachiyan.
funny that you said he probably mentally gave up the idea to play for a win... a guy who commented on the weird game petrosian had against fischer, said the same then... when for the first time i saw fischer really blunder.. anyway thx for the video.. i find petrosians games easier to watch
I like how you explained his thinking process. It will help me in the future.
Excellent video! I like how Petrosian mixed things up with his positional rook sacrifice. I also loved the presentation of the endgame, it was very instructional.
Thank for another well prepared and very helpful chess lesson. BK
Good Lecture, thanks!!
Please share more personal recollections!
Tal in his introduction to My System by Nimzowisch also discusses this game.
Good lecture. Petrosian was master of the exchange sacrifice. Thanks for covering this interesting game.
Melik narrates a game of the positional master Petrosian.
In this game Petrosian makes the interesting exchange sacrifice with rook to f4. This move changed the course of the game. As the game progressed it seems that Petrosian had given up his advantage, in what may appear to be Petrosian mentally giving up his opportunity to play for the win. Petrosians nature was to play safe chess. Melik shows where Petrosian missed a check mate. Over all great game.
by GM Melikset Khachiyan
Today Melik reminisces once again about his old coach, recalling one of his more interesting battles with the "Magician from Riga". In Tal-Petrosian, USSR Championship 1958 we witness a "topsy-turvy" battle, jump started once again by a Petrosian exchange sacrifice. This game ultimately showed Tal's inexperience. Enjoy Melik's personal take, along with references to Kasparov's comments from the "Predecessor" series.
Players: Mikhail Tal
vs. Tigran Petrosian
Related: « Part 2
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GM Melikset Khachiyan
Melik began playing chess at the age of 8, won the Baku Junior Championship two years later and became a Soviet Candidate Master two years after that. He began coaching early in his career and has brought up three Junior World Champions (among them Levon Aronian). In 2001, he immigrated to the US, where he qualified to play in the U.S. Championship several times. He earned his Grandmaster title in 2006.
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