Play Like Tigran Petrosian

Play Like Tigran Petrosian

Find the moves in World Champion Petrosian's greatest games!

Tigran Petrosian was the World Champion from 1963-1969. He won matches against fellow champions, Mikhail Botvinnik and Boris Spassky before losing a rematch to Spassky. His solid style and mastery of prophylaxis earned him the nickname Iron Tigran. Despite his reputation, Petrosian also played brilliant attacking games and was known for frequently sacrificing material. Try to find the moves and learn from five of the great champion's best games. Start winning like Petrosian today!

Here is what you will learn:

  • Tame attacks from Tal and Bronstein!
  • Find a killer queen sacrifice against Pachman.
  • Shock Boris Spassky with multiple sacrifices.
Play Like Tigran Petrosian: Petrosian vs Pachman

Play Like Tigran Petrosian: Petrosian vs Pachman

Ludek Pachman was a strong Grandmaster, author and political activist in Czechoslovakia and West Germany, but Petrosian always scored well against him.
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Play Like Tigran Petrosian: Petrosian vs Spassky

Play Like Tigran Petrosian: Petrosian vs Spassky

One of Petrosian's toughest opponents was the next World Champion, Boris Spassky.
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Play Like Tigran Petrosian: Bronstein vs Petrosian

Play Like Tigran Petrosian: Bronstein vs Petrosian

Petrosian was an amazing defender. In this game and others, he accepted a sacrifice from a great attacker and converted the material into a win.
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Play Like Tigran Petrosian: Petrosian vs Nielsen

Play Like Tigran Petrosian: Petrosian vs Nielsen

Petrosian remarked more than once on his love for playing against the Dutch Defense. This game, against Palle Moeller Nielsen, is a perfect example.
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Play Like Tigran Petrosian: Tal vs Petrosian

Play Like Tigran Petrosian: Tal vs Petrosian

Mikhail Tal was the greatest attacking player of his day, so when he met a great defender like Petrosian, there was likely to be excitement.
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Play Like Tigran Petrosian

Master Games
5 Lessons
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5 Challenges
Released November 2, 2019
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