GM Tigran Petrosian

Full name
Tigran Petrosian
Life
Jun 17, 1929 - Aug 13, 1984 (age 55)
Place of birth
Tiflis, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union (present-day Tbilisi, Georgia)
Federation
Armenia

Nicknamed “Iron Tigran”, Tigran Petrosian was a Grandmaster and World Chess Champion from 1963-1969. The foremost leader of using the rock solid defensive style, he focused on safety compared to reckless attacks that other players were well known for. A master of the positional exchange sacrifice, Petrosian used this idea multiple times throughout his career in order to flip the tables against his opponents. Combined with all the opening theory that he originated, Petrosian left behind a strong memory of his play and career, one that will remembered for all time.

Tigran Petrosian learned to play chess at the age of 8. He became an orphan during World War II and started to use his time in order to get better at chess. From reading books and learning from the teachings of Aaron Nimzowitsch, Petrosian started using solid positional openings which helped to influence his overall playing style as well. In 1946 he became a Candidate Master, in 1951 an International Master and in 1953 a Grandmaster. A decade later, in 1963, he won the World Championship against Mikhail Botvinnik. He followed this up with playing Boris Spassky in two more world championship matches, in 1966 (Petrosian won) and 1969 (Spassky won). It was after this second world championship match against Spassky that Petrosian lost his World Champion title. Throughout his life Petrosian played in many different Chess Olympiads, 129 games total, helping his team to win nine gold medals, one silver medal and six individual gold medals. Petrosian ended up passing away on August 13, 1984.

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Most Played Openings

White Pieces
Queen's Pawn Opening (19) : D03 A40
Queen's Indian Defense (70) : E12 E14 E15 E16 E19 E18 E17
Blumenfeld Countergambit (2) : E10
Bogo-Indian Defense (11) : E11
King's Indian Attack (22) : A07 A08
Colle System (3) : D05 D04
Tarrasch Defense (24) : D32 D34 D33
Modern Defense (10) : A42 A41 B06 A40
Catalan Opening (8) : E01 E07 E05 E00
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (2) : B06
Semi-Slav Defense (30) : D45 D47 D43 D46
Old Indian Defense (12) : A53 A54
Pirc Defense (4) : B08 B09 B07
Reti Opening (32) : A04 A09 A05 A06
Caro-Kann Defense (6) : B13 B10 B15 B18
Torre Attack (16) : A48 A46
Modern Defense with 1.d4 (2) : A40
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (10) : D78 D79 D71 D73
Benko Gambit Declined (2) : A57
Benko Gambit Fully-Accepted (1) : A58
Hungarian Opening (5) : A00
Polish Opening (1) : A00
Trompowsky Attack (1) : A45
Alekhine Defense (2) : B03 B05
Budapest Defense (1) : A51
Semi-Slav Defense Accepted (1) : D44
Scotch Game (1) : C45
Four Knights Game (4) : C48 C49
Three Knights Opening (1) : C46
King's Gambit Accepted (1) : C36
Petrov's Defense (1) : C42
Black Pieces
Queen's Indian Defense (31) : E18 E19 E12 E17 E14 E15
Queen's Gambit Accepted (29) : D20 D27 D25 D26 D23 D28
Bogo-Indian Defense (18) : E11
Modern Defense (20) : B06 A42 A40
Modern Defense with 1.d4 (7) : A40
Colle System (2) : D04
Queen's Pawn Opening (10) : A41 D03 A43 D02 A40 E00
Dutch Defense (1) : A93
Old Benoni Defense (1) : A43
Petrov's Defense (8) : C42 C43
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (6) : B06
Alekhine Defense (5) : B04 B03 B02
Reti Opening (8) : A05 A04
Gruenfeld Defense (4) : D94 D87
Pirc Defense (6) : B08 B07
Bishop's Opening (2) : C24
Scotch Game (1) : C45
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (1) : A01
Old Indian Defense (19) : A54 A53
Catalan Opening (11) : E05 E01 E07 E02 E00
Philidor Defense (3) : C41
King's Indian Attack (6) : A07
Semi-Slav Defense (5) : D43 D45 D46
Three Knights Opening (1) : C46
Hungarian Opening (2) : A00
King's Gambit Accepted (2) : C34
Torre Attack (1) : A48
Italian Game (4) : C50
Richter-Veresov Attack (1) : D01
Giuoco Piano Game (1) : C53
Bird's Opening (2) : A03
Ponziani Opening (1) : C44
Four Knights Game (2) : C48 C49
Tarrasch Defense (1) : D32
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense with 3...d5 (1) : D70
Nimzowitsch Defense (1) : B00

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