ChessEbook Logo

Sign In   or   Register (FREE!)
1. Steinitz 2. Lasker 3. Capablanca 4. Alekhine 5. Euwe
6. Botvinnik 7. Smyslov 8. Tal 9. Petrosian 10. Spassky
11. Fischer 12. Karpov 13. Kasparov 14. Kramnik 15. Anand
"Chess is a play as to its form, an art - as to its essence, and as to its difficulty to master - it's a science." (T. Petrosian).
Born: June 17, 1929 in Tbilisi, Georgia; died: August 13, 1984 in Moscow.
The 9-th World Champion (1963 - 1969), the International Grandmaster (1952), the Champion of the USSR (1959, 1961, 1969, 1975), a chess theorist and a journalist, the Candidate of Philosophic Sciences.
T. Petrosian got acquainted with chess at Tbilisi Pioneers' Palace in the beginning of 1940's. His chess views formation was greatly influenced by A. Nimtzovich's book called "The Praxis of My System". "For infinitely many times have I analysed the games and positions from this book, and I liked very much to read it without chess. So, it's not surprising that finally I have learned it by heart." (T. Petrosian).
Since 1952 Petrosian was a permanent participant of World Championships-related competitions.
1962, Curacao Island. Petrosian won the pretenders' tournament and gained the right to play the match with the World Champion.
The World Championship Matches:
1963, Moscow. Botvinnik - Petrosian. Petrosian won with the score of 12.5 : 9.5 (+ 5, - 2, = 15) and became the 9-th World Champion in the history of chess.
1966, Moscow. Petrosian - Spassky. With the score of 12.5 : 11.5 (+ 4, - 3, = 17) Petrosian kept the World Champion's title.
1969, Moscow. Petrosian - Spassky. Petrosian lost with the score of 10.5 : 12.5 (+ 4, - 6, = 13). Spassky became the 10-th World Champion.
Being a chess player of brilliant talent, T. Petrosian possessed the originality and chess thought profundity as well as fundamental erudition, and combined original strategic plans with meticulous technique skill. The ingenuity of his positional play and defence technique are rightly thought to be classical. What he valued in chess above all, was logic: "I'm absolutely convinced that in chess - although it remains a game - there is nothing accidental. And this is my credo. I like only those chess games, in which I have played in accordance with the position requirements... I believe only in logical and right game." (T. Petrosian).