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A tribute to GM Tigran Petrosian

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I consider myself lucky to have the book “Tigran Petrosian – his life and games” by Vik L Vasilev and printed by Batsford.

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Cover of the book

This book is still available on Amazon or ebay for around USD 25 before postage.

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First page!

The book has many fine games and a fair amount of biographical details and a number of fine photographs.  The only problem with this book is the cumbersome descriptive notation.

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Some fine photos. Look at Bobby Fischer’s glare!
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Sample page with a game and the analysis.
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Sample page

I bring you a sample of two interesting games from the book.

 
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Petrosian v Spassky 10th game match 1966 after move 30 Qh8+!

See another game with a very similar position.

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Petrosian v Simagin 1956 Moscow Championship after move 46. Qh8+

The similarities are amazing and here is the full game for you to review.

 

His pet name was “Iron Tigran” due to his almost impenetrable defensive playing style.  I am not sure if that name was correct as after going through his book I found a number of games which he won with great attacking skills.

 

 

 

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