Petrosian Year by Year - Volume I (1942-1962)

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Von Tibor Karolyi und Tibor Gyozalyan

484 Seiten, kartoniert, 1. Auflage 2020

Sprache: Englisch

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International Master Tibor Karolyi and FIDE Master Tigran Gyozalyan have written a comprehensive two-volume treatise on the life and games of Tigran Petrosian, who was world champion from 1963-1969. The present Volume I takes the reader on a journey from Tigran’s childhood, through the war years, successes in Georgian and Armenian national championships, his emergence as an elite player winning the Soviet championship and Olympic gold, and victory at the famous 1962 Candidates Tournament in Curacao.

Karolyi and Gyozalyan provide deep modern analysis of 148 full games and fragments, and summarise almost all known games played by Petrosian in the period. They also provide considerable background colour on each game, with round-by-round analysis of tournaments and matches in which they were played. Very few of these games have previously been analysed in detail in modern books, and those that were have nevertheless been subjected to considerably improved analysis.

Petrosian’s opponents in Volume I include world champions and challengers Fischer, Tal, Spassky, Botvinnik, Smyslov, Euwe, Korchnoi, and Bronstein, as well as leading players such as Keres, Geller, Benko, Polugaevsky, Reshevsky, Taimanov, Kotov, Gligoric, and many others. There is a special focus on his coaches Ebralidze, Lilienthal and Boleslavsky.

An added bonus is the inclusion of rare photos taken from private collections in Georgia and Armenia, many of which have never before been published in the West.

With a foreword by the greatest Armenian chess player of modern times Levon Aronian.


International Master Tibor Karolyi is a former Hungarian chess champion. His book Endgame Virtuoso Anatoly Karpov won the Guardian Chess Book of the Year Award in 2007. He has written books on many great players’ careers, including Kasparov, Karpov, Tal, Portisch and Judit Polgar. He has coached Peter Leko, Olympic champions Sofia Polgar and Ildiko Madl, and Olympic silver medalist and European Community champion Zoltan Gyimesi. Five of his junior pupils have won a total of nine world championship medals for their age groups. He is twice the Senior World Champion at Racketlon.

FIDE Master and FIDE Trainer Tigran Gyozalyan was born in 1957 in Armenia. A multiple participant in the Higher Leagues of the Armenian Championship, he took 4th place in 1981 and was 4th equal  in 1984. He was also champion of the Moscow Trade Union Olympiad in 1976. He is the author of The King is a Powerful Piece! published in 2017. Tigran has been training juniors for 25 years. Among his pupils, Grandmaster Samvel Ter-Sahakyan has won European and world championships for his age group, and Derek Lim was World Schoolboys Champion. Other pupils include WIM Narine Gasparian, WIM Liana Aghabekian, and FM Lee Qing Aun. In 1979, Petrosian kindly gave Gyozalyan chess lessons and they formed a close relationship. Tigran gained bachelor’s (1980) and master’s (1987) degrees from what is now the Russian State University of Physical Education, Sport, Youth, and Tourism in Moscow, specializing in physical education and chess coaching. Since 2005 he has been working as a chess coach in Singapore. His website is

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