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

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

by Tibor Karolyi, Tigran Gyozalyan


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9785604177020
Publisher: Elk and Ruby Publishing House
Publication date: 08/30/2020
Pages: 486
Sales rank: 842,695
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.98(d)

About the Author

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.

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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