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Tigran Petrosian

Tigran Petrosian (17 June 192913 August 1984) was World Chess Champion from 1963 to 1969.


  • I have a weakness for any piece in excess of my opponent's numbers - from pawn to queen.
    • Quoted in Vik L Vasilev, "Tigran Petrosian His Life and Games" (Batsford, London, 1974) p. 166.
  • Chess is a game by its form, an art by its content and a science by the difficulty of gaining mastery in it. Chess can convey as much happiness as a good book or work of music can.
  • Some consider that when I play I am excessively cautious, but it seems to me that the question may be a different one. I try to avoid chance. Those who rely on chance should play cards or roulette. Chess is something quite different.

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