Here are some chess problems from the games of Tigran V Petrosian.
White to move and win.

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
Drag your mouse from one bracket to the other.

a)
White Mates in 6. Petrosian vs Boris Kopelevich, Tbilisi, 1944
r1rbn1k1/2qb1p1p/3p4/5P2/p1p5/P1B4P/1PBQ1PP1/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe8+ Bxe8 f6 Bxf6 Bxf6 Qc5 Qh6 ]

b)
Petrosian vs Nikolai Sorokin, Tbilisi, 1944
2r2rk1/pp2np1p/1q4p1/8/4N1P1/7Q/PP3PnP/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rd6 w/Nf6+ ]

c)
Black to move and win. Giorgi Bakhtadze vs Petrosian, Tbilisi, 1944
6rk/ppr2p1p/3P1n2/1Q6/P1P1p3/B1P1PqP1/3R1P1K/7R b - - id 0-1
[ ...Ng4+ Kg1 Nxe3 ]

d)
Black to move and win. Nerzesov vs Petrosian, Tbilisi, 1945
r3r1k1/3q1ppp/5n2/2Rp4/p4P2/P2QPNPP/P3K3/7R b - - id 0-1
[ ...Ne4 if Rcc1 Nxg3+ ]

e)
White Mates in 4. Petrosian vs Rafael Kakiashvili, Tbilisi, 1945
4r2r/5k2/2p2P1p/p2pP1p1/3P2Q1/6PB/1n5P/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qd7+ Re7 Qxe7+ Kg6 Qg7+ ]



Petrosian Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 5. Petrosian vs Gocha Chachua, Tbilisi, 1945
r7/1q3k2/1n1Bp2p/pP2Pp2/2Q2P2/8/5K1P/6R1 w - - 0 1
[ Qe2 ]

b)
Petrosian vs Akopdzhanian, Yerevan, 1946
r2qr1kb/ppp4p/3p4/4np1N/2P5/1P4PP/PB1Q1PK1/R4R2 w - - 0 1
[ f4 if Ng6 Qd5+, Qxf5+, Qe5+ & Bxh8 ]

c)
Petrosian vs Iosef Pogrebyssky, Tbilisi, 1949
3r1r2/pp1q2b1/2nN4/2P2p1k/3pBRb1/6P1/PB6/R2Q2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg4 ]

d)
Petrosian vs I Aramanovic, Tbilisi, 1949
2Q5/4ppk1/4rbp1/1pn4q/5B2/4P1P1/P4PB1/1R3K2 w - - 0 1
[ g4 ]

e)
Petrosian vs Vladimir Simagin, Moscow, 1956
Q7/p4rkp/8/2p1q1N1/P1P5/8/8/7K w - - 0 1
[ Qh8+ ]

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Petrosian Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black to move and win. Konstantin Klaman vs Petrosian, Moscow, 1957
4r1k1/Bp2b1pp/4n3/5q2/3NpP2/P7/1P4QP/5RK1 b - - id 0-1
[ ...Bc5 ]

b)
Petrosian vs Julius Kozma, Munich, 1958
5r2/4b1k1/6p1/ppp1pP2/4N1P1/1PP2K2/P2R4/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rd7 if Rf7 Rxe7 w/f6+ ]

Petrosian Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
c)
Black Mates in 5. Paul Keres vs Petrosian, Bled, 1959
6k1/3b3r/1p1p4/p1n2p2/1PPNpP1q/P3Q1p1/1R1RB1P1/5K2 b - - id 0-1
[ ...Qxf4+ ]

d)
Petrosian vs Heinz Lehmann, Hamburg, 1960
1R3bk1/3qp3/p5p1/3rPp2/P2n4/4BQ1N/5PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxd4 if Rxd4 Qa8 ]

e)
Petrosian vs Dragoljub Ciric, Belgrade, 1961
6k1/1b1N2b1/1pn1p2r/pB1p1p2/P2P1N2/4P1R1/1P3PK1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Nh5 if Rxh5 Nf6+ ]



Petrosian Puzzles, Part IV. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 6. Petrosian vs Ludek Pachman, Bled, 1961
r1br4/1p2npkp/3Bpbp1/pqp5/2N1R3/1P1P1QP1/1PP2PBP/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxf6+ if Kxf6 Be5+ Kg5 Bg7 ]

b)
Petrosian vs Lev Polugaevsky, Moscow, 1963
3k2n1/5p2/p3pPp1/1pq5/5Q1P/1B2P3/PP2KP2/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qb8+ w/Qxc8+ & Bxe6 ]

c)
Black to move and win. Mikhail Botvinnik vs Petrosian, Moscow, 1966
7k/p6p/6p1/2b2b2/2P5/2R1pBP1/P2rR1KP/8 b - - id 0-1
[ ...Be4 if Rxe3 Bxe3 Rxe2 Bxf3+ ]

d)
Petrosian vs Vladimir Bagirov, Moscow, 1967
3r3k/pb5p/1b1r2p1/1p6/3p4/1B1R1P2/PP3BPP/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bg3 ]

e)
Petrosian vs David Bronstein, Moscow, 1967
4rr1k/6b1/p1R4N/3p2p1/8/2N3P1/P4qPK/3Q4 w - - 0 1
[ Qh5 if Qc2 Nf5+ ]



Petrosian Puzzles, Part V. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 5. Petrosian vs Molero Manuel Castro, Lugano, 1968
r3k3/pp1npNb1/4Pp2/2pP3Q/2p5/4B3/Pq4PP/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd6+ ]

b)
Petrosian vs Bent Larsen, Palma de Majorca, 1968
r3r1k1/1bn2pbn/p5p1/1p1Ppq1p/2p1NP1B/P1N2B1P/1PQ3P1/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qf2 w/Nd6 or Qb6 ]

c)
Petrosian vs Jonathan Penrose, Palma de Majorca, 1969
2r5/7p/3q2k1/p2Np1p1/Pp1bPpP1/1P3P2/4Q2P/3R3K w - - 0 1
[ Ne7+ Qxe7 Qa6+ ]

d)
White Mates in 2. Petrosian vs Dragoslav Tomic, Vinkovci, 1970
Q7/2r2rpk/2p4p/7N/3PpN2/1p2P3/1K4R1/5q2 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7+ ]

e)
Petrosian vs Hans Ree, Wijk aan Zee, 1971
r1bqk2r/pppp1ppp/2n5/3P4/1b2p3/5NP1/PP1PPP1P/R1BQKB1R w - - 0 1
[ dxc6 if exf3 Qb3 ]

Petrosian Puzzles, Part VI. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Petrosian vs Carel Van Den Berg, Wijk aan Zee, 1971
1r6/1pnrb1k1/1R3p1p/P1p1p1pP/q1N1P3/B1P2RP1/Q4PK1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Nxe5 if fxe5 Qf7+ mates ]

b)
Petrosian vs Radolfo Cardoso, Manila, 1974
3r4/p5k1/1pp2bn1/4p3/2P1N1q1/1PB1Q1P1/P5K1/7R w - - 0 1
[ Rh7+ if Kf8 Qh6+ mates ]

c)
Petrosian vs Lajos Portisch, Palma de Majorca, 1974
1q3rk1/p3np1p/3p2pb/1P2p2n/2P5/2NPPQP1/1B1N1P2/R4K2 w - - 0 1
[ g4 Ng7 Qf6 if Qb7 Qh4 ]

d)
Petrosian vs Nukhim Rashkovsky, Moscow, 1976
4r1k1/pr3p1p/3p2n1/2pPbN1R/2q1P1N1/P5P1/3Q1PKP/2B5 w - - 0 1
[ Nxe5 if dxe5 Nd6 or if Qxe4 f3 Qxe5 Nh6+ ]

e)
White Mates in 6. Petrosian vs Viktor Korchnoi, Ciocco, 1977
2r1qr1k/3R1p2/p1P2Rp1/1p4Pp/7P/5Q2/P4PK1/8 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg6 if fxg6 Qc3+ ]

Petrosian Puzzles, Part VII. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
White Mates in 3. Petrosian vs Rudi Koepsell, Brilon, 1978
2rn2k1/1q1N1pbp/4pB1P/pp1pPn2/3P4/1Pr2N2/P2Q1P1K/6R1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7+ ]

b)
Black Mates in 2. Dragoljub Janosevic vs Petrosian, Lone Pine, 1978
6rk/p3p2p/1p2Pp2/2p2P2/2P1nBr1/1P6/P6P/3R1R1K b - - id 0-1
[ ...Rg1+ ]

c)
Black Mates in 4. Gerardo Lebredo vs Petrosian, Vilnius, 1978
5r1k/p5p1/1p3n1p/1Pp5/2RPp3/P3P2P/2Q3PK/2N1q3 b - d3 id 0-1
[ ...Ng4+ hxg4 Rf1 ]

d)
Petrosian vs Jose Mondragon, Brilon, 1978
1r3rk1/1bqpnpbp/p1n1p1p1/1p6/3PP3/2N1BN2/PP1QBPPP/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ d5 w/d6 ]

e)
Petrosian vs Yuri Balashov, Moscow, 1978
4r2k/p1p1q1pp/2bb4/2p1p2n/4Pr2/PPQ2P2/1B1N2PP/4RRNK w - - 0 1
[ g4 Nf6 Ne2 ]

Petrosian Puzzles, Part VIII. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Petrosian vs Khosro Harandi, Rio de Janeiro, 1979
r3r1k1/pbq2ppp/1pp5/4n3/4N3/PQ2P1B1/1P3PPP/3RK2R w - - 0 1
[ Nd6 if Re7 Nc4 ]

b)
Petrosian vs Jose Luis Vilela, Tallinn, 1979
r3r1k1/pbq2ppp/1pp5/4b3/5n2/P4NN1/BPQ2PPP/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ng5 ]

c)
Petrosian vs Borislav Ivkov, Yugoslavia, 1979
8/pr1r3p/6p1/2p1pk2/3b2N1/1P4P1/P2R1PKP/4R3 w - - 0 1
[ Rxd4 if exd4 or Rxd4 Re5+ mates ]

d)
White Mates in 4. Petrosian vs Slobodan Martinovic, Oberwart, 1981
5r1k/pR5p/3p4/2pP4/P1P2PN1/2n5/3r4/6RK w - - 0 1
[ Nf6 ]

e)
Petrosian vs Lev Psakhis, Las Palmas, 1982
2n2rk1/1b4b1/3p2p1/3Ppp1p/1P2P3/4B1PP/5P2/R1R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rc7 if Rf7 Rac1 ]

f)
Petrosian vs Aleksandr Veingold, Tallinn, 1983
3r1rk1/3nqppp/1p2p1b1/pBb5/2N5/PP2P3/1B2QPPP/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ b4 axb4 axb4 Bxb4 Ra7 ]


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