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Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Tigran V Petrosian.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.

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

a)
White mates in 6.
Tigran 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)
Tigran Petrosian vs Nikolai Sorokin, Tbilisi, 1944
2r2rk1/pp2np1p/1q4p1/8/4N1P1/7Q/PP3PnP/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rd6 Qxb2 Nf6+ ]

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

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

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

1a)
mate in 6
Tigran Petrosian vs Boris Kopelevich

Tigran Petrosian Puzzles, Part II.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 5.
Tigran Petrosian vs Gocha Chachua, Tbilisi, 1945
r7/1q3k2/1n1Bp2p/pP2Pp2/2Q2P2/8/5K1P/6R1 w - - 0 1
[ Qe2 if Ke8 Qh5+ Kd7 Qf7+ ]

b)
Tigran Petrosian vs Iosef Pogrebyssky, Tbilisi, 1949
3r1r2/pp1q2b1/2nN4/2P2p1k/3pBRb1/6P1/PB6/R2Q2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg4 if fxg4 Qd2 Bh6 Qh2+ ]

c)
Tigran Petrosian vs I Aramanovic, Tbilisi, 1949
2Q5/4ppk1/4rbp1/1pn4q/5B2/4P1P1/P4PB1/1R3K2 w - - 0 1
[ g4 if Qxg4 Qxc5 ]

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

2a)
mate in 5
Tigran Petrosian vs Gocha Chachua

Tigran Petrosian Puzzles, Part III.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Konstantin Klaman vs Tigran Petrosian, Moscow, 1957
4r1k1/Bp2b1pp/4n3/5q2/3NpP2/P7/1P4QP/5RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bc5 Bxc5 Qxc5 Qxe4 Qxd4+ ]

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

c)
Black mates in 5.
Paul Keres vs Tigran Petrosian, Bled, 1959
6k1/3b3r/1p1p4/p1n2p2/1PPNpP1q/P3Q1p1/1R1RB1P1/5K2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxf4+ ]

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

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

3e)
Tigran Petrosian vs Dragoljub Ciric

Tigran Petrosian Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 7.
Tigran Petrosian vs Ludek Pachman, Bled, 1961
r1br4/1p2npkp/3Bpbp1/pqp5/2N1R3/1P1P1QP1/1PP2PBP/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxf6+ if Kxf6 Be5+ Kg5 Bg7 ]

b)
Tigran Petrosian vs Lev Polugaevsky, Moscow, 1963
3k2n1/5p2/p3pPp1/1pq5/5Q1P/1B2P3/PP2KP2/8 w - - 0 1
[ Qb8+ Qc8 Qxc8+ Kxc8 Bxe6 if fxe6 f7 ]

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

d)
Tigran Petrosian vs Vladimir Bagirov, Moscow, 1967
3r3k/pb5p/1b1r2p1/1p6/3p4/1B1R1P2/PP3BPP/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bg3 if R6d7 Be5+ ]

e)
Tigran Petrosian vs David Bronstein, Moscow, 1967
4rr1k/6b1/p1R4N/3p2p1/8/2N3P1/P4qPK/3Q4 w - - 0 1
[ Qh5 if Qc2 Nf5+ Kg8 Nxg7 Kxg7 Qh6+ ]

4a)
mate in 7
Tigran Petrosian vs Ludek Pachman

Tigran Petrosian Puzzles, Part V.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 5.
Tigran Petrosian vs Molero Manuel Castro, Lugano, 1968
r3k3/pp1npNb1/4Pp2/2pP3Q/2p5/4B3/Pq4PP/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd6+ Kd8 Qe8+ Kc7 Qxd7+ ]

b)
Tigran 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)
Tigran 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.
Tigran Petrosian vs Dragoslav Tomic, Vinkovci, 1970
Q7/2r2rpk/2p4p/7N/3PpN2/1p2P3/1K4R1/5q2 w - - 0 1
[ Rxg7+ Rxg7 Nf6# ]

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

5a)
mate in 5
Tigran Petrosian vs Molero Manuel Castro

Tigran Petrosian Puzzles, Part VI.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Tigran 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)
Tigran Petrosian vs Radolfo Cardoso, Manila, 1974
3r4/p5k1/1pp2bn1/4p3/2P1N1q1/1PB1Q1P1/P5K1/7R w - - 0 1
[ Rh7+ if Kf8 Qh6+ mates or if Kxh7 Nf6+ ]

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

6c)
Tigran Petrosian vs Lajos Portisch

Tigran Petrosian Puzzles, Part VII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 3.
Tigran 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 Tigran 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 Tigran Petrosian, Vilnius, 1978
5r1k/p5p1/1p3n1p/1Pp5/2RPp3/P3P2P/2Q3PK/2N1q3 b - d3 id 0-1
[ ...Ng4+ hxg4 Rf1 ]

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

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

7b)
mate in 2
Dragoljub Janosevic vs Tigran Petrosian

Tigran Petrosian Puzzles, Part VIII.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Tigran Petrosian vs Jose Luis Vilela, Tallinn, 1979
r3r1k1/pbq2ppp/1pp5/4b3/5n2/P4NN1/BPQ2PPP/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ng5 if g6 Bxc7+ ]

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

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

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

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

8a)
Tigran Petrosian vs Jose Luis Vilela


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