Chess Strategy and Tactics: Tigran Petrosian's Amazing Games
What you'll learn
- Be able to see how to avoid losing chess games - especially useful if you really hate the pain of losing!
- Be able to use counterplay reduction plans and prophylaxis, overprotection and restraint to help ensure you do not lose
- Be able to see the dynamic pawn structures like Hanging Pawns in action
- Be able to understand more closed and semi-closed positions and their strategies
- Be able to play the Torre Attack - a relative of the London system through seeing Petrosian's amazing examples
- Be able to appreciate Petrosian's amazing tactical strength and almost cat-light ability to land on his feet from seemingly difficult positions
- Be able to see Tigran Petrosian as an exciting attack player - especially with the emphasis of this course on Petrosian's shorter wins :)
- Be able to see how one of the hardest players historically is so resourceful and tenacious in defence
- Be able to play "simple chess" and welcome queens coming off if no counterplay for opponent
- Be able to play the Black side of the winawer with Petrosian's pet move b6 instead of c5
- Be able to appreciate a World champion who persisted and was leading Kasparov 2 to zero before health issues and Kasparov later equalised their match record
- Be able to play super solid variations of the french defence which can neutralise even Mikhail Tal
- Be able to understand more the Nimozvichian concept of "Restrain, Blockade, Destroy"
- Be able to understand more the Nimzovichian concept of prophylaxis through mysterious rook moves, blockade, and overprotection
- Be able to understand more the concept of positional security in terms of handling threats even before they are conceived by opponent akin to installing alarms
- Be able to understand that Petrosian played original and interesting chess and a fair number of chess miniatures
- Be able to play the Petrosian variation against the King's indian defence which is also a favourite of Vladimir Kramnik
- Be able to value and appreciate the importance of solid openings even at faster time controls. Experience great french defence, caro-kann examples
- Be able to appreciate that despite Petrosian's quiet style, at his heart he was a major tactician
- Be able to appreciate a defensive use of tactics to create pitfalls and traps for opponents in promising positions
- Be able to appreciate some similarities in style and philosophy to Nimzovich who was one of his role models
- Be able to play for win like Petrosian without taking inappropriate risks
- Be able to appreciate the principle of flexibility - making the move you know is essential first to keep all other options open
- Be able to appreciate that often less pieces means less counterplay and less complexity
- Be able to appreciate the importance of pawn breaks especially when stakes are high in World championship match games
- Be able to appreciate how having fewer pawn islands can be an advantage and be used for example to reduce counterplay and get great knight placements
- Be able to appreciate the importance of the "follow up moves" - in terms of plans sometimes being more important than technically more correct moves
- Be able to appreciate that a central pawn island of 1 pawn when 3 pawn islands can shield a central knight from frontal pressure
- Be able to appreciate more Spassky's comment after losing in the 1966 World Championship match that Petrosian was "first and foremost a stupendous tactician"
- Be able to appreciate a more scientific angle on chess with less speculation to find "order and reason" on the chess board at least in a crazy world
- Be able to see how to play against and with different pawn structures
- Be able to neutralise tactical players more effectively by emulating Petrosian's opening choices and playing style to reduce opponent's counterplay
- Be able to see the strength of play behind an eight time candidate World champion and 6 year world champion
- Know how the chess pieces move
Tigran Petrosian has created the reputation of being one of the most sophisticated World Champions with specialisms in exchange sacrifice, prophylaxis, and prevention strategies. He is also one of the most successful world champions.
Petrosian really did not like losing! In fact, Petrosian's consistent skills and resourcefulness to avoid defeat earned him the nickname "Iron Tigran". He was considered by many to be the hardest player to beat in the history of chess. Future World Champion Vladimir Kramnik called him "the first defender with a capital D". Even Garry Kasparov had extreme difficulties when playing Tigran Petrosian, losing the first two encounters in a dramatic fashion.
Petrosian's extreme playing style has fascinated and intrigued future generations of players trying to study and fathom his games. Petrosian was a Nimzovich and Capablanca fan which explains many of his playing attributes. His prophylaxis style of reducing risk and trying to seek the logic of the chessboard, and reducing unnecessary risks, in general, contribute to him being very difficult to beat. Often this would result in draws for sure which may not have given him a daring attacking reputation during the time of his career. But in retrospect now, we can be selective and choose the more interesting wins of Petrosian using a relatively risk-free style. It is this playing style that Anatoly Karpov has admitted during an interview at Gibraltar, to making use of. But Karpov emphasizes playing for a win quite often instead of a draw and modeling some of the same positional opening choices of Tigran Petrosian such as the Caro-Kann with the black pieces against 1.e4. We can all choose to do this if we do want to play for a win, and the end result is playing for a win in a more secure relative-risk-free manner. The chessboard does not have to be a kind of gambling casino full of chance and luck, but can instead by driven by logic and control, and the gradual accumulation of advantages in a relatively noncontroversial manner.
Although during his lifetime he was not so well appreciated like many of the great artists in many other domains, his victories and triumphs have been celebrated through many Petrosian memorial tournaments, which put greater emphasis on his amazing track record.
Tigran Petrosian's amazing track record includes:
Candidate for the World Chess Championship on eight occasions (1953, 1956, 1959, 1962, 1971, 1974, 1977, and 1980)
Defending World Champion or a World Championship Candidate in ten consecutive three-year cycles
Victories in two World Championship matches against Botwinnik and Spassky
First prize in the World Championship Candidates Tournament - Four Soviet Championship titles
Two individual and team gold medals on top board for the USSR team in the international Olympiads of Havana 1966 and Lugano 1968
Numerous first prizes in important tournaments
Match and game victories against Kasparov, Fischer, Karpov, Hübner Portisch, Korchnoi, Polugayevsky, Smyslov, Tal, Euwe, Reshevsky, Keres and many others
Overall performance in Olympiad play very impressively: +78−1=50 (only one game lost, to Robert Hübner, out of 129 played), for 79.8 per cent, the third all-time best performance after Anatoly Karpov (+43−2=23 for 80.1 per cent) and Mikhail Tal (+65−2=34 for 81.2 per cent)
Petrosian also made the Soviet team for the first eight European Team Championships (from 1957 to 1983). He won eight team gold medals and four board gold medals. His totals in Euro teams play, according to olimpbase online site are (+15−0=37), for 64.4 percent
This course focuses in particular on Petrosian's more interesting games - his relatively shorter wins, in particular, are brought into focus in this course. But also includes many of his more important games regardless of game length to show the true depth of his playing style and deep positional understanding.
Who this course is for:
- All chess players
Tryfon Gavriel, also known as "Kingscrusher" on the Internet. I am a FIDE Candidate Master (CM), British Regional Chess Master, and run a popular Youtube channel for many years with over 114k+ Subs as of 2021 and a Silver Button Award.
I have done many shows on commercial chess servers. I am also the Webmaster of the correspondence style chess server Chessworld which emphasizes game quality and research.
Over 35 years of playing activity both online and offline. Peak ICC blitz rating of 2625 (18-Jun-1999). Peak ICC 5 min auto-pairing of 2383 (29-Jun 2012). ECF Grading peak classical: 212 (A) ECF. Peak Rapid rating: 217 (C). Lichess marathon top 10 finishers in 3 marathons so far. In the other two, top 50 finishers. Won quite a few tournaments at lichess
One of my earliest Over-the-board achievements in Chess was winning the Lloyds Under 18 national UK tournament in 1989. My trophy was awarded to me by Grandmaster and Ph.D. Mathematician Dr John Nunn.
I have done teaching in Schools and also have done teaching online with several Lichess students on a regular basis, and have a very good coaching rating at lichess.
Played twice in the main British Chess championship. Many of my Youtube viewers claim big rating increases after watching my videos.
I particularly love chess tactics and combinations, and it is probably no accident that my "Complete Guide to Chess Tactics" has been a best-seller since near inception here at Udemy.
In general, I will try and give you greater enthusiasm for the game and in particular the dynamic aggressive tactical aspects of playing chess. My favorite heroes are Paul Morphy, Bobby Fischer, Garry Kasparov, and Mikhail Tal. if you want to be a dynamic aggressive player, I may be able to encourage you and find you relevant resources on that path. The dynamic aggressive were particularly strong tactically and would often trade off pawn structure neatness and material to try and checkmate the opponent's kings. Checkmate does win the game :)
In terms of concrete openings to make use of potentially teaching here at Udemy through courses, I like Solid openings on such as the London System. I also like provocative openings like the Knight's Tango systems to encourage weaknesses from opponents. I am also at faster time controls especially, particularly fond of aggressive openings and gambits. As an example, the Smith-Morra Gambit vs the Sicilian Defence, and other gambits can be used aggressively even with the black pieces such as the Albin Counter Gambit. Gambits vary of course in soundness and it is important to teach what "ticks many boxes" for use in various time controls. In the search for the ideal courses to provide you, I like to search within myself for my core strengths and passions within the passion of Chess.
I truly hope you enjoy my courses and they improve your chess and your enjoyment of chess generally - and life generally :)