( Tigran Petrosian 17 June 1929 – 13 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.
They say my chess games should be more interesting. I could be more interesting - and also lose.
About Petrosian [ edit ]
In those years, it was easier to win the Soviet Championship than a game against 'Iron Tigran'
Garry Kasparov (2004). My Great Predecessors, Part III. Everyman Chess. p.80
It is to Petrosian's advantage that his opponents never know when he is suddenly going to play like
Boris Spassky "Tigran Petrosian's Best Games". chessgames.com. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
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