Tigran L. Petrosian

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Tigran L. Petrosian
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Full nameTigran L. Petrosian
Born (1984-09-17) September 17, 1984 (age 34)
FIDE rating2601 (August 2019)
(No. 114 in the August 2015 FIDE World Rankings)
Peak rating2671 (March 2015)

Tigran Levonovich Petrosian (Armenian: Տիգրան Լևոնի Պետրոսյան; born September 17, 1984) is an Armenian chess player who holds the title of grandmaster (2004).[1]

A two-time national Champion, he competed in two Chess Olympiads winning team gold in 2008 and 2012.

Early years[edit]

Tigran L. Petrosian was born on 17 September 1984. His first name was deliberately chosen by his father to match the name of Tigran V. Petrosian, the first Armenian to become World Champion. When the late Tigran won the world title, Tigran's father dreamt that if he ever had a son he would call him Tigran.[2] The ex-world champ died a month before Tigran L. Petrosian was born.

Petrosian learned chess at the age of five. He received coaching from Gagik Sargissian and Melikset Khachiyan before entering a chess academy in 2002, where he was occasionally instructed by GM Arsen Yegiazarian and IM Ashot Nadanian.

Chess career[edit]

Tigran L. Petrosian (1st right) with his 2008 Olympiad teammates on a 2009 stamp of Armenia

Petrosian achieved his grandmaster title by scoring norms at the under 18 World Championship in 2002, the Batumi Open in 2003, and the Aeroflot Open in Moscow in 2004.[3] In the same year he tied for 2nd-3rd with Zhao Jun in the World Junior Chess Championship in Kochi, India.[4] In 2005, he tied for first in Tehran, Kish and Lausanne; in 2006 tied for first in Lyon and Dubai; in 2008 tied for first in Wheeling, Illinois and Las Vegas.[5] In the same year he won a team gold medal (together with Levon Aronian, Vladimir Akopian, Gabriel Sargissian and Artashes Minasian) at the 38th Chess Olympiad in Dresden.[6] In 2011, Petrosian tied for 1st–3rd with Marat Dzhumaev and Anton Filippov in the Georgy Agzamov Memorial in Tashkent and won the event on tie-break.[7] In the same year he won the first Armenian Chess960 Championship,[8] tied for 2nd–4th with Abhijeet Gupta and Magesh Panchanathan in the third Orissa International GM Open Chess Tournament[9] and came first in the 31st Villa de Benasque Open.[10] In January 2012 Petrosian won the Armenian Chess Championship[11] and in February 2012 came first in the Armenian Rapid Championship.[12] In January 2013 he won the Armenian Chess Championship for the second time.[13] He also won clear first prize in International "Grand Europe Open Albena-2013" in Bulgaria. In 2017 he finished clear first in the 45th Annual World Open at Philadelphia.[14] In February 2018, he competed in the Aeroflot Open. He finished fifth out of ninety-two,[15] scoring 6/9 (+3–0=6).[16]

Petrosian plays on the Internet Chess Club (ICC) under the pseudonym "Tigrano".


In December 2009, Petrosian was awarded the title of "Honoured Master of Sport of the Republic of Armenia".[17]


  1. ^ FIDE Chess Profile
  2. ^ "Armenia revels in its chess prowess". BBC News. 2009-09-26. Retrieved 2010-05-25.
  3. ^ Savinov, Misha. "Interview with Tigran L. Petrosian" (PDF). chesscafe.com. Retrieved 2009-08-26.
  4. ^ "World Juniors Champ". FIDE. Retrieved 7 May 2011.
  5. ^ "Tigran L. Petrosian". Armenian Chess Players. Retrieved 19 December 2009.
  6. ^ "Olympiad Dresden 2008 Open". Chess-Results.com. 2009-02-05. Retrieved 22 March 2011.
  7. ^ "Georgy Agzamov Memorial". Chessdom. Retrieved 26 March 2011.
  8. ^ "Tigran L. Petrosian – Chess960 Champion". Armchess.am. 2011-02-01. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  9. ^ "GM Aleksej Aleksandrov victorious in Orissa". Chessdom. Retrieved 7 June 2011.
  10. ^ "Tigran Petrosian Victorious in Benasque Open". Chessdom. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  11. ^ "72nd ARM Championship. The Highest League". Chess-Results.com. 2012-01-22. Retrieved 22 January 2012.
  12. ^ "2012 Armenian Rapid Championship". Chess-Results.com. 2012-02-18. Retrieved 19 February 2012.
  13. ^ "Armenian Chess Championships 2013". FIDE. 2013-01-25. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  14. ^ "45th Annual World Open - United States of America". FIDE. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  15. ^ Staff writer(s) (28 February 2018). "Aeroflot Open 2018 A". Chess Results.
  16. ^ Staff writer(s) (28 February 2018). "Aeroflot Open 2018 A: Petrosian Tigran L." Chess Results.
  17. ^ "High Titles of Olympic Champions". Armchess. 2009-12-19. Retrieved 19 December 2009.

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