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Tigran L. Petrosian

Full name Tigran L. Petrosian
Country Armenia
Born September 17, 1984
Title Grandmaster
Peak rating 2671 (March 2015)

Tigran Levonovich Petrosian (Russian: Тигра́н Лево́нович Петрося́н, Armenian: Տիգրան Պետրոսյան; born September 17, 1984) is an Armenian chess player who holds the title of grandmaster (2002).

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

Early years

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, first Armenian who became the 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. 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

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. In the same year he tied for 2nd-3rd with Zhao Jun in the World Junior Chess Championship in Kochi, India. 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. 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. 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. In the same year he won the first Armenian Chess960 Championship, tied for 2nd-4th with Abhijeet Gupta and Magesh Panchanathan in the third Orissa International GM Open Chess Tournament and came first in the 31st Villa de Benasque Open. In January 2012 Petrosian won the Armenian Chess Championship and in February 2012 came first in the Armenian Rapid Championship. In January 2013 he won the Armenian Chess Championship for the second time. He also won clear first prize in International "Grand Europe Open Albena-2013" in Bulgaria. Tigran plays on the Internet Chess Club (ICC) under the pseudonym "Tigrano".

Awards

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

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