On the occasion of Chess Champion Tigran Petrosyan’s 85th birthday anniversary, the Mayor of Yerevan, President of the Yerevan Chess Federation Taron Margaryan, Director of the Chess Academy Smbat Lputyan and a number of chess players and chess lovers visited the area next to the Chess House to pay tribute to the memory of the great Armenian Grand Master.
They laid flowers at Tigran Petrosyan’s statue, Press Service of the Yerevan City Hall reports.
Tigran Petrosyan was the World Chess Champion from from 1963 to 1969.
Petrosyan was a Candidate for the World Championship on eight occasions (1953, 1956, 1959, 1962, 1971, 1974, 1977 and 1980). He won the World Championship in 1963 (against Mikhail Botvinnik), successfully defended it in 1966 (against Boris Spassky), and lost it in 1969 (to Spassky). He won the Soviet Championship four times (1959, 1961, 1969, and 1975).