An ambivalent tribute to an inimitable chess genius

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For we proud members of the Cult of the Tiger, Alexey Bezgodov’s eagerly awaited “Defend Like Petrosian” (NewInChess, 269 pp. $24.95) is a fascinating but frustrating survey of the life and works of the inimitable Tigran Petrosian, the ninth world champion and perhaps the most original player of the modern …