MIG-64_018. The Most Important Games

MIG-64 - 64 most theoretically important selected games from TWIC, 

In the first instance, I have chosen games containing the most valuable novelties in topical variations. 

“Level 2” – these are novelties in l;esser variations or novelties of arguable merit in topical variations 

“Level 3” – non-standard, original opening ideas.

At the highest level, "an important novelty" often doesn't mean a single move, but the mere fact that a top GM chooses a forgotten or underrated variation. I have included the most interesting such games in MIG-64.

The opening analysis of games is done mainly using Mega Database 2012, TWIC and Correspondence Database.

All games in the file MIG-64 consist of express-commentary, including:

  1. indicating the critical positions, at which the "independent" stage of the game starts, ie, the part which does not have exact analogues in the past; 
  2. information about the continuations previously seen in critical positions;
  3. a preliminary assessmernt of the new variation.

Alexey Kuzmin

International Grandmaster, FIDE Senior Trainer


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The Five hottest novelties


1)Ortega Ruiz,J (2349) - Zhao Xue (2554) [E15]

11th Gibraltar Masters Caleta ENG (5.30), 26.01.2013

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.Qc2 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Be7 7.e4 d5 8.cxd5 Bxf1 9.Kxf1 exd5




2)Kuljasevic,D (2557) - Jankovic,A (2538) [D97]

13th ch-CRO 2013 Plitvicka Jezera CRO (8.5), 28.01.2013

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Qb3 dxc4 6.Qxc4 0–0 7.e4 Be6 8.d5 Bc8




3) Hou Yifan (2603) - Anand,V (2772) [B94]

75th Tata Steel GpA Wijk aan Zee NED (11.3), 25.01.2013

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 Nbd7 7.Qe2 h6 8.Bh4 g6 9.f4 e5 10.fxe5 dxe5




4) Yu Yangyi (2688) - Cmilyte,V (2515) [B76]

11th Gibraltar Masters Caleta ENG (7.9), 28.01.2013

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 0–0 8.Qd2 Nc6 9.g4 Be6 10.Nxe6 fxe6 11.0–0–0 Ne5 12.Be2 Qc8 13.h4 Nfd7 14.h5 Nc4 15.Bxc4 Qxc4 16.hxg6




5)Tkachiev,V (2650) - Ivanchuk,V (2758) [A33]

11th Gibraltar Masters Caleta ENG (6.2), 27.01.2013

1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e6 5.a3 Nf6 6.Nc3 Nxd4 7.Qxd4 b6 8.Qf4 Bb7 9.e4




... and another 59 new ideas from the last issue of MIG-64_018.


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