MIG-64_015. 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.

Aleksey Kuzmin

International Grandmaster, FIDE Senior Trainer


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The Five hottest novelties


1) Smirin,I (2652) - Shimanov,A (2630) [C18]

XLII Rilton Cup Stockholm SWE (8.1), 04.01.2013

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Ne7 7.h4 Qa5 8.Bd2 Qa4 9.h5 h6 10.Qg4 Nf5 11.Bd3 0–0 12.Qf4 c4




2) Perez Mitjans,O (2496) - Granda Zuniga,J (2636) [B40]

XXIV Roquetas Open Roquetas de Mar ESP (9.3), 06.01.2013

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.Qe2 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.d3 Nc6 6.Bg2




3)Smirin,I (2652) - Urkedal,F (2469) [C92]

XLII Rilton Cup Stockholm SWE (5.2), 01.01.2013

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0–0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 0–0 9.h3 Bb7 10.d4 Nd7 11.Nbd2 exd4 12.cxd4 Bf6 13.Nf1 Re8




4) Van Kampen,R (2581) - Melkumyan,H (2656) [C84]

Hilton Master Open 2013 Basel SUI (5.3), 04.01.2013

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0–0 Be7 6.d3 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.a4 Bd7 9.c3 Na5 10.Bc2 c5 11.d4




5) Aguera Naredo,J (2417) - Van Kampen,R (2581) [B90]

Hilton Master Open 2013 Basel SUI (4.7), 03.01.2013

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.f3 h5 9.Qd2 Nbd7 10.Nd5 Bxd5 11.exd5 Qc7 12.c4 a5 13.Rc1 g6 14.Be2 a4 15.Na1



... and another 59 new ideas from the last issue of MIG-64_015.


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