MIG-64_016. 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) Movsesian,S (2688) - Naiditsch,A (2708) [A18]

75th Tata Steel GpB Wijk aan Zee NED (1.4), 12.01.2013

1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e6 3.e4 d5 4.e5 d4 5.exf6 dxc3 6.bxc3 Qxf6 7.Nf3 e5 8.Bd3 Bg4 9.Be4




2)Kotanjian,T (2518) - Pashikian,A (2607) [E37]

73rd ch-ARM 2013 Yerevan ARM (1.1), 12.01.2013

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 d5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.Qxc3 Ne4 7.Qc2 c5 8.dxc5 Nc6 9.cxd5 exd5 10.Nf3 Qf6 11.e3 Bg4 12.Be2 0–0 13.0–0 Rfe8




3) Smeets,J (2615) - Grandelius,N (2572) [B80]

75th Tata Steel GpB Wijk aan Zee NED (3.5), 14.01.2013

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e6 7.f3 b5 8.Qd2 b4 9.Na4 Nbd7 10.0–0–0 Qa5 11.b3 Bb7 12.g4 Nc5 13.a3 Nxa4 14.axb4 Qc7 15.bxa4 d5 16.e5 Nd7 17.f4




4) Hector,J (2539) - Hillarp Persson,T (2556) [B82]

TCh-DEN XtraCon 2012–13 Denmark DEN (4.1), 12.01.2013

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Bd3 Nf6 7.f4 d6 8.Qf3 Nbd7 9.g4 Nc5 10.g5 Nfd7 11.Be2




5) Kotanjian,T (2518) - Andriasian,Z (2598) [D17]

73rd ch-ARM 2013 Yerevan ARM (3.1), 14.01.2013

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 Bf5 6.Ne5 Nbd7 7.Nxc4 Qc7 8.g3 e5 9.dxe5 Nxe5 10.Bf4 Nfd7 11.Bg2 g5 12.Ne3 gxf4 13.Nxf5 0–0–0 14.Qc2 fxg3 15.hxg3 Kb8 16.Rd1 h5




... and another 59 new ideas from the last issue of MIG-64_016.


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