MIG-64_017. 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) Andriasian,Z (2598) - Grigoryan,Av (2599) [E35]

73rd ch-ARM 2013 Yerevan ARM (4.1), 15.01.2013

1.d4 e6 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 d5 5.cxd5 exd5 6.Bg5 h6 7.Bh4 c5 8.dxc5 g5 9.Bg3 Ne4 10.Bxb8 Qf6 11.Bg3 Nxc3 12.a3 Bf5 13.Qd2 Ba5 14.e3 0–0–0 15.Bd6



2) Pashikian,A (2607) - Grigoryan,Av (2599) [D10]

73rd ch-ARM 2013 Yerevan ARM (6.2), 18.01.2013

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 dxc4 4.e3 b5 5.a4 b4 6.Ne4 Qd5 7.Ng3 Nf6 8.Be2 Ba6 9.e4 Nxe4 10.Bf3 f5 11.N1e2 g6 12.Nf4 Qf7 13.0–0 Ng5 14.d5




3) Aronian,L (2802) - Anand,V (2772) [D46]

75th Tata Steel GpA Wijk aan Zee NED (4.5), 15.01.2013

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5 8.Bd3 Bd6 9.0–0 0–0 10.Qc2 Bb7 11.a3 Rc8 12.Ng5




4) Pashikian,A (2607) - Aghasaryan,R (2443) [D17]

73rd ch-ARM 2013 Yerevan ARM (9.5), 21.01.2013

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 c6 3.c4 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 Kb8 15.0–0 fxg3 16.hxg3 h5 17.e3 Ng6




5) Grandelius,N (2572) - Timman,J (2566) [B12]

75th Tata Steel GpB Wijk aan Zee NED (7.2), 19.01.2013

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.h4 h6 5.g4 Bd7 6.Nc3 e6 7.Be3 Qc7 8.Nf3




... and another 59 new ideas from the last issue of MIG-64_017.


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