MIG-64_005 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) Zhigalko,A (2582) - Pakhomov,E (2458) [D31]


Chigorin Memorial 2012 St Petersburg RUS (3.10), 29.10.2012

1.c4 e6 2.Nc3 d5 3.d4 c6 4.e4 dxe4 5.Nxe4 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Qxd4 7.Bxb4 Qxe4+ 8.Be2 Na6 9.Ba5 Bd7 10.Nf3 Nf6 11.Qd6 Qf5 12.Ne5 Qxf2+ 13.Kxf2 Ne4+


2) Oms Pallisse,J (2506) - Nielsen,PH (2662) [D97]
Casino Barcelona Masters Barcelona ESP (2.5), 24.10.2012

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


3) Iljiushenok,I (2427) - Shirov,A (2718) [C02]
Chigorin Memorial 2012 St Petersburg RUS (2.1), 28.10.2012

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Bd7 6.Be2 Nge7 7.0–0 Nf5 8.Bd3 cxd4 9.Bxf5 exf5 10.cxd4 Be7 11.Qb3


4) Milliet,S (2421) - Goryachkina,A (2384) [B81]
Trophee Karpov Preliminary 2012 Cap d'Agde FRA (6), 28.10.2012

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.h3 e6 7.g4 Nc6 8.Be3 Be7 9.g5 Nd7 10.h4 Qc7 11.Qe2 b5 12.a3


5) Flores,Di (2598) - Peralta,Fe (2593) [A13]
4th Marcel Duchamp GM Buenos Aires ARG (4), 26.10.2012

1.c4 e6 2.g3 d5 3.Bg2 Nf6 4.Nf3 dxc4 5.Na3 Bxa3 6.bxa3 b5 7.Ne5 Nd5 8.d3 cxd3 9.Qxd3 0–0


... and another 59 new ideeas from the last issue of MIG-64_005.

Download previous issues of MIG-64: 001002, 003, 004




Your move 14.Ke3! is not a novelty.It occured in the game Garcia Gonzalez - Fernandez Palacio in 1997 already.