MIG-64_006 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) Sjugirov,S (2624) - Sokolov,Ivan (2690) [E04]

Casino Barcelona Masters Barcelona ESP (9.3), 31.10.2012

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Nf3 Bb4+ 5.Bd2 Bd6 6.Bg2



2) Akopian,Vl (2703) - Popov,Iv RUS (2614) [B80]

Chigorin Memorial St Petersburg RUS (8.4), 03.11.2012

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e6 7.f3 b5 8.Qd2 Nbd7 9.g4 b4 10.Nce2 h6 11.0–0–0 Qc7 12.h4 d5 13.Bg2 Nb6 14.b3 dxe4 15.Bf4 e3



3) Vitiugov,N (2691) - Hovhannisyan,R (2610) [D43]

Chigorin Memorial St Petersburg RUS (8.5), 03.11.2012

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 dxc4 7.e4 g5 8.Bg3 b5 9.Be2 b4 10.Na4 Nxe4 11.Be5 Nf6



4) Soffer,R (2506) - Grachev,B (2672) [B12]

Chigorin Memorial St Petersburg RUS (4.12), 30.10.2012

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.h4 h6 5.g4 Be4 6.f3 Bh7 7.e6 Qd6 8.exf7+ Kxf7 9.f4 Nf6 10.Bh3 Qe6+ 11.Kf1 Ne4



5) Fridman,D (2670) - Prusikin,M (2545) [D35]

16th OIBM 2012 Bad Wiessee GER (7.3), 02.11.2012

1.c4 e6 2.Nc3 d5 3.d4 Be7 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bf4 Nf6 6.e3 Bf5 7.Qb3 Nc6 8.g4 Nxg4 9.Qxd5 Qc8 10.Qg2 0–0



... and another 59 new ideeas from the last issue of MIG-64_006.

Download previous issues of MIG-64: 001002, 003, 004, 005