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Chess Informant Most Important Novelty winners
Compiled by Chessdreamer
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Grandmaster jury voted the most important theoretical novelties from Chess Informant volume 11 to volume 115. Seven games are not in this database.

Volume 24
Vitolinsh-Gavrikov, Soviet Union 1977 (18.Nxf6+); 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Qb6 8.Qd2 Qxb2 9.Rb1 Qa3 10.f5 Nc6 11.Nxc6 bxc6 12.fxe6 fxe6 13.e5 dxe5 14.Bxf6 gxf6 15.Ne4 Be7 16.Be2 h5 17.Rb3 Qa4 18.Nxf6+ Bxf6 19.c4 Bh4+ 20.g3 Be7 21.O-O Ra7 22.Rb8 Rc7 23.Qd3 Bc5+ 24.Kh1 Ke7 25.Qg6 Kd6 26.Qf6 Re8 27.Bxh5 Rce7 28.Rd1+ Bd4 29.Rxd4+ exd4 30.Qxd4+ Kc7 31.Qb6+ Kd7 32.Qd4+ 1/2-1/2

Volume 25
Beliavsky-Ubilava, Soviet Union 1978 (15.b4);
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bg5 Bd7 7.Qd2 Rc8 8.f4 Nxd4 9.Qxd4 Qa5 10.e5 dxe5 11.fxe5 e6 12.O-O-O Rxc3 13.Bd2 Qxa2 14.Bxc3 g6 15.b4 Nd5 16.Bc4 Bh6+ 17.Rd2 Qa3+ 18.Bb2 Qxb4 19.Bxd5 Qxd2+ 20.Qxd2 Bxd2+ 21.Kxd2 exd5 22.e6 Rf8 23.exd7+ Kxd7 24.Re1 f5 25.Ba3 Rf7 26.Re5 f4 27.Rxd5+ Ke6 28.Rd3 h5 29.Bd6 g5 30.Bb8 a6 31.Rd6+ Kf5 32.Rd5+ Kg6 33.h4 gxh4 34.Ke2 Rf8 35.Be5 Rc8 36.c3 Rc4 37.Kf3 b5 38.Bd4 b4 39.cxb4 Rxb4 40.Kxf4 Rb3 41.Rg5+ Kh6 42.Bg7+ Kh7 43.Be5 Kh6 44.Kf5 Rb1 45.Rg6+ Kh7 46.Rg7+ Kh6 47.Ra7 1-0

Volume 58
M.Gurevich-A.Sokolov, Clichy 1993 (14...Rb8);
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 Bf5 11.b4 O-O 12.Bb2 b6 13.b5 bxc5 14.bxc6 Rb8 15.Nd2 d4 16.Nxe4 Bxe4 17.Qd2 Qb6 18.Bc1 c4 19.c7 Rb7 20.f3 Bg6 21.h4 h5 22.g4 c3 23.Qf4 d3 24.exd3 Re8+ 25.Be2 Rxc7 26.Kf1 Rce7 27.Rh2 Rxe2 28.Rxe2 Bxd3 29.Ra2 Qe6 30.Kf2 Bxe2 31.Qe3 Qc6 32.Qf4 Bc4 33.Ra1 Re2+ 34.Kg3 Qc5 35.Be3 Qxe3 36.Qxe3 Rxe3 37.Rc1 Bd5 38.gxh5 Rxf3+ 39.Kg4 Rd3 40.h6 gxh6 0-1

Volume 78
Milov-Cu.Hansen, Essen 2000 (15.a3);
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c6 4.e3 Nf6 5.Nf3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5 8.Bd3 Bb7 9.O-O b4 10.Ne4 Be7 11.Nxf6+ Nxf6 12.e4 O-O 13.e5 Nd7 14.Be4 Rb8 15.a3 bxa3 16.b4 a5 17.bxa5 Qxa5 18.Bxa3 Qd8 19.Bxe7 Qxe7 20.Ra7 h6 21.h3 Qd8 22.Qa4 Nb6 23.Qa3 Nd5 24.Rb1 Ba8 25.Ra1 Nc7 26.Qc5 Nb5 27.R7a4 Rc8 28.Nd2 Bb7 29.Nb3 Rc7 30.Na5 Ba8 31.Nb3 Bb7 32.Qc4 Qh4 33.d5 f5 34.dxe6 Kh8 35.Bf3 Qe7 36.Rd1 Bc8 37.Nc5 Kh7 38.Bh5 g6 39.Bf3 Re8 40.Ra8 Bxe6 41.Nxe6 Qxe6 42.Qxe6 Rxe6 43.Rdd8 Rxe5 44.Bxc6 h5 45.f4 Rc5 46.Rh8+ Kg7 47.Rhg8+ Kf6 48.Be8 Rg7 49.Rf8+ Ke7 50.Bxb5 1/2-1/2

Volume 82
Rogozenco-Filipenko, WICC 2001 (14.Qb1);
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 Bb7 10.h4 b4 11.hxg5 bxc3 12.bxc3 Nxe4 13.Be5 Rh7 14.Qb1 Qa5 15.Nd2 f5 16.gxf6 c5 17.Nxe4 Bxe4 18.Bh5+ Kd8 19.Qxe4 Qxc3+ 20.Ke2 Qd3+ 21.Qxd3 cxd3+ 22.Kxd3 Nc6 23.Bf3 Rc8 24.Bxc6 Rxc6 25.Rab1 Bd6 26.Ke4 cxd4 27.Bxd6 Rxd6 28.Rb8+ Kc7 29.Rhb1 Rb6 30.R8xb6 axb6 31.Ke5 d3 32.Kxe6 1-0

Volume 90
Heine Nielsen-Shirov, Germany 2004 (18.Rfc1);
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 O-O-O 14.Qc2 Nc5 15.O-O Ne6 16.Qe4 fxg3 17.hxg3 a5 18.Rfc1 Nc5 19.Qf4 h5 20.b4 Ne6 21.Qe4 Bxb4 22.Nb5 Qb8 23.f4 Ng4 24.Rxc6+ bxc6 25.Qxc6+ Nc7 26.Nxc7 Qxc7 27.Qa6+ Kd7 28.Rd1+ Ke8 29.Qc6+ Kf8 30.Qxc7 Rxd1+ 31.Bf1 Kg8 32.Kg2 Rd5 33.Kf3 Nh2+ 34.Kg2 Ng4 35.Kf3 Nh2+ 36.Kg2 1/2-1/2

Volume 91
Shariyazdanov-Riazantsev, Biel open 2004 (12.Bh6); 1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 e6 3.e4 d5 4.e5 d4 5.exf6 dxc3 6.bxc3 Qxf6 7.Nf3 e5 8.d4 exd4 9.Bg5 Qe6+ 10.Be2 f6 11.Nxd4 Qf7 12.Bh6 g6 13.Qd2 Na6 14.O-O Bxh6 15.Qxh6 Bd7 16.Bf3 O-O-O 17.Rfb1 c6 18.Qc1 Rhe8 19.Qb2 Bf5 20.Nxf5 gxf5 21.Bh5 Qe7 22.Bxe8 Rxe8 23.Qd2 Nc5 24.Re1 Ne4 25.Qe3 Qa3 26.f3 Nd6 27.Qd4 Rd8 28.Rad1 Qxa2 29.c5 Nf7 30.Qxf6 Rg8 31.Qxf5+ Kb8 32.Qf4+ Kc8 33.Rd2 1-0

Volume 11
Velimirovic vs Gipslis, 1971 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 30 moves, 1-0

Volume 12
Fischer vs Petrosian, 1971 
(B44) Sicilian, 40 moves, 1-0

Volume 13
Velimirovic vs Ljubojevic, 1972 
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 27 moves, 1-0

Volume 14 (13...a5)
Fischer vs Spassky, 1972 
(B88) Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

Volume 15 (13...Rd8)
Smejkal vs Karpov, 1973 
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 72 moves, 0-1

Volume 16 (12.a4)
Velimirovic vs Vasiukov, 1973 
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 22 moves, 1-0

Volume 17
Jansa vs Gligoric, 1974 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 52 moves, 0-1

Volume 18 (13.Bxb5)
Velimirovic vs R Q M Al-Qazzaz, 1974 
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 28 moves, 1-0

Volume 19 (11.b3)
Ljubojevic vs V Kovacevic, 1975
(B05) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 52 moves, 1-0

Volume 20 (5.Nc3)
Tseshkovsky vs Alburt, 1975 
(A57) Benko Gambit, 27 moves, 1-0

Volume 21 (21.Bc1)
Robert E Byrne vs Geller, 1976
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 52 moves, 1/2-1/2

Volume 22 (11.e5)
M Sibarevic vs Bukic, 1976 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 20 moves, 1-0

Volume 23 (12...Nxd5)
B Toth vs B Perenyi, 1977
(C91) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 37 moves, 0-1

Volume 26 (11.Ng5)
Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1978 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Volume 27 (10.Be3)
Portisch vs Huebner, 1979 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 39 moves, 1-0

Volume 28 (11...dxc4)
Timman vs Karpov, 1979 
(A28) English, 31 moves, 0-1

Volume 29 (7...bxc4)
Bagirov vs Averbakh, 1980
(E47) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Volume 30 (12.Nd5)
Chiburdanidze vs Dvoirys, 1980 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 29 moves, 1-0

Volume 31 (17.h4)
Polugaevsky vs E Torre, 1981 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 40 moves, 1-0

Volume 32 (7...dxc4)
Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1981 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 43 moves, 0-1

Volume 33 (11...Qe7)
Psakhis vs Geller, 1982 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 24 moves, 0-1

Volume 34
Seirawan vs Karpov, 1982 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 0-1

Volume 35 (7...g6)
Ftacnik vs Adorjan, 1983
(E12) Queen's Indian, 36 moves, 1-0

Volume 36 (16...Nxe4)
Nunn vs Browne, 1983 
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 76 moves, 1/2-1/2

Volume 37 (16.f5)
V McCambridge vs Hjartarson, 1984 
(D85) Grunfeld, 48 moves, 1-0

Volume 38 (10...d5)
Sznapik vs Adorjan, 1984 
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 30 moves, 0-1

Volume 39 (8...Ne5)
Beliavsky vs Nunn, 1985 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 27 moves, 0-1

Volume 40 (13.h4)
Kasparov vs Timman, 1985 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 62 moves, 1/2-1/2

Volume 41 (12.Be3)
Karpov vs Van der Wiel, 1986 
(B44) Sicilian, 64 moves, 1/2-1/2

Volume 42 (18.f4)
Miles vs Beliavsky, 1986 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 29 moves, 1-0

Volume 43 (13...Rb8)
Salov vs M Gurevich, 1987 
(E42) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein), 25 moves, 0-1

Volume 44 (13.Nb5)
Korchnoi vs K Hulak, 1987 
(E99) King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 35 moves, 1-0

Volume 45 (8...fxe6)
Sax vs Seirawan, 1988 
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 13 moves, 1/2-1/2

Volume 46 (10.O-O-O)
M Gurevich vs A Sokolov, 1988
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 19 moves, 1-0

Volume 47 (10.Bxh6)
Oll vs Ulibin, 1989 
(C18) French, Winawer, 34 moves, 1-0

Volume 48 (23...Qh2+)
A Sokolov vs Oll, 1989 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Volume 49 (12.Qxg7)
Korchnoi vs A Greenfeld, 1990 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 37 moves, 1-0

Volume 50 (12.Ng5)
Alburt vs de Firmian, 1990 
(A70) Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3, 42 moves, 1-0

Volume 51 (12...b5)
Gelfand vs Beliavsky, 1991 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 32 moves, 0-1

Volume 52 (14.Qd3)
Karpov vs Khalifman, 1991 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 33 moves, 1-0

Volume 53 (22.a5)
Timman vs Anand, 1991 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 70 moves, 1/2-1/2

Volume 54 (21.Bf1)
Timman vs Yusupov, 1992 
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 52 moves, 1-0

Volume 55 (14.Qe2)
P Van der Sterren vs Petursson, 1992 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 26 moves, 1-0

Volume 56 (12...Nb4)
Kramnik vs Shirov, 1992 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Volume 57 (4...Nc6)
Timman vs Murey, 1993 
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 54 moves, 1-0

Volume 59 (16...Kf8)
Kamsky vs Shirov, 1993 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 31 moves, 0-1

Volume 60 (15.e5)
Karpov vs Kramnik, 1994 
(D48) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 40 moves, 1-0

Volume 61 (22.Bd1)
Anand vs Kamsky, 1994 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Volume 62 (17...Rxh3)
Anand vs Ljubojevic, 1994 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 39 moves, 1-0

Volume 63 (18.Rb4)
Kramnik vs Anand, 1995 
(D85) Grunfeld, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Volume 64 (14.Bc2)
Kasparov vs Anand, 1995 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 38 moves, 1-0

Volume 65 (19.Rad1)
Adams vs Dreev, 1996 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 28 moves, 1-0

Volume 66 (21.Qc1)
Gelfand vs Kamsky, 1996 
(D85) Grunfeld, 46 moves, 1-0

Volume 67 (12.e5)
Kasparov vs Hracek, 1996 
(B66) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6, 25 moves, 1-0

Volume 68 (19...Qa5)
Lautier vs Illescas Cordoba, 1997
(D85) Grunfeld, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Volume 69 (19...Nf4)
Z Almasi vs Khalifman, 1997 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 36 moves, 0-1

Volume 70 (11.Qd3)
Kasparov vs Panno, 1997 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 38 moves, 1-0

Volume 71 (17.dxe5)
S Atalik vs Sax, 1997 
(E37) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 26 moves, 1-0

Volume 72 (15.Kh1)
Svidler vs Shirov, 1998 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 37 moves, 1-0

Volume 73 (12.Nc5)
Sakaev vs M Kobalia, 1998 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 25 moves, 1-0

Volume 74 (13...Bh4)
Shirov vs Kramnik, 1999 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 64 moves, 1-0

Volume 75 (13...g5)
Leko vs Topalov, 1999 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 53 moves, 1/2-1/2

Volume 76 (13.h4)
V Zvjaginsev vs Judit Polgar, 1999 
(E20) Nimzo-Indian, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Volume 77 (19.f5)
Grischuk vs V S Popov, 1999 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 33 moves, 1-0

Volume 79 (8.Qg4)
J Gallagher vs V Milov, 2000 
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 84 moves, 1/2-1/2

Volume 80 (11.Rxb7)
Kramnik vs Kasparov, 2000 
(D85) Grunfeld, 40 moves, 1-0

Volume 81 (16.c3)
Shirov vs Topalov, 2001 
(B33) Sicilian, 44 moves, 1-0

Volume 83 (14.Ra3)
Anand vs Tkachiev, 2001 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

Volume 84 (16...f5)
Ponomariov vs Anand, 2002 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Volume 85 (18...Rb8)
Shirov vs Leko, 2002 
(B33) Sicilian, 47 moves, 0-1

Volume 86 (23.d7)
Anand vs Kasimdzhanov, 2002 
(B33) Sicilian, 30 moves, 1-0

Volume 87 (13.c4)
Svidler vs Macieja, 2002 
(B47) Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation, 30 moves, 1-0

Volume 88 (14.Re1)
Anand vs Bologan, 2003 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 36 moves, 1-0

Volume 89 (8.e4)
Topalov vs I Sokolov, 2004 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Volume 92 (18.Nb5)
L E Johannessen vs Shirov, 2004 
(D17) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Volume 93 (17...O-O)
Kasimdzhanov vs Kasparov, 2005 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 36 moves, 0-1

Volume 94 (23.Qd2)
Anand vs Adams, 2005 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 32 moves, 1-0

Volume 95 (13.Ne6)
Van Wely vs Radjabov, 2005 
(E97) King's Indian, 40 moves, 1-0

Volume 96 (18.Rxe4)
Topalov vs Aronian, 2006 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 44 moves, 1-0

Volume 97 (14.Ng5)
A Volokitin vs Barsov, 2006 
(C18) French, Winawer, 25 moves, 1-0

Volume 98 (15.Rc1)
Morozevich vs Grischuk, 2006 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 35 moves, 1-0

Volume 99 (14.axb5)
Kramnik vs Carlsen, 2007 
(D39) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation, 24 moves, 1-0

Volume 100 (12...Nxf2)
Eljanov vs Karjakin, 2007 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 28 moves, 0-1

Volume 101 (17.Rb1)
Kramnik vs Aronian, 2007 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 35 moves, 1-0

Volume 102 (12.Nxf7)
Topalov vs Kramnik, 2008 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 45 moves, 1-0

Volume 103 (19.Qd2)
Naiditsch vs Kramnik, 2008 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 42 moves, 1-0

Volume 104 (9.h3)
Anand vs Kramnik, 2008 
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 47 moves, 1-0

Volume 105 (13.Na4)
L Dominguez vs Morozevich, 2009 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 36 moves, 1-0

Volume 106 (13.Nf4)
Morozevich vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2009 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 76 moves, 0-1

Volume 107 (22.Nxd4)
Anand vs Leko, 2009 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 45 moves, 1-0

Volume 108 (10.Na3)
Anand vs Topalov, 2010 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 32 moves, 1-0

Volume 109 (12.Nf5)
A Riazantsev vs Karjakin, 2010 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 49 moves, 0-1

Volume 110 (16...Bg4)
Topalov vs Anand, 2010 
(D57) Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense, 33 moves, 0-1

Volume 111 (16.Nd4)
Anand vs Wang Hao, 2011 
(E25) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 33 moves, 1-0

Volume 112 (10.h4)
Aronian vs Harikrishna, 2011 
(D56) Queen's Gambit Declined, 35 moves, 1-0

Volume 113 (18...c5)
Khalifman vs E Inarkiev, 2011
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 78 moves, 1/2-1/2

Volume 114 (12...d5)
Xiu Deshun vs Wen Yang, 2012 
(E86) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6, 27 moves, 0-1

Volume 115 (13.Bg2)
Kramnik vs Grischuk, 2012 
(E97) King's Indian, 29 moves, 1-0

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