Produced by Chess Informant of Belgrade, the first volume came out as long ago as 1966, since when it has appeared initially twice and latterly three times yearly. Each edition contains round about 650 or 700 games from the relevant period.
As always, I turned first to the results of the panel of the (supposedly) great and good, myself among them: as to the best games of the previous volume. In fact, there are two panels, one for best games which I've been a member of for nearly 30 volumes; and one for the best theoretical novelty consisting of gentlemen considerably more theoretically knowledgeable than myself. The members are sent a short list of 30 from which to choose. My top selection came just seventh: though like the winning entry, it was also conducted by the incomparable Vassily Ivanchuk.
In this manically theoretical line, the first new move was Svidler's 20...h5 - 20...Nc6 had been played before. In his notes, Ivanchuk suggests that 22...Qa3 is an improvement and criticises 30...f5? suggesting 30...a6 or 30...Bc6.
The very strong 31.d5! broke up Black's structure but the result remained in doubt even after Ivanchuk won material with 38.Rxg7+!. Black could have provided more resistance with 39...a4 though after 40.Bxb7 Rb8 41.Ba6 a3 42.Bc4 Kf7 43.Bc5 Rc8 44.Bxe6+ Kxe6 45.Bxa3 White must have excellent winning chances. Ivanchuk won cleanly in the queen ending after both sides promoted.
Vassily Ivanchuk v Peter Svidler
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