I guess it’s known that “TN” stands for theoretical novelty. Could be only “N” as well. What is a theoretical novelty? The new move, never played before? Or, on the other hand, the move that stands behind the significant idea, never seen before?
Well, we could say that almost every game would present some new move. In my opinion, what defines TN is the significance. However, who is the one who could estimate it?
Chess Informant has found the formula in 1971. Starting from 11th volume of this traditional publication, the jury has convened to vote on the best theoretical novelty from the previous volume.
The jurists? There were seventy of them! Let’s see the full list of jurists in a period of 1971-2011:
List of Chess Informant Jury members (70):
Timman (74 times), Salov (55), Anand (53), Benjamin (52), Lutz (50), Jussupow (48), Larsen (35), Bareev (26), Ftacnik (25), Hjartarson (24), Mikhalchisin (22), Uhlmann (21), Botvinnik, Parma (18), Keene (15), R.Byrne (13), Browne, Illescas (12), Florian, Krogius, Matanovic (11), Polugaevsky, Razuvaev, Ki.Georgiev, Beliavsky (10), Ivkov, Gligoric (9), Geller, Kavalek (8), Suetin, Miles, Marjanovic (6), Tal, Adorjan, Chandler, Hort, Ubilava, Wolff (5), Taimanov, Vasiukov, Sosonko, Gheorghiu, Vaganian (4), Shamkovich, Petrosian, Matulovic, Ribli, Chernin, Lautier (3), Averbakh, Gufeld, M.Gurevich, Dolmatov (2), Keres, Korchnoi, Stein, Balashov, Lilienthal, Gulko, Gipslis, Sveshnikov, Kotov, Tukmakov, Ciocaltea, Filip, Padevsky, Christiansen, Psakhis, Portisch (1).
Quote by Jan Timman:
"Chess Informant" has been a leading source of information for decades. In the past the emphasis has been mainly on openings, resulting in a tradition that a jury judges most important novelties of each volume. I have been part of this tradition for decades. It is important to establish which are the most important novelties, since it shows the development in various openings. I have always-and I still am! - been doing this work with pleasure.
Once, and only once, was the nine member jury in complete concordance regarding the winning novelty. It was like a once in a lifetime moment that the stars align in perfect harmony, where one game scores above all others as a clear winner with the maximum ninety points!
The game was published in Chess Informant 42. The winner, famous English grandmaster Anthony Miles, was the annotator in the book, too. Here is raw version. Take a look at 18th move played by White!
Our new book 1000 TN!! collects the best of the best 1,000 theoretical novelties from Chess Informants 11 to 110 and provides an adventurous journey through the development of chess openings during the last forty years. Moreover, in every theoretical line, we add the latest word on the state of theory.
In the "contest" of TN's who actually won the game was of lesser importance than whose idea contributed the most to chess theory. There are sixty players among the winners, with current world champion Viswanathan Anand at the top of the list with nine novelties, one ahead of former world champion Anatoly Karpov. In a meantime, Anand won one more award (Informant 111) so the total number of his wins is 10!
List of TN winners from 1971-2011.(60):
Anand (9 times), Karpov (8), Kasparov, Kramnik (5), Topalov, Velimirovic (4), Shirov (3), Ljubojevic, Beliavsky, Timman, M.Gurevich, Adorjan, Korchnoi, Oll, Svidler, Morozevich (2), Petrosian, Spassky, Gligoric, Tseshkovsky, R.Byrne, Sibarevic, Perenyi, Vitolins, Portisch, Averbakh, Chiburdanidze, Polugaevsky, Geller, Browne, McCambridge, Tal, Miles, Seirawan, Alburt, Van der Sterren, Murey, A.Sokolov, Adams, Gelfand, Illescas, Khalifman, Atalik, Sakaev, Zvjaginsev, Grischuk, Milov, Gallagher, Rogozenco, Ponomariov, Leko, Nielsen, Shariyazdanov, Johannessen, Van Wely, Volokitin, Karjakin, Naiditsch, Dominguez, Riazantsev (1).
Quote by Viswanatan Anand:
"Chess Informant" has been the definitive source of chess information since its inception. Due to the high quality analysis by the best players, it is essential to opening preparation. The jury lists help the reader measure the pulse of the development of the game and the most important trends.
Complete list of Anand's best TN's:
1) Anand - Kamsky, Sanghi Nagar (m/1) 1994 - Informant 61/345
2) Anand - Tkachiev, Moscow (m/1) 2001 - Informant 83/326
3) Anand - Kasimdzhanov, Hyderabad 2002 - Informant 86/137
4) Anand - Bologan, Dortmund 2003 - Informant 88/77
5) Anand - Adams, San Luis 2005 - Informant 94/267
6) Anand - Kramnik, Bonn (m/6) 2008 - Informant 104/146
7) Anand - Leko, Moscow 2009 - Informant 107/132
8) Anand - Topalov, Sofia (m/4) 2010 - Informant 108/134
9) Topalov - Anand, Nanjing 2010 - Informant 110/243
10) Anand-Wang Hao, Wijk aan Zee 2011 - Informant 111/268
You would allow me to recommend you:
1000 TN!!, Paperback, 640 pages, January 2012.
Project officially supported by European Chess Union.