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Wednesday, February 10
Wesley So
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Hikaru Nakamura

Black Knights Matter

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Sandor Takacs
(1893-1932)

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Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
1. e4 e5 2. ♘f3 ♘c6 3. ♗b5 f5

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Skopje, Macedonia
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