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Friday, August 22

Kiss of Death

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Hugh Alexander Kennedy

Opening of the Day
Semi-Slav, Meran
1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 c6 5. e3 Nbd7 6. Bd3 dxc4 7. Bxc4 b5 8. Bd3 a6

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