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Friday, February 27
Wolfgang Dittmann
vs
Stojan Puc

Wolfgang Puc

Player of the Day
Jacques Mieses
(1865-1954)

Opening of the Day
Nimzowitsch Gambit
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. ♕g4

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Feb 19
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Tata Steel 2015 (Group B)
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Zhao Jun finished with an excellent +7 -0 =2 score, winning by a full point.
 
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London, England
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