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Denis Khismatullin
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And a Step to the Right

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Krzysztof Bulski
(1987-)

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Dutch, Stonewall, Botvinnik Variation
1. d4 f5 2. c4 ♘f6 3. g3 e6 4. ♗g2 ♗e7 5. ♘f3 O-O 6. O-O d5 7. b3

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Caleta, England
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Tata Steel
Jan 16-31
Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands
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Dec 20-25
Moscow, Russia
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Dec 4-13
London, England
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Taizhou, China
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Nov 13-22
Reykjavik, Iceland
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Nov 4-8
Barcelona, Spain
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Oct 26-Nov 1
Bilbao, Spain
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European Club Cup
Oct 17-25
Skopje, Macedonia
Club Sibera won, thanks to an incredible performance by Kramnik 4.5/5.
 
European Club Cup (Women)
Oct 17-25
Skopje, Macedonia
Club Nona of Georgia finished with a perfect score.
 

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