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Emanuel Lasker
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A Knight's Tale

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William Albert Fairhurst
(1903-1982)

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Nimzowitsch Gambit
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. Qg4

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Jun 21-29
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Dubai, UAE
Jun 19-20
Carlsen, Aronian, Grischuk, Anand, Caruana, Nakamura, Karjakin, Mamedyarov, Vachier-Lagrave, Svidler, Gelfand, et al. Magnus Carlsen won with 17/21 points.
 

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