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Sunday, February 7
Magnus Carlsen
Levon Aronian


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Sergey Volkov

Opening of the Day
Two Knights Defense, Traxler Variation
1. e4 e5 2. ♘f3 ♘c6 3. ♗c4 ♘f6 4. ♘g5 ♗c5

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