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Mikhail Tal
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Sicilian, Pin Variation
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Bb4

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Mar 4-12
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Minsk, Belarus
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Feb 7-9
Bunratty, Ireland
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Jan 29-Feb 4
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Zurich Chess Challenge (Rapid)
Zurich, Switzerland
Feb 3-4
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Zurich Chess Challenge (Blitz)
Zurich, Switzerland
Jan 29
The blitz tournament serves as an introduction to the main event, and will also be used to determine coloration and break ties if necessary. It was won by Carlsen on tiebreaks against Aronian.

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