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The World vs Varuzhan Akobian
"Not the End of the World" (game of the day Dec-28-12)
Chessgames Challenge (2012)  ·  Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation (B12)  ·  1-0
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Jan-06-13
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  DcGentle: Well, if we play <8. c3>, we also clear c2 for a knight coming from a3. Interesting development.
Jan-06-13
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  DcGentle: <8. c3 Nh6> is the line I am currently looking at. Houdini wants to take Nh6. But then Black can play Bg7, which seems not bad.
Jan-06-13  cormier: have a good day guys ... tks G
Jan-06-13  DanLanglois: Knight on c2 is strength.
Jan-06-13  DanLanglois: ...Qb6-b3
Jan-06-13  DanLanglois: Why not Nh4 to exchange for bishop (at some point).
Jan-06-13  RookFile: Let me know when you get to 1. e4. That was a debatable decision too.
Jan-06-13  DanLanglois: play c3, you probably need to play b3, and you probably need to play b3 anyways. And Black plays ...c5.

Here is an idea. 8. h3 h6 9. b3 Ne7 10. Nc3 Rc8 11. Nh4 Qb6 12. Nxg6 Nxg6 13. Be3 Bb4 14. Na2 Be7 15. Bd3


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15...c5 16. c3 maybe it has a point here? 16...cxd4 17. cxd4 but that's maybe not good for Black. 16...Nh4 17. Nc1:


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17...cxd4 18. Bxd4(!)


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decent, and if Black plays this badly for the rest of the game, he might lose.

Jan-06-13
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  chrisowen: <DcGentle> Stead maybe 5fxg4 looks in hazard it doh give in royal one stink queen d8 e8 f7, for frivolous king h7 raise above the parapet e6 comes under asualt ergo g5 glesson field in g8 h7 a wayning position black for lowsy honour came in g1 chowdown tree in buckle pto h7 asking liberties since forge in I shall demonstrate kind jeopardy on e7 or c5 donkey up also ok uniform I nebula nf1 stitching round about nd2 glide in time gantry accumulate in early it tease in h5 evermore castle go a2 h2 wage off in bet rook f8 any og hurt a fetching back I dangle 16.be7 coffin cadence 3f low in g1 team inceed c5 has a point in guard it mash in bull etch3 knife at b5 loose success in seems it ar plug height ball pool i toil in aid c2 and rabbi d3 giving h7 its a run dc line at h7 in under b5 ridgecrest in g6 ascent?
Jan-06-13
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  DcGentle: <RookFile>: Well, most likely we will play the black pieces next time, so what will you propose there?
Jan-06-13
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  DcGentle: <Dan> Black could play 11... Bh7.

*hmmm*

And the black bishop f8 comes out and retreats at the next move, looks strange.

We'll see.

I like 8... Nh6 for Black... I think Carlsen played that move as well at times. But I dunno whether it was the 8th.

Jan-06-13  DanLanglois: 11...Bh7 12. Bd3 Bxd3 13. Qxd3 Qb6 14. Bb2 g5 15. Nf3 Nf5 16. Nd1


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16...Qa6 17. Qd2


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At least it maybe can be said, that 17...c5 is bad.

17...c5 18. Nc3 cxd4 19. Nb5 20. Qd1 d3 21. cxd3 O-O


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22. Nfd4


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decent, and if Black plays this badly for the rest of the game, he might lose.

17...Bb4, then?

I think is pretty silly to be trying to 'bust' 6...a5. If you could bust 16. Rg1, or win w/16. Qc2, or better, if you could perceive that you can't, then I'd be more optimistic about your efforts here. But note, that 18. Qc1 is an interesting reply:


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And it might seem like Black can castle. 18...O-O 19. Ne3 c5 can Black get away w/this? 20. Nxf5 exf5 21. Nxg5


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21...cxd4 22. Nf3 d3 23. c3


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but is it just guff

23...Re8 24. Re1 Qb6 25. Qd2 Bc5 26. Rab1 Kh7 27. Bc1


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given that I wouldn't ask for miracles..

Jan-06-13
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  DcGentle: You are right, <7... a5> is maybe the best answer to <7. a4>, but Black has wasted this tempo when playing Bg6 earlier.... there must be something exploitable.
Jan-06-13  blue wave: Well as I said, I think this shows that <7..a5> is better for black. Certainly better then what he played in the game.
Jan-06-13  RookFile: <DcGentle: Well, most likely we will play the black pieces next time, so what will you propose there?>

It depends on white's move. I'm inclined to say 1. e4 should be answered with 1....Nf6. Alekhine's defense would be an excellent choice with the world's computing power, and perhaps a more reliable way of getting a complicated game than 1.....c5, because white might opt for one of those Bb5 lines that sort of deadens the position.

I have less conviction about how to answer 1. d4, but would suggest 1.....f5.

Jan-06-13  cormier: well have a good day guys ... tks G
Jan-06-13  DanLanglois: 7...a5 8. h3 Nh6 seems like it would be unwise, I figure 9. Bxh6 has too many points in its favor, is Black planning to castle queenside then? Good to know.

9. Bxh6 gxh6 10. Bd3 Qb6 11. Qc1


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In all seriousness, I figure that Black better castle kingside nevertheless.

11...Be7 12. Rfe1 O-O 13. Qxh6 Qxb2 14. Nd2 Bb4 15. h4


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Naturally, castling kingside isn't a free ride. It may appear to be.

15...Rad8 16. h5


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16...Bc2 17. Rac1


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17...Rde8 not Black's only move, but perhaps the move where the reply is the least obvious (it's all bad)

18. Bf1


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!

beautiful, Black has nothing.

18...Kh8 19. cxd5 exd5 20. Nc4


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Why not 20...dxc4, 21. Re2.

So upon review, in all seriousness, Black maybe thinks twice about castling kingside. But that presents..a problem.

Jan-06-13
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  DcGentle: <Dan> Most likely it was wrong, that the black queen took b2, and maybe Qb6 was already not the best.
Jan-06-13
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  DcGentle: <RookFile>: <1. e4 Nf6> is worth some exploration. Maybe I'll look into it a bit.
Jan-06-13
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  DcGentle: By playing <7..a5> pawn b7 becomes weak. And square b6 is not strong either, maybe one should concentrate on the queenside.
Jan-07-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  WinKing: HOW THE VOTING WENT for The World vs. GM Akobian

<1.e4 - 255 votes (60.1%)>

1.d4 - 81 votes (19.1%)
1.b4 - 32 votes (7.5%)
1.Nf3 - 19 votes (4.5%)
1.c4 - 14 votes (3.3%)
1.f4 - 6 votes (1.4%)
1.b3 - 4 votes (0.9%)
1.a3 - 3 votes (0.7%)
1.g3 - 3 votes (0.7%)

total # of votes: 424

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<2.d4 - 232 votes (87.2%)>

2.c4 - 10 votes (3.8%)
2.Nc3 - 6 votes (2.3%)
2.f4 - 6 votes (2.3%)
2.Nf3 - 3 votes (1.1%)
2.Qf3 - 3 votes (1.1%)
2.b3 - 2 votes (0.8%)
2.e5 - 2 votes (0.8%)

total # of votes: 266

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<3.e5 - 133 votes (47.7%)>

3.Nc3 - 77 votes (27.6%)
3.exd5 - 30 votes (10.8%)
3.f3 - 22 votes (7.9%)
3.Nd2 - 9 votes (3.2%)
3.c4 - 2 votes (0.7%)

total # of votes: 279

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<4.Nf3 - 134 votes (48.9%)>

4.h4 - 89 votes (32.5%)
4.Nc3 - 17 votes (6.2%)
4.g4 - 6 votes (2.2%)
4.Be3 - 5 votes (1.8%)
4.f4 - 4 votes (1.5%)
4.c4 - 3 votes (1.1%)
4.Nd2 - 3 votes (1.1%)
4.Ne2 - 2 votes (0.7%)
4.NF3 - 2 votes (0.7%)

total # of votes: 274

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<First extension used on August 14, 2012> (Moved August 15 - 4...e6)

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<5.Be2 184 votes (78.0%)>

5.Bd3 - 18 votes (7.6%)
5.c4 - 14 votes (5.9%)
5.c3 - 10 votes (4.2%)
5.Be3 - 2 votes (0.8%)

total # of votes: 236

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<Second extension used on August 19, 2012> (Moved August 26 - 5...Nd7)

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<6.O-O 200 votes (80.0%)>

6.a4 28 votes (11.2%)
6.Nbd2 5 votes (2.0%)
6.c3 5 votes (2.0%)
6.Be3 5 votes (2.0%)
6.Bg5 2 votes (0.8%)

total # of votes: 250

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<7.a4 120 votes (54.1%)>

7.Nbd2 60 votes (27.0%)
7.c3 9 votes (4.1%)
7.c4 9 votes (4.1%)
7.Nc3 7 votes (3.2%)
7.Bg5 5 votes (2.3%)
7.b3 4 votes (1.8%)
7.Bd3 3 votes (1.4%)

total # of votes: 222

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<8.a5 149 votes (73.8%)>

8.b4 19 votes (9.4%)
8.Nbd2 8 votes (4.0%)
8.Bg5 7 votes (3.5%)
8.c3 4 votes (2.0%)
8.c4 4 votes (2.0%)
8.g4 3 votes (1.5%)
8.Re1 3 votes (1.5%)
8.b3 2 votes (1.0%)

total # of votes: 202

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<9.c3 137 votes (65.6%)>

9.c4 45 votes (21.5%)
9.a6 8 votes (3.8%)
9.Bg5 8 votes (3.8%)
9.Bf4 3 votes (1.4%)
9.Nc3 2 votes (1.0%)
9.Nbd2 2 votes (1.0%)

total # of votes: 209

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<Third extension used on September 10, 2012> (Moved September 17 - 9...h6)

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<10.Nbd2 168 votes (75.3%)>

10.b4 27 votes (12.1%)
10.a6 5 votes (2.2%)
10.Bf4 4 votes (1.8%)
10.g4 4 votes (1.8%)
10.c4 3 votes (1.3%)
10.Ne1 2 votes (0.9%)
10.Re1 2 votes (0.9%)

total # of votes: 223

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<11.g4 154 votes (76.6%)>

11.b4 28 votes (13.9%)
11.a6 5 votes (2.5%)
11.Re1 3 votes (1.5%)
11.Nb3 3 votes (1.5%)
11.Kh1 2 votes (1.0%)

total # of votes: 201

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<12.Nxh4 200 votes (90.1%)>

12.b4 6 votes (2.7%)
12.b3 3 votes (1.4%)
12.Re1 2 votes (0.9%)
12.Qb3 2 votes (0.9%)

total # of votes: 222

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<13.f4 199 votes (87.7%)>

13.Nf3 14 votes (6.2%)
13.a6 5 votes (2.2%)
13.Qb3 3 votes (1.3%)

total # of votes: 227

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<14.Bd3 141 votes (59.7%)>

14.Kh1 65 votes (27.5%)
14.Qc2 9 votes (3.8%)
14.exf6 6 votes (2.5%)
14.Nf3 4 votes (1.7%)
14.gxf5 3 votes (1.3%)

total # of votes: 236

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<15.Kh1 174 votes (79.5%)>

15.Nf3 24 votes (11.0%)
15.b4 6 votes (2.7%)
15.Qb3 3 votes (1.4%)
15.Qc2 2 votes (0.9%)
15.gxf5 2 votes (0.9%)

total # of votes: 219

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<Fourth extension used on October 8, 2012> (Moved October 15 - 15...Qe8)

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Jan-07-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  WinKing: <16.Qc2 128 votes (47.9%)>

16.Rg1 114 votes (42.7%)
16.Nf3 20 votes (7.5%)
16.g5 3 votes (1.1%)

total # of votes: 267

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<17.Rg1 171 votes (80.7%)>

17.Nf3 16 votes (7.5%)
17.g5 12 votes (5.7%)
17.h3 6 votes (2.8%)

total # of votes: 212

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<18.Nf1 161 votes (75.2%)>

18.Nf3 19 votes (8.9%)
18.h3 6 votes (2.8%)
18.b4 5 votes (2.3%)
18.b3 4 votes (1.9%)
18.gxf5 4 votes (1.9%)
18.g5 4 votes (1.9%)
18.a6 2 votes (0.9%)

total # of votes: 214

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<19.h3 121 votes (50.0%)>

19.Ne3 103 votes (42.6%)
19.g5 8 votes (3.3%)

total # of votes: 242

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<20.Ne3 173 votes (71.5%)>

20.b4 22 votes (9.1%)
20.Ng3 20 votes (8.3%)
20.axb6 5 votes (2.1%)
20.Rg2 4 votes (1.7%)
20.b3 3 votes (1.2%)
20.g5 3 votes (1.2%)
20.Nh2 2 votes (0.8%)
20.gxf5 2 votes (0.8%)
20.Bd2 2 votes (0.8%)

total # of votes: 242

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<21.hxg4 184 votes (74.2%)>

21.Bd2 32 votes (12.9%)
21.Bxg6+ 11 votes (4.4%)
21.Rxg4 8 votes (3.2%)
21.Nxg4 4 votes (1.6%)
21.Bxg6 2 votes (0.8%)
21.b4 2 votes (0.8%)

total # of votes: 248

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<22.Qxd3+ 251 votes (94.4%)>

22.Qd3 4 votes (1.5%)
22.Kh2 4 votes (1.5%)
22.QXd3+ 3 votes (1.1%)
22.f5 2 votes (0.8%)

total # of votes: 266

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<23.b4 194 votes (77.6%)>

23.f5 28 votes (11.2%)
23.Bd2 16 votes (6.4%)
23.Rf1 3 votes (1.2%)
23.F5 2 votes (0.8%)

total # of votes: 250

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<24.Rf1 188 votes (81.7%)>

24.Ra2 22 votes (9.6%)
24.f5 8 votes (3.5%)
24.Bd2 4 votes (1.7%)
24.Ng2 3 votes (1.3%)
24.Nc2 2 votes (0.9%)

total # of votes: 230

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<25.Ra2 225 votes (86.5%)>

25.f5 14 votes (5.4%)
25.Rf3 4 votes (1.5%)
25.g5 3 votes (1.2%)
25.Bd2 3 votes (1.2%)
25.Qe2 2 votes (0.8%)
25.Kg1 2 votes (0.8%)
25.Ng2 2 votes (0.8%)

total # of votes: 260

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<26.Rf3 139 votes (51.3%)>

26.Rh2 44 votes (16.2%)
26.Rg1 30 votes (11.1%)
26.Ng2 26 votes (9.6%)
26.1-O 8 votes (3.0%)
26.f5 8 votes (3.0%)
26.Rg2 5 votes (1.8%)
26.g5 3 votes (1.1%)
26.Re2 2 votes (0.7%)

total # of votes: 271

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<Fifth extension used on November 23, 2012> (Moved November 26 - 26...Qe8)

<<>***This is his final extension - he has none left***<>>

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<27.Rh2 174 votes (72.2%)>

27.Rh3 41 votes (17.0%)
27.Nf1 12 votes (5.0%)
27.Rg2 4 votes (1.7%)
27.Ng2 3 votes (1.2%)

total # of votes: 241

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<28.Nf1 171 votes (76.3%)>

28.f5 16 votes (7.1%)
28.Ng2 11 votes (4.9%)
28.Rf1 6 votes (2.7%)
28.Rfh3 4 votes (1.8%)
28.g5 3 votes (1.3%)
28.1-O 3 votes (1.3%)
28.Rh5 2 votes (0.9%)

total # of votes: 224

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<29.Rfh3 192 votes (81.0%)>

29.g5 13 votes (5.5%)
29.Rhf3 8 votes (3.4%)
29.Ng3 6 votes (2.5%)
29.f5 6 votes (2.5%)
29.Qg6 3 votes (1.3%)

total # of votes: 237

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<30.f5 133 votes (50.6%)>

30.Ng3 103 votes (39.2%)
30.g5 22 votes (8.4%)
30.F5 2 votes (0.8%)

total # of votes: 263

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Jan-07-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  WinKing: <31.Ng3 159 votes (62.1%)>

31.f6 81 votes (31.6%)
31.Bxh6 4 votes (1.6%)
31.Rh5 3 votes (1.2%)
31.g5 3 votes (1.2%)

total # of votes: 256

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<32.fxe6 158 votes (61.5%)>

32.Bxh6 40 votes (15.6%)
32.Nh5 30 votes (11.7%)
32.f6 22 votes (8.6%)
32.g5 2 votes (0.8%)

total # of votes: 257

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<33.Nf5 252 votes (93.0%)>

33.Bxh6 16 votes (5.9%)

total # of votes: 271

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<34.Bxh6 258 votes (92.1%)>

34.Nd6 5 votes (1.8%)
34.Qc4 4 votes (1.4%)
34.BXh6 2 votes (0.7%)
34.Nxh6 2 votes (0.7%)
34.Bh6 2 votes (0.7%)
34.Rh5 2 votes (0.7%)

total # of votes: 280

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<35.Nd6 167 votes (59.9%)>

35.Bf4 90 votes (32.3%)
35.Qc4 9 votes (3.2%)
35.Bg7+ 5 votes (1.8%)
35.Bd2 2 votes (0.7%)

total # of votes: 279

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GM Akobian resigns on his 35th move: 1-0

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The chessgames World Team vs. GM Varuzhan Akobian

Started August 1, 2012 - Completed December 27, 2012

Type of challenge: GM Exhibition
Rate of play: 48 hours per half-move
Type of voting: OPEN
Rollover time: 13:00 (USA/Eastern)
Fischer Random Chess: NO
Final Count of players: 1,419 vs 1
Are computers allowed? YES (for both the GM & The World)

GM Akobian is permitted <5> extensions for the game

(Each extension is good for **up to** 7 days. He may move sooner if he chooses.)

<Extensions remaining: <0> >

<First extension used on August 14, 2012> - (Moved August 15 - 4...e6)

<Second extension used on August 19, 2012> - (Moved August 26 - 5...Nd7)

<Third extension used on September 10, 2012> - (Moved September 17 - 9...h6)

<Fourth extension used on October 8, 2012> - (Moved October 15 - 15...Qe8)

<Fifth extension used on November 23, 2012> (Moved November 26 - 26...Qe8)

Jan-07-13  Kingsfoot: If we get the black pieces, I vote for
The Benko Gambit. We may lose, but it won't be dull ;=)
Jan-07-13  RookFile: Well, I'm not sure we even know that Akobian will be our next opponent. We could get somebody who goes 1. e4.
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