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Saturday, September 19

E Karklins
J Damocles

Sword of Damocles
(by GrahamClayton)

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Opening of the Day

French, MacCutcheon
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. ♘c3 ♘f6 4. ♗g5 ♗b4
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