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Monday, May 25
E Sedina
J Majdan-Gajewska

Knights of Sedina
(by OhioChessFan)

Player of the Day
Willem Jan Louis Verbeek

Opening of the Day
1. c4 e6 2. ♘f3 d5 3. g3 ♘f6 4. ♗g2 ♗e7 5. O-O

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Feb 19-27 2020
14-year-old Aydin Suleymanli of Azerbaijan won the 18th Aeroflot Open on tiebreak criteria.
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Feb 12-21 2020
Young Alireza Firouzja won the Cat. XIX Masters section on tiebreaks, while Jorden van Foreest took first place in the Challengers section.
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