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Friday, January 28

W Cotrina

Hurricane Cotrina
(by Phony Benoni)

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Opening of the Day

Cochrane Gambit
1. e4 e5 2. ♘f3 ♘f6 3. ♘xe5 d6 4. ♘xf7
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