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Shabalov-Fikiet, World Open, Philadelphia, July 2012

1. c4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. g3 e5 6. Nb5 Bb4+ 7. N1c3 O-O 8. a3 Be7 9. Nd5 Nxd5 10. cxd5 Qa5+ 11. Nc3 Nd4 12. e3 Nf5 13. Bg2 Nd6 14. O-O f5 15. e4 fxe4 16. Nxe4 Nxe4 17. Bxe4 d6 18. Qd3 h6 19. Be3 Qd8 20. Rfc1 Bg4 21. Rc3 Qe8 22. Rc7 b6 23. Rac1 Bd8 24. Bg6 Qa4 25. Bh7+ Kh8 26. Rxg7 Bf5 27. Bxf5 Kxg7 28. Rc4 Qe8 29. Bxh6+ Kxh6 30. Qe3+ Bg5 31. Rh4+ Qh5 32. Rxh5+ Kxh5 33. g4+ Kh6 34. Qh3+ Black resigns.

Vitiugov-Ding, 8th Russia-China Summit, St. Petersburg, July 2012

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. f3 O-O 6. Be3 c5 7. Nge2 b6 8. d5 e6 9. Nf4 exd5 10. Nfxd5 Nc6 11. Qd2 Nxd5 12. Nxd5 Be6 13. Bd3 Bxd5 14. cxd5 Nd4 15. O-O b5 16. Kh1 Qd7 17. Rae1 b4 18. f4 h5 19. f5 Be5 20. Bxd4 Bxd4 21. e5 Bxe5 22. Rxe5 dxe5 23. f6 Kh7 24. Rf5 Black resigns.

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David R. Sands

David R. Sands

Raised in Northern Virginia, David R. Sands received an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He worked as a reporter for several Washington-area business publications before joining The Washington Times.

At The Times, Mr. Sands has covered numerous beats, including international trade, banking, politics ...

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