SANDS: From Italy, at long last, a renaissance in chess fortunes

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1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 c5 4. d5 exd5 5. cxd5 d6 6. Nc3 g6 7. e4 Bg7 8. h3 O-O 9. Bd3 b5 10. Nxb5 Re8 11. O-O Nxe4 12. Re1 a6 13. Na3 Nf6 14. Rxe8+ Nxe8 15. Nc4 Nd7 16. Bg5 Ndf6 17. Ne3 h6 18. Bh4 g5 19. Bg3 Nh5 20. Rb1 Nxg3 21. fxg3 Ra7 22. Bf5 c4 23. Bxc8 Qxc8 24. Nd4 Qc5 25. Ndf5 Rc7 26. Kh2 Qa5 27. Ng4 Qxa2 28. Nfxh6+ Kf8 29. Qc2 c3 30. Re1 Black resigns.

Caruana-Berg, 37th Olympiad, Dresden, 2008

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nd7 5. Nf3 Ngf6 6. Nxf6+ Nxf6 7. Bd3 c5 8. dxc5 Bxc5 9. Qe2 O-O 10. O-O b6 11. Bg5 Bb7 12. Rad1 Qc7 13. Ne5 Rfd8 14. Kh1 Be7 15. Rde1 h6 16. Bh4 Nd5 17. Bg3 Bd6 18. Qe4 Nf6 19. Qh4 Nd7 20. Nxf7 Kxf7 21. Rxe6 Nc5 22. Rxd6 Rxd6 23. Qf4+ Ke7 24. Re1+ Kd7 25. Bb5+ Bc6 26. Qf5+ Ne6 27. Bxd6 Qxd6 28. Rxe6 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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