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1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f4 O-O 6. Nf3 c5 7.d5 e6 8.Be2 exd5 9.exd5 Bf5 10.O-O Ne4 11.Nxe4 Bxe4 12.Ng5 Bf5 13.g4 Bc8 14.f5 Nd7 15.fxg6 hxg6 16.Qe1 Nf6 17.Qh4 Re8 18.Bd3 Qe7 19.Bd2 Bxg4 20.Rae1 Qd7 21.Rxe8+ Rxe8 22.Bc3 Bf5 23.Bxf5 gxf5 24.Kh1 Re5 25.Rg1 f4 26.Qxf4 Rf5 27.Qh4 Qe7 28.Nh7 Qe2 9.Nxf6+ Kf8 30.Qh8+ Black resigns.

Tal-Szabo, Chigorin Memorial, Sochi, Russia, 1973

1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.f4 a6 5.Nf3 b5 6.Bd3 Bb7 7.Qe2 c5 8.dxc5 dxc5 9.e5 Nc6 10.Be3 Nd4 11.Nxd4 cxd4 12.O-O-O b4 13.Ne4 Nh6 14.Bxd4 O-O 15.Bc5 Qa5 16.Bxe7 Rfe8 17.Bd6 Qxa2 18.Bxb4 Bxe4 19.Qxe4 Ng4 20.Bc4 Qa1+ 21.Kd2 Qxb2 22.Bxf7+ Kxf7 23.Qd5+ Re6 24.Qb7+ Re7 25.Qxe7+ Kg8 26.Qe6+ Kh8 27.Qc4 Nxe5 28.fxe5 Qxe5 29.c3 a5 30.Qc6 Rb8 31.Rhe1 Bh6+ 32.Kc2 Qf5+ 33.Qe4 Qc8 34. Rd7 axb4 35.Qe5+ Kg8 36.Qe6+ 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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