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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Draw with an ICCF Senior IM

My veteran opponent’s ICCF rating has plummeted in the last 10 years from a high of about 2450 to around 2275 these days, but I still expected him to be a tough opponent. I decided to play the Open Variation of the Ruy Lopez. This variation has remained popular since the 19th century and virtually every world champion has played it. It appeared in the Alekhine-Euwe, Karpov-Korchnoi, Kasparov-Anand matches and Timman and Yusupov have included it in their repertoire.

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