First Division of the Top Chess Engine Championship starts

Chessdom - Fri, 08/24/2018 - 17:08

The First Division of the Top Chess Engine Championship starts today at 22:00 CEST, live on the official website and the Twitch TV channel. The six seeded participants will be Jonny, Chiron, Laser, Fizbo, Booot, and Fritz. They will be joined by the Div 2 winner Ethereal and the runner up ChessBrainVB.

Version updates for First Division

Laser, Booot, and Chiron will play First Division with upgraded version and additional ELO points in their favor. Jonny, Fritz and Fizbo will feature the same versions as last season. The newcomers Ethereal and ChessBrainVB also rely on their versions form the previous division, where they outclassed the competition.

More about S13 of TCEC: Full participants list / Leela Chess Zero wins TCEC Div 4 / Ethereal wins TCEC Div 3 / Ethereal wins TCEC Div 2

Ethereal enters this division as a favorite one more time, after having smashed through opposition in Division 3 and Division 2. Bonus test games after its last victory showed that Ethereal is still slightly below Stockfish 8 as strength, but it managed to take a decisive game from the Season 9 champion. That would put it as a clear favorite to qualify for the Premier Division, but first it has to prove its abilities against seasoned participants like Jonny, Fritz and Fizbo, and also against actively developed and ambitious engines like Laser, Booot, and Chiron. Adding to the mix ChessBrainVB which will be even stronger due to the longer time control makes the upcoming First Division the most unpredictable computer chess event of the year so far.

Interview with the author of Ethereal – Andrew Grant

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Francophone Chess Championship 2018

Chessdom - Fri, 08/24/2018 - 14:45

The 6th edition of Francophone Chess Championship 2018 will be held in Tirana – Albania from 25 August- 2 September under the “High Patronage of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie”.
The playing Hall is at National History Museum.
Accomodation is at Tirana International Hotel 4*.
The tournament will be 9 Rounds Swiss System with 10500 euros price fund.
147 players are expected to take part.

Live game with analysis will be provided daily with the best chess software competing in the Top Chess Engine Championship – Komodo, Houdini, and Stockfish.

Starting list

1 Mastrovasilis Dimitrios
2 Dervishi Erald
3 Nikolaidis Ioannis
4 Godena Michele
5 Aloma Vidal Robert
6 Fawzy Adham
7 Godart Francois
8 Miralles Gilles
9 Sanduleac Vasile
10 Saraci Nderim
11 Hesham Abdelrahman
12 Villegas Pierre
13 Mehmeti Dritan
14 Pasko Llambi
15 Zaibi Amir
16 Ashiku Franc
17 Seitaj Ilir
18 Berend Fred
19 Sochacki Wojtek
20 Sadek Sameh
21 Boshku Harallamb
22 Ralison Milanto Harifidy
23 Dardha Daniel
24 Berend Elvira
25 Dardha Arben
26 Rama Lorenc
27 De Marchi Olivier
28 Dornbusch Tatiana
29 El Jawich Amro
30 Maisuradze Nino
31 Cela Shkelqim
32 Mohammad Fahim
33 Ermeni Avni
34 Bregu Riza
35 Scripcaru George-Daniel
36 Uruci Endrit
37 Nelis Jean-Francois
38 Garcia Paolicchi Raul
39 Zouaoui Mohamed
40 Wafa Shrook
41 Jicman Ligia-Letitia
42 Alishani Ibrahim
43 Budakova Taulant
44 Shabanaj Saimir
45 Veleshnja Zino
46 Soubirou Oriane
47 Tare Marenglen
48 Rodmacq Clement
49 De Sallier Francois
50 Lacrosse Marc
51 Mihasi Lime
52 Alimadhi Ilir
53 Van Hoolandt Patrick
54 Pasku Sotir
55 Moaataz Ayah
56 Manan Yoboue Hermann
57 Bytyqi Gzim
58 Zenuni Albert
59 Qorri Fatmir
60 Bouton Christophe
61 Veleshnja Ajet
62 Bedalli Erind
63 Taleb Mohamed Ahmed
64 Shabanaj Eglantina
65 Hoxha Altin
66 Koch Alain
67 Gjergji Rozana
68 Masha Rexhep
69 Li Yilin
70 Bushi Edmond
71 Mihasi Erald
72 Aw Ousmane
73 Farnault Eric
74 Ouadi Wahbi
75 Avdiu Nysret
76 Ghanem Al Shamari
77 Kastrati Labinot
78 Tashi Josif
79 Tuzi Bruna
80 Grabova Ervin
81 Dashi Vasillaq
82 Bajraktari Besnik
83 Kurmekaj Jetmir
84 Bongo Akanga Ndjila Barthelemy
85 Caushi Alket
86 Ebongue Emile
87 Yzeiraj Diamant
88 Besseghier Stephane
89 Shabanaj Lefter
90 Shuqja Klean
91 Salihaj Lambion
92 Botsoe Koffi
93 Salih Al Hor
94 Vasili Marinel
95 Hoxha Agim
96 Lila Also
97 Salihaj Ferit
98 Fragkos Vasileios
99 Vladi Denis
100 Kerciku Suzana
101 Isufi Elisa
102 Guissou Clement
103 Labadie Bernard
104 Lutfija Klind
105 Al-Saadi Ali
106 Roman Sylvian
107 Guri Adrian
108 Ouedraogo S Arnaud J D
109 L`herbon De Lussats Jean
110 Guri Robert
111 Ramaj Ergit
112 Boci Petro
113 Qojle Albion
114 Masson Wally
115 Lognos Lina
116 Kote Aleks
117 Cani Dejvi
118 Boudet Nicole
119 Cani Armando
120 Cela Krojf
121 Cota Anja
122 Daka Ermir
123 Daniel Isteri
124 Elshani And
125 Isteri Marin
126 Kadouno Drissa
127 Kaleshi Patrik
128 Kamberi Rugeus
129 Kola Elazar
130 Kola Elvis
131 Konomi Gloria
132 Kuci Jorik
133 Likollari Edlir
134 Mabrouk Fethi
135 Muhja Safet
136 Preza Agim
137 Prohaska Toni
138 Protoduari Adri
139 Protoduari Ledion
140 Qerimi Aron
141 Sakhnovsky Abraham
142 Velkid Subashi
143 Xhembulla Aleksander
144 Oltion Vata
145 Asllani Muhamet
146 Zeka Isa
147 Alliu Arbi

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Sinquefield Cup Recap – Round 5

Chessdom - Thu, 08/23/2018 - 13:15

There were no changes in the standings after a peaceful day in Saint Louis. For the first time in the tournament, all the games ended in draws but it wasn’t for the lack of trying. Both Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura had excellent chances to score a full point but vigilant defense was the theme of the day. At the end of the day, five players still remain tied for first place as the first half of the tournament is in the books. Tomorrow is a day off, an important point that can make or break the tournament. After the rest day, the players are expected to return rejuvenated and ready for long battles, as the fight for first place continues.

Nakamura – Mamedyarov ½-½

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov essayed the Tarrasch Defense, an unusual choice that has been tried by his countryman and second Rauf Mamedov several times. Nakamura played a novelty on move 11, veering the game toward unknown territory. After few inaccuracies, Mamedyarov found himself in an unpleasant position even though he felt optimistic about it. Two moves before reaching the first time control, the American threw away his advantage due to a tactical miscalculation. Both players looked disappointed and disgusted with the turn of events. While it is understandable why Nakamura was unhappy about his blunder, Mamedyarov explained that he wanted to continue the game and was disappointed by Nakamura’s choice of liquidating and thus forcing a draw.

Carlsen vs So ½-½

“Today is one of those days where you have to say well done, good defense” – Magnus Carlsen in his postgame interview. The World Champion did not play the most challenging line against the Tarrasch Defense, but Wesley So still had some problems he needed to solve. Carlsen missed an opportunity pointed out by Russian commentator Peter Svidler which would have allowed him to win a pawn. The variation he chose miraculously worked tactically for the American who allowed his opponent’s pawn to reach all the way to the 7th rank. So played the most precise moves for a long period of time in order to force a perpetual and escape unscathed.

Karjakin vs Grischuk ½-½

The all Russian matchup was a theoretical discussion in a topical line of the Berlin Defense. The game was reminiscent of the one between Vachier-Lagrave and So from two days ago as Karjakin executed a similar idea to the Frenchman’s by exchanging his e pawn with the c7 pawn. The pawn exchange was the beginning of the liquidation of the position that lead into a drawn bishop endgame. It appeared that both players were satisfied with the result of the game as Karjakin is still recovering from his first two losses, while Grischuk remains on top of the cross table.

Vachier-Lagrave vs Caruana ½-½

At first glance, this game might have looked like a typical quiet game in the Petroff Defense, but there was more than met the eye! Caruana stayed loyal to his pet line, which served him well before. Vachier-Lagrave was quite pleased with the outcome of the opening, sharing in the confessional booth that he did not see counter play for his opponent but felt sure that Caruana would find it regardless. Caruana was under pressure with the black pieces but did not think it was anything catastrophic. In the postgame interview, he shared all the sharp lines that needed to be calculated in order for him to earn the half a point.

Aronian – Anand ½-½

The uneventful game ended in the first hour. Levon Aronian chose his favorite variation in the Queen’s Gambit but was not able to gain any advantage with the white pieces. Anand proved once again that he is one of the best prepared players by playing a novelty that immediately equalized the position by forcing white to exchange the pieces. A draw was agreed in an opposite color bishop ending with each side having three pawns.

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89th FIDE Congress: General Assembly Agenda and Annexes

FIDE - Wed, 08/22/2018 - 16:59

FIDE is publishing the Agenda and Annexes for the General Assembly scheduled from 3rd October to 5th October 2018 in Batumi, Georgia.

Download AGENDA.

Download all Annexes in one file.

List of Annexes

1. Audited accounts.
2. Commented accounts for the year 2017.
3. Fees paid to PB members in 2017.
4. Verification Commission report.
5. Proposal of Messrs. Makropoulos and Borg to establish a FIDE Advisory Board.
6. Proposal by Mr. G Borg, Chairman of Central Board of Commissions.
7. Proposal by FIDE Deputy President, Mr. Georgios Makropoulos, to establish a Commission on FIDE's relations with IOC.
8. Proposal by FIDE Deputy President, Mr. Georgios Makropoulos, and the President of the Ukrainian Chess Federation, Mr. Viktor Kapustin, to introduce in the FIDE Electoral Regulations changes.
9. Over-the-board titles applications.
10. Proposal from Icelandic Chess federation for the rating of Fischer Random (Chess 960) Games.
11. Arbiters’ Commission’s meeting Agenda and Appendices.
12. Arbiters’ title applications.
13. Arbiters’ Awards.
14. Technical Commission’s Agenda.
15. Technical Commission’s Minutes of the Commission meeting in Prague, 5-6 May 2018.
16. Rules Commission’s Agenda for the meeting in Batumi.
17. Proposed Amendments to General Regulations for Competitions (old name: Competition Rules) – final version after discussion with other Commissions.
18. Minutes from the Commission Councillors' Meeting in Poland, 20-24 April 2018.
19. Systems of Pairings and Programs Commission’s Agenda.
20. Chess in Schools Commission’s report and Appendices.
21. Chess for Disabled Commission report.
22. FIDE Ethics Commission's report.
23. IO titles applications.
24. Anti-Cheating Protection Measures.
25. Anti-Cheating Regulations.
26. Letter from the Governor of Colima, Mexico.
27. Chief Arbiter’s report for FIDE Women’s World Championship Match 2018.
28. Bid from Belarus Chess Federation for Chess Olympiad 2022.
29. Bid from South Korean Chess Federation for Chess Olympiad 2022.
30. Bid from Tunisian Chess Federation for Chess Olympiad 2022.
31. Bid from Georgian Chess Federation for World Cadet Championship 2020.
32. Bid from Italian Chess Federation for World Cadet Championship 2020.
33. Bid from Italian Chess Federation for World Senior Championship 2020.
34. Bid from FYROM Chess Federation for World Senior Championship 2020.
35. Chief Arbiter’s report for World Team Championship 50+, 65+ 2018.
36. Bid from Greece Chess Federation for World Amateur Championship 2020.
37. Bid from Italian Chess Federation for World Amateur Championship 2020.

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Sinquefield Cup Recap – Round 4

Chessdom - Wed, 08/22/2018 - 08:18

Magnus Carlsen’s prediction of four draws and one long decisive game came true. While the leaders drew quickly, Fabiano Caruana’s win over his countryman Hikaru Nakamura allowed him to join the pack. There is now a five-way tie for first, an uncommon occurrence at highly contested top level events. Interestingly enough, none of the leaders will be facing off in round five. As tomorrow is the final round before the day off, the players are expected to exhaust every resource in order to score a full point and break away from the pack. Stay tuned for an exciting day!

Caruana – Nakamura 1-0

Fabiano Caruana had a novelty prepared months ago and was finally able to unleash the surprise weapon against his Olympic teammate. Caruana thought that his opponent played logical moves but not necessarily the best ones and found himself in an unpleasant position. The big mistake came on move 36, when an incorrect pawn capture by Nakamura ruined his pawn structure. In addition, his uncoordinated pieces and weak king, made the resignation inevitable.

Anand – Carlsen ½-½

Besides Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, the World Champion is the only other player to have essayed the sharp Sicilian defense. Anand decided to avoid the main lines of the Open Sicilian and played a popular sideline. Carlsen was happy to have been able to take the one chance to play actively, thus avoiding a worse position. His kingside attack looked dangerous but due to the lack of pieces and Anand’s excellent defensive knight, it was impossible to achieve progress. The game petered out into a drawn endgame.

So vs Karjakin ½-½

So far, both players have been struggling in the event, but having the white pieces, Wesley So was looking for his first win. So got a pleasant position, which commentator Yasser Seirawan believed he could win 80% of the time, but Karjakin disagreed, thinking that he was only slightly worse. The American chose the wrong plan, centralizing his rooks instead of committing to a kingside attack. This allowed Karjakin to quickly find counterplay on the queenside and solidify his position. The opening of the structure was the beginning of the many trades that led to an opposite color bishop ending that quickly ended in a draw.

Grischuk – Vachier-Lagrave ½-½

Once again, the Frenchman’s beloved Najdorf was put on trial. Grischuk repeated the line that Anand played against Vachier-Lagrave in round two. Black deviated from that game, repeating a line he had played during the Grand Prix last year. Vachier-Lagrave played a novelty and the game became very complicated, allowing White to sacrifice a full rook for compensation and an attack. Grischuk took a long time at the critical moment but decided to repeat the position instead of entering the unnecessary complications.

Mamedyarov – Aronian ½-½

Neither player showed up with a great will to fight. Aronian essayed the variation of the Queen’s Gambit declined that is named after him, a line that is ultra solid for black. Mamedyarov either did not have anything prepared against this or he felt that consolidating his position in the tournament was more important. In any case, Aronian had no problems equalizing with black and a quick repetition of moves sealed the draw in 52 minutes.

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Sinquefield Cup Recap – Round 3

Chessdom - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 20:31

The fight for first place and the ticket to the Grand Chess Tour finals in London is getting tighter as now there is a four-way tie for first place. After Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Magnus Carlsen, and Levon Aronian drew their games, the door was wide open for Alexander Grischuk to enter the leaderboard. The Russian Grandmaster delivered the only decisive result of the day by defeating Hikaru Nakamura in a 6.5 hour battle. With each round, the competition is getting more tense as the players fight until the last minute on their clocks for those GCT points.

Hikaru Nakamura vs Alexander Grischuk 0-1

Just as was the case yesterday, the only win of the day was a 6.5-hour grind. Grischuk achieved a superior position after the opening with the black pieces and pressed the entire game. His advantage grew until his opponent was forced to give up a pawn. After winning two more pawns, the Russian Grandmaster gave one pawn back in order to weaken his opponent’s kingside in the endgame. After the queens came off the board, the rest was a matter of technique. Realizing that he couldn’t stop his opponent’s pawns from queening, Nakamura resigned on move 89.

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov – Fabiano Caruana ½ – ½

One of the most interesting battles petered out to a draw. Mamedyarov complimented both himself and his opponent, comparing their move to engine moves. The Azeri grandmaster felt that he was better out of the opening but played too actively and found himself in some trouble in the endgame. At one point, Caruana could have repeated the position and ended the game in a draw, but after two repetitions he decided to keep the game going. Mamedyarov praised Caruana’s decision, explaining that it’s a great way for him to train for his upcoming World Championship match against Magnus Carlsen, who is known for his unique ability to grind down his opponents.

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs Wesley So ½ – ½

Although the Berlin endgame is a popular choice among the top players, it was only the second time it appeared in this tournament so far. Vachier-Lagrave repeated a line he had previously played, but retreated his bishop on a different diagonal, trying to veer the game off in a different direction. The American felt that he needed to be careful in order to avoid any complications and was able to find the most precise moves to exchange all the pieces and head into a drawn bishop endgame.

Sergey Karjakin vs Viswanathan Anand ½-½

After suffering two losses, this draw for Sergey Karjakin was just what the doctor had prescribed. He chose a long theoretical line that lead into a rook and bishop endgame where black had a few problems to solve. The former World Champion didn’t have many difficulties finding the precise move to exchange the problematic bishops, transitioning into an equal rook endgame. A draw was agreed with a threefold repetition.

Levon Aronian vs Magnus Carlsen ½-½

The Armenian Grandmaster decided to once again start the game with 1.e4, a move he’s been loyal to as of late. Magnus Carlsen explained that the critical moments came early in the game and after the “little squirmish in the center” it was all pretty quiet. He thought that white was slightly better in those positions but there was no way to make progress. There was one critical moment in the game when Levon Aronian could have forced his opponent to give up his queen in exchange for two rooks, but even though the engines gave white a big edge, neither player was too concerned about it. The World Champion also admitted that he was too excited after yesterday’s marathon game and wasn’t able to sleep well, so the early draw was a welcome result.

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Participants for FIDE Women's World Championship 2018

FIDE - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 17:08

FIDE is publishing the list of confirmed participants for the Women's World Championship 2018 to be held in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia and the full schedule.


1 November   Arrivals 2 November   Arrivals / Players Meeting / Opening Ceremony 3 - 5 November   Round 1 6 - 8 November   Round 2 9 - 11 November   Round 3 12 - 14 November   Round 4 15 - 17 November   Round 5 18 November   Free Day 19 - 23 November   Round 6 and tiebreaks (final match) 23 November   Closing Ceremony 24 - 25 November   Departures  

a) From average Rating List 2/2017 to 1/2018
01. Ju Wenjun (CHN) 2580.75
02. Gunina Valentina (RUS) 2507.25
03. Lei Tingjie (CHN) 2507.16
04. Zhao Xue (CHN) 2490.25
05. Girya Olga (RUS) 2485.08

From World Women’s Championship 2016
6. Tan Zhongyi (CHN)
7. Muzychuk Anna (UKR
8. Harika Dronavalli (IND)
9. Kosteniuk Alexandra (RUS)

World Girl Junior Champions 2016-2017:
10. Saduakassova Dinara (KAZ)
World Junior G20 Champion 2016
11. Abdumalik Zhansaya (KAZ)
World Junior G20 Champion 2017

28 players from European Women Championships 2016 & 2017
12. Ushenina Anna (UKR)
13. Vega Gutierrez Sabrina (ESP)
14. Stefanova Antoaneta (FID)
15. Mkrtchian Lilit (ARM)
16. Paehtz Elisabeth (GER)
17. Atalik Ekaterina (TUR)
18. Bodnaruk Anastasia (RUS)
19. Zawadzka Jolanta (POL)
20. Javakhishvili Lela (GEO)
21. Matnadze Ana (ESP)
22. Shvayger Yuliya (ISR)
23. Goryachkina Aleksandra (RUS)
24. Arakhamia-Grant Ketevan (SCO)
25. Khukhashvili Sopiko (GEO)
26. Dzagnidze Nana (GEO)
27. Galliamova Alisa (RUS)
28. Lagno Kateryna (RUS)
29. Muzychuk Mariya (UKR)
30. Socko Monika (POL)
31. Danielian Elina (ARM)
32. Nechaeva Marina (RUS)
33. Khotenashvili Bela (GEO)
34. Zhukova Natalia (UKR)
35. Pogonina Natalija (RUS)
36. Hoang Thanh Trang (HUN)
37. Gara Anita (HUN)
38. Gaponenko Inna (UKR)
39. Kashlinskaya Alina (RUS)

8 players from Americas
40. Cori T., Deysi (PER)
(Continental 2016)
41. Miranda Llanes, Yerisbel (CUB)
(Continental 2017)
42. Aliaga Fernandez, Ingrid Y (PER)
(Continental 2017)
43. Foisor Sabina-Francesca (USA)
(Zone 2.1)
44. Krush Irina (USA)
(Zone 2.1)
45. Ouellet, Maili-Jade (CAN)
(Zone 2.2)
46. Vazquez Maccarini, Danitza (PUR)
(Zone 2.3)
47. Lujan, Carolina (ARG)
(Zone 2.5)

12 players from Asia/Oceania
48. Kuilkarni Bhakthid (IND)
(Continental 2016)
49. Nakhbayeva Guliskhan (KAZ)
(Continental 2017)
50. Alinasab Mobina (IRI)
(Zone 3.1)
51. Hamid Rani (BAN)
(Zone 3.2)
52. Vo Thi Kim Phung (VIE)
(Zone 3.3)
53. Tokhirjonova Gulrukhbegim (UZB)
(Zone 3.4)
54. Zhai Mo (CHN)
(Zone 3.5)
55. Ni Shiqun (CHN)
(Zone 3.5)
56. Zhu Jineer (CHN)
(Zone 3.5)
57. Sun Fanghui (CHN)
(Zone 3.5)
58. Hardegen Kathryn (AUS)
(Zone 3.6)
59. Padmini Rout (IND)
(Zone 3.7)

3 players from Africa
60. Wafa Shahenda (EGY)
(Continental 2017)
61. Toubal Hayat (ALG)
(Continental 2017)
62. February Jesse Nikki (RSA)
(Continental 2017)

2 nominees by FIDE
63. To be announced
64. To be announced

TOTAL: 64 players

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Russian Championship Superfinals-2018

Chessdom - Tue, 08/21/2018 - 13:23

The Superfinals of 71st Russian men’s championship and 68th Russian women’s championship will take place from 24th August till 6th September 2018 in Satka, Chelyabinsk Oblast. The venue is Magnezit Palace of Culture.

The organizers are the Russian Chess Federation, Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation, Government of Chelyabinsk Oblast, and Magnezit Group. The competition is also supported by Renault Russia Company, Federal Grid Company of Unified Energy System (FGC UES), and PhosAgro. Logistics partner of the Russian Chess Federation is Russian Post.

The tournament is a part of the Chess in Museums program, carried out by the RCF together with Timchenko Foundation since 2012.

Line-up, men:

Ian Nepomniachtchi (2768), Dmitry Jakovenko (2748), Nikita Vitiugov (2730), Dmitry Andreikin (2710), Vladimir Fedoseev (2707), Evgeny Tomashevsky (2702), Daniil Dubov (2691), Ernesto Inarkiev (2690), Denis Khismatullin (2634), Mikhail Kobalia (2619), Alexey Sarana (2613), and Grigoriy Oparin (2609).

Line-up, women:

Alexandra Kosteniuk (2559), Aleksandra Goryachkina (2535), Valentina Gunina (2528), Natalija Pogonina (2469), Olga Girya (2462), Anastasia Bodnaruk (2449), Alina Kashlinskaya (2440), Alisa Galliamova (2424), Polina Shuvalova (2413), Oksana Gritsayeva (2391), Anastasiya Protopopova (2332), and Elena Tomilova (2332).

Total prize fund is 9,000,000 roubles. Besides, the winners of both men’s and women’s tournaments will also receive a special prize – bright and stylish city crossover Renault Kaptur.

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