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Norway Chess 2013 (7)

Karjakin leads Norway Masters after 7 rounds, Carlsen close behind

Carlsen half a point behind Karjakin still after both won in round 7. Photo © Norway Chess.

Carlsen half a point behind Karjakin still after both won in round 7. Photo © Norway Chess. |

Sergey Karjakin leads the Norway Supreme Masters with 5.5/7 after defeating Hikaru Nakamura in the final game to finish on the beautiful island of Flor & Fjaere. The players had to travel there by boat and unfortunately the weather was not nice but looking at the website the place certainly looks amazing. Magnus Carlsen remains half a point behind after defeating fellow countryman Jon Ludvig Hammer.

Sergey Karjakin got into a little trouble on the white side Najdorf Sicilian he clearly didn't expect. Nakamura however didn't play precisely and after 19...e6?! the position was more or less equal, 23...Ne5 looks active but was probably another error and after 30.Rd7 Karjakin was up Queen and Pawn for Knight and Rook. The position remained complicated but the win was only a matter of time.

Magnus Carlsen defeated Jon Ludvig Hammer with black in an Open Catalan where he was more or less equal out of the opening but Hammer had an active position which he should have been able to use to liquidate to a draw. The turning point seems to have been the combined effect of Carlsen falling very short of time which indicated to Hammer that Carlsen thought he was in trouble and the move 25...Kf8 which completely threw Hammer. Hammer's position started to become tricky after 27.Nb5?, 32.b4! leads to a position that might well be drawn and finally 33.exd5 offers reasonable holding chances too and even at the end Hammer might have threatened a mating net but in fact Carlsen can break that. Carlsen was very tired at the end and the rest day didn't come a moment too soon for him.

Levon Aronian played very riskily against Wang Hao as black 11...Ne8 and 13...f6?! Aronian missed 16.Nb3 and 17...Qc7 18. c4! would have been very good for white. White remained better but after that Aronian gradually escaped.

Viswanathan Anand destroyed Teimour Radjabov after the latter played one bad move after another allowing him to advance his queenside pawns for a decisive advantage. Anand was sympathetic and right up front didn't claim much for his play today. "He had I think one of the worst days ever. He's been in bad shape for a while, a couple of months now, today some of his moves [shaking his head] were clearly... it's one of those days."

Peter Svidler and Veselin Topalov had a friendly animated press conference (very worth watching) about their draw in the Sicilian Bb5. Svidler realised his pre-game idea of 9.Nbd2 to be followed soon by Nc4 wasn't very good and so tried to liquidate to equality with 11.e5 before he ended up worse. Topalov felt so comfortable and later he got careless with 18...Nb4?! instead of 18...Bxg5 with a quick draw to follow. Svidler got a favourable pawn ending which may even be winning for him but instead of playing his planned 24.b4 he played 24.f4? almost immediately making sure the game was drawn.

Round 7 Standings: Karjkin 5.5pts, Carlsen 5pts, Anand, Aronian 4pts, Nakamura, Svidler 3.5pts, Topalov 3pts, Wang Radjabov 2.5pts, Hammer 1.5pts.

Round 8 on Friday following the rest day 17th May 2013. 2pm BST. Carlsen-Wang, Topalov-Aronian, Anand-Hammer, Nakamura-Radjabov, Svidler-Karjkin.

Sergey Karjakin beat Hikaru Nakamura

Hikaru Nakamura @GMHikaru "One careless move in the middle game, and that is all she wrote."

Karjakin,Sergey (2786) - Nakamura,Hikaru (2767) [B94]
Supreme Masters 2013 Sandnes NOR (7.2), 15.05.2013

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 Nbd7 7.Qe2 g6 8.0-0-0 Bg7 9.f4 Qa5

"I think I was a little bit lucky today. The position I got out of the opening was just very stupid." - Karjakin.

[9...0-0 1/2-1/2 Kosintseva,T (2517)-Ushenina,A (2477)/Huashan City CHN 2013/The Week in Chess 959 (77)]

10.g3 h6 11.Bxf6

Hikaru Nakamura


Sergey Karjakin

Position after 11.Bxf6

"Of course I wasn't planning to take on f6 when I played g3" - Karjakin.

[11.Bh4 Nh7 12.g4 g5 13.fxg5 hxg5 and OK I can play this position but I didn't like it - Karjakin.]

11...Nxf6 12.Bg2 Bg4 13.Bf3 Bxf3 14.Qxf3 0-0

Black is completely fine, maybe a little bit better for black. - Karjakin.

15.Rhe1 Nd7

Karjakin wasn't sure about this move.


16.Nb3 Qc7 17.Nd5 Qd8 18.h4 Rc8 19.h5


[19...g5 was critical. 20.Kb1]


Hikaru Nakamura


Sergey Karjakin

Position after 20.Nc3

And Karjakin was "more or less happy"

20...Bxc3 21.bxc3 Qf6 22.hxg6 fxg6 23.Rxd6 Ne5

"Here I cannot understand his move Ne5. OK it looks nice" - Karjakin.

[23...Rxc3 24.Qd1 (24.Qg4 Rfc8) 24...Nc5 the postion is equal according to Karjakin.]

24.Qh1 Nc4 25.e5 Qf7

[25...Qe7 26.Qxh6 Nxd6 27.Qxg6+ Qg7 28.Qxg7+ Kxg7 29.exd6 with no risk for white.]

White is just a pawn up. Karjakin.

26...h5 27.Qe4 b5 28.Red1 Rc7 29.Nc5 Rxc5

[29...Nb6 30.Nxe6 Qxe6 31.Rd6 Qc4 32.Rxg6+ Rg7 (32...Kh8 33.Rh6+ Kg8 34.Qg6+ Rg7 35.Qxb6; 32...Kh7 33.Rh6+ Kxh6 34.Rd6+ Kg7 35.Qg6+ Kh8 36.Qh6+ Kg8 37.Rg6+ Kf7 38.Rf6+ Ke7 39.Qxf8+ Kd7 40.Rd6#) 33.Rxg7+ Kxg7 34.Qb7+]

30.Rd7 Rc7

Hikaru Nakamura


Sergey Karjakin

Position after 30...Rc7

This position should be easily winning for white but there is still work to do. "The position should be winning and I managed to win it" - Karjakin.

31.Rxf7 Kxf7 32.g4 hxg4 33.Rh1 Kg7 34.Qg2 Rh8 35.Rxh8 Kxh8 36.Qxg4 Rh7 37.Qd1 Rf7 38.Qd4 Kg7 39.Kd1 g5 40.fxg5

[40.Qg1 Rf5 41.Qa7+ Kg6 42.Qxa6 gxf4 43.Qxe6+ (43.Qxb5 Nxe5 44.Qe8+ Kf6 45.Qf8+) 43...Kg5 44.Qg8+ Kh6 45.e6 f3 46.e7 f2 47.Qf8+ Kg5 48.Qg7+ Kh4 49.e8Q!]]

40...Kg6 41.Qh4 Nxe5 42.Qh3 Kxg5 43.Qxe6 Rf5 44.Qxa6 Nc4 45.Ke2 Re5+ 46.Kf2 Ne3 47.Qa7 Ng4+ 48.Kf3 Rf5+ 49.Ke2 Re5+ 50.Kd2 Rd5+ 51.Kc1 Kf4 52.Qf7+ Ke4 53.Qh7+ Kf4 54.Qh4 Re5 55.Kb2 Kf3 56.c4

Hikaru Nakamura


Sergey Karjakin

Position after 56.c4

Finally Karjakin plays one of the pawn breaks a4 and c4 that he needs to win the game.

56...Ne3 57.Qf6+ Ke4 58.Qc6+ Kd4 59.Qd6+! 1-0

Wang Hao (2743) - Aronian,Levon (2809) [A07]
Supreme Masters 2013 Sandnes NOR (7.3), 15.05.2013

1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 Bg4 3.Bg2 Nd7 4.c4 e6 5.0-0 Ngf6 6.d3 dxc4

[6...Bc5 7.d4 Bd6 8.b3 c6 9.Ba3 Bxa3 10.Nxa3 Bxf3 11.Bxf3 Qe7 12.Qc1 0-0 13.Qb2 Ne4 14.Rac1 f5 15.e3 g5 16.Bg2 g4 17.f3 gxf3 18.Rxf3 Qg5 19.b4 Ndf6 20.b5 Qh6 21.bxc6 bxc6 22.cxd5 cxd5 23.Rc6 Ng4 24.h3 Nxe3 25.Qc1 f4 26.gxf4 Nxg2 27.Kxg2 Kh8 28.Kh2 Rg8 29.Nc2 Qg7 30.Ne3 Qxd4 31.Rxe6 Rac8 32.Nf5 Rc2+ 0-1 Fominykh,M (2332)-Korbut,E (2442)/Sochi RUS 2006/The Week in Chess 603]

7.dxc4 Be7 8.Nc3 0-0 9.Nh4

[9.h3 Wang Hao didn't want to waste a tempi winning the two bishops "somehow I thought it would be important." 9...Bxf3]

9...c6 10.h3 Bh5 11.g4 Ne8

"This Ne8 is kind of a strange move I wasn't sure about it but then I thought it's interesting keeps some pieces on the board." - Aronian.

12.Nf3 Bg6 13.Bf4

All very natural.


Levon Aronian


Wang Hao

Position after 13...f6?!

[13...a5 I was planning to play a5 here. - Aronian. 14.Qd2; 13...Nef6 14.Rc1 (14.Qc1) ]

14.Nd4 Nc5

[14...Bf7 I understand I don't make a very good impression on you guys but I'm not that weak - Aronian. 15.Bxc6 bxc6 (15...Nc5 16.Bxb7) 16.Nxc6 wins for white.]

15.Be3 a5

Levon Aronian


Wang Hao

Position after 15...a5


Nb3 I blundered [the new GM word for missed] I confess. Aronian who said if he saw Nb3 he would have never gone for the f6 "stuff".

[16.Bxc6 bxc6 17.Nxc6 Qc7 18.Nd5 exd5 19.Qxd5+ Ne6 Is extremely important according to Aronian and it works for equality but Kh8 seems fine too. (19...Kh8 20.Nxe7 Nb7 21.Nxg6+ hxg6; 19...Bf7? 20.Nxe7+ Qxe7 21.Qxa8) 20.Nxe7+ Qxe7 21.Qxa8 f5 and black is in time with his counterplay.]

16...Nd7 17.Na4 Qc7?

Levon Aronian


Wang Hao

Position after 17...Qc7?

Qc7 is a very bad move making things worse according to Aronian.

[17...Nd6 18.Qc1 h5 (18...e5) 19.Rd1 and Aronian had a bad feeling about this position which is probably a correct evaluation. 19...Qc7 ]


[18.c5 "and black is close to big trouble" according to Aronian and this was also the suggestion of Ronan Ronen Har-Zvi in commentary with me on ICC and it looks very convincing. 18...h5 19.Nb6 (19.f4) 19...Nxb6 20.cxb6 Qe5 21.Qd4 Qb5]

18...Nxc5 19.Nxc5 Bf7 20.Qd7 Bxc5 21.Qxc7 Nxc7 22.Bxc5 Rfc8 23.f4

[23.Rfd1 e5 24.Rd7 Bxc4 25.g5 Ne6 was a line Aronian gave for white but it's just very good for black.]

23...e5 24.fxe5 fxe5 25.b3 Ne6 26.Be3 Re8 27.Rad1 Re7 28.a3 h6 29.Rd6 Rae8

Levon Aronian


Wang Hao

Position after 29...Rae8

Possibly too risky for black.

[29...Nd4 30.Bxd4 exd4 31.Rxd4 a4 32.b4 Rxe2 33.b5 Ra2 "Now I have to calculate lines and I'm not in the age for that." - Aronian and both players laugh.]

30.Be4 Nf4 31.Bxf4 exf4 32.Bd3 g5

Levon Aronian


Wang Hao

Position after 32...g5

I saw this g5 idea and I thought it's precise and then I got scared during the game somehow - Aronian.

33.Rxh6 Kg7 34.Rh7+ Kg8 35.Rh6 Kg7 36.Rh7+

[36.Rd6 Re3 37.Kh2 Rg3! Probably I played precisely without realising it - Aronian.]

36...Kg8 37.Rh6

[37.h4 Rxe2 38.hxg5 R8e3]


Hammer,Jon Ludvig (2631) - Carlsen,Magnus (2872) [E04]
Supreme Masters 2013 Sandnes NOR (7.4), 15.05.2013

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.g3 dxc4 5.Bg2 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 a5 7.Qc2 Bxd2+ 8.Qxd2 c6 9.a4 Ne4 10.Qc2 Nd6 11.Nbd2 Na6 12.Nxc4 Nb4 13.Nxd6+ Qxd6 14.Qd2 0-0 15.0-0 Rd8

[15...b6 16.Rac1 Ba6 17.Rfd1 Rac8 18.Bf1 Rfd8 19.Qf4 Qxf4 20.gxf4 f6 21.e3 1/2-1/2 Ragger,M (2662)-Wojtaszek,R (2705)/Porto Carras GRE 2011/The Week in Chess 888]

16.Rfd1 b6 17.Qc3 Ba6 18.Rd2 Rac8 19.Rad1 Qe7 20.h4 c5 21.dxc5

Magnus Carlsen


Jon Ludvig Hammer

Position after 21...dxc5

"Anything here is about equal." - Carlsen.


[21...Rxd2 22.Qxd2 Qxc5 23.Ne5 f6 is not desirable and otherwise it's not so easy to drive away the knight. (23...h6 24.Qf4) ]


Maybe this is a little dangerous after Ng5. - Carlsen.


22...Nxd5 23.Qe5 Qxc5

[23...Rxc5 24.Ng5 Nc3 25.Qd6 and white is doing quite well. - Carlsen.]


[24.Nd4 Nc3 25.Qxc5 bxc5 26.bxc3 cxd4 27.cxd4 Bxe2 28.Re1 is equal.]

24...Re8 25.Nd4

Magnus Carlsen


Jon Ludvig Hammer

Position after 25.Nd4

"I wasted so much time around here trying to figure out a way to keep the tension because I figured with the pawn configuration on the queenside if I could only consolidate I would be slightly better." - Carlsen. "I thought I was better here" - Hammer. "That's probably true but I was trying to find a way to consolidate." Carlsen.

[25.Ng5 Nf6 26.Qxc5 bxc5 And I don't think you're better here. Carlsen.]


Magnus Carlsen


Jon Ludvig Hammer

Position after 25....Kf8

"A really impressive move" - Hammer. "I think Kf8 was pretty sick and I think it won you the game."

[25...Qb4 was just too risky to contemplate for Carlsen for too little reward. 26.Nf5 Nf6 27.Nd6 Qxa4 28.Rd4 Qa1+ 29.Kh2; 25...Nc3 was the move Hammer thought Carlsen had to play. The fact that Carlsen was getting into time trouble, which he hardly ever does gave Hammer the impression he was pressing in this position. Kf8 completely disturbed his equalibrium.]


Carlsen was down to only a few minutes to get to move 40 but now play becomes easier for him.

[26.e4 was the simplest if he just wanted to force a draw - Carlsen. 26...Nf6 27.Qxc5+ bxc5 28.Nb3 Nxe4 29.Nxa5 c4 30.Bf1 Nc5 But I didn't see a useful move for you apart from that - Carlsen.; 26.Bxe6 Nf6 27.Qf5! is equal. (27.Qe3? Qd6) ]


"Now I was feeling pretty comfortable" - Carlsen who is planning Nf6 to exchange queens when his rook has the "good file" further away from the king which is always going to give Carlsen the advantage.


I think Nb5 is no good but it's not too easy to find an alternative - Carlsen.

[27.Nf5!? Probably objectively the best. 27...Nf6 28.Qxc5+ bxc5 29.Nd6 (29.Ne3 Rb8 30.Rc1 Nd7; 29.Rd6 might be the best with some reasonable holding chances. 29...Bc4 30.Ne3 Bb3 31.Ra6) 29...Rd8; 27.Bg2!? Nf6 28.Qxc5+ Rxc5 29.f4]

27...Bxb5 28.axb5 Nf6 29.Qd6+ Ke8 30.Qd3 Qd5!?

Magnus Carlsen


Jon Ludvig Hammer

Position after 30...Qd5

"If I allow Bg2 to e6 I will have practically nothing" - Carlsen.

31.Qxd5 exd5

If black gets another couple of moves to more or less consolidate with Rc5 or Rc2 "I will be more or less winning" - Carlsen. Hence Hammer's next.

[31...Nxd5 32.e4 Nb4 (32...Nf6!?) 33.Rd6 That didn't seem like something I should be aiming for. - Carlsen.]


Magnus Carlsen


Jon Ludvig Hammer

Position after 33.e5

[32.b4! I thought b4, that was the way to go. - Carlsen. 32...a4 33.Ra1 Ra8 34.Ra3 "It's very, very ugly but I thought perhaps the best drawing chance." - Carlsen. 34...Ne4 35.e3 Ke7 36.Be2 Kf6 37.Bd3 Nd6 38.Bc2 Nxb5 39.Rxa4 Rxa4 40.Bxa4 Nc3 41.Bb3]


[32...dxe4 "I sort of panicked and went Rc2 here because I didn't really see this." - Carlsen. 33.Rd6 Rc2 (33...Rc1 34.Rxb6 Ng4 35.Rc6 Rxc6 36.bxc6 Ke7 (36...Ne5 I should be winning, I don't know - Carlsen.) ) 34.Rxb6]


[33.exd5 I thought you needed to take on d5 - Carlsen. 33...Rxb2 34.d6 Kd8 35.Rc1 Rd2 36.Rc6 Nd7 37.Bh3 a4 38.Kg2 f6 39.h5 g6 40.Rc7 Rxd6 41.Ra7 f5 42.hxg6 hxg6]

33...Ne4 34.Rxd5 Rxb2 35.Rd4

[35.Bg2 Nc5 36.Rd6 a4 37.Rxb6 a3 and as far as I could see it could not be stopped - Carlsen.]

35...Rb4 36.Rd1

[36.Rxb4 axb4 with Nd2 to follow.]

36...a4 37.Bg2 Nc3


38.Bc6+ Ke7 39.Rd7+ Ke6

Magnus Carlsen


Jon Ludvig Hammer

Position after 39...Ke6

I was moderately worried I might get mated here. - Carlsen.


[40.f4 a3 41.Kg2 (41.Rd6+ Kf5 42.Kg2 Rb3 (42...Nxb5!) ) 41...Nxb5! and black is not getting mated which is the thing that worried Carlsen in time trouble. (41...Rb3) ]


"Basically after Kf8 the game is just a blur to me" - Hammer


Radjabov,Teimour (2793) - Anand,Viswanathan (2783) [E04]
Supreme Masters 2013 Sandnes NOR (7.5), 15.05.2013

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.g3 dxc4 5.Bg2 c5 6.Qa4+ Bd7 7.Qxc4 Bc6 8.0-0 Nbd7 9.Nc3?! Rc8

[9...b5 Already seems playable but Anand wasn't sure at the board. 10.Nxb5 (10.Qd3 b4 11.Nb1 Be4) 10...Nb6 11.Qc2 Bxb5 12.dxc5 Rc8 13.b4 "And it wasn't clear to me I am better." Anand. He probably is.]


Viswanathan Anand


Teimour Radjabov

Position after 10.Be3

Now Anand was "really shocked" and tried to work out what he could possible be missing.

[10.Bf4 cxd4 11.Qxd4 Bc5 12.Qd3 0-0 13.Rac1 Qb6 14.Qb1 Ng4 15.Nd1 h6 16.h3 Ngf6 17.Ne5 Bxg2 18.Kxg2 Bd4 19.Nc4 Qa6 20.b3 b5 21.Ncb2 Nd5 22.Bd2 Rxc1 23.Bxc1 Rc8 24.Nd3 Qc6 25.Kg1 Qc2 26.Qxc2 Rxc2 27.e4 N5f6 28.Be3 Bxe3 29.Nxe3 Rd2 30.Rd1 Rxd1+ 31.Nxd1 Nxe4 32.Kg2 Kf8 33.Kf3 Nd6 34.Nc3 Ke7 35.Ke3 Kd8 36.g4 Kc7 37.Kd4 Kc6 38.f4 f6 39.a3 a5 40.Ne2 g5 41.fxg5 hxg5 42.Ng3 e5+ 43.Ke3 a4 44.bxa4 Nc4+ 45.Ke4 bxa4 46.Nb4+ Kc5 47.Nc2 Nd6+ 48.Kd3 Nb6 49.Nh5 Nd5 50.Ng7 Nf4+ 51.Kc3 Nxh3 52.Ne6+ Kd5 53.Nc7+ Kc6 54.Ne6 Nf4 55.Ng7 Kc5 56.Ne3 Nb5+ 57.Kb2 Nd3+ 58.Ka2 e4 59.Ne8 Kd4 60.Nf5+ Ke5 61.Ne7 e3 62.Ng6+ Kd4 63.Ng7 e2 0-1 Kozganbayev,E (2271)-Lu Shanglei (2473)/Moscow RUS 2011/The Week in Chess 869]

10...b5 11.Qd3

[11.Nxb5 Nb6 12.Qc2 Bxb5 13.dxc5 Nbd5 14.b4 Nxe3 15.fxe3]

11...b4 12.Nb1 c4

"Basically the problem for him is that my pawns have advanced a lot." - Anand.

13.Qc2 Be7 14.a3 b3 15.Qc1 Nb6 16.Nc3 Nfd5 17.Bd2 0-0

Viswanathan Anand


Teimour Radjabov

Position after 17...0-0

In the last few moves white could probably have been more stubburn but Radjabov probably was already very dispirited.


[18.Re1 "Here he more or less fell apart. I thought Re1 was stronger than what he did." - Anand who thought the knight needs to "find it's way to d2 and b1, not e5 where it's doing nothing."]

18...Nxc3 19.Bxc3 Bxg2 20.Kxg2 Na4 21.Re1 f5

Viswanathan Anand


Teimour Radjabov

Position after 21...f5

"Black's position is playing itself." - Anand.

22.f3 Bg5 23.e3

[23.Qd1 Be3 Completely paralyses white. - Anand 24.f4 Qd5+ 25.Nf3 Rfd8 is crushing.]

23...Bf6 24.e4 Bxe5 25.dxe5 fxe4 26.Rxe4 Qd3

Viswanathan Anand


Teimour Radjabov

Position after 26...Qd3

"Here I made one or two accurate moves but it's clear he was just out of it already." Anand.

27.Re3 Qd5 28.Qe1 Rfd8 29.Rc1 Qb5 30.Rd1 Rd3 31.Rexd3 cxd3 32.Bd4 Qc4 33.Be3 Nxb2 34.Rc1 d2 0-1

Supreme Masters 2013 Sandnes NOR (NOR), 8-18 v 2013 cat. XXI (2766)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
1. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2767 * 0 ½ 1 1 . . 1 1 1 2992
2. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2868 1 * ½ . ½ ½ ½ . 1 1 5 2906
3. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2783 ½ ½ * ½ 0 ½ 1 . 1 . 4 2840
4. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2813 0 . ½ * 1 ½ . ½ ½ 1 4 2791
5. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2775 0 ½ 1 0 * ½ ½ 1 . . 2790
6. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2769 . ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ 0 . 1 2769
7. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2793 . ½ 0 . ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 3 2705
8. Wang, Hao g CHN 2743 0 . . ½ 0 1 ½ * ½ 0 2650
9. Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2745 0 0 0 ½ . . ½ ½ * 1 2665
10. Hammer, Jon Ludvig g NOR 2608 0 0 . 0 . 0 ½ 1 0 * 2555
Round 7 (May 15, 2013)
Karjakin, Sergey - Nakamura, Hikaru 1-0 59 B94 Sicilian Najdorf with 6.Bg5
Svidler, Peter - Topalov, Veselin ½-½ 34 B51 Sicilian Rossolimo
Wang, Hao - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 37 A07 Barcza System
Radjabov, Teimour - Anand, Viswanathan 0-1 34 E04 Catalan
Hammer, Jon Ludvig - Carlsen, Magnus 0-1 40 E04 Catalan

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