June 19, 2014 0:51

Carlsen Wins World Rapid Championship Ahead of Caruana & Anand

Magnus Carlsen won the FIDE World Rapid Championship in Dubai on Wednesday, finishing on 11.0/15. Fabiano Caruana had the best tiebreak of four players who finished on 10.5; Vishy Anand came third, Levon Aronian fourth and Alexander Morozevich fifth. On Thursday and Friday the FIDE World Blitz Championship will be played.

Carlsen ended the day playing football - as number one | All other photos © Anastasiya Karlovich courtesy of FIDE

The third and final day of the rapid tournament started with an absolute cracker: Aronian vs Carlsen; number 1 and 2 of in the world classical chess and in the standings after 10 rounds. It was a great game that started as Ragozin and became a middlegame with White having an isolated queen's pawn. Carlsen's 18th move spiced up the game, and for another ten moves the game was played at a very high level. 

Carlsen was the first to make a big mistake, and using much time on the clock he made another one. He played 31...g5 with 4 seconds on the clock - Aronian had more than two minutes there but soon he used three quarters of that. Around move 34 the Armenian GM was winning, but it wasn't easy and he made the practical choice of going for a line that provided at least a perpetual. As it turned out, there was not more than that either.

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Aronian missed the win against Carlsen

Aronian-Carlsen was a nice pairing, but what about Jobava-Morozevich? Two of the most creative players around facing each other, that could really only produce a nice game. And it did.

In an IQP position Jobava maneuvered his rook to g4, and two moves later he sacrificed it on g7. Like Mikhail Tal, the Georgian is capable of seeing tactics in the position that nobody else has seen yet! But Morozevich found the small path through the complications, and won the ending.

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Fabiano Caruana won a good game against Peter Svidler, who has been returning to one of his favorite weapons as Black against 1.e4: the Sicilian with 2...e6. This time he went for a Taimanov.

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Nepomniachtchi had no chance against Anand, who completely outplayed his opponent in a 6.h3 Najdorf. It's not exactly clear where it went wrong for Black, but around move 20 he's completely busted positionally.

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After he went down against Aronian, Nakamura also lost to Radjabov. In a Sämisch Nimzo-Indian, White's attack looked dangerous but in fact Black could grab material and defend his monarch easily.

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Round 12 saw the big game between Vishy Anand and Magnus Carlsen - most probably the last but one (they will surely meet in the blitz tournament as well) before their return match for the world title. The Exchange Slav didn't surprise Anand at all, althoug the Indian said he needed some thought “to find the right move order”. He had a tiny edge out of the opening, which quickly became an endgame. 

White managed to find some counterplay and at some point Anand gave two pieces for a rook, but he won White's a-pawn. It was probably still a draw because Black's own pawns were weak, but suddenly Carlsen blundered a piece and Anand could keep his a-pawn. White had a few pawns, but it just wasn't enough for a fortress. Another nice boost for Anand for the match, after winning the Candidates?

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Anand beat Carlsen, for the first time since September 2011

Caruana still must have been “having fun” as he moved back to shared first place with Anand. The Italian GM beat Tomashevsky in one of the most topical lines of the Closed Ruy Lopez these days (although the novelty was a deviation from a 1978 game!). White got a strong knight on f5, won a pawn and quickly won the ending.

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Yu Yangyi has been the surprise of the tournament so far. He had Aronian on the ropes, but let it slip away and even had to be careful himself at the end:

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Yu Yangyi made a very good impression in the rapid

Then, as the two leaders with three rounds to go, Anand and Caruana met on top board. The opening was a Classical French where both castled kingside and Black seemed to be equalizing quickly. Caruana even got a slight initiative on the kingside, but Anand held things together and as soon as an opposite-colored bishop ending appeared on the board, they asked one of the arbiters, and agreed to a draw. 

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This allowed Carlsen to catch the leaders in first place; the Norwegian quickly won a pawn against Yu to reach a technical win, then allowed too much complications but in the end he won anyway.

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Aronian and Radjabov drew their game, and so they dropped back half a point to go into shared fourth with Karjakin (who beat Tomashevsky), Grischuk (who beat Naiditsch) and Bacrot. The Frenchman beat beat Movsesian, who blundered a mate in one in a drawn position:

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And so the situation with two rounds to go was Anand, Carlsen and Caruana leading with 9.5/13; Aronian, Radjabov, Karjakin, Grischuk & Bacrot on 9. 

Caruana played Aronian on board one, and played 4.d3 against the Berlin. White seemed to be doing well with a good knight versus bad bishop, but Black won a pawn and kept it. The ending was perhaps draw, but Aronian found a lot of tricky moves and eventually his h-pawn was too strong.

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Having bad memories about Astana two years ago, where things went wrong starting with Grischuk, Carlsen didn't get a good position out of the opening. He got into serious trouble and was just lost (e.g. 30...f5) but somehow survived and then even won.

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Karjakin fought himself to the top by grinding down Bacrot from an ending that looked like a dead draw (and probably was). 

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And so Carlsen went into the last round with a half-point lead over Anand, Aronian and Karjakin. The first tiebreak was “ARCO” (Average Rating of Opponents Cut 1), and Carlsen and Peter Heine Nielsen (and the arbiter) had calculated that he only needed a draw in the last round against Radjabov. That last game did end in a draw, but the tiebreak wasn't relevant anymore when Anand and Aronian drew their game and Karjakin even lost:

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Four players finished half a point behind Carlsen and it was Caruana who earned the silver medal on the aforementioned tiebreaker - thanks to this win:

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In an excellent press conference after the tournament  (which add to this article later), Carlsen said:

“It means a great deal. Of course the extremely strong playing field gave me extra motivation. It's clearly the strongest Swiss tournament ever held and I'm absolutely thrilled to have won it.”

Full press conference:

Carlsen had “no idea how [he] would be ready for the blitz tomorrow” and that he would follow his father's advice to take some exercise, and so later in the evening he joined in an indoor football match with a group of players!

Carlsen... playing as #1



World Rapid Championship 2014 | Final Standings (Top 40)

Rk. SNo Name FED Rtg Pts. TB1 TB2 Rp
1 4 Carlsen Magnus NOR 2827 11 2730 131 2899
2 2 Caruana Fabiano ITA 2840 10,5 2741 131 2884
3 9 Anand Viswanathan IND 2770 10,5 2723 127,5 2866
4 7 Aronian Levon ARM 2785 10,5 2717 128 2852
5 15 Morozevich Alexander RUS 2732 10,5 2696 117,5 2831
6 31 Tomashevsky Evgeny RUS 2693 10 2728 128,5 2840
7 8 Karjakin Sergey RUS 2781 10 2727 133 2845
8 3 Grischuk Alexander RUS 2828 10 2708 128 2825
9 13 Radjabov Teimour AZE 2750 10 2705 123 2816
10 6 Svidler Peter RUS 2787 10 2685 123 2804
11 32 Bacrot Etienne FRA 2692 10 2680 113,5 2790
12 45 Yu Yangyi CHN 2668 9,5 2717 128,5 2790
13 25 Mamedov Rauf AZE 2705 9,5 2619 106 2706
14 33 Jobava Baadur GEO 2688 9 2725 122 2782
15 49 Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son VIE 2660 9 2719 124 2764
16 57 Iturrizaga Bonelli Eduardo VEN 2652 9 2717 116 2766
17 28 Movsesian Sergei ARM 2696 9 2711 124 2762
18 44 Guseinov Gadir AZE 2671 9 2709 119 2760
19 18 Le Quang Liem VIE 2724 9 2688 120,5 2750
20 40 Efimenko Zahar UKR 2677 9 2672 112,5 2727
21 20 Wang Hao CHN 2716 9 2654 109,5 2721
22 19 Eljanov Pavel UKR 2716 9 2643 111,5 2708
23 80 Antipov Mikhail Al. RUS 2576 9 2642 106 2687
24 11 Nepomniachtchi Ian RUS 2768 8,5 2735 124 2778
25 36 Fressinet Laurent FRA 2681 8,5 2733 122,5 2743
26 68 Yudin Sergei RUS 2626 8,5 2712 112,5 2748
27 65 Salgado Lopez Ivan ESP 2630 8,5 2701 117,5 2736
28 73 Riazantsev Alexander RUS 2597 8,5 2698 116,5 2720
29 1 Nakamura Hikaru USA 2841 8,5 2697 124 2736
30 75 Bartel Mateusz POL 2593 8,5 2682 113,5 2710
31 34 Naiditsch Arkadij GER 2687 8,5 2678 115 2711
32 41 Meier Georg GER 2677 8,5 2665 116 2699
33 23 Vallejo Pons Francisco ESP 2709 8,5 2660 114 2704
34 59 Matlakov Maxim RUS 2649 8,5 2659 112,5 2674
35 27 Moiseenko Alexander UKR 2699 8,5 2652 117,5 2691
36 24 Vitiugov Nikita RUS 2708 8,5 2637 112 2681
37 54 Fedoseev Vladimir RUS 2656 8,5 2634 106,5 2658
38 39 Zhigalko Sergei BLR 2679 8,5 2624 108,5 2662
39 16 Cheparinov Ivan BUL 2727 8,5 2616 109 2655
40 43 Van Wely Loek NED 2674 8 2713 119,5 2713

(Full standings here)

The World Blitz starts on Thursday at 3pm local time (GMT +4) which is 1pm CET, 7am New York and 4am Los Angeles. The championship will be broadcast live on the tournament’s official website with online games and commentary.


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Peter Doggers's picture
Author: Peter Doggers


Anonymous's picture

"Round 12 saw the big game between Vishy Anand and Magnus Carlsen - most probably the last but one (they will surely meet in the blitz tournament as well) before their return match for the world title"

"most probably the last but one before their return match for the world title"


Svej's picture

In the games Carlsen - Anand, Carlsen had clear advantage in the beginning. Had it been classical, he would have won. See the game with the graph http://www.chessdom.com/fide-world-rapid-championship-2014-live/

JazzCat's picture

Had it been classical, Carlsen wouldn't have such big advantage from the opening...

Anonymous's picture

"Last but one" is European English for "second to last."

syzygy's picture

If there's one thing worse than a linguistic snob, it's a linguistic snob who doesn't know what they're talking about.

1 - 'last but one' is a parallel expression for 'second to last' and 'penultimate'. They are all equally good in general, though 'second last' is perhaps more common.

2 - 'last but one' is better than 'second to last' in this instance for two reasons:
- because it is slightly unusual, it draws the reader's attention to the importance/interest of this game
- because it fronts 'last', it emphasises that there will be very few more games between these players before the World Championship - again, drawing the reader's attention to the importance/interest of this game.

Truth Teller's picture

There is an old saying which is truer now more than ever: "It is better to be lucky than good."

Abhi's picture

Congrats Magnus!

But Anand deserves special recognition for being the only undefeated player of the tournament, and beating the #1 guy. He was very consistent - storing 3.5 points on all three days.

Truth Teller's picture

Congratulations to World Champion Magnus Carlsen for his fortunate win for the World Rapid Chess title. Lady Luck smiled upon him so much that he did not have to revert to his old tricks (which me may still have to fall back on in the blitz championship) of shamelessly retracting blunders with a straight face. Of course he only did that 400% more than any other top player in the same period but who's keeping track of trifles like that? As a loyal fan I wish him continued good luck!!

Nonsense Sniffer's picture

But why did they kick you out from Chessbomb, S3?

Truth Teller's picture

A fact is a persistent kind of thing:

Carlsen vs. Savchenko, 2010

Carlsen vs Kosteniuk, 2009

Gashimov vs. Carlsen, 2009

Carlsen vs. Aronian, 2008

Anonymous's picture

How come you didn't call him a cheater this time? Are you getting soft in the belly or something?

Armenian highlands's picture

HAHAHAHAHA! Carlsen may have won the tournament, but he got crushed in style by the TIGER OF MADRAS. In a match, Carlsen won't be able to rely on beating rabbits, but he will be facing Anand game after game. Anand has exposed weaknesses in Carlsen's endgames. Carlsen will remain the paper champion for a few more months, but in the minds of erudite connoisseurs, Anand is now the True Champion (along with co-Champion Vladimir Kramnik). Stick to modeling, Maggie! HAHAHAHA!

Hernán Ruiz's picture

And you are one of those "erudit connoisseurs"?
I doubt it.Just an envious chap, like many here.How painful for you, Carlsen won the tournament!

Truth Teller's picture

Carlsen won this through fair play Hopefully he will continue that during the blitz tournament. .

Truth Teller's picture

"Beginners often touch or take back pieces due to unawareness. With grandmasters it is usually an obvious/conscious attempt to cheat." - Grandmaster Bartek Macieja http://www.chessvibes.com/?q=macieja-on-fighting-cheating-in-chess

Anonymous's picture

Talk to S3, Truth Teller. If you can.

observer's picture

s3 now not even attempting to hide the fact that he uses multiple identities to post.
It will be difficult from now on not to attribute any anti-Carlsen ravings (apart from Thomas's) to him even in the uncommon event that they are not. He has cried 'wolf' too often.

Same for nasty attacks on certain posters.

Anonymous's picture

Everybody is s3 according to you. I think you are deliberately downplaying confronting posts that way. Either that or you are truly obsessed.

observer's picture

Sorry, s3, you can't get away with this sort of crap anymore. The cat is well and truly out of the bag by now.

Zeveraar's picture

Thanks for posting this.
Now that I have seen the vids, I am finally able to qualify your use of terminology.
Fact is, in ALL video's Carlsen immediately resigned after having been pointed out his double move errors.
My opinion is, that all these moves were executed and in realizing his error, Carlsen wanted to correct. I'd call that a reflex. It all happens in a split-second. If you play chess yourself, at whatever level, you will recognize that.

So the qualification of "cheating" is an exaggeration. Also the Kosteniuk vid is a sad example of a girl, not getting enough attention (is this fact or opinion? you judge me on that).

Anonymous's picture

I agree completely with what you say.
I have done the same in blitz in the past myself without the slightest intention of cheating. It is something you need to train yourself out of doing and it would appear that Carlsen has done that.

I agree with you about the Kosteniuk video as well, pretty cringeworthy. It's known she has a "reputation".

So S3 hangs onto these 4-year-old videos of Carlsen "cheating" as a main reason to hate him. What a loser.

Greco's picture

@zeveraar. I also watched the videos and when the ref arrives resigning is pointless as it's a loss by rules. Also you are mistaken; in several cases Carlsen didn't resign and suggested he didn't touch pieces. Against Aronian f.e. the ref had to review the tape before he declared the game lost. Against Gashimov MC denied as well.

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re: "Fact is, in ALL video's Carlsen immediately resigned after having been pointed out his double move errors."

Really? I guess you don't count the game with Aronian where he wouldn't admit to it until he saw video proof. Waiting to see if the video evidence is conclusive is a novel definition of "immediately".

re: "all these moves were executed and in realizing his error, Carlsen wanted to correct. I'd call that a reflex."

Sure, but after you realize what you have done you should either play the original move or resign immediately but definitely NOT wait until your opponent demands that you play your original move.

re: "If you play chess yourself, at whatever level, you will recognize that."

Well I'm only a club player but I know that if I reflexively do something then it is for me to correct it NOT wait until my opponent demands that I do. On the other hand Bartek Macieja plays at the gransmaster level and HE said in his blog: "With grandmasters it is usually an obvious/conscious attempt to cheat."

I would argue that people who wait and see if their opponent will say something are trying to get away with retracting their blunder (because they have nothing to lose at that point). Sometimes this works like in Polgar vs. Kasparov, 1994 and in Malakhov vs. Azmaiparashvili, 2003. Because their opponents were too shocked to say anything both of those GM's won games that they should have lost and that affected the outcome of the respective tournaments.

Here is the honest way to handle a bad reflex:

'In a game between future World Champion Bobby Fischer and Jan Hein Donner, White had a probably winning advantage; Black had just moved 29...Qg5–f5 and White fell for a swindle. Fischer touched his bishop, intending to move 30. Bd3, which seems like a natural move, but then realized that Black could play 30...Rxc2, and after 31.Bxf5 Rc1 32.Qxc1 Bxc1, the game would be a draw, because of the opposite-colored bishops endgame. After touching the bishop, he realized that 30.Bd3 was a bad move, but since he was obligated to move the bishop, and other bishop moves were even worse, after several seconds he played 30.Bd3. The queens and rooks were exchanged (as above) and a draw by agreement was reached after the 34th move. Had Fischer won the game, he would have tied with Boris Spassky for first place in the 1966 Piatigorsky Cup tournament.' ~ en.wikipedia.org

Anonymous's picture

+100 for RG. RG and truthteller behave far more civilized than observer and some anonymouses who can't make a post without insulting people. No question why a cheating champion is that attractive to them...

Anonymous's picture
observer's picture

+ 1000

Truth Teller's picture

S3 didn't post that - I did. I don't agree with much of what S3 posts but some of his views are shared by other chess fans. Also profanity-laced personal attacks add nothing to a discussion about chess and it's players. They are only an angry projection of an immature mind.

Anonymous's picture

You're not fooling anyone, S3.

observer's picture

Getting desperate, isn't he?

Bill Logie's picture

Anybody else notice the irony of S3 accusing someone else of misconduct?

Anonymous's picture

I don't see S3, just obsessive observer and his many aliases like bill.

PircAlert's picture

Like I said yesterday, a knock out at the last stages would have determined a true champion. But yes, the champion of champions, Anand is back again!!

Btw, it does not look like Carlsen blundered. It is kind of position you don't know what to do. And under pressure, Carlsen must have thought that was a good continuation for draw.

PircAlert's picture

Seems like Carlsen himself admits it was a blunder..

observer's picture

Obviously you haven't taken up yesterday's suggestion and read 'Championship Chessmetrics Analysis' have you PircAlert? Wouldn't want facts to get in the way of a good story, would we?
But then in respect of your Anand fantasies, you never did.

Thomas Richter Fanboy's picture

Oh nooo, Magnus Carlsen won the Rapid World Championship on a clear first, against the strongest field ever for this tournament. But that should not be possible!? There must be SOMETHING to hold against him? We cannot let this pass without any negative comments. Maybe re-watching the video from all the 15 rounds can tell us something? Or perhaps some of the top 20 players were out of form? I am sure there must be a reason why MC didn’t earn the victory fair and square. Hopefully, Thomas Richter will take his time to tell us!

comeonthomas's picture

Come on Thomas, enlighten us!

Vodkarov's picture

Caruana is the #1 in rapid rating. He is best player than Carlsen. Carlsen is the King of Boring Chess (KBC)

Anonymous's picture

Clearly too much vodka

Anonymous's picture

Somebody forgot to lock Vodkarov's cage at Chessbomb. Please take him back but don't hurt him. Also, check the door of the drama queen with her two books. Better safe than sorry.

jimknopf's picture

When Magnus played his one move piece loss, I must confess I thought it was as good as over for him, and when next he reached a very bad white middlegame in a Saemisch King’s Indian against Grishuk, I was sure he had spoiled all his remaining chances. I’m obvously losing confidence too fast. ;-)

Carlsen is a remarkable character, not even faltering in such extreme situations. He just keeps on playing for whatever he can get out of each single game, in Han Solo manner („never tell me how bad my chances are“). I liked the way he wrestled with Grishuk from a bad middlegame on, step by step into a slight advantage and then converting into a winning position, even avoiding a drawn endgame a knight up, while both were playing with time pressure. Simply stunning!
I am convinced he meanwhile gets a lot of respect from other players (Caruana already expressed his, Kramnik probably will never admit it) for that kind of mixture of skill and fighting spirit.

He himself once more was quite objective and respectful in his press conference with Karlova. He congratulated Anand, for playing the still (after Carlsen’s blunder) not trivial win against him very well. He accepted the loss as fair loss, regarding having been lucky at other times. And he showed in a from my view very open and sympathetic way, how much he really enjoyed the win after all the stress, instead of using one of these ready made press conference statements or such cases. He was straight, open and even a bit emotional in a charming youthful way.

Everybody is free too disagree: Magnus Carlsen to me is a a world champion (now a double one), whom I definitely like. And I’m glad that Caruana, Aronian and Anand finished so close behind him, keeping the tension high for things to come. I was switching back and forth between the games today, and there was a lot of high tension chess going on! It’s a great time for watching chess live! Not sorry for Karjakin: he had enough fun in Norway. Definitely sorry for Nakamura: he was often overhyped as rapid and blitz player (and has no small opinion about himself concerning both), but definitely played below his best form.

The commentator was a funny Russian bear, with skilled chess commnets, but moaning and grumbling with his heavy Russian accent in a way, that made me laugh more than once. „A Rrrussian prrroverb says: „Rrrrepetion ist he motherrr of wisdommm.“ As long as they keep on repeating such great chess events, I’m all for it! :-))

Anonymous's picture

Thank you for this post. So refreshing to read something else than the ramblings of the trolls here. I have so much respect for the top players, the level of chess is fantastic and Magnus' ability to come out on top against all odds is truly special. Looking forward to the blitz, expecting a little champ hangover from Magnus but certainly not counting him out..! Maybe Aronian will win?

Grandma's picture

+ 10, jimknopf. :-)

Grandpa's picture

Also +10 from grandpa for jimknopf.
Enjoyed the modesty of Caruana and his tweets too.

Grandma's picture


So good. But !m not Grandpa or Grandaunt or anyone else. I'm just "Grandma" here on Chessvibes.

But Grandmas are not what they used to be.

I got my first children when I was 19 and 21 years old, and studied in the University afterwards. It is possible in Scandinavia!

Don't count me out as a very, very old woman! :-)

PS: I have great respect for old and wise people!

Leo's picture

Yeah, Komarov's comments are hilarious. I didn't check out what he looks like, 'cause I want to keep my mental image of him =)

 Anon's picture

Nice comment, thanks!

me's picture

thanks a lot, jimknopf - it's always nice to read posts which easily could have been mine as well (if I was more eloquent, especially in English)

eric's picture

thank you for your informative/interesting comment.
one can think that audience of chess should at least make some level of sense, but trolls are ruining these comment sections w/ their love&hate relationships against great chess players, and also against themselves. there is no reason for that behavior though…
anyways, thank you again for the insightful comment!

Bronkenstein's picture

GJ Magnus, especially bouncing back from that defeat by Tiger, I expected him to simply fall apart, as many would on his spot. But to me Vishy is clear moral winner, the only undefeated player it seems, taking the medal (and few pleasant memories =), getting nice rating points - at that age... I am very pleasantly surprised.

Another pleasant surprise is Caruana, I kinda owe him an ˝apology˝ since I underestimated his rapid skills (I was wondering how did he get so high in rapid rankings), but he performed very well, and is actually No1 at the moment =) Excellent job.

Talking about Grischuk´s and Karjakin´s performance is different story... I also expected much more from MVL, but there is some blitzing ahead, we shall see...

Anonymous's picture

I personally think Nakamura overestimates his own skills relative to other top players in rapid and blitz. He looks at his online dominance and his rating and thinks he is the best, but he is not taking into account that most other top players don't view success in rapid and blitz with the same seriousness he does. He surely is an exceptionally good speed player, but, in a tournament like this with serious money on the line, the "gloves come off" and he has a much harder time of it than he, or his fans, would ever dare predict.


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