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    The Exchange French Comes to Life
    Fresh Strategies to Play for a Win
    Catalog Code: B0131RE

    In the first book ever exclusively devoted to the Exchange French Variation, American grandmaster Alex Fishbein recognizes that the Exchange French is an opening for a player who likes active piece play, fights for the initiative, excels in positions with possibilities on both sides of the board, and finds strategic and tactical nuances that arise out of almost nothing. And if you play the French as Black, then this book will help you deal with White’s 3.exd5.
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    The Exchange French Comes to Life

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    Quick Course of Chess Openings
    Catalog Code: B0017SU

    Each section of a chess game – opening, middlegame and endgame – has a special significance. In the case of a material or positional disadvantage at the beginning of the fight, it's not easy to master the middlegame, and mostly there will be no endgame at all. This means that without a convincing play in the opening you will not be successful in chess. For this reason, opening books enjoy great popularity. However, since building an individual opening repertoire requires reviewing a lot of material, it makes sense to look for a time-saving approach like the one offered by this quick course.
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    Quick Course of Chess Openings

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    Winning with 1.e4!
    Catalog Code: B0018SU

    Winning with 1.e4! - A confident and promising title that consistently stands for the idea that White starts the game with 1.e4, determined to obtain an opening advantage.
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    Winning with 1.e4!

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    The French Defence - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: B0541EM

    The French Defence is a classical opening that has featured in the repertoire of many elite grandmasters. Black generally concedes a slight spatial disadvantage early but in return gains a sound structure and middlegame opportunities to undermine the white center. A close study of the French Defence can be very rewarding for all players as the structures and themes that arise are found in numerous other openings. In this book grandmaster Damian Lemos guides the reader through the complexities of this dynamic opening and explores all the important variations.
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    The French Defence - Move by Move

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    NIC Yearbook 136 - HARDCOVER EDITION
    A Big Up and A Big Down for Girl in the Tarrasch
    Catalog Code: B0136HYB

    New in Chess Yearbook is the #1 guide to Chess Opening news! It is published four times per year, ensuring the most up-to-date and topic chess opening information. It includes 25-30 surveys per issue, covering all of the fashionable lines, wild gambits and even forgotten variations! If you're serious about chess, you need New in Chess Yearbooks!
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    NIC Yearbook 136 - HARDCOVER EDITION

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    NIC Yearbook 136 - PAPERBACK EDITION
    A Big Up and A Big Down for Girl in the Tarrasch
    Catalog Code: B0136PYB

    New in Chess Yearbook is the #1 guide to Chess Opening news! It is published four times per year, ensuring the most up-to-date and topic chess opening information. It includes 25-30 surveys per issue, covering all of the fashionable lines, wild gambits and even forgotten variations! If you're serious about chess, you need New in Chess Yearbooks!
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    NIC Yearbook 136 - PAPERBACK EDITION

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    1. e4! The Chess Bible - Volume 1
    Catalog Code: B0097TH

    I have chosen 1.e4 for various reasons. First and foremost, it is the move I have played for the entirety of my chess-playing life. In the database, I have recorded approximately 400 white games, of which 350 began with 1.e4! I have also heavily researched the openings covered in this volume, through my column ‘1.e4’ for Chess Publishing.
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    1. e4! The Chess Bible - Volume 1

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    The Modernized Ruy Lopez - A Complete Repertoire for White - Volume 2
    Catalog Code: B0095TH

    This second volume on the Ruy Lopez consists of two parts. In the first part I focus on modern systems with …Bc5, attempting to dissect both the Archangelsk and Moller Variations. These two variations have quite a rich history but in 2020 there have been several developments. If I had to name one person that contributed the most to the developments in those lines it is, without a doubt, Fabiano Caruana. His encounters in the Candidates Tournament in Ekaterinburg, then his theoretical discussion in those lines with Leinier Dominguez, revised my opinion on many of those lines and led to interesting discoveries that I analyze in this book.
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    The Modernized Ruy Lopez - A Complete Repertoire for White - Volume 2

    $39.95
    1. d4! The Chess Bible
    Catalog Code: B0098TH

    This book aims to provide a complete overview of a 1.d4 repertoire against five main openings (King’s Indian Defense, Grünfeld Defense, Slav Defense, Benoni Defense, and Catalan systems after 1.d4 d5), offering analysis of classical games and typical tactical motifs to provide an in-depth understanding of the associated middlegames. A concluding chapter explores typical endgames that are likely to arise from 1.d4.
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    1. d4! The Chess Bible

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    The Modernized Italian Game for White
    Catalog Code: B0096TH

    In the Giuoco Pianissimo, a wide variety of move orders is employed, which often transpose into the same positions, making it difficult to clearly clarify any set theory from the very start. In this regard, the classification of theoretical material has been done on the basis of key opening/middlegame positions, rather than on the individual moves taken to get there. Such a presentation of theoretical lines should also help the reader to develop a better understanding of the opening.
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    The Modernized Italian Game for White

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    The Modernized Anti-Sicilians Volume 1 – Rossolimo Variation
    Catalog Code: B0089TH

    Although every variation has been checked and inspired by a combination of Leela Zero and Stockfish, the emphasis has always been on choosing the most human lines. Readers may notice that the analysis is often extensive – I felt this was often necessary in justifying my suggestions. Nevertheless, the focus in these volumes should be inspiration by the various ideas, rather than memorization of long lines. In tandem with textual explanations, my fundamental hope is for the reader to absorb the interconnected ideas between each variation. This will be extremely useful in responding to future developments in the Anti-Sicilian.
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    The Modernized Anti-Sicilians Volume 1 – Rossolimo Variation

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    Understanding Before Moving 3 - Sicilian Structures Part 2
    Taimanov – Kan - Richter Rauzer
    Catalog Code: B0094TH

    The first volume dealt with the Najdorf and Scheveningen variations, and it is now time to pay attention to three other extremely popular systems: the Taimanov, Kan and Richter-Rauzer variations. After careful consideration within the Thinkers Publishing team, we decided that it made sense to group these variations together. In particular, the first two are closely related and share the feature that, in both cases, Black plays …e7-e6 and …a7-a6 at an early stage. They typically have the idea of retaining more options for their king’s bishop by postponing …d7-d6 (or even omitting it entirely.) The bishop may go to b4 or c5 in different lines.
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    Understanding Before Moving 3 - Sicilian Structures Part 2

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    The Modernized Modern Benoni
    Catalog Code: B0093TH

    Over time, my attention focused on the Modern Benoni. In this opening, the bishop on g7 is the same icon that is the basis of the King’s Indian, but here it can operate on the whole a1-h8 diagonal instead of being locked in by its own pawn on e5, as usually happens in the King’s Indian. Black’s plan is outrageously simple: with pawns on d6 and c5, and sometimes b4, he creates a breakwater that opens up space for his favorite on g7.
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    The Modernized Modern Benoni

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    Understanding Before Moving - Volume 1 - Ruy Lopez and Italian Structures
    Extended Revised Second Edition
    Catalog Code: B0087TH

    In this book, Herman Grooten discusses the backgrounds of openings, provides guidelines and explains in an instructive and accessible way the basic principles of a position. This book gives an overview of the positions and corresponding plans arising from the Ruy Lopez and Italian Game.
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    Understanding Before Moving - Volume 1 - Ruy Lopez and Italian Structures

    $32.95
    Beat the French Defense with 3. Nc3 – A Complete Repertoire for White
    Catalog Code: B0090TH

    The French Defense was my main opening with Black while I was striving towards the GM title at the turn of the century. Quite often, I was able to use it to drag my opponent into a complicated maze of deep analysis, so I have intimate knowledge of the tricks used on the other side of the ‘barricades’. This helped me craft a solid base for our present repertoire, and many of the ideas presented in the book have brought me fine victories against some of the strongest French exponents as well.
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    Beat the French Defense with 3. Nc3 – A Complete Repertoire for White

    $39.95
    The Modernized Ruy Lopez Volume 1 – A Complete Repertoire for White
    Catalog Code: B0091TH

    The first volume includes three parts. The first part is about Black’s alternatives to the modern major lines. Even though they are not as frequent as lines that I cover in subsequent chapters or volumes, I believe that it is good to know what to do in less popular variations too. After all, why would we study only (say) the Berlin Defense, leaving our opponents able to surprise us with the sharp Schliemann Variation? From a practical point of view, such a line would be very hard to face over the board from both chess and psychological perspectives. Basic knowledge of sidelines is therefore important.
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    The Modernized Ruy Lopez Volume 1 – A Complete Repertoire for White

    $39.95
    Openings - The Queen's Gambit
    Read - Understand - Play
    Catalog Code: B0016SU

    Based on the knowledge that the reader will surely acquire by studying this book, it will be easy to build a game and play interesting, entertaining and – last but not least – successful chess.
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    Openings - The Queen's Gambit

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    Encyclopedia of Chess Openings - Volume B - Part 2
    Catalog Code: B0031SHV

    The fifth thoroughly revised and updated edition of the Encyclopedia of Chess Openings, Volume B, Part 2 contains detailed coverage of ECO codes 50-99.
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    Encyclopedia of Chess Openings - Volume B - Part 2

    $44.95
    Win with the Caro-Kann
    A Choice of Counterattacking Options from a Sound Base
    Catalog Code: B0213GB

    The Caro-Kann is a rare beast among chess openings. While respected as a sound and safe way to start the game, it also avoids symmetry or simplification. This allows Black many ways to keep the game unbalanced and play for a win. Two Norwegian opening experts provide a set of options that take full advantage of this flexibility. This extremely up-to-date book has an innovative structure, with ‘lessons’, model games and theory ‘magnifiers’.
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    Win with the Caro-Kann

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    Back to Basics - Chess Openings
    A Comprehensive Guide to Chess Openings and Opening Play
    Catalog Code: B0021CH

    Many games are lost as a result of a player’s poor grasp of even the most basic principles of opening play. This book will help you enhance your understanding and give you guidelines on how to best study and play chess openings, reaching good, playable middlegame positions.
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    Back to Basics - Chess Openings

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    Grivas Opening Laboratory - Volume 6
    Catalog Code: B0069EV

    In this book you will find not only a concrete and well-structured, move by-move presentation, but also chapters on the middlegame, the endgame, and tactics, all of which are typical for this variation and will help you to understand it better. The only two things you have to do are to buy the book and study it! Note that the research on the games included is up to the middle of November 2020.
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    Grivas Opening Laboratory - Volume 6

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    Opening Repertoire - The Grunfeld Defence
    Catalog Code: B0535EM

    In Opening Repertoire: The Grünfeld Defence, Nigel Davies guides the reader through the complexities of the Grünfeld and carves out a repertoire for Black. He examines all aspects of this highly complex opening and provides the reader with well-researched, fresh, and innovative analysis.
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    Opening Repertoire - The Iron English
    Catalog Code: B0538EM

    In Opening Repertoire: The Iron English leading chess authors Simon Williams and Richard Palliser guide the reader through the complexities of this dynamic variation and carves out a repertoire for White. They examine all aspects of this highly complex opening and provide the reader with well-researched, fresh, and innovative analysis. Each annotated game has valuable lessons on how to play the opening and contains instructive commentary on typical middlegame plans.
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    Opening Repertoire - The Iron English

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    The Modern French Defence - Volume 2
    Advance and Winawer
    Catalog Code: B0156EU

    The French Defence is coming back to fashion again! One of the leaders in the 2020 Candidates tournament, Ian Nepomniachtchi, successfully staked on it. Lately World champion himself also embraced the French several times. A great expert of this opening is the last challenger for the world title Fabiano Caruana. The French became a real arena of the battle of the engines – neural network genius Leela was confidently repelling the attacks of its powerful rivals.
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    The Modern French Defence - Volume 2

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    The Modern French Defence - Volume 1
    Tarrasch and Various Lines
    Catalog Code: B0155EU

    The French Defence is coming back to fashion again! One of the leaders in the 2020 Candidates tournament, Ian Nepomniachtchi, successfully staked on it. Lately World champion himself also embraced the French several times. A great expert of this opening is the last challenger for the world title Fabiano Caruana. The French became a real arena of the battle of the engines – neural network genius Leela was confidently repelling the attacks of its powerful rivals.
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    The Modern French Defence - Volume 1

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    Opening Repertoire - Beating the Sicilian Main Lines
    Catalog Code: B0534EM

    In Opening Repertoire: Beating the Sicilian, Jonas Hacker guides the reader through the complexities of the Sicilian and carves out a repertoire for White. He examines all aspects of this highly complex opening and provides the reader with well-researched, fresh, and innovative analysis. Each annotated game has valuable lessons on how to play the opening and contains instructive commentary on typical middlegame plans.
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    Opening Repertoire - Beating the Sicilian Main Lines

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    Grivas Opening Laboratory - Volume 5
    Catalog Code: B0067EV

    The series continuing with this book is aimed at offering a full repertoire for White based on 1.d4. The idea of small opening repertoire books is not new, but here the purpose and the presentation is different. The choice of variations against each reply from Black will be mine and will be based on my long experience, having played the game for over 40 years, and also served as a professional coach for approximately 20 of those!
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    Grivas Opening Laboratory - Volume 5

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    Carlsen's Neo-Moller - A Complete and Surprising Repertoire Against the Ruy Lopez
    Catalog Code: B0245NIC

    That’s why Magnus Carlsen revolutionized the old Møller Attack, one of the sharpest and most uncompromising variations against the Ruy Lopez. As yet largely disregarded and unexplored by the majority of players, Carlsen’s new approach allows Black to break free early and start giving White a hard time.
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    Carlsen's Neo-Moller - A Complete and Surprising Repertoire Against the Ruy Lopez

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    NIC Yearbook 137 - PAPERBACK EDITION
    Eccentric juggles by Magnus in the English
    Catalog Code: B0137PYB

    New in Chess Yearbook is the #1 guide to Chess Opening news! It is published four times per year, ensuring the most up-to-date and topic chess opening information. It includes 25-30 surveys per issue, covering all of the fashionable lines, wild gambits and even forgotten variations! If you're serious about chess, you need New in Chess Yearbooks!
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    NIC Yearbook 137 - PAPERBACK EDITION

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    NIC Yearbook 137 - HARDCOVER EDITION
    Eccentric juggles by Magnus in the English
    Catalog Code: B0137HYB

    New in Chess Yearbook is the #1 guide to Chess Opening news! It is published four times per year, ensuring the most up-to-date and topic chess opening information. It includes 25-30 surveys per issue, covering all of the fashionable lines, wild gambits and even forgotten variations! If you're serious about chess, you need New in Chess Yearbooks!
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    NIC Yearbook 137 - HARDCOVER EDITION

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    Encyclopedia of Chess Openings - Volume B - Part 1
    Catalog Code: B0030SHV

    The fifth thoroughly revised and updated edition of the Encyclopedia of Chess Openings, Volume B, Part 1 contains detailed coverage of ECO codes 00-49.
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    Encyclopedia of Chess Openings - Volume B - Part 1

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    The Modern Spanish
    Breyer and Zaitsev Systems
    Catalog Code: B0128RE

    As the author notes in his introduction, this is an objective presentation of two excellent opening variations for Black, from which players sitting on either side of the board may profit. The play is strategically complex, tactically rich and will improve you as both a player and connoisseur of the game. Kotronias’ clear writing style, coupled with in depth analysis, makes for a splendid opening manual on two of the most topical – and solid – variations of the Ruy Lopez.
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    The Modern Spanish

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    The Exhilarating Elephant Gambit
    Catalog Code: B0179QT

    This book introduces the magical world of the Elephant Gambit, analyses key games and provides numerous novelties that we believe will lead to a revival of the gambit for the club player. But please do not tell anyone! We want to keep the opening’s bad reputation, while we rack up the points. If you are the kind of player who thrives in complicated positions and is not afraid to take risks, then look no further than this book. Read it, and you will be ready to play the Elephant Gambit.
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    The Exhilarating Elephant Gambit

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    Sicilian Warfare
    Catalog Code: B0178QT

    Sicilian Warfare is a practical guide to the most dynamic and ambitious defence against 1.e4, starting where opening theory ends and the middlegame begins. Ilya Smirin breaks down the strategic battle into easily understood elements and then looks at them in a dynamic setting. With illuminating annotations of Smirin’s best Sicilian games with both colours, Sicilian Warfare offers a feast of attacking chess and a world-class guide to the most ambitious reply to 1.e4.
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    Sicilian Warfare

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    Grivas Opening Laboratory - Volume 4
    Catalog Code: B0066EV

    The series continuing with this book is aimed at offering a full repertoire for White based on 1.d4. The idea of small opening repertoire books is not new, but here the purpose and the presentation is different. The choice of variations against each reply from Black will be mine and will be based on my long experience, having played the game for over 40 years, and also served as a professional coach for approximately 20 of those!
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    Grivas Opening Laboratory - Volume 4

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    The Reti - Move by Move
    Catalog Code: B0533EM

    This book examines what might be described as the “pure” Reti Opening. White starts with 1 Nf3 and intends to meet 1...d5 with the “Reti” response 2 c4. One of the major advantages of playing these systems is that they rely far more on general strategic understanding than rote memorisation. However, this does not mean that Black is not set difficult problems to solve. In the modern era these lines have mainly been championed by Vladimir Kramnik and Lev Aronian. Both these players have frequently set very difficult problems for their elite opponents with these complex systems.
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    The Reti - Move by Move

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Chess Opening Books

The first phase of a chess game is known as the Chess Opening. It is during this phase of the chess game that the initial moves are made. Similarly, those moves are commonly referred to in the chess world as the “Chess Opening”. While there are literally billions of possible positions after the first 4 moves have been made in a game of chess (288 billion to be exact), only a small number of these chess openings have been studied by chess professionals and chess computers and deemed to be sound for practical play.

To help differentiate one chess opening from another, each chess opening is given a unique name to identify it. While it is common for a chess opening to be named after the player/s that introduced them to popular play, including the Benko Gambit (after Grandmaster Pal Benko), the Sicilian Najdorf (named after Grandmaster Miguel Najdorf) and the Philidor Defense (named after Francois-Andre Danican Philidor), this is not always the case Some chess openings are named after the locations and/or cultures in which they originated, including the London System, the French Defense, the Sicilian Defense, The English Opening and the Vienna Game. While others are named after the pieces that are moved during that opening, including the Queen’s Pawn Gambit and the King’s Indian Defense.

There are 6 basic objectives during the chess opening. They are Piece Development, Control of the Center of the Board, King Safety, Prevention of Pawn Weakness, Piece Coordination and to Create positions in which the player is more comfortable than the opponent.

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