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Perpetual Chess features weekly conversations with the chess world's best players, promoters, and educators about their lives, careers, current projects, and best practices. Learn more at PerpetualChessPod.com

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Perpetual Chess features weekly conversations with the chess world's best players, promoters, and educators about their lives, careers, current projects, and best practices. Learn more at PerpetualChessPod.com

    EP 244- GM Andrew Tang

    EP 244- GM Andrew Tang

    21 year old GM Andrew Tang (aka “PenguinGM”) is a former National High School champion chess player, popular Twitch streamer and Princeton University student. He is best known as one of the strongest “bullet chess” players in the world. Andrew is quite possibly the fastest moving Grandmaster in the world and has had many epic online battles with other elite bullet players like GM Magnus Carlsen, GM Daniel Naroditsky, and GM Alireza Firouzja. In our conversation, Andrew shares some great stories from his bullet battles, and talks about the origins of his chess skills. Other highlights of the interview include the lessons he learned from his childhood coach IM John Bartholomew, the feeling of playing GM Magnus Carlsen in person in the World Blitz championship, and his professional plans when he finishes college. This was a fun conversation with a very talented young man. More details and timestamps below. 

    2:00- How is Andrew so fast at chess? When did he realize he was good at bullet? What kind of mouse does he use? 
    Mentioned: IM Ali Mortazavi, Azio Exo1 Gaming Mouse 

    10:00- Does Andrew play video games? 
    Mentioned: Video of Andrew playing 2D Aim, Cloud9 Gaming 

    12:00- How did Andrew learn to convert winning endgames so quickly? 
    Mentioned: GM Daniel Naroditsky 

    13:30- Who, in Andrew’s opinion, are the best bullet players in the world? 
    Mentioned: GM Magnus Carlsen, GM Alireza Firouzja, GM Hikaru Nakamura, GM Daniel Naroditsky, FM OrangeGhost (not OrangeCrush, as I said) 

    16:15- How does GM Andrew Tang describe his exchanges with GM Magnus Carlsen ?
    Mentioned: FIDE World Rapid and Blitz, Watch Andrew’s OTB Blitz Match with Magnus here

    20:00- What are Andrew’s goals in Classical chess, if any? What are his professional plans for life after college? 

    23:30-  Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by AImchess.com. Check out their site, and if you decide to subscribe use the code Perpetual30 to save 30%. 

    24:00- Chessmood offers a huge library of instructive videos. You can hear GM Avetik Grigoryan on Episode 192 of Perpetual Chess. Be sure to subscribe to their YouTube channel here. 

    25:00- How seriously does Andrew take his blitz game? How did he develop his tactical vision? 
    Mentioned: Episode 164 with IM John Bartholomew 

    29:00- Patreon mailbag question: “Do you have any advice for getting better at time management in blitz?”

    33:00- Does Andrew plan on playing in the FIDE World Rapid and Blitz if it happens? 

    39:30-  Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessable.com! Check out their latest offerings here. 
    New Chess Courses Online - For All Levels in all - Chessable.com
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    40:00- Who is the strongest player Andrew has ever played in classical chess? 
    Mentioned: GM Le Quang Liem, GM Wesley So, GM Alireza Firouzja, GM Nikola Mitkov

    44:00- What was it like to have IM John Bartholomew as a coach? 

    47:30- What are Andrew’s most memorable online bullet escapades? 

    51:00- Quick hitter round. Andrew answers Twitter questions relating to browser tabs, playing chess against prisoners, blindfold chess, and his upcoming schedule. 
    Mentioned: Video of GM Andrew Tang playing blindfold UltraBullet 

    1:10:00- Thanks to Andrew for coming on the show! Here is how to keep up with him:
    Twitch-
    https://www.twitch.tv/penguingm1
    YouTube- 
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcJxY7NovRrYCsxyl6qaFLA
    Twitter-
    https://twitter.com/penguingm1
    Email- 
    Penguingm1 at gmail.com
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    EP 243- GM Anna Muzychuk

    EP 243- GM Anna Muzychuk

    GM Anna Muzychuk is the winner of 3 FIDE World Championship events, and is consistently amongst the highest-rated woman players in the world. In 2012, Anna made history when she became the 4th Woman in history to cross the 2600 FIDE rating. After a lull during the Covid-quarantine, Anna has been actively competing again, and she made a deep run in the FIDE World Cup. Anna came in 4th place in this prestigious event, which earned her a coveted spot in the 2022 Women’s Candidates Tournament. The winner of that Candidates Tournament will challenge GM Ju Wenjun for the Women's World Championship title. As we discuss, Anna’s schedule of competitions is generally packed, but the Covid quarantine gave her a chance to try out commentating, Twitch streaming and even organizing a tournament, with her sister GM Mariya Muzychuk. We discuss which new hobbies Anna is likely to stick with, as well as her thoughts on many recent and upcoming events, and, of course, Queen’s Gambit. As always, timestamps and the details of all that we covered can be found below. 

    0:00- We discuss the recent FIDE Women’s World Cup and the 2022 Candidates Tournament for the Women's World Championship.
    Mentioned: GM Ju Wenjun, GM Tatev Abrahamyan
    13:00- Anna’s training regimen
    Mentioned: Dvoretsky’s Endgame Manual, Theory and Practice of Chess Endings by GM Alexander Panchenko, the books of GM Jacob Aagaard, Chess Calculation Training: Middlegame by GM Romain Eduoard,and Learn from GM Michal Krasenkow .
    19:00- What is it like to frequently play her friends and her sister in Elite Women’s events?
    Mentioned: GM Mariya Muzychuk, IM Elisabeth Paehtz, GM Aleksandra Goryachkina

    23:00- Perpetual Chess is also brought to you in part by Chessmood.com. Chessmood offers a huge library of instructive videos. You can hear GM Avetik Grigoryan on Episode 192 of Perpetual Chess. Be sure to subscribe to the YouTube channel here. 
    24:00- Anna’s upcoming tournament schedule. 
    28:30- Patreon mailbag question: “How have you balanced competing and preparing for top women events with trying to improve your chess level by playing significantly stronger opponents? 
    Mentioned: 2021 European Club Cup
    31:00- Patreon mailbag question: “What has led to her decisions regarding which country to represent?” Mentioned: Boris Kutin, GM Levon Aronian, GM Alireza Firouzja 
    38:30- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessable.com! Check out their latest here. 
    New Chess Courses Online - For All Levels - Chessable.com
    More info on the How to Chess podcast here:
    https://howtochess.com/
    39:00- Perpetual Chess is also brought to you in part by AImchess.com. Check out the site, and if you decide to subscribe use the code Perpetual30 to save 30%.
    40:00- Anna and Mariya’s parents are both professional chess trainers, Anna shares a bit about the way she and her sister were taught as kids. 
    48:00- Patreon mailbag question: “How should club level players approach game analysis?” 
    55:00- Patreon mailbag question: “What is the key to calculating at an elite level?”
    57:00- Patreon mailbag question: “What did Anna think of Queen’s Gambit? Did Beth Harmon’s life resemble Anna’s in any way?” 
    Mentioned: GM Garry Kasparov visits US Chess Girls Club 
    1:06:00 -Anna famously refused to play in the 2017 FIDE World Rapid and Blitz in Saudi Arabia when she would have been required to wear a hijab and an abaya during the tournament competition. Patreon mailbag question: “Does she think that her stance helped change things?” 
    Mentioned: Anna’s Facebook Post is here
    1:11:00- Anna discusses the first annual Muzychuk’s Sisters Cup, in Ukraine.
     Mentioned: Read more here
    1:14:00- What are Anna’s plans for her Twitch channel? 
    Mentioned: Challenger’s Chess Cup
    1:22:00- Thanks to Anna for joining the show! Here are the best ways to keep up with her. Twitch channel- https://www.twitch.tv/annamuzychuk
    Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/anna.muz

    • 1 hr 32 min
    EP 242- GM Surya Ganguly

    EP 242- GM Surya Ganguly

    GM Surya Ganguly is one of the top players in India, and was the India national champion for 6 consecutive years starting in 2003! He has won countless medals in National team events, and was the Asian champion in 2009. GM Ganguly also works actively as a trainer, and most notably, worked on the preparation team of of GM Viswanthan Anand for the 2008, 2010 and 2012 World Championship Matches. Given this unique experience, I couldn’t wait to hear GM Ganguly’s insightful reflections on the upcoming World Championship match. GM Ganguly is also an active trainer for us non-World Champions, and in fact, has recently released his first Chessable course, Lifetime Repertoires: Nimzo/Semi-Tarrasch. Last but not least, Surya is a founding trainer of ProChessTraining.com. This experience informs Surya’s ability to share some useful tips for young chess talents and adult improvers alike. Please read on for more details and timestamps. 


    0:00- World Championship Match Talk! As a former member of GM Anand’s World Championship team, what would a prep team’s routine look like 100 days before the match? 
    Mentioned: The Anand Files, Mind Master, Episode 156 with FM Michiel Abeln, Episode 177 with GM Peter Heine Nielsen, Surya’s YouTube show, In Conversation with GM Viswanathan Anand, GM Peter Leko, Challenger’s Chess Tour with Kramnik and Polgar 

    23:00- Patreon mailbag question- Does Surya think that his past work on World Championship Teams makes him more likely to be hired on another team? 

    25:30- Perpetual Chess is also brought to you in part by AImchess.com. Check out their site, and if you decide to subscribe use the code Perpetual30 to save 30%. 

    26:00- Perpetual Chess is also brought to you in part by Chessmood.com 
    They offer a huge library of instructive videos. You can hear GM Avetik Grigoryan on Episode 192 of Perpetual Chess. Be sure to subscribe to their YouTube channel here. 

    27:00- What does Surya mean when he says, in his new Chessable course, “Memorization without understanding is a sin.” 
    Mentioned: Lifetime Repertoires Nimzo and Ragozin

    38:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessable.com! Check out their latest offerings here. 
    New Chess Courses Online - For All Levels in all - Chessable.com
    Also be sure to subscribe to the How to Chess podcast, more info here:
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    38:30- What is the vision behind ProChessTraining, which Surya has launched with GM Ramesh R.B. and GM Magesh Panchanathan? 

    51:00- How does Surya advice to budget one’s chess study time? 

    58:00- When Surya was 9 years old, Surya worked on the demonstration board when GM Anand came to Kolkata for an elite tournament. What does Surya remember about this experience? 
    Mentioned: GM Luke McShane, GM Levon Aronian, GM Alexander Grischuk, GM Etienne Bacrot, GM Ruslan Ponomariov, GM Sergei Azarov, GM Mark Paragua, GM Paco Vallejo 

    1:01:00- Surya tells a memorable story of playing a 13 year old Magnus Carlsen in 2004. 
    Mentioned: https://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1283190, GM Yevgeniy Vladimirov 

    1:05:00- Patreon mailbag questions: How are Surya’s ping pong skills? Who is his favorite player other than Anand?
    Mentioned: GM Bobby Fischer 

    1:07:00- GM Ganguly did not have a coach until he was already a titled player. What was it like to workwith legendary GM Alexei Shirov? 

    1:10:00-
    Thanks to GM Surya Ganguly for joining us. You can root for him in the following upcoming tournaments Sharjah Masters 2021, Bundesliga, and the FIDE Grand Swiss. 
    Here are the other links you might find helpful:

    Pro Chess Training:
    https://prochesstraining.com/
    Surya’s Chessable Course:
    https://www.chessable.com/lifetime-repertoires-nimzosemi-tarrasch-part-1/course/66522/
    Surya’s Twitter:
    https://twitter.com/suryachess64?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor
    Surya’s Instagram:
    https://www.instagram.com/suryasekharchess/?hl=en
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    • 1 hr 19 min
    EP 241- FM Peter Giannatos (Adult Improver Series)

    EP 241- FM Peter Giannatos (Adult Improver Series)

    This week on Perpetual Chess, we have two interviews in one for you! Return guest, FM Peter Giannatos, who many know as the founder and head of the award-winning Charlotte Chess Center and Scholastic Academy, is also an extremely accomplished adult improver, and in the first half of this interview, Peter shares many inspirational words and his best chess improvement advice.  As we discuss, in the past decade, Peter has made the difficult climb from 2100 to 2390 USCF! Peter has also improved his blitz game, but, as Peter explains, he does not think that requires the same skill set as playing slower tournament games.
    In the second half of the interview we turn our attention to Peter's new book and Chessable course.. It is a great resource for newer chess players and chess teachers. Last, but definitely not least, we discuss the current system for players seeking to earn the Grandmaster title. There has been a fair bit of conversation and controversy on this topic of late, so it was great to have one of the world’s leading organizer’s of “norm tournaments' ' help us separate fact from fiction.

    0:00- Peter shares his beginnings in tournament chess and discusses the 2 major rating plateaus he faced (Approximately 1600 and 2100 USCF)
    Mentioned: Episode 201 with FM Peter Giannatos, Episode 151 with JJ Lang, Matthew Noble, On the Origin of Good Moves, A First Book of Morphy, NM Dominique Myers, Noel Studer’s Blog

    16:45- Peter talks about how his chess evolved in his 20s and the ways that GM Ben Finegold and GM Alexander Shabalov helped Peter improve
    Mentioned: Episode 239 with GM Jan Markos, 

    26:30- How do adult improvers approach chess improvement differently from kids? 
    Mentioned: #chesspunks, Neal Bruce 

    33:00- How did Peter change his opening repertoire once he started working with GM Alexander Shabalov? 

    37:45- Perpetual Chess is also brought to you in part by AImchess.com. Check out their site, and if you decide to subscribe use the code Perpetual30 to save 30%. 

    38:15- Perpetual Chess is also brought to you in part by Chessmood.com 
    They offer a huge library of instructive videos. You can hear GM Avetik Grigoryan on Episode 192 of Perpetual Chess. Be sure to subscribe to their YouTube channel here. 

    40:00- How many hours per week did Peter study while his rating was climbing?
    Mentioned: Dvoretsky’s Endgame Manual, Perfect Your Chess 

    48:00- How does Peter adapt his game for speed chess? 
    Mentioned: Simple Chess, How to Reassess Your Chess 

    57:00- Recommendations for players rated below 1600
    Mentioned: Step 2 Thinking Ahead, Forcing Chess Moves 

    1:05:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessable.com! Check out their latest offerings here. 
    New Chess Courses Online - For All Levels in all - Chessable.com
    Also be sure to subscribe to the How to Chess podcast, more info here:
    https://howtochess.com/

    1:06:30- Peter’s improvement bullet points

    Play Stronger Players 

    Be willing to change things up and exit your comfort zone 

    Work hard! Do 10-15 minutes puzzles that push yourself 

    (my addition)- find a training partner 


    1:14:00- We discuss Peter Giannatos’ new book and Chessable course Everyone’s First Chess Workbook,
    Mentioned: Laszlo Polgar’s Chess, Al Woolum’s Chess Tactics Workbook, Chess Steps Books 

    1:21:00- We discuss a recent, somewhat controversial New York Times article about how title norms are achieved.
    Link for the article here
    Mentioned: GM Abhimanyu Mishra, GM Sergey Karjakin, GM Bobby Fischer, GM Judit Polgar 
    Ian Nepomniatchi’s tweet is here, IM Nikolas Theodorou, GM Nigel Short, IM John Bartholomew . Chess for Charity Jacksonville 
    1:55:00- 
    Thanks so much to Peter for coming on the show! Here are the links you need to reach Peter or buy his book/course:
    See a preview of the book here
    Buy the book here:
    Buy it in Chessable form here:

    Follow Peter on Twitch here: 
    Email him here: 
    Peter.giannatos at charlottechesscenter.org
    Learn more abo

    • 2 hr 7 min
    EP 240- "Pawn Book Championship" Special Episode with Neal Bruce

    EP 240- "Pawn Book Championship" Special Episode with Neal Bruce

    This week’s Perpetual Chess is the much anticipated “Pawn Book Championship” with popular adult improver Neal Bruce. Neal learned chess from scratch after the age of 40, and has been consistently studying and using flashcards to improve his skills in the last handful of years. In the past year, Neal has turned his attention to better understanding pawn play and positional chess, and he has read 6 (!) different books in order to facilitate better chess understanding. We Perpetual Chess listeners are very fortunate that Neal has offered to do a podcast crowning the “champion” of the pawn books, and has also agreed to give his honest assessment of the other books. When not working on his chess game, Neal is the Chief Product Officer of a software startup and a father of 3, so we greatly appreciate his taking the time for this large project. Please read on for more details and relevant links. 


    0:00- 

    The transcript of episode 237 with GM Vladimir Kramnik is here


    If you would like to subscribe to the Perpetual Chess Patreon page, you can do so here. 


    4:00- Other podcasts to hear Neal Bruce:
    Book Recap 6- Woodpecker Method and Rapid Chess Improvement  
    Book Recap 11- Winning Chess Strategies 
    How to Chess with Neal Bruce 
    Dojo Talks #24 with Neal Bruce 

    5:00- 
    Which books are entrants in Neal’s “Pawn Book Championship,” and how and why did he choose them? 
    Small Steps to Giant Improvement by GM Sam Shankland (Most appropriate for those 1700-2400 FIDE)
    Small Steps 2 Success by GM Sam Shankland (Most appropriate for those 1800-2400 FIDE)
    Pawn Structure Chess by GM Andy Soltis (Most appropriate for those 1500-2200 FIDE)
    Chess Structures by GM Mauricio Flores Rios (Most appropriate for those 1500-2200 FIDE)
    The Power of Pawns by GM Jorg Hickl’s (Most appropriate for those 1200-2000)
    Pawn Power by IM Hans Kmoch (Not recommended for any rating range)


    22:30- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessable.com! Check out their latest offerings here. 
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    23:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessmood.com 
    They offer a huge library of instructive videos. You can hear GM Avetik Grigoryan on Episode 192 of Perpetual Chess. Be sure to subscribe to their YouTube channel here. 

    24:00- Hans Kmoch Pawn Power 

    30:30- GM Andy Soltis’s Pawn Structure Chess 

    34:00-GM Sam Shankland’s Small Steps 2 Success 
    https://www.qualitychess.co.uk/products/2/345/small_steps_2_success_by_sam_shankland/
    Mentioned: New in Chess Magazine 

    38:30- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Aimchess.com. Check out their site, and if you decide to subscribe use the code Perpetual30 to save 30%. 

    39:00- Small Steps to Giant Improvement
    Free sample from Quality Chess here:
    https://www.qualitychess.co.uk/products/2/316/small_steps_to_giant_improvement_by_sam_shankland/

    43:00- The Power of Pawns by Jorg Hickl. 
    Link with free sample from New in Chess Books here:
    https://www.newinchess.com/en_US/the-power-of-pawns

    47:00- Chess Structures
    Free sample from Quality Chess here:
    https://www.qualitychess.co.uk/products/2/235/chess_structures_-_a_grandmaster_guide_by_mauricio_flores_rios/

    51:00- In what order would Neal recommend that you read these books? 
    Mentioned: 
    Interview with Magnus Carlsen on Wolfgang Wee Uncut-
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ElHa52f_bC8&t=4725s

    58:30- What lessons did Neal learn from these readings? What books are next for him? 
    Mentioned: Mastering Chess Strategy, Mastering Positional Sacrifices, Silman’s Reassess Your Chess Workbook, Practical Chess Exercises, Zurich 1953, New York 1924, Judit Polgar’s How I Beat Fischer’s Record, Book Recap #7 with Jen Shahade 

    1:04:00- Thanks so much to Neal for undertaking this massive project and sharing his findings with the chess community! You can keep up with Ne

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Book Recap #18- Discussing Aron Nimzowitsch's My System with IM Christof Sielecki (aka ChessExplained)

    Book Recap #18- Discussing Aron Nimzowitsch's My System with IM Christof Sielecki (aka ChessExplained)

    This month on Chess Books Recaptured I am joined by renowned Chessable author, IM Christof Sielecki, to discuss what may be the best known chess book of all time. Aron Nimzowitsch’s My System. There was a time when My System seemed to be universally recommended as an indispensable manual for newer chess players, but in recent years, with so many excellent learning resources, it has often been criticized as well. Christof and I try to contextualize the good and the bad of My System. We discuss everything in the book from Nimzo’s famous quotes to his “dad jokes”, to what does, and does not hold up to the scrutiny of modern chess analysis. Whether you love or hate this book, we hope that this podcast can help you decide if this book is worth (re)visiting. Please read on for timestamps and relevant links. 

    0:00- Why is My System so famous? Why are there so many versions of it? 
    Mentioned: Episode 6 with IM Christof Sielecki, Episode 153 with IM Christof Sielecki, Quality Chess’ Edition of My System, also available on Forward Chess, Chess Metrics, Chess24’s Top 50 Player of All Time Series with GM Jan Gustafsson and GM Peter Heine Nielsen 
    8:30- For what rating range or audience would this book be most helpful? 
    Mentioned: GM Yasser Seirawan, Episode 239 with GM Jan Markos

    16:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessable.com! Check out their latest offerings here. 
    New Chess Courses Online - For All Levels in all - Chessable.com
    Also be sure to subscribe to the How to Chess podcast, more info here:
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    16:30- Perpetual Chess is also brought to you in part by AImchess.com. Check out their site, and if you decide to subscribe use the code Perpetual30 to save 30%. 

    17:00- How is the book structured? 
    Mentioned: GM Jacob Aagaard, GM John Shaw, IM John Watson’s Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy , Johner vs. Nimzowitsch 1926

    36:00- Perpetual Chess is brought to you in part by Chessmood.com 
    They offer a huge library of instructive videos. You can hear GM Avetik Grigoryan on Episode 192 of Perpetual Chess. Be sure to subscribe to their YouTube channel here. 

    37:00- How would we describe Nimzowitsch’s writing style? 
    Mentioned: John Watson’s Review of My System, Lou Hays’ Edition of My System, Siegbert Tarrasch, Rubinstein-Duras (1908), Winning Pawn Structures by GM Alexander Baburin,

    54:00- What books might we recommend as instructional substitutes for My System? 
    Mentioned: THe Neal Bruce Pawn Book Championship is coming August 24!, Chess Structures by GM Mauricio Flores Rios, Simple Chess by GM Michael Stean, IM Jeremy Silman’s Books, Book Recap Podcast #13, Simple Chess, On the Origin of Good Moves by IM Wily Hendricks 

    1:00:00- We will be back next month discussing Jose Raoul Capablanca’s Chess Fundamentals, 

    1:02:00- Thanks so Christof for donating his time! We close by discussing what Christof is working on next for Chessable. 

    Mentioned: Chess in Slums Go Fund Me:
    https://www.gofundme.com/f/chess-education-in-africa

     Check out Christof’s whole Chessable catalog here: 
    https://www.chessable.com/author/Chessexplained/
    Check out his books here:
    Amazon.com: Christof Sielecki: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle

    Follow him on Twitter here:
    https://twitter.com/ChessExplained
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    • 1 hr 15 min

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I Love Chess, Never Thought I’d Love a Chess Podcast!

Don’t let the topic dissuade you! This isn’t 2 savants playing verbal chess in his/head over audio - it’s highly engaging, interesting and fun conversations with Grand Masters and amateurs alike covering chess, what they love about the game, how they started playing and how each approaches a match.

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