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The 12th Annual Mark Oestreich Memoiral Open 3.8.14 (Rounds 2 and 3)

The last two games of them tournament went well for me. I played two class D players and won both games. In round two I had to fight hard for the win. The guy was very under-rated. I felt like I was playing a strong class B player. I will only post the game from the second round. The game from the third round wasn't much of a game as he blundered two pieces early in the game.


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