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The Internet tells us that the most common surnames in this country are, in order, Smith, Johnson, Williams, and Jones. In Britain, they are Smith and Jones.  Today we have a game Jones vs. Smith, and while it might look like an ordinary game, it isn’t. It was played in the first round of the Gibraltar tournament. Jones is Gawain Jones, British champion. Smith is Andrew P. Smith, a columnist for the British Chess Magazine. Jones is a bit of a wild man who likes to sacrifice his queen. He did just that against Magnus Carlsen at the London Chess Classic and won pressure but was defeated. In this game, he tries again and this time succeeds

 

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