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J R Capablanca Letter to Mario Figueredo by Capablanca y Graupera, José Raúl (1888-1942) signed - 1939

by Capablanca y Graupera, José Raúl (1888-1942) signed

J R Capablanca Letter to Mario Figueredo by Capablanca y Graupera, José Raúl (1888-1942)   signed   - 1939

J R Capablanca Letter to Mario Figueredo

by Capablanca y Graupera, José Raúl (1888-1942) signed

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Letter hand written signed by the World Chess Champion Jose Capablanca

One page hand written letter (11" x 8 3/4") on ruled paper to Mario Figuerdo dated February 14, 1939. Signed by Capablanca in his bold hand at the bottom of the letter.

In the letter Capablanca discussed Alekhine and responds to many discussions which were written to him by Figueredo in an early letter. A postscript asking Esteban Valderrama that he is expecting hs photograph.

Esteban Valderrama y Pena (1892 – 1964) had a major role in Cuba's art history and is considered the greatest portrait artist that Cuba ever had. He received a Doctorate degree in fine arts and in education. He became a professor in Academias Nacional de Bellas Artes de San Alejandro, La Habana, Cuba and eventually became its director for many years. He designed the Cuban 1 Peso coin for the country in 1953 during the Centenario de Jose Marti. Almost every major Cuban artist was educated or inspired by Valderrama at some point in their life, including the Vanguard era painters. On November 1, 1951 seven stamps were issued in Cuba as part of the 30th anniversary of Jose Capablanca winning the world chess championship from Emanuel Lasker in 1921. This was the first portrayal of a chess player (Capablanca) on a stamp. Two stamps of Capablanca are based on a portrait by the Cuban artist E. Valderrama.

José Raúl Capablanca y Graupera (19 November 1888 – 8 March 1942) was a Cuban chess player who was world chess champion from 1921 to 1927. Considered one of the greatest players of all time, he was renowned for his exceptional endgame skill and speed of play. He was exceptionally difficult to beat, losing only 35 first class games in his entire career. Born in Havana, he beat Cuban champion Juan Corzo in a match at the age of 13 years. His defeat of Frank Marshall in a match in 1909 earned him an invitation to the 1911 San Sebastian tournament, which he won ahead of players such as Akiba Rubinstein, Aron Nimzowitsch and Siegbert Tarrasch. After several unsuccessful attempts to arrange a match with the then world champion Emanuel Lasker, during which he had a strong series of tournament results, he finally won the title from Lasker in 1921. Capablanca was undefeated from February 10, 1916 to March 21, 1924, which included the world championship match with Lasker. Capablanca lost the title in 1927 to Alexander Alekhine, who had never beaten Capablanca before the match. After unsuccessful attempts to arrange a return match over many years, relations between them became bitter. Capablanca continued his excellent tournament results in this period but withdrew from serious chess in 1931. He made a comeback in 1934, with some good results, but also showed symptoms of high blood pressure. He died in 1942 of "a cerebral hemorrhage provoked by hypertension".

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.Age darkened to right edge, some tears and chips from the left edge, appears to be torn from a complication of manuscripts which is possibly from the Rosendo Romero/Mario Figueredo collection used my Miguel Sanchez in his book José Raúl Capablanca: A Chess Biography. Signed in Capablanca's bold hand else a very good copy.
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The Book of the Sixth American Chess Congress, containing the games of the International Chess...
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The Book of the Sixth American Chess Congress, containing the games of the International Chess Tournament held at New York in 1889

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xxxviii+490 pages with table and diagrams. Royal octavo (9 3/4" x 7") bound in original red cloth with gilt lettering to spine and black chess pictorial to both covers. Limited to 500 copies. This is copy 88 issued to F M Teed of Brooklyn New York. (Betts: 25-26). First edition.
Contains the report of the Congress Committee and all 432 games with notes by Steinitz. This was a 20-man Double Round Robin Tournament. One of the longest tournaments in history. In the first half of the tournament, draws were counted as a half point. In the second half, they were replayed once. Between the 38 regular rounds, 8 replay rounds, and 4 game playoff for first at the end, there were 50 rounds all told (!). Like the 4th Congress, this tournament consisted largely of foreign masters. The retirement of Captain Mackenzie seems to date from this time (though some sources credit him as US Champion until his death in 1891), giving the top American finisher some claim on being de facto US Champion. The top American… Read More
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2 volumes: [iv]+613 pages; [iv]+578 pages. Folio (14 1/4" x10 1/4") bound in original red gilt lettering to spine. Introduction by George J Maciuszko. (Betts: 1-58) First edition.This catalog consists of some 15,000 items from the chess and checker section of the John G White Collection housed in the Cleveland Public Library. The catalog entries from the card catalog have been photographically reproduced (size reduced) with 21 entries to each page in three columns of seven. In the author portion, titles are further arranged chronologically by date of publication. The titles in the subject part are classified by a local extension of the Decimal Classification. Cataloging practice appears to conform largely to the Dewey Decimal code, with some divergence of practice over the years. Some annotation of the bibliographical nature is given where relevant.The collection originated as the personal library of John Griswold White, a noted Cleveland attorney, who served many years as President and… Read More
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by Camille Joseph Alphonse Charles Féry d'Esclands (1837-1909)

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Description:xcii+480 pages with diagrams, tables, errata, and index of problem composers. Octavo (9" x 5 3/4") rebound with original wrappers bound in. Analysis by Gustav Richard Neumann and Jules Arnous de RivieÌre. Includes numerous chess problem compensations. (Bibliotheca Van der Linde-Niemeijeriana:5195) First edition.Paris, the French capital, was host to a world's fair exhibition in the summer of 1867. Among the enormous buildings erected to house new developments in science, technology (of which the Krupp Cannon was the most impressive display), and art, a master chess tournament was organized from June 4th to July 11th. It was held at the Grand Cercle, 10 boulevard Montmartre, not far from the 1.2 kilometer row of machinery for the exhibition.
Thirteen chess masters were invited to participate in double rounds, with a time limit of six minutes per move and draws counting as zero for both players. The participants included Ignat Von Kolisch from the Austrio-Hungarian empire, Wilhelm Steinitz… Read More
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191 pages with photographs, diagrams and tables. Small octavo (7 1/2 x 4 1/2") bound in original publisher's pictorial wrappers. Signed by both contestants. First Hungarian edition.The World Chess Championship 1972 was a match for the World Chess Championship between challenger Bobby Fischer of the United States and defending champion Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union. The match took place in the Laugardalsholl arena in Reykjavík, Iceland, and has been dubbed the Match of the Century. Fischer became the first American born in the United States to win the world title, and the second American overall (Wilhelm Steinitz, the first world champion, became a naturalized American citizen in 1888). Fischer's win also ended, for a short time, 24 years of Soviet domination of the World Championship. The first game was played on July 11, 1972. The last game (the 21st) began on August 31, was adjourned after 40 moves, and Spassky resigned the next day without resuming play. Fischer won the match 12 1/2 - 8 1/2,… Read More
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by Joseph-Alphonse-Charles Féry d'Esclands (1837-1909)

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xcii+480+[4 including errata] with diagrams and tables. Octavo (9" x 6) bound in bound in half leather withe raised spine bands and red label in gilt over marbled boards. Included Collection de Problemes by G R Neumann and J Arnous de Riviere. (Bibliotheca van der Linde-Niemeijeriana: 5194). First edition.World exhibitions became a new phenomenon in the West in the nineteenth century. Scientific and technical progress were shown. Ten World Fairs were organized during the second half of the nineteenth century. Seven times an international chess tournament was part of the event (London 1851, London 1862, Paris 1867, Vienna 1873, Philadelphia 1876, Paris 1878, Paris 1900). Paris, the French capital, was host to a world's fair exhibition in the summer of 1867. Among the enormous buildings erected to house new developments in science, technology (of which the Krupp Cannon was the most impressive display), and art, a master chess tournament was organized from June 4th to July 11th. It was held at the Grand… Read More
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by Kashdan, Isaac (1905-1985) Signed or inscribed by all the contestants

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The Famous First Piatigorsky Cup Program Signed by the Players who were World ChampionsProgram for the First Piatigorsky Cup: International Grandmaster Chess Tournament July 2 to 27 1963 48 pages with photographs (including photographs of the contestants), table and diagrams. Octavo (8 1/2" x 4 1/2") bound in original publisher's spiral binding in blue felt wrappers with black and silver Piatigorsky Cup stamped to cover. Included first day tickets for the cup. Signed or inscribed by all the contestants to Mrs Piatigorsky. The Piatigorsky Cup was a triennial series of double round-robin grandsmaster chess tournaments held in the United States in the 1960's. Sponsored by the Piatigorsky foundation, only two events were held, in 1963 and 1966. the Piatigorsky Cups were the strongest U S Chess tournaments since New York 1927. Jacqueline Piatigorsky was married to cellist Gregor Piatigorsky. One of the strongest woman chess players in the U S and a regular competitor in the U S Women's Chess Championship,… Read More
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The Community of the Future

by Lasker, Emanuel (1868-1941) Signed by the author

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295 pages. small octavo (7 3/4" x 5 1/2") bound in original publisher's black cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Signed by the author. First edition.At the end of his life Lasker wrote "The Community of the Future" - a book in which he tried to put down his idea for an ideal society. Two problems were especially dear to his heart: the fate of the European Jews and the problem of unemployment. To solve the first, Lasker proposed Alaska as a possible place for immigration - a proposal that at that time did not sound as absurd as it may sound today. Lasker also thought about the origin of antisemitism and identified unemployment as one of the main reasons that made people turn against the Jews. His remedy against unemployment was the idea to erect camps modeled after the Kibbuz system in Israel to train people for the job-market.Not only was Emanuel Laster World Chess Champion for 27 years - longer than any other player before or after him - but he also held a PhD in Mathematics, published a number of… Read More
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A Primer of Chess

by Jose Raul "J R" Capablanca y Graupera, (1888-1942) inscribed by the author

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xxix+281 pages with diagrams. Octavo (8 3/4" x 5 1/2") bound in original publisher's blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine with blind-stamped chess board to covers. Inscribed by Capablanca on front end paper. (Betts: 10-136) First American edition.This work is in tow parts. In part one the author gives basic instruction, first very briefly, the covering the same points in more detail. In part two he deals with endings, the middle-game, openings, in that order. This was published in London by Bell in the same year.Jose Raul Capablanca y Graupera (19 November 1888-8 March 1942) was a Cuban chess player who was world chess champion from 1921 to 1927. A chess prodigy, he is considered by many as one of the greatest players of all time, widely renowned for his exceptional endgame skill and speed of play. Born in Havana, he beat Cuban champion Juan Corzo in a match two days before his thirteenth birthday on 17 November 1901. His victory over Frank Marshall in a match in 1909 earned him an invitation to… Read More
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112 pages with 2 portraits and diagrams. Small octavo (7 3/4" x 5 1/4") bound in half brown cloth over marbled boards. (Betts: 25-8, (Bibliotheca Van der Linde-Niemeijeriana: 5198) First edition.
The 2nd American Chess Congress was held at the Kennard House in Cleveland, 5-15 December 1871. Two decisive games (+2, -2, or +1 -1) were required against each opponent. There were 73 total games. No dates or round numbers are given in the tournament book. Players were responsible for playing from 9-12 am, 2-5 pm, and 7-10 pm each day, but may have been able to arrange their own time of play, and sequence of opponents. The Ohio newspapers have more details, including dates for most of the games.
The players: George Henry Mackenzie led an interesting life away from the chessboard. (2) After he resigned his commission in the British Army but before moving to the United States, he lost a match to George Alcock MacDonnell (+4 -7 =2) and won a second (+6 -3 =2). He moved to the United States in 1863 and joined… Read More
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Chesslets: Being a miscellaneous collection of contributions to Chess and Chess Literature extending over many years

by Schumer, Dr. J[acob]

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[London]: Printing-Craft Ltd., 1928. Presumed 1st.. Hardcover. Near very good. 8vo. Red cloth with gilt spine. Good to very good. Cloth a little bubbled and has a quarter inch dampstain on rear board, front paste-down has two bookstore stickers, one contemporary: "Frank Hollings: Chess Book Salon". Internal contents clean and solid. Dedication slip bound in. [6] 7-56. Contains 14 matches and numerous illustrations of various problems and scenarios. A competive player himself, Schumer was also the nephew of Dr Julius Perlis, an Austrian chess player of some reknown from 1901-1913. OCLC reports only 9 copies in library holdings. Betts, 33-74.
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Kongressbuch Hannover 1926. Festschrift zum 50 jahrigen Jubilanum des Hannoverschen Schachklubs 1876-1926

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96 pages with six plates, diagrams and tables. Royal octavo (9 1/4" x 6 1/4") issued in wrappers. Includes problem tournament. (Bibliotheca van der Linde-Niemeijeriana: 5394) First edition.The chess club in Hannover, Germany celebrated its fifty year anniversary by organizing a small, international chess master tournament in 1926. Eight players were invited to participate, including two very strong masters: Aron Nimzowitsch from Denmark, and Akiba Rubinstein from Poland. They met with six German chess masters that included Jacques Mieses, Friedrich Sämisch, Oscar Antze, Hans Duhm, Hermann Von Gottschall, and Walther Von Holzhausen. Games were played from August 9th to the 18th. Nimzowitsch won with a near perfect score of 6½ of 7, edging out Rubinstein by half a point. The prizes were awarded to the players at the Hotel Luisenhof. In conjunction with the tournament was a problem tournament which a number of problems were presented from contestants in Europe.Condition:Spine heal bumped, light edge… Read More
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Chess : Games To Remember: [FIRST EDITION]

by I.A. Horowitz

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1972 McKay trade hardcover. No indications of later printing on the copyright. Not remainder marked, dj is not price clipped($7.95). Dj has faint penmark below price, light shelfware and spinewear, no discoleration, looks very good in Brodart protective sleeve. Pages clean, unmarked & not aged. Red cloth covered boards clean & square. Black lettering on spine fine. Binding firm & straight.
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II. Internationales Julius Breyer-Memorial-Schachturnier Bad Piestany vom 7. bis 29. April im...
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[xvi]+190+[1 ad] pages with diagrams, plates and table. Royal octavo (9" x 6") bound in original publisher's wrappers. (Bibliotheca Van der Linde-Niemeijeriana:5349) First edition. A reminder of pre World War I times was the international masters' tournament begun on April 7, 1922 at Pistyan in Czechoslovakia and concluded by the end of the month, for, with few exceptions, all the leading Continental players, nineteen in number, were on hand, and played the eighteen rounds through to completion. As a consequence a new chess king was developed in the person of E R Bogolijubow, one of the younger generation of Russian masters, who first came to public notice during the ill-fated tournament at Mannheim, Germany, which, when half over, was stopped by the World War. Bogoljubow went through with the loss of only one game - to Tartakower, who also won from Aljechin. Of the remaining seventeen games Bogoljubow won thirteen and and drew four, thus giving him a total of fifteen. Alexander Aljechin and Rudolph… Read More
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by Curt von Bardeleben (1861-1924) and Hermann von Gottschall

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viii+384 pages with diagrams, illustrations, tables and index. Royal octavo (9 1/4" x 6 1/4") 12 issues bound in half leather with gilt lettering to spine and embossed ruled edges. Volume 43 (Bibliotheca Van der Linde-Niemeijeriana: 6047) First edition.
Deutsche Schachzeitung was the first German chess magazine. Founded in 1846 by Ludwig Bledow under the title Schachzeitung der Berliner Schachgesellschaft, it took the name Deutsche Schachzeitung in 1872. (Another magazine used the title Deutsche Schachzeitung from 1846 to 1848.) When it ceased publication in December 1988 it was the oldest existing magazine in the world, having been published regularly since its founding in 1846 except for a five-year break (1945-1949) during World War II. Since January 1989, the Deutsche Schachzeitung was merged in the Deutsche-Schachblatter - Schach-Report which was edited in Hollfeld. The resulting magazine appeared with the names of both former magazines on its cover till December 1996. Since January 1997, this… Read More
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79 pages with diagrams, tables and index. Octavo (8 1/4" x 6") bound in black cloth with gilt lettering to spine with original wrappers bound in. (Bibliotheca Van der Linde-Niemeijeriana: 5405) First edition.The second Mikhail Chigorin Memorial international tournament was held in the winter of 1947 in the Soviet capital of Moscow. Ten of the USSR's best chess masters were pitted against six strong masters from Eastern Europe in what would be one of the strongest post-war tournaments leading up to the 1948 World Championship. Mikhail Botvinnik finished clear first with an impressive 11/15. He was joined by six fellow soviets at the top of the table. Of the foreign masters, only Pachman (Czechoslovakia) and Trifunovic (Yugoslavia) managed to score more than 50%, finishing in the middle of the pack. Gligoric (Yugoslavia) finished 10th; Kottnauer (Czechoslovakia) 13th, Plater (Poland) shared 14th; and Tsvetkov (Bulgaria) ended up in 16th and last place. This event was also notable in that it revived a… Read More
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by Julius Du Mont (1881-1956) editor

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xii+288 pages with diagrams, illustrations, plates, tables and index. Octavo (8 1/4" x 5 3/4") bound in original publisher's reddish brown cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Volume LXII (62). (Betts: 7-27) First edition.Published monthly from January 1881, Huddersfield, Leeds, London, Trench, Trubner, (1881-1919); London, Walbrook & Co (1920); Leeds, Whitehead & Miller, (1921-1937); London, Pitman (1938-April 1949); London, St Leonards-on-the-Sea (1949- ) Editors John Watkinson (1881-1987); Robert Frederick Green (1888-1893); Isaac MacIntyre Brown (1894-1919); R C Griffith (1920-1937); acting, September 1940-November 1940; Harry Golombek (1938-August 1940); Julius du Mont (December 1940-April 1949); B Reilly (May 1949- ). Continued the chess section of The Huddersfield College Magazine.Condition:Spine bumped, points rubbed, corners gently bumped, some age darkening. A very good copy issued without jacket.
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Dallas International Chess Tournament 1957 (Bulletins)
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Dallas International Chess Tournament 1957 (Bulletins)

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30 unpaginated typescript pages with photographs and cross tables. (15 Daily Bulletins). Quarto (11" x 8 34/") typescript on recto only issued after each round with games, some annotated with commentary. (Betts: 25-258). First edition.The Dallas 1957 chess tournament was played in Hotel Adolphus in Dallas, then the tallest building in Texas, from November 30 to December 16, 1957. The main event was a contest among eight players from seven countries. Three Polish-born grandmasters participated; Samuel Reshevsky, Miguel Najdorf and Daniel Yanofsky. Unfortunately, David Bronstein from the Soviet Union got no visa for a visit to Texas. Pal Benko defeated Ken Smith in a match that was played as a side event. The time control was 40 moves in two hours, followed by 20 moves in one hour. A bulletin was published for each round, and Isaac Kashdan functioned as commentator. Svetozar Gligori and Samuel Reshevsky tied for first with 8.5 of 15 and shared 1750 each; Laszlo Szabo and Bent Larsen shared third through… Read More
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by Nona Gaprindashvili (1941- ) signed

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First day cover envelop (4 1/2" x 6 1/4") Signed by Nona Gaprindashvili on front cover.Born in Zugdidi, Georgia, Nona Gaprindashvili began playing chess at the age of five. Seven years later, she moved to Tblisi, where she trained with Georgian grandmasters. Her shrewd, aggressive play won her great success early in her career. In 1961, she won the Women's Candidates Tournament. The following year, she challenged Elizaveta Bykova in the Women's World Championship and won. Her victory in this tournament brought her fame and made her a symbol of regional pride in Georgia. Nona Gaprindashvili went on to win the Women's World Championship four more times. Three of these matches were against Alla Kushnir, while the last was against Nana Alexandria, a fellow Georgian. In 1978, Nona lost her title to another Georgian player, Maya Chiburdanidze.Gaprindashvili is a pioneer in women's chess—in 1978 she was the first woman to be awarded the title of Grandmaster by FIDE. She earned this distinction for her… Read More
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Internationales Schachturnier in Berlin vom 16. bis 28 November 1926
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by Johann "Hans" Joseph Kmoch (1894-1973)

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84 pages with 5 plates, diagrams and table. Royal octavo (9 1/4" x 7 1/2") issued in light brown cloth with gilt lettering to spine with black flora design. Edited by Bernhard Kagan.(Bibliotheca Van der Linde-Niemeijeriana:5392) First edition.The tournament consisted of ten contestants. Efim Bogoljubov scored first a full point ahead of Akiba Rubinstein whom scored 6 points. and Rudolf Spielmann, Carl Ahues and Ernst Grunfeld tied for third each with a score of 5. The other contestants were Edgard Colle (4), Paul Johner, Paul M List and Friedrich Samisch (3 1/2), and Walther Von Holzhausen (2 1/2). This was Rubinstein's last tournament as a Berliner. He soon took up residence in Antwerp.Condition:Corners bumped and rubbed, some internal notations, spine heal rubbed through else a very good copy issued without jacket.
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