With two rounds to go, it was anyone's guess how the end would unfold. Gashimov's unexpected win over Vallejo, the clear leader, had placed him on equal terms, even giving him a psychological initiative. The first and foremost question entering the penultimate round was how Paco's response would be. Many a player faced with the danger of losing their gains, has gone for the safety-at-all-costs approach, afraid they might end in ignominy. Despite a quietish opening against Onischuk, a Scotch with numerous options for quick exchanges, the queens were left on, mostly at the American's choice. He may have taken these tendered simplifications as a sign of weakness, and hoped to see his opponent wilt at the wrong moment. As result, he fell for a fairly glaring trap, possibly underestimating his Spanish adversary.
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