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CORRESPONDENCE CHESS 1. d4 £)f6 2. c4 g6 3. £>c3 &g7 4. e4 d6 5. f3 c6 6. &e3 a6 7. #d2 b5 8. 0-0-0?!. A very aggressive attempt to annilhate Black with h2-h4 and jj.h6 to follow shortly. One only has to recall Spassky-Evans/Varna ol 1962. However, if Black delays castling and develops his queenside play first, then 8. 0-0-0 starts to look rather dubious. Berliner's play is impeccable. 8... ^a5! 9. ®bl £)bd7 10. g4. White can choose either 10. ¿i.h6 ¿Lxh6! or 10. d5 b4!, but in view of Black's already well-developed counterplay, they both lead to nothing. The moral is clear: In the Byrne Variation ...c6, ...a6. Black should not castle too soon. 10... Sb8 11.h4h5 12. g5 £)h7 13. 2h2?!. Berliner criticizes this as passive, preferring 13. f4, although one can understand White's nervousness because Black is about to open the b-file. Of course it's a human reaction. a refreshing reaction; we see why he is nervous. Perhaps some unscrupulous fellow using Fritz, Hiarcs or any of the other computer playing programs would defend the attack without any qualms at ail-unfortunately that is correspondence chess today. 13... £)hf8 14. Bel £)b6

15. cxb5?!. [Berliner states that 15. c5 was superior but that even then Black would get the better game e.g.. 15... dxc5

16. dxc5 ¿c4! 17. ¿Lxc4 bxc4 18. Ad4 <£}e6 19. ¿Lxg7 £jxg7 20. &d4 0-0 21. #xc4 Rb4ï.] 15... axb5 16. £)dl ^a8 17. f4 £jc4 18. ¿â.xc4 bxc4 19. g 12.

Here 19. £}c3 was necessary, protecting e4. 19... c5! >. Opening up against e4 and noting that 20. d5 £>d7! leads to a tremendous position for Black, who has a ready-made attack against the white King. 20. £)c3 £je6!.

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