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Hans Jack Berliner vs Jorn Sloth
50th World Champions Jubilee Tournament (2001) (correspondence), ?, Jul-01
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Leningrad Variation (E30)  ·  1-0

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Sep-08-03  patzer2: With 41. Rxf7 Hans Berliner, playing in a world championship correspondence game, sets up a nice rook pseudo-sacrifice (technically a "deflection move by capture" or "removing the guard"), which enables his passed c-file pawn and knight to win against black's rook, king and pawns. Note that after 43. Nd5, 43. ...Re8 fails to 44. c7 Rc8 45. Ne7+ winning the rook with the knight fork.

Although not particularly flashy, the combination is an instructive example of simultaneously utilizing the passed pawn, deflection and knight fork themes. Berliner's success in playing 1. d4 in world championship correspondence play should not be over looked either, as he plays a very solid opening plan that could be useful in gleaning ideas for over-the-board play.

Jun-19-05  RookFile: Forgive me for saying this, but I think Sloth was lazy in his tactical calculations.
Dec-04-08
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  Richard Taylor: I faced (a similar opening i.e. the f3 line etc) as this as Black but I didn't castle King side and played g5 and won with king side attack - sacrificing a rook... K-side castling too early here looks wrong.
Dec-04-08
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  Richard Taylor: <RookFile: Forgive me for saying this, but I think Sloth was lazy in his tactical calculations.>

!! Yes - that week (or year?) he spent more than his usual time contemplating bananas upside down!

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