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David Janowski vs Mikhail Chigorin
Budapest (1896), Budapest AUH, rd 4, Oct-09
Semi-Slav Defense: Chigorin Defense (D46)  ·  0-1



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Feb-17-08  Knight13: What happens after 27. f3, preventing ...g4 (that eventually killed White)?
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  IMlday: The position after 15..Bg6 is quite instructive. Although Levenfish doesn't mention it in Grekov's Chigorin collection, 16.Nh4? must be a wrong plan. Perhaps Janowski hoped for the 'cheapo' 16..h6?? 17.Nxg6 winning. To secure a clear advantage based on pawn structure White should carefully eliminate other factors by safely coordinating his position and defusing any possibility of tactical adventures by Black. The secure move is 16.Nd2 overprotecting e4. Black breaks the pin by 16..h6 17.Be3 and develops his Rooks, say 17..Rfd8 18.Qe2 (safety first unpin) Rab8 19.Rac1 (development pressuring the weak c6 pawn) when Black's optimum plan is to recycle the N/f6 by 19..Nh7 maybe threatening ..Qh4 so (safety first) 20.Kg2 Ng5 21.f3 Ne6 when White should eliminate the aggressively placed ♘ by 22.Bxe6 Qxe6 . Then 22.Rc2 might be best but 22.Rfd1 simply and safely completes the development. After 23..Rd7 24.b3!? is cohesive as the pawns cover the squares of the missing light-squared ♗ but Black can wiggle some e.g. 24..Ba3 25.Rc2 Nd5!? which may be worth avoiding as it is messy. So 24.Qa6 (to protect a2) when logical play might go 24..f6 25.Ncb1! Bf7 26.b3 Bf8 when White can safely double up on the c-pawn 27.Rc2 Be8 25.Rdc1 even though Black is set up for some play on the King-side by 25..g6 since the ..Rxd2+ disco covers c6 tactically for the moment. However 29.Nc4 Rdb7 30.Na5 Rc7 leaves Black tied down and White slowly increases the pressure by 31.a3 Bd7 (say) 32.b4 with Nb1-d2-b3 still to come for good winning chances with no risk.

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