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Carl Schlechter vs David Janowski
Ostend (1905), Ostend BEL, rd 11, Jun-26
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Botvinnik Variation (D60)  ·  1-0



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Apr-07-04  Calli: A slick game from Herr Schlechter. 24.Be4! wins as the Bishop threatens both rooks. Black can't defend against Qxe6, Bxa8 and also Qxe6, Bd5. I guess Jano had to play 23...Kh8?
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  tamar: Schlecter could have cashed in right away with 15 ♗b5 but 15...♕c8 16 ♗xe8 ♕xh3 17 ♗xf7+ ♔xf7 18 gxh3 ♘e6 19 ♗g3 would have given Janowski his ♗♗ and some freedom.
Apr-08-04  Calli: <tamar> If 15.Bb5 d4! Try it, you will like it. :-))
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  tamar: <Calli> Keeping queens on. Interesting. I didn't really need to sleep tonight...
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  tamar: 15 ♗b5 is so obvious a threat, that I don't believe it could have been overlooked by either player. Your proposed 15...d4 cuts the Gordian knot very cleanly, getting the advantages of the isolated pawn and a persistent initiative. if 15 ♗b5 d4 16 ♗xe8 ♕xe8

17 exd4 cxd4 18 ♘e2 ♖d8 19 ♗d2 ♕b5 20 ♘g3 ♘g6 21 ♘f5 ♗f8 rated slightly better for White by Fritz 7 (.50) but I favor Black tactically with no avenues of attack for White, and Black has a healthy d pawn and ideal piece placements with ♕ on b5 and the ♗♗ waiting in the wings for a middlegame.

17 ♘e2 d3 18 ♘c3 ♘g6 19 ♖fd1 c4 20 ♖d2 b5 with a coming pawn avalanche fully equal or better for Black. Fritz 7 rates the position as equal or slightly better for White, which seems crazy. Janowski would be ecstatic to get this position from where he was. If you continue on with 21 a3 a5 22 ♗g3 b4 23 ♘d1 ♕c6 24 f4 ♕e4 Fritz believes White must opt for
25 f5 ♘xe5 and the evaluations begin tilting toward Black with a melee ahead.

Apr-08-04  Calli: <tamar> Its funny, I looked at completely different line:

[15.Bb5 d4 16.Bxe8 dxc3 17.Bb5 cxb2 18.Rad1 Qc8 19.Qxc8 Rxc8]

as roughly equal. We are both right (of course!) Anyway, its clear why Schlechter avoided Bb5.

Jun-02-17  Saniyat24: I liked this game very much...Schlecter-Janowski is one of best chess pairings in history...!
Sep-07-18  Nerwal: The position after 18... b5 got a diagram in Le Lionnais' book on brillancy prizes. 19. e6 although marked '!!' didn't seem all that clear, and White's position looks so good there should be at least one forcing win. Probably the right path is 19. ♘xd5! ♗xd5 20. ♗f5! (the endgame after 20. e4 ♗e6! might be defended successfully) and the trio e3-f4-e5 will create a winning attack with some accurate moves. However the position was definitely not as winning as it looked and still requires some care. For this reason preparatory moves like 19. ♕h5, 19. ♔h1 or 19. ♗f5 may well be superior to forcing attempts.
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  WorstPlayerEver: 21... Qf6 (22. Qg4/h3 Qe6; 22. Qd3 c4)

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22. Qxf6 gxf6 23. Nxd5 Bxd5 24. Rxd5 Bh6 25. Rxf6 Bxe3+ 26.Bf2 Bxf2+ 27. Kxf2 Rf8 28. Rxf8+ Rxf8+ 29. Ke3 c4 30. Rd6 Ne5

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31. h3 Re8 32. Kd4 Nf7 33. Rxa6 Re2 34. Be4 Rxb2 35. Kc3 Rf2 36. Bc6 Ne5

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37. Bxb5 Rxg2 38. a4 Rg3+ 39. Kd4 Nf3+ 40. Kxc4 Nd2+ 41. Kb4 Rxh3 42. a5 Rh4+ 43. Ka3 Rh3+ 44. Ka2 Ne4 45. Rb6 Nc3+ 46. Kb2 Nxb5 47. Rxb5 and it's a draw.

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  WorstPlayerEver: Oh well, good old Schlechter probably missed a dreadful win with 16. Bg3 d4 17. exd4 cxd4 18. e6

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Obviously Black can't play 18... dxc3

18... fxe6 19. Qxe6+ Kh8 20. Nb5 Qc8 21. Qxc8 Rexc8 22. Nc7 Rab8 23. Ne6 Ra8 24. Nxd4 Bf6

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Now it looks like Black is going to win the pawn back, but

25. Nf5 Bc6 26. Nd6 Rf8 27. b3 Ne5 28. Ba6 Nf7 29. Rc1

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29... Bd7 30. Ne4 Bb2 31. Rc7 Bf5 32. f3 Bxe4 33. fxe4 Ng5 34. Rxf8+ Rxf8 35. Bd6 Rd8 36. Bb7 Ne6 37. Re7 Nf8 38. Bg3 Bf6 39. Rc7 Ne6 40. Rc8 Bd4+ 41. Kf1 Rxc8 42. Bxc8 Nc5 43. Bb8 Nxe4 44. Bxa7 Bc5 45. Bf5 Nd6 46. Be6 Nb5 47. Bb8 Ba3 48. Be5 and this position must be winning for White. Just to illustrate how instructive these games are.

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  WorstPlayerEver: Simply devastating had been 18. Nxd5 Bxd5 19. Bf5 b5 20. e4 Qb6 21. exd5

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Otherwise Black had to give up their Queen.

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