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Abraham Speijer vs David Janowski
Amsterdam (1901), Amsterdam NED, Oct-09
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Giuoco Pianissimo (C53)  ·  0-1

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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-25-13
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  Phony Benoni: "The Immortal 50th", La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell, 1834, immediately comes to mind when playing over this game. Here's the position from that game (after <13.Nd5>) which undoubtedly inspired Janowski:


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MacDonnell's <13...Nxd5> was based on positional as much as tactical factors. Besides two pieces for the queen, Black installed Godzilla on e3 and tied White up.

Janowski, on the other hand, gets no such obvious compensation, other than sending White's queen to an awkward square. One gets the feeling that Speijer could have extracted himself, and that Janowski won the game not out of sheer brilliance but as though he were outplaying a weaker opponent to whom he had given odds.

That being said, <23...Ne2> is a nice move.

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