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David Janowski vs Frank Marshall
Janowski - Marshall, Match 3 (1908), Suresnes FRA, rd 2, Jan-19
Slav Defense: Modern Line (D11)  ·  1-0



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Mar-04-17  offramp: I don't play Stonewall defences myself, I think they look ugly and even "wrong". But if Botvinnik, Bronstein, Marshall and Alekhine played them I suppose there must be something right about them.

An odd thing I have noticed about Stonewalls is that in order to make progress against them, White has to adopt a Stonewall himself.

So here is a picture of the pawns at move 5:

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And here they are at move 11:

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Janowsky plays 18.e4!

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...and after some pawn manoeuvres the difference in power of the two sets of bishops becomes apparent:

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Black also has problems with that pawn on g4.

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27.f5! This finishes off that poxy Stonewall.

Janowsky might have been a little overoptimistic with 28. Rxf5, as Black might be able to struggle on with 28...Qg7. 28. Bxf5 would have been simpler.

Soon, the white bishops are all over the black position.

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Here 31. Bxg6 would have won, but Dawid preferred to play that a little later, which leads to this final position:

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Mar-04-17  Retireborn: <offramp> That's an interesting overview. I think that f4 vs the Stonewall is actually a bit of safety-first approach, as it makes it hard for Black to attack, and White can try to emphasise the badness of Black's light squared bishop.

I hadn't previously noticed that Janowski and Marshall played as many as four matches against each other. I suppose they must have been quite matey!

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  WTHarvey: Fwiw, Janowski overlooks a mate in 2.

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Jun-07-19  sudoplatov: Janowski and Marshall played 5 matches against each other. Sort of like Karpov-Kasparov, Alekhine-Euwe, McDonnell-Labourdonnais, Mayet-von der Lasa or Cochrane-Banneree. Several pairs of players played lots of games against each other.

Marshall 34 Janowski 28 with 18 draws.

J > M +3-1=0 in 1899
M > J +8-5=4 in 1905
J > M +5-2=3 in 1908
M > J +6-2-2 in 1912
M > J +4-1=3 in 1916

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