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David Janowski vs Emanuel Lasker
Lasker - Janowski World Championship Match (1910), Berlin GER, rd 4, Nov-17
Queen Pawn Game: Colle System (D04)  ·  0-1

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Dec-27-05  Caissanist: Many of the games of the Lasker-Janowski world championship match have a kind of hilarious sameness to them:

Lasker plays some outrageous move (21...h5!?) designed to lure Janowski into launching an unsound attack against Lasker's king.

Janowski falls for it.

The attack fails.

Lasker collects the point.

Apr-20-07  Trimagna: DRAW
1. d4 d5
2. Nf3 Nf6
3. e3 e6
4. c4 Be7
5. Nc3 O-O
6. Bd3 dxc4
7. Bxc4 c5
8. O-O a6
9. a4 Nc6
10. b3 cxd4
11. exd4 Nb4
12. Bb2 Nfd5
13. Qfd2 Bd6
14. Ne4 Bf4
15. Qe2 f5
16. Ng3 b6
17. Ba3 Bd6
18. Rfe1 Nf4
19. Qd2 Nbd5
20. Bbxd6 Qbxd6
21. Bbxd5 Nxd5
22. Qg5 Qf4
Sep-06-07  Petrosianic: <Many of the games of the Lasker-Janowski world championship match have a kind of hilarious sameness to them:>

True, but...

<Lasker plays some outrageous move (21...h5!?) designed to lure Janowski into launching an unsound attack against Lasker's king.>

...In this case, I don't think that is the case. I think that Janowski's 21. P-B5 was in fact a blunder, and Lasker's "outrageous" reply was actually the correct way of taking advantage of it.

How is White supposed to reply here? If 22. Qg3, then exf5 and Black's just gotten a pawn for nothing. If 22. Qf3 Nc3!. I bet that Janowski saw the Knight fork, but couldn't find anything better.

Mar-02-08  Knight13: < Queen Pawn Game: Colle System (D04)> This game actually transposed into one of the Queen's Gambit Acceptedlines.

<How is White supposed to reply here? If 22. Qg3, then exf5 and Black's just gotten a pawn for nothing. If 22. Qf3 Nc3!. I bet that Janowski saw the Knight fork, but couldn't find anything better.> I think your 22. Qg3 is better than taking the pawn and gettin' forked.

Sep-21-10  soothsayer8: cool game! Love the Lasker counter-attack.
Jan-29-11  Llawdogg: Janowski would attack, run out of gas, and then lose to Lasker. Lather, rinse, repeat.
Apr-18-14  Karpova: Janowski sealed his 32nd move and the game was adjourned after Dr. Lasker had played <31...Qe7>., but Janowski said that he would probably resign the game immediately and so the next game could begin. Indeed, he abdicated resumption of the game.

Source: Dr. Emanuel Lasker, 'Pester Lloyd', 1910.11.20, p. 10

Jun-07-17  RookFile: After 11....Nb4, 12. Ne5 is an interesting move.

Strangely, 12.....Nc6! is a good reply by black:


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Nimzo wouldn't play it this way, but in this specific situation, white's best move may be 13. Nf3, giving black the option of ...Nb4 again if he wants to.

Against other moves:

A) 13. f4? invites 13......Qxd4+

B) 13. Nxc6 bxc6 14. Be3 Bb7 =

C) 13. Be3 Qc7 and white may have nothing better than 14. Nxc6 again, since 14. f4?! invites 14....Rd8 and black might even be slightly better.

This is the type of position where a guy like Reshevsky or Karpov would do well in. You might think after ...Nb4 from black that the knight would automatically go to d5 next move. But those guys would willfully forget the previous history of how the pieces got to where they were and examine each position on its merits. I think either of them might have answered 12. Ne5 with 12....Nc6.

Still white hasn't really lost anything after 12. Ne5 Nc6 13. Nf3 Nb4. Assuing he doesn't want a grandmaster draw, he just has to try something else. The point here is that a cagey white player might play 12. Ne5, hoping to have black burn several minutes off his clock - and then immediately answer 12......Nc6 with 13. Nf3

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