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David Janowski vs Frank Marshall
Janowski - Marshall, Match 4 (1912), Biarritz FRA, rd 5, Sep-??
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Marshall Variation (C42)  ·  0-1



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Dec-23-02  bishop: A game similar to a wrestling manouver. At first it seems that White is attacking on the King side then suddenly it is Black who "flips" his opponent and takes over the attacking.
Apr-18-04  ToTheDeath: 25. g4? is coffeehouse chess. Why not sac the knight at f7?
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  Pawn and Two: 25.g4? was an unsound attacking move. However, analysis by Fritz indicates that even after 25.g4?, White had good drawing chances had he played 27.h3!, instead of 27.g5?.

Instead of 25.g4?, Fritz indicates White's best way to obtain a draw was by: (-.44) (21 ply) 25.Nc6 Rxe3 26.fxe3 Qb6 27.Qb2 Qxc6 28.Qxb4; (-.52) (23 ply) 28...g5 29.Be5 Ng4 30.h3 Nxe5 31.dxe5 Qb7 32.Qxb7 Bxb7 33.Kf2 f6 34.exf6 Kf7; (-26) (25 ply) 35.a4 Kxf6 36.Ke2 h5 37.g4 hxg4 38.hxg4 Ke5 39.Bf5.

<ToTheDeath: Why not sac the knight at f7?> 25.Nxf7? certainly is an interesting try, however, Fritz indicates this move is unsound and gives White a losing position: 25.Nxf7? Kxf7 26.Qg6+ Kg8 27.Bxh6 (-2.44) (21 ply) 27...Qd7 28.Rxa3 Bxa3 29.h3 Qe7 30.g4; (-2.64) (22 ply) 30...Qf7 31.Bd2 Qxg6 32.Bxg6 Ne4 33.Bxe4 dxe4 34.Bc3 Kf7 35.Kf1 Ke6 36.Ke2 Kd5, and Black is clearly winning.

At indicated, White still had drawing chances after 25.g4?, had he played 27.h3!: (-.79) (22 ply) 27.h3! Qc7 28.Qa4 Qb8 29.Bc2 Bxe5 30.dxe5 Bd7 31.Qa7 Qxe5 32.Bd4 Qe2 33.Qb8+ Ne8 34.Qb2; (-.53) (20 ply) 34...Qe6 35.Qb7 Bc6 36.Qb6 Qd7 37.Kg2 Ba4 38.Bf5 Qe7 39.Qa5.

Janowski's 30.f3? led to a quick end. His last chance to resist was by: (-.87) (25 ply) 30.e6 Qg4+ 31.Kf1 Qxe6 32.f3 Qh3+ 33.Qxg2 Qxg2+ 34.Kxg2 Nc3; however after (-.98) (25 ply) 35.Bc2 Nxa2 36.Kf2 Nb4, Black is winning this endgame.

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