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Emanuel Lasker vs David Janowski
New York (1924), New York, NY USA, rd 12, Apr-02
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Steinitz Deferred (C79)  ·  1-0



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Jan-07-03  ughaibu: On the subject of favourite pieces, Janowski was famous for his preference for bishops. This is another game that Lasker manages to win from an all but hopeless position. Alekhine says that Janowski could have won had he been able to bring himself to exchange his bishops. I wonder if Lasker had engineered this dilema for him.
Jan-08-03  drukenknight: He had probably read the book that said the B pair was an advantage.
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  Honza Cervenka: Janowski could play for example 38...Bxd3 39.Nxd3 Rxd3 40.Rxd3 Rxd3 41.Ke2 e4 42.Rxe4 Rxc3 winning a pawn with better position. Also 40...Bxd3 was possible. And 49...Rh7 instead of 49...Be3 could hold big advantage of black too. 60...Kc7 was a blunder losing a piece. After 60...Re2 61.Rxb7+ (61.Nxf5? Rgg2) 61...Kc6 62.Rxg7 Rxe3 63.Ne4 Rxf3 black is 1 pawn dawn, but he has good chances to keep draw.
Jun-18-05  iron maiden: Hey Calli, does this fit in your Lasker collection?
Jun-18-05  Calli: Thanks, will look at it closer as time permits.

"Lasker plays such stupid chess. I can't stand it!" - Dawid Janowsky

Nov-14-06  Calli: <iron maiden> Yes it does! I forgot about and it took 18 months to get back to it. :-o
May-22-15  Howard: This could have been the sensation of the tournament, if Janowski had won it--which he almost certainly should have.
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  Phony Benoni: "You see, Edward? I told you two knights are better than a rook!"
Jan-12-20  Howard: According to the Stockfish analysis posted above, Janowski apparently had a won game!
Jan-13-20  WorstPlayerEver: 27... b5 and Black is winning.
Jan-13-20  WorstPlayerEver: 40... Bxd3 0-1

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  perfidious: Euwe analysed this long ago in his monumental work on the middle game, the conclusion being that even Lasker's considerable defensive skills should not have been sufficient to stave off defeat.

I would attribute Janowski's loss to necromancy and legerdemain on the part of his redoubtable opponent.

Jan-13-20  WorstPlayerEver: -45... Be7 still was a win.

-49... gxf3 also.

-54. Rb3 and White had survived.

-56. Nf2=

-56. Nc3 Be3? 57. Nd5!

Point were Janowski blundered. 56... Rg2 or Bd4 were better.

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