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David Janowski vs Frank Marshall
New York (1924), New York, NY USA, rd 8, Mar-26
Indian Game: Wade-Tartakower Defense (A46)  ·  0-1



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Sep-25-08  drukenknight: END GAMES NY'24. This is a very interesting Q vs R/N/B ending. Surely 66 Kxh2 was in order, Alek. says after 66 Kxp Qd2+ the three extra pawns will win. But that is not clear whether the three pieces can just keep attacking and neutralize the connected passed pawns, not sure if there is much theory on this, for instance

66. Kxh2 Qd2+
67. Kh3 Qxa2
68. Bd3 b4
69. Ra8 Qe6+
70. Kg2 Kh4
71. Rh8+ Kg4
72. Rd8 Qf6
73. Be2+ Kf4
74. Rd3 Qb6
75. Bd1 Ke5

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  Peligroso Patzer: This is a remarkable game. I have been analyzing it with Fritz, and among the revelations forthcoming from the silicon oracle is the surprising conclusion that at Black’s 45th move, 45. … Kf8! would have been winning by force. For example: 45. ...Kf8 46.Rxd7 Nxf2+ 47.Kg2 (47.Kxh2 Qh4+ 48.Kg2 Qh3+ 49.Kg1 Qxg3+ 50.Bg2 Nh3+ 51.Kh1 Qxe1+ and Black wins) 47...Qg5 48.Rh7 (48.Rd8+ Qxd8 ) 48...h1Q+ 49.Rxh1 Qxd5+ 50.Kg1 Nxh1–+.

The seemingly safer 45. ... Kh6 played by Marshall allowed Janowsky various defensive chances, some of which he missed later in the game.

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  Peligroso Patzer: Among the points at which Janowsky went wrong was with 48.Qxf2. Contrary to Alekhine’s comment in the tournament book, this Queen sacrifice is NOT forced. Better would have been 48.Be6 Ne4 49.Bg8 Qxg3+ 50.Qxg3 h1Q+ 51.Kxh1 Nxg3+ with an equal position.

Note that in the above line, Alekhine's 49...Nf6 would NOT be favorable for Black after 50.Rf7 Rg4 (50...Nxg8 51.Nf5+gxf5 52.Qe6+ Kh5 [52...Kg5 53.Rg7+ Kh5 54.Qg6#] 53.Rh7+ Kg4 54.Qxg8+ Qg5 55.Rg7 )51.Qe3+ Rg5 52.Kh1 Qxg3 53.Qxg3 Rxg3 54.Rxf6 Kg7 55.Kxh2 Rd3 56.Ra6 Kxg8 with White slightly better.

Jan-24-10  alexrawlings: What a rollercoaster of a game!
Apr-30-16  Howard: Yes, I just looked at it briefly the other day.

Marshall had a completely won game--no doubt about it. But a few missteps on his part were all it took for Janowski to claw his way back into the game...

...but then Janowski botched things.

Dec-06-20  zydeco: “A game rich in vicissitudes,” says Alekhine.

Here are the turning points he identifies:

Black wins with 42...h2+ 43.Kh1 Ng4 44.Rf3 Nxf2+ 45.Rxf2 Qxg3

After 55.Kf2 Janowski could have claimed a draw.

64.Rg8 was the right path to a win.

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