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David Janowski vs David Przepiorka
15th DSB Kongress (Nuremberg) (1906), Nuremberg GER, rd 5, Jul-27
Spanish Game: Closed. Averbakh Variation (C87)  ·  0-1



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  Phony Benoni:

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Tripled pawns are a positional weakness, of course, but they can be a tactical advantage if you are able to exploit the resulting open files. White can't. Black can. 0-1

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  GrahamClayton: Are there any other games in the database that feature each side having tripled pawns?
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: <GrahamClayton>, funny you should ask. Whilst exploring the Botvinnik-Smyslov rivalry, I found this oddity in 2007:

Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1954

In fact, if you search the database for games in which Smyslov played White vs. Botvinnik in a Winawar French that ended in a draw, triplets and other messy pawn formations are rather a feature, and none of the games are boring.

Apr-18-12  LoveThatJoker: Phenomenal final flourish in this game!


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  Pawn and Two: <Phony Benoni> In your diagrammed position, with Black to make his 23rd move, White actually was not at a disadvantage.

Przepiorka played the best response, 23...Re2!, but after 24.Rxe2! Rxe2, Janowski's position was fine.

After 24...Rxe2, Black had some serious looking threats, but his back rank weakness, allows White to maintain the balance: (.35) (26 ply) 25.Qxa6! Qd4+ 26.Kh1 Rxd2 27.Qa8+ Qd8 28.Qxd8+ Rxd8 29.a4 Ra8 30.Ra1, or (.00) (26 ply) 25.Re1 Qxd2 26.Rxe2 Qxe2 27.Qxc6 gxf6 28.Qxf6.

Instead of playing 25.Qxa6!, or 25.Re1, Janowski self-destructed with 25.Be1??.

After 25.Be1??, Black needed to avoid: (1.04) (28 ply) 25...Qh3? 26.Bf2 Qxf3 27.Rf1 gxf6 28.Qxa6 Qg4+ 29.Bg3 h5 30.Rf2, or (2.92) (28 ply) 25...gxf6?? 26.Qxa6 Qd4+ 27.Kh1 Rxb2 28.Rxb2 Qxb2 29.a4, or (3.33) (28 ply) 25...Qe6?? 26.Bf2 h6 27.Qxa6 Rd2 28.Qa8+ Kh7 29.Qa5.

Przepiorka was up to the task, finding the winning move, 25...Qd3!!.

After 25...Qd3!!, Black threatened the Rook on b1, and also the White King, because of White's inadequate defense for the squares e3, f3 and g6.

The White Queen can defend all of these points with 26.Qe4, but then she could be immediately removed from the board with 26...Rxe4.

A sad finish for Janowski, who was having a horrible tournament, with a final score of +3 -11 =2, good enough only for a last place tie, together with his opponent, Przepiorka.

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  Phony Benoni: <Pawn and Two> Thanks for that insightful analysis. That is a surprisingly bad result for Janowski at this stage of his career, but it may not be a coincidence that this tournament began just a week after the marathon at Ostend, where Janowski played poorly in the last stages. But then, that didn't bother Marshall, who also played all the way at Ostend before winning at Nuremberg.

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