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Mikhail Chigorin vs David Janowski
Berlin (1897), Berlin GER, rd 14, Sep-28
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  0-1


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  fred lennox: Janowsky fondness for bishop pair is not the kind aiming for endgame advantage. It aims for middle game attack on the king. Once the middle game attack on the king is no longer real, his preference for the pair wanes.
Jun-27-06  Bartleby: A complete tactical disaster for Chigorin, almost as bad as his severe 16 move thrashing two years ago against the same opponent, same color:

Chigorin vs Janowski, 1895

Chigorin was a common pincushion of Janowski's, and a lot of it had to do with the Russian master's eccentric opening play. Chigorin was quite fond of these Qe2/d3 setups with white, particularly against the French Defence (He'd be the King's Indian Attack expert had he played today).

6. Be3 is more accurate. 6. ... Bg4 is not to be feared because 7. 0-0 NxB 8. PxN white can use the semi-open f-file for counterplay and his doubled e-pawns cover central squares (Duras often played Ruy Lopezes like this).

7. Nf1? Is a positional blunder. The position isn't a Breyer or a typical closed Ruy by any means and is too slow. 7. 0-0 followed by c3 is called for. 12. c3?! compounds the damage when white's d3 square is weakened, as well as 14. Qxe4? when white shouldn't clear the e-file in a position whilst still uncastled.

16. Kd2?? is the self-inflicted gunshoot blunder. Chigorin still could bail out at the loss of only a pawn with 16. 0-0 Bxc3 17. Ba3. Now Janowski's two "Jans" skewer what's left of the postition.

Nice, crisp play on Janowski's part.

Jul-12-06  Runemaster: <Bartleby> (good name, by the way. I like that Melville story. Is there a reason why the story appeals to you particularly? Life feels like that to me a lot of the time, I must admit).

Anyway, I'm glad somebody has pointed out Chigorin's poor record against Janowski.

I will speculate a bit on that statistic: C's record against both Steinitz and Tarrasch was about equal. Perhaps C was more comfortable against S and T who (like him) were great theorists and used their games to demonstrate their theories. That's for me what makes the C-T contest so interesting; Tarrasch trying to make the game fit a pattern, Chigorin trying to break out of the pattern.

Evidently, this didn't work against Janowski. While Chig. was experimenting with various things, often including more or less dodgy openings, Janowski just brought out his bishops and opened a big bottle of ass-whup, time and time again.

You might say that these were battles of two different ideas (C - knights, J - bishops), but I don't get the impression that J was much of a theorist, apart from shouting "bishops! attack!" during every game.

Feb-18-08  Knight13: Yeah, complete tactical massacre. Very disappointing for Chig!
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