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Akiba Rubinstein vs David Janowski
Semmering (1926), Semmering AUT, rd 15, Mar-27
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Classical Defense. Steinitz Development Variation (D26)  ·  0-1


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  Chessical: A swansong for the 58 year old Janowsky in his last international tournament. Having lost the opening stages of this classical QGA by over-optimism <11...e5?> he grimly hangs on.

Things look bleak until Rubinstein, trying to avoid a draw <37.f5>, allows Janowsky too much play around his K with a Q+N.

Nov-13-06  Ultra: That knight got paid overtime.
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  Honza Cervenka: 11...e5 was a miscalculation from Janowski's part. He evidently missed a zwischenzug 13.Nd5 expecting only 13.f3 Bh5. An alternative to 13...Qc8 seems to be 13...0-0-0 but white wins the pawn with advantage there too, for example 14.Nxc7 Bxe2 15.Bxe2 Rxd1+ 16.Bxd1 Rd8 17.Bc2 Kxc7 18.Nxf7

27.h3 loses Pawn and all advantage after 27...Rg8! After that white is unable to defend all his Kingside Pawns. If 28.Qf2, then 28...Qxh3, if 28.Qd4, then 28...Qxd4+ 29.Bxd4 Nxf4 and if 28.Kh1 (28.Kh2?? Qg3+ with mate), then black sitll has 28...Rxg2! (but not 28...Nxf4?? 29.Qc7+ and 29.Qxf4) 29.Kxg2 Nxf4+ with perpetual 30.Kf2 Nxh3+ 31.Kg2 Nf4+ etc.

As <Chessical> has already noted 37.f5 was a mistake. Correct move seems to be 37.Bd2.

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  Honza Cervenka: <(but not 28...Nxf4?? 29.Qc7+ and 29.Qxf4)> Well, 29.Qe7+ Kg6 30.Qxf6+ Kh5 31.Re5+ with mate would be even better.
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