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David Janowski vs Harry Nelson Pillsbury
Vienna (1898), Vienna AUH, rd 31, Jul-15
King's Gambit: Falkbeer Countergambit. Charousek Gambit Accepted (C32)  ·  1-0


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  lame duck: 13... e3 is a queen sacrifice, but taking it is mortal: after 14. Bxd5 exf2+ 15. Kf1 Bxd5 16. Be3 Bxe3 17. Qxe3 Bxa1 18. Qxf2 Rhe8 black has a rook, knight and bishop for a queen and pawn, and their pieces are more active.
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  lame duck: 14. Ne4 - an excellent move. Rejecting the sacrifices, Janowski made a hard decision, which saved the game.
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  lame duck: 14... Nb4 - a decisive mistake. It is not clear what was missed by Pillsbury, may be he hoped for response 15. cxb4 Bxb4+ 16. Kf1, after which black really gets advantage after 16... Qd1+! 17. Qxd1 Bc4+ 18. Qd3 Bxd3+ 19. Kg1 Bxe4 20. Bxe3 (20. Bxe4? Rd1+ 21. Kg2 Rxh1 22. Kxh1 e2, and black wins) 20... Bxg2 21. Kxg2 Rhe8, and white is unable to prevent from invasion of black rooks into their camp.
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  lame duck: At any case, respect to Janowski that he managed to find the correct way in complex position and to defeat such strong opponent as Pillsbury. Nice game!
Dec-05-18  HarryP: 14. ... Rh8-e8 is best.
Dec-06-18  sudoplatov: Ballsy of Janofski to play a King's Gambit against Pillsbury, and vice versa for Pillsbury's Falkbeer Counter. Janowski gets much press for losing lots of games to Lasker (and Marshall) and Tarrasch and Capablanca and so he's a bit underrated.

Top Ten EDO 1898 ratings:

1 Lasker, Emanuel 2749
2 Tarrasch, Siegbert 2700
3 Pillsbury, Harry 2668
4 Janowsky, Dawid 2620
5 Charousek, Rezsö 2614
6 Steinitz, Wilhelm 2608
7 Burn, Amos 2600
8 Chigorin, Mikhail 2598
9 Maróczy, Géza 2596
10 Lipschütz, Salomon 2589
568 Stevenson, Alfred 1898

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