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David Janowski vs Franz G Jacob
Munich (1900), Munich GER, rd 8, Aug-02
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Main Line (D63)  ·  1-0


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  KEG: Janowski had a miserable time at Munich 1900. By this 8th round game, he was tied for 7th--11th place 2.5 points behind the leader. But even in the funk that seemed to have enveloped Janowski's play at this tournament, he had little trouble defeating the hapless Jacob, who was a pawn down in a hopelss ending by move 17.

The only notable feature of this game was Janowski's cute final move.

1. d4 d5
2. c4 e6
3. Nc3 Nf6
4. Nf3 Be7
5. Bg5 Nbd7
6. e3 0-0
7. Rc1 b6

This line, which was then a popular way to combat the QGD, is not quite a Tartakower Defense, since Black has not played h6. It is seemingly inferior to 7...h6, 7...c6, and 7...dxc4, but is certainly playable.

8. Bd3

To be sure he saves a tempo, Janowski should probably have played 8. cxd5 here immediately.

8... dxc4

Missing the chance to win a tempo with 8...dxc4. 8...c5 was another good line for Black here.

9. cxd5

Janowski does not give Jacob a second chance to initiate the capture and gain a tempo.

9... exd5
10. 0-0 a6

Playing a la Janowski. 10...c5, 10...Ne4, and 10...h6 were all better.

11. Ne5

Not bad, but 11. Bf5, 11. Qc2, and 11. Bf4 were all stronger choices.

The position was now:

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11... c5

"?"--Tournament Book.

The Tournament Book's proposed 11...NxN was surely better [12. dxc5 Ne4!]. But the text was not all that bad and Jacob still had a playable game at this point.

12. f4

"!"--Tournament Book.

This certainly gave Janowski a strong center formation, and was probably even better than 12. Qf3.

12... Ne4

"?"--Tournament Book.

The text was indeed a blunder, and Black was destined to lose a pawn after the ensuing exchanges.

13. BxB QxB
14. BxN dxB
15. NxN QxN
16. dxc5

This left:

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16... QxQ

"?"--Tournament Book.

The text is hopeless since Black now enters an endgame in which he must lose a pawn anyway and face doom in the form of an eventual White passed pawn on the Queen-side. Jacob's only real chance was to abandon any hope of saving the pawn and seek counterplay with 16...Qc6?!

17. RfxQ bxc5
18. Na4

Jacob should surely have seen this coming. Now he loses his c5 pawn and will be a dead duck once Janowski creates a passed pawn.

18... f5

Only making matters worse. Jacob should have tried for some sort of counterplay with 18...Bc6 or perhaps tried 18...h6, though his task would likely still be hopeless.

19. Nxc5

19. Rxc5 or 19. Nb6 were perhaps even better.

The position was now:

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As I will discuss in my next post on this game, from here on it was target practice for Janowski against an opponent who appeared (understandably) resigned to defeat.

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  KEG: Post II

Janowksi obviously had a won game after 19. Nxc5, but having a win doesn't always translate into victory. Nere, Jacob did nothing to make Janowski's task difficult:

19... Bc8

To offer any real resistance, he should have played 19...Bc6.

20. Rd6

20. B4 was also very strong for Janowski here.

20... a5
21. Rcd1

21. Rc4 was even better, but Janowski, as Lasker once said, enjoyed having a won game so much he often could not bear to part with it. So here--without jeopardizing his chances--Janowski took his time.

21... Ra7

Getting this Rook to the c-file was a futile plan. Jacob should--if he wanted to continue--try to bring his King into action with 21...Kf7. 21...g6 and 21...Re8 were also better than the text.

22. a3

The first step to trading off pawns on the Queen-side and getting an unstoppable passed pawn.

22... Rc7
23. b4 g6
24. R1d5 axb4
25. axb4

This left:

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The White b-pawn is poised to march off to Queen-hood. Janowski nonetheless managed to extract every ounce of pleasure in converting his advantage and foiling every effort by Jacob to bring the game to a quick conclusion.

25... Kf7
26. Kf2 Ke7

The only meager chance of offering resistance lay in something like 26...Re8.

27. Ke1

Taking the slow boat to winning and eschewing the more forceful 27. Kg3

27... Rf6

This offer to trade Rooks was suicidal, but the game was lost anyway. 27...Re8 was theoretically "better."

28. RxR KxR

This left:

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29. Kd2

Janowski was apparently enjoying himself too much to play the crushing (and obvious) 29. b5.

29... Rc6
30. Kc3

Still too busy making merry to push his b-pawn!

30... Be6

Almost forcing Janowski to wrap up the game. 30...Ke7 was the best try.

31. Re5 Ba2?

Putting his Bishop where it can not impede the advance of the White b-pawn.

32. B5

At last!

32... Rd6
33. g4

Deciding to have a little fun on the King-side instead of wrapping up the game with 33. b6.

33... h6?

If he really wanted to continue the game, Jacob should have least made an effort to stop the b-pawn with 33...Bd5, hopeless though even this would have been.

34. gxf5 gxf5?

34...Bd5 was the only way to carry on for even a little while.

The position was now:

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Now Janowski was able to have a little fun:

35. b6!


Jacob no doubt belatedly recognized that 35...Rxb6 would run into 36. Nd7+. And if 35...Bd5 36. RxB!! (36...RxR 37. b7 Rd8 38. b8(Q) RxQ 39. Nd7+).

A neat finish by Janowski, who may have been waiting for a pretty way to conclude this otherwise forgettable game.

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