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Emanuel Lasker vs David Janowski
Lasker - Janowski World Championship Match (1910), Berlin GER, rd 1, Nov-08
Queen's Gambit Declined: Semi-Tarrasch Defense (D40)  ·  1-0


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  Ron: It seems that 19. ... Rd6 is a blunder, for White can then win material by force, as Lasker demonstrates.
Oct-21-06  RookFile: This game is ridiculous, you'd think an A player was black.
Dec-12-06  Ch3ckmate: Janowski was no match against Lasker in the WC in 1910
Sep-06-07  Petrosianic: Certainly one of the least auspicious starts to a World Championship challenge ever. 19... R-Q3 is unworthy of an IM much less a challenger. Time trouble is unlikely to have been the issue. It hearkens back to Tchigorin's famous blunder against Steinnitz:

Chigorin vs Steinitz, 1892

...but at least in Tchigorin's case, you know it was an aberration.

Feb-11-08  asiduodiego: 19. Rd6??. Horrible Blunder. At least, is instructive: NEVER, EVER FORGET THE BACK RANK.
Mar-02-08  Knight13: Just a rare oversight by Janowski, which probably just completely blew his confidence away in this match.
Dec-15-08  YoungEd: Tactically, of course, Rd6 was a blunder. But I think the idea behind it was pretty good. It looks as though Janowski was intending a rook-lift so that his quuen and rook could attack White's K-side. White would actually have a bit of trouble defending this, perhaps. Just needed a bit more preparation somehow...
Nov-18-14  Petrosianic: <It looks as though Janowski was intending a rook-lift so that his quuen and rook could attack White's K-side. White would actually have a bit of trouble defending this>

I see what you mean, but it doesn't look too serious to me. The problem is Black's Bishop is stuck in a purely defensive roll and can't really contribute to the attack. And White has his own White squared Bishop to defend.

It looks like most of the play would have revolved around Black's weak Queenside pawns. White seems better but Black might be able to hold. White's best plan before the blunder seems to be to double rooks on the c 4, with an eventual Bc4 to try to swap off the defender.

Feb-26-18  Serpentin: une defaite surement demoralisante sur la suite du match!!
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