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Frank James Marshall vs David Janowski
"Court Marshall" (game of the day Dec-18-2006)
Janowski - Marshall, Match 1 (1899), New York, NY USA, rd 4, Jan-21
Sicilian Defense: Four Knights Variation (B45)  ·  0-1


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  WannaBe: Oh, Frankie, how can you... But you're just 22 years old young man when this game took place.

I still love your games Frank.

Dec-18-06  suenteus po 147: I knew Marshall was in trouble when he was getting his queen run around the kingside after the opening. You're only hurting yourself when you drop that much time and development.
Dec-18-06  littleshiva: Why 40 Bf2 ???
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  Phony Benoni: <littleshiva> Why 40.Bf2? Why not? Black has so many threats that White might indulge his sense of humor by allowing Black to capture a piece with double check.

And it's not that bad a swindle. If Black takes the bishop, the White king gets out of the trap and Rxe7+ followed by h7 might lead to something. Note that Janowski counters by threatening 41...exf2#, and the rest is rather unnecessary.

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  Peligroso Patzer: <WannaBe: Oh, Frankie, how can you ... ?>

Losing a game to Janowski is no disgrace. His play lacked consistency, but at his best Janowski was very, very good. Although probably already past his prime (which seems to have been right around the turn of the century), Janowski drew a four-game exhibition match (two wins each; no draws) with Lasker in Paris in May of 1909 before getting slaughtered, 8-2 and 9.5-1.5, in two official world championship matches later that year and in 1910. Another indication of his strength is the fact that Janowski was the only player besides Tarrasch to have won at least one game from each of Steinitz, Lasker, Capablanca and Alekhine.

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  keypusher: These two played 74 games against each other! That has to be a record or near-record for this era.

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  kevin86: In the land of chess egos,Marshall's was very hiogh-maybe not king-but at least a round table contender. He once wrote a book about his greatest games in which he lost the first game,then won all the rest. It doesn't even mention that he player Dr. Lasker for the championship and was throttled.
Dec-18-06  soberknight: One of the stranger games I've ever seen.
Dec-18-06  Themofro: A very interesting if a bit bizarre game, forcfully played by Janowski.
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  playground player: I hate to see Marshall lose, but it's his own fault for not doing a Wing Gambit. I think the thing that kept him from the world championship was an irrepressible itch to get too cute for his own good. But that's what makes his games so much for to study.
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  Peligroso Patzer: <keypusher: These two played 74 games against each other! That has to be a record or near-record for this era. >

“Overall record: Frank James Marshall beat David Janowski 34 to 24, with 16 draws.”

That makes the rate of decisive games between Marshall and Janowski more than 78%!

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  Pawn and Two: <Peligroso Patzer & keypusher> <These two played 74 games against each other! That has to be a record or near-record for this era.>

Their total number of games against each other is even more impressive as there are some games missing from this database.

Their overall record from their tournament games and 5 matches, plus one informal game played after their 1905 match, show Frank Marshall winning over David Janowski by a score of 34 to 28 with 19 draws.

In addition to these games, Marshall also won a simultaneous game from Janowski Janowski vs Marshall, 1899. Janowski's display against 22 players was at the Hamilton Chess Club in Brooklyn on January 28, 1899.

Jan-11-09  WhiteRook48: How could White have prevented the mate?
May-14-09  WhiteRook48: by not playing 1 e4 I guess
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