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Carl Schlechter vs David Janowski
Ostend (Championship) (1907), Ostend BEL, rd 14, Jun-03
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Steinitz Deferred (C79)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-29-05  suenteus po 147: Would it have been impossible for Schlechter to have gained the opposition and draw after 77.Rxg2, or was it just faster and prettier to draw the way he did?
Jun-29-05  aw1988: It seems to me 77. Rxg2?? fxg2+ 48. Kxg2 Kg4 wins.
Jul-01-05  Catfriend: <Sneaky>, I think it's worth entering your collection of mad rooks, isn't it?
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  Sneaky: But it only went mad for one move. I would have liked to see a few more madness-checks, like 78.Kg4 Rh4+ 79. Kf3 (79.Kg3 Rxh3+ =) Rxh3+ 80. Rg3 (80.Kf2 Rf3+ =) Rh8 with a book-draw.
Jul-02-05  Catfriend: But it didn't happen just because black saw this line!
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  Chessical: Janowski appears to have a win with the heart-stopping <51...f4!!>. Schlechter's Rooks do not cooperate, even though Janowksi's King is driven in the centre of the board.

Janowski's threat of mate due to his domination of the 7th rank, and the increasing power of the advancing <f> pawn, should have given him the point:

<51...f4!!> 52.Rg4 f3 53.Rh4+ Kg8 54.Ra8+ Kf7 55.Rf4+ Ke6 56.Ra6+ Ke5

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  InspiredByMorphy: <Chessical> 51. ...f4 was undoubtedly stronger, but I think white might still be able to hold on aftr 51. ...f4 52.Rg4 f3 53.Ra8 (threatening mate) ...g5 54.Rxg5 Kh6 55.Rg3 and 56.Rh8# is threatened. The position is complicated and very interesting. Let me know what you think, and/or if Im missing something.
Jul-08-05  Boomie: 51...f4 is the move. After 52. ♖g4 f3 53. ♖a8 gets mated. White can prolong the agony but gets mated eventually in the same manner.

51... f4 52. ♖g4 f3 53. ♖h4+ (53. ♖a8 ♖h2+ 54. ♔g1 f2+ 55. ♔f1 ♖h1+ 56. ♔g2 f1=♕+ 57. ♔g3 ♕f2#) 53... ♔g8 54. ♖a8+ ♔f7 55. ♖f4+ ♔e6 56. ♖a6+ ♔e5

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  GrahamClayton: This game reminds me of Janowki's famous quotation "I detest the endgame. A well-played game should be practically decided in the middlegame."
Jan-05-09  WhiteRook48: this guy is so skilled!
Mar-01-09  WhiteRook48: er, nice draw
Aug-17-09  WhiteRook48: see Janowski-Grunfeld "Checks and balances"
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