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David Janowski vs NN
"Horseless Buggy" (game of the day Jun-14-2011)
Paris (1895), Paris FRA
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  beenthere240: I read an an anecdote about a chess master (Burns?) who once threw a game to an amateur, then offered to play at knights odd's - and won, He then explained that removing the knight actually gave him an advantage since he could get the Q rook into play faster! Just messing with the patzer's head, evidently.
May-20-04  iron maiden: Is there anything that can symbolize Janowski better than the final position?
May-20-04  capanegra: Those Bishops are the classic "Jans" at all their splendor.
May-21-04  brokenman: <Chessgames> when I view this game using Sjkbase I get a weird version of this game which ends on the 13th move.
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Jan-12-05  GreenDayGuy: Isn't 12. Rae1 illegal because it would jump over the knight? Or did Janowski play a knight down for some reason?
Apr-12-05  aw1988: They did not say Janowski loved the two bishops without a reason!
Apr-12-05  iron maiden: <GreenDayGuy> It was an odds-game, with Janowsky giving the b1-knight.
Jan-09-06  prinsallan: Fine play here with a Knight down to begin with.
Apr-11-06  MorphyMatt: Nice!
Jan-04-09  WhiteRook48: nice how white chose to sac the queen for a checkmate instead of the bishop. I wonder why only 5. 0-0 is in the sacrifice explorer and not 20. Qxf6+.
Feb-01-09  WhiteRook48: this pun hardly makes sense
Jul-17-09  YoungEd: My memory is hazy, but I think it was in Sergeant's book about Morphy that contains the claim that Black is foolish to accept the Muzio when taking QN odds--almost a forced win for White! Anyway, this is a nice game with a pretty finish even if <Honza Cervenka> is right that there was a better way to go.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: <YoungEd>, I realize that this is almost two years too late, but the version of the (tall tale?) I heard was that Emmanuel Lasker made the claim, but he might have been joking.
Jun-14-11  Riverbeast: Ah, Romantic Chess!

One side playing, the other applauding....

Jun-14-11  David2009: <WhiteRook48: this pun hardly makes sense> "Buggy" because J's play was flawed: <Honza Cervenka: Pretty mating combination but I think that Janowski's 17.Re5 would not have worked after correct 17...Qd6! Instead of 17.Re5 Janowski could have continued 17.Re8!!, which is crushing>. Re NN: Off with the paper bag - bring back the stylish and romantic shadow profile! Proper respect to this distinguished, long-lived and never discouraged player (+26 -551 =19 against some of the finest chess minds of the centuries).
Jun-14-11  erniecohen: <Honza Cervenka: ... Relatively best is probably sac of Queen 17...Qxd5, but after 18.Bxf6+ Rxf6 19.Qxd5 Re6 20.Rxe6 Bxe6 21.Qxb7 white has a decisive advantage. >

Much better defense is 19... ♗e6 20. ♕xb7 ♔f7 21. ♖h8 ♔g7 22. ♕xa8 ♔xh8 23.♕xb8+, and black is still breathing. (Of course white still has the decisive advantage that his opponent isn't very good at chess...)

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  kevin86: The pun is based on the fact that white is playing with the odds of a knight;then he sacs the other knight in the Muzio.

Also,the Muzio creates another oddity:black has tripled pawns on the f-file. There is a flaw in the queen sac in that it was unnecessary-he could sac the bishop and mate with the queen.

Jun-14-11  KingV93: Fascinating and entertaining game to play through. I don't know just how many blunders Black made but Janowski makes Whites play look like wizardry!
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  Phony Benoni: <kevin86> Janowski sacrfice a bishop? Heaven forfend!
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  tamar: Janowski hot-rodding around Paris in his newfangled machine. Poor NN kept his horse indoors because of the racket.
Jun-14-11  picard: is 16 ...Qxe1 winning for black?
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  FSR: <picard> Should be. Two rooks and a knight is a lot of wood for a queen.
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  perfidious: Pretty finish, but as pointed out, 16....Qxe1+ looks winning after 17.Bxe1 Nc6. Once Black gets developed with ....Bd7 and ....Rae8, it's his turn to have a go at it.
Sep-04-17  Whitehat1963: Impressive!!
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