|KEG: Following the exchange of Queens, Mortimer promptly ruined his position again with 27...h6 and 28...Nh5. But Janowski immediately gave Mortimer a chance to get back into the game with his 29. Kg2 (29. Ng3 wins). After 29. Kg2, the position was as follows:|
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In this position, Mortimer had a lovely tactical possibility: 29...Nxg3 that would have gotten him back in the game (since White can't play 30. KxN because of 30...Bxf4+ winning the exchange). Mortimer could also have gotten back in the game with the more prosaic 29...Kf7.
But Mortimer played 29...gxf4 allowing Janowski to close the door on the above tactical resource with 30. gxf4.
Janowski, however, blundered in his turn with 30. exf4, giving Mortimer a second chance to save himself with 30...Nxg3. Did Mortimer find this? No, but his 30...Kf7 was sufficient.
Janowski now played 31. Be2, giving Mortimer yet a third chance to exploit the tactical Nxg3 idea. And yet again Mortimer missed the chance, playing the theoretically losing 31...Nf6?
Now Janowski had a clear path to victory with the seemingly obvious 32. Nb3 (heading for a5 to harass Black's c6 pawn. But Janowski kept things interesting with 32. Nd3? letting Mortimer back in the game one more time.
After Mortimer's very bad 33...Kf6? Janowski had another winning move: 34. Ne5. But he dithered once again with 34. Kf3, giving Mortimer life once again.
Mortimer could now have simply played 34...fxg4+, but decided to play 34...Rg8? But instead of ending Mortimer's king-side counterplay with 35. gxf5, Janowski played 35. Ra6?
Mortimer could now have played 35...fxg4+ followed by 36...Rc8. Instead, he played 35...Rc8 immediately. To compound his problems, after Janowski played 36. Ne5 (36. gxf5 was more accurate) Mortimer finished himself off with the needless 36...NxN (once again he should have played 36...fxg4+). After 37. dxN+ Ke7 38. gxf5 exf5 Janowski played the crushing 39. Bd3. Now, there was no way for Janowski to blow the win (although his 43rd, 47th and 50th moves needlessly prolonged Mortimer's agony0.
It is hard to know what to make of this contest. Janowski won the game about eight or nine times. He had the advantage throughout. He was a great tactician, so I am surprised to see him missing chances that I would expect any club player to see.
Oh well, I guess a win is a win.