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David Janowski vs Siegbert Tarrasch
"Attack from Afar" (game of the day Apr-20-2011)
Ostend (1905), Ostend BEL, rd 8, Jun-22
Queen Pawn Game: Krause Variation (D02)  ·  1-0



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  keypusher: <Once: <ughaibu> Thanks for the link - that's another great game. I wonder if there are examples of Rb7-Nb6 actually working for black?>

No doubt there are. I have a vague memory of winning a game that way myself. But games like that typically don't get published. I don't know if the software of today would allow you to mine for them in databases...

I remember someone commenting on Lasker vs Pirc, 1935 called it <a rare case where white captures both rooks with his queen-and wins>. In fact probably 99% of games where that happens are won by the capturer (if the capturee doesn't resign first). But it's the exceptions that become famous.

Apr-20-11  JohnBoy: It looks to me as if 27...Ba3 is a big mistake. Black can probably do better with 27...Nd7 immediately. Put the bishop on f8.
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  kevin86: I hope the black pieces on the queen side paid addmission-certainly they are not participants in the arena.
Apr-20-11  solskytz: Maybe it wasn't yet too late to correct things with 30... R(back to)f8. Thoughts?
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  Phony Benoni: For the bilingual, here's some contemporary analysis from the <British Chess Magazine>, August 1905, p. 310:

They consider Black to have had the better game before 20...b5, recommending 20...Bd6 instead.

After <30.Nf5>:

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They feel White is winning, and analyzed 30...Bf8 31.Ng4. Looks like that knight move would also be a good answer to 30...Rf8.

Apr-20-11  solskytz: of course, had Tarrasch known what he's dealing with he would take some preventive action and put up some sort of a fight...

hmmm... let's see here - I'm working without a computer here - and I do get some kind of a desperate feeling concerning the Black position after 30...Rf8 31. Ng4 in our variation...

however, with all that in mind, let's continue the 'torture' a little longer: I propose here 31...Nd8.

Apr-20-11  solskytz: I found a cute variation here, all by myself :-]

31...Nd8 32. Ngxh6+ Kh7 33. Qc2 gh (But I would really prefer here Nxb7) 34. Qd2 (Switchback... and now it's pretty much impossible to defend against Qh6+ and Qg7 mate, but on an amusing sidenote:)

34... Bc1 (can be taken by the Q easily, but...) 35. Rxc1 Ne6 36. Re1 Ng5 37. h4 Nxf3+ 38. gf Kg6 39. Qxh6+ Kxf5 and suddenly... it looks like Black's life is spared.

Amusing and totally not-forced.

Actually, I didn't really find the clincher for white after 32. Ngxh6+ Kh7. Help?

Apr-20-11  solskytz: oh no... 40. Rxf7 and it's all over (40...Rh8 41. Qg5 mate)
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  Pawn and Two: Janowski won the 1st brilliancy prize, (250 francs awarded by Professor Rice), for this game. In 1905, 250 francs was worth about $50 U.S. dollars.

Maroczy won the tournament and was awarded the first prize of 5,000 francs. Janowski and Tarrasch shared the 2nd and 3rd prize awards of 3,000 and 2,000 francs.

Prize award information is from the Chess Player tournament book, edited by Jimmy Adams, "Ostende 1905". At the time of the tournament an official tournament book was planned, but the idea was abandoned due to too few subscriptions.

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  Phony Benoni: <30...Rf8 31.Ng4 Nd8>

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32.Nxg7 looks pretty destructive. 32...Kxg7 33.Qxh6+ Kg8 34.Nxf6# is out of the question.

If 32...Nxb7, one pretty finish is 33.Qxh6 Be8 (to guard f6) 34.Nf5 Rf7 (overload!) 35.Nxf6+ Rxf6 36.Qg7#.

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  Richard Taylor: Tarrasch also played some incredibly beautiful attacks. His best Games of Chess (ed. by Reinfeld and based on his notes) is classic and contains all kinds of games and positions. I preferred his games to Alekhine's.

The ex NZ Champion Jonathan Safarti has played through the Complete games which is in Russian and German I believe. He is also a big fan and learnt a lot from T.

Apr-20-11  WhiteRook48: Janowski was a good attacker
Apr-20-11  avidfan:

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33...Rc8-h8 (attacking the White queen) seems better than the text: Kg8 willingly giving up the one last Black companion on the kingside by 34. Qxf6 .

If 34. Qe3 Qc8 would bring another piece into play for Black, defending e6.

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  Phony Benoni: <avidfan> Nice try, but after 33...Rh8 White has mate in three: 34.Bh5+ Kg8 35.Qg6+ Kf8 36.Qf7#.
Apr-20-11  Lil Swine: it really shows that a sacrifice is at it's deadliest when you can blow open a hole for your troops to rush in and attack. the vital squares for blacks king have been left unprotected and wonderfully exposed with ellegance.
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  Breunor: <ughaibu: But what if Tarrasch played 31...Qb7? >

I looked at this for a while, and then I said, 'Oh, he's in check!'

Apr-20-11  ughaibu: Breunor: Ah, yes. Thanks.
Apr-21-11  avidfan: Thanks <Phony Benoni> but saw 34. Bh5+ only after posting and finding the game in the book "500 Master Games" by Tartakower.
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  LIFE Master AJ: A game of great beauty and precise tactics. Its # 98 in GM A. Soltis's book: "The 100 Best Chess Games."

Soltis ranks it 98, IMO it could have been 50-70 places higher ...

Jan-13-12  waustad: That is a very lonely king.
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  Penguincw: Tarrasch's pieces are way too far away.
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  scutigera: What a final position! White's pieces are all on the kingside, while black's are all on the queenside, except for that one huddled in the corner. I hope it's not an important one...
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  Honza Cervenka: I think that old good doctor simply became victim of his own self-confidence in this game. It was him who was trying with black pieces against Janowski to play for win from the beginning. It is quite apparent from the fact that he was avoiding trades of pieces, which could have eased his game, and he was preparing a QS attack (in fact, not a bad plan in this kind of position, which works well on many occasions) but he overestimated his position and went wrong at some point, and was spanked for that.
Aug-24-16  mckmac: <Honza Cervenka> <20.Bf3!>The occasionally useful and clever gambler, David Janowski, puts one over 'the good old doctor'. There might be hope for us all.
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  fiercebadger: once DrT weakened his bunker with ..h6 , he was destroyed by bombs and long range missiles
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