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David Janowski vs Alphonse Goetz
"Get Your Goetz" (game of the day Feb-15-2005)
Paris (1891), Paris FRA
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Greco Gambit Traditional Line (C54)  ·  1-0



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May-07-04  TrueFiendish: Good old random game function!
Nov-29-04  checkpat: 11..Nf4 was decentralizing a well developed piece instead of moving a new one...
Nov-29-04  error: ...and 17...♕xa2 was an inconceivable act of gluttony.
Premium Chessgames Member Today's Game of the Day is the first of several games we will be showing from "60 Games by David Janowski (with annotations)" to be published by Hardinge Simpole in a few months. The book is compiled by Alexander Meynell and Alexander Chernaiev and edited/translated by J.N. Sugden. In this case, however, the notes are by Chigorin.

Ray Keene is the general series editor, and will surely be able to answer any questions you might have about the book.

Feb-15-05  Seraphina: Us Qa2 really such a heinous act of gluttony, <error>? It seems to me the Queen can return fast with f6 and Qf7. Also, if the attack fails, it's nice to have a little extra pawn here and there... Whereby I basically agree, that it is not seem to be the strongest move.
Feb-15-05  Marvol: If Chigorin says <with faultless defence Black could have repelled it and retained his extra material. > and later he gives some variations that Black could have played to defend correctly, then I suppose ♕a2 can't be that bad.

Of course it depends on who Black is, whether (s)he will be capable of executing this faultless defence :-)...

Feb-15-05  Seraphina: After meditating on it... Qxa2 is the only alternative, really. So it's best under the circumstances. But b6 seems like a wasted move. Perhapos black could have given up the extra pawn for a little counterplay.
Feb-15-05  capanegra: I studied the move 17...♕xa2, which at first glance looks very suspicious, as the Queen is cornered far away from the hot zone (the ulterior continuation of the game demonstrated that). The alternative 17…♕d8 was probably safer, though White still keeps a strong initiative.

As for Chigorin's suggestion 19…♖d8 to reject White's attack, I think it is interesting the continuation 20.♕b4 ♘f4 21.b3!?, and Black must not dare to play 21…♘xh5? 22.♕c4+ and mates. Now:

1) 21…♘d5 (21…♘xh5 22.♕c4+ mates) 22.♖xd5 cxd5 23.♕b5! and wins.

2) 21…♗e6(!) 22.♖xe6 ♘xe6 23.♕xb7 ♕a1+ 24.♔h2 ♕xd5 25.♕f7+ ♔h8 26.♖xh7+ ♔xh7 27.♕h5+ ♔g8 28.♕f7+ and I can find nothing better than a perpetual check.

3) 21…♘e6 probably has better opportunities for Black. It should be studied a little bit, but I have no time for the moment. I'll come back later.

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  kevin86: Janowski finds a way to attack on both sides at the same time! Several moves are in fact double threats on both sides.

Goetz-can be pronounced "gets" or "goats"-the pun,eeriely like the game,works both sides of the street.

Feb-15-05  jkiipli: excellent annotations, no crap
Feb-15-05  aw1988: What would you label as 'crap' in annotation?
Feb-15-05  Capafan9: I was playing through this game and thought that Qxa2 was a bad move. I enjoyed the annotations showing that there was a defense though. Despite all of this it was still a good game.
Feb-15-05  capanegra: I apologize for my previous post. The variation I gave is incorrect. After 21…♗e6 22.♖xe6 ♘xe6 23.♕xb7 Black has ♕b1+ 24.♔h2 ♕g6 and wins. So, 17…♕xa2 wasn’t so bad after all.
Jun-07-07  JMJ565X: so white is up in material after queening pawn but play on black he may make a mistake!

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