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David Janowski vs Akiba Rubinstein
Prague (1908), Prague AUH, rd 8, May-27
Rubinstein Opening: Bogoljubow Defense (D05)  ·  1-0



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  Chessical: Janowsky unleashes havoc against Rubinstein's K-side after his opponent plays the weakening <39...gxh6>. The misfortune of the B on f6, and Janowsky placing his Q between his opponent's Q and R make this a delightfully destructive combination.

<42...Rg7> 43.Bxf6 Qxf6 44.Rxf6 Rxg4+ 45.Kf2 also loses but the game continuation is the most attractive mode of play.

Nov-26-07  Karpova: This game is from the International tournament in Prague (round 8) and won the second brilliancy prize.
Nov-28-08  Ulhumbrus: After 16...f5 it is not obvious that it is easier for White to start an attack on the King side by playing g4 than it is easy for Black to start a King side attack by playing ....g5. The reason for this is that the e4 pawn blocks the long diagonal for Black's QB whereas White's QB can be uncovered on the long diagonal by d5. This makes the move ...g5 more dangerous for Black than the move g4 is dangerous for White. Janowski does manage to arrange the pawn advance 25 g4 whereas Rubinstein does not manage to arrange the advance ...g5, and Janowski goes on from there to win.
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  zydeco: A key point is that 34....Bxd4 loses to 35.Bxd4 Qxd4 36.Be6+! Kh8 37.Rf8+
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  tamar: Rubinstein has the idea of e5, but plays it on move 32 when White's initiative on the K side is too great.

27...e5 is sharp, but seems to work.

28 dxe5 is no good after 28...Rxd1+ 29 Bxd1 Qd8 when White is helpless against Qd1 so that leaves

28 fxe5 f4 29 Bc1 h6 30 Kh2 Bg5 31 d5 f3 32 Bxf3 Bxc1 33 Rxc1 Qf4+ 34 Qg3 Qxc1 35 Bxe4

Black has an extra rook, but the pawns look dangerous.

SF finds the best win here with 35...b5! 36 axb5 a4 37 bxa4 Qxc4 an echo of the original breakthrough .

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