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David Janowski vs Emanuel Lasker
New York (1924), New York, NY USA, rd 4, Mar-21
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen. Modern Variation General (B83)  ·  0-1



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Mar-02-04  morphynoman2: Some notes about this game, here:
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  meloncio: Thanks. A great site.
Nov-28-06  Ulhumbrus: The move 65...g5 suggests that Black has to exert himself to the utmost to win even now, but this may mean no more than that Black has to apply all of his knowledge and skill to make the most of his position at this point.
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  Peligroso Patzer: In the tournament book (“New York 1924", by Alekhine, Alexander, Russell Enterprises, Inc., ©2008, at page 56), considering the position after 31. … Be7:

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Alekhine writes: “The drastic move of 32. e5, in order to force …d5 (thereby cramping the bishop) would lead to a hopeless catastrophe; for instance: 32.... Nh4 33.gxh4 Bxh4 34.Qe3 (34.Qe2 Bf3, or 34.Qf1 dxe5) 34...Qg4+ 35.Kf1 Bf3 and wins."

It seems to me, however, that in Alekhine’s main line here, after 35. … Bf3, White should be OK with 36.Re2; for example: 36...Bxe2+ 37.Nxe2 d5 38.b4=.

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  Peligroso Patzer: White’s 41. Be3 receives no comment from Alekhine, but it appears to be a significant error. With the obvious 41. Nxe4, White seemingly would have been no worse, and probably somewhat better.
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  Peligroso Patzer: One particular insight from Alekhine’s annotations worth noting is that Lasker erred with 48. … Qc5? (instead of 48. … d5), but Janowski missed his opportunity by playing 49. Qd2? (when 49. Ne4 “would have obtained a defensible position” [Alekhine]).

After 49. Qd2? d5 (49. … g5! would have been even stronger.), Black had restored a decisive advantage, and Lasker’s play through the remainder of the game was crushing.

Apr-29-15  Howard: Excuse me, but regarding your 41.Nxe4, you seem to be missing 41...Bb5.
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