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Fred Dewhirst Yates vs David Janowski
Ghent (1926), Ghent BEL, rd 9, Nov-??
Sicilian Defense: Four Knights. Exchange Variation (B45)  ·  1-0



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  Chessical: <25...Nf8> holds the position. As played, Janowski walks into a mating net.
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  perfidious: <Chessical: <25...Nf8> holds the position....>

Not so far as I can see; this is met by 26.h6, when there is no antidote to 27.Qf6 and ruination, though in humdrum fashion compared to the actual finish.

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  Chessical: <Perfidious > I believe that after <25...Nf8> 26.h6 then <26...f5> would be an adequate response.
Sep-16-20  Retireborn: Chessbase 2002 has a different move order (16.Rg3 c5 17.Bg5 c4 18.Bxe7 Rxe7 19.Bf1 Rc7 20.Qf4 Rb8 21.Qg3) as well as a different final move (30.Qe7+)

On the one hand this changes 17.Bg5 c4 from mistakes into normal moves; on the other hand I don't trust Chessbase not to have mangled the score.

One wonders if this score is from Yates' book and he misremembered what happened? Can anyone clear this up?

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  Chessical: <Retireborn> This game appears on p. 87 of "101 of my best games", as follows

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e6 6. Nxc6 bxc6 7. Bd3 d5 8. O-O Be7 9. Qe2 O-O 10. Re1 Re8 11. Bf4 Bb7 12. Rad1 Qa5 13. e5 Nd7 14. Qg4 Nf8 15. Re3 g6 16. Rg3 c5 17. Bg5 c4 18. Bxe7 Rxe7 19. Bf1 Rc7 20. Qf4 Rb8 21. Rg3 Ba6 22. h4 Rxb2 23. h5 Rxc2 24. Qf6 Nd7 25. Qd8+ Kg7 26. hxg6 fxg6 27. Ne4 Nf8 28. Rf3 Nd7 29. Ng5 Rxf2 30. Nxe6+ 1-0

Sep-16-20  Retireborn: <Chessical> Thanks. Are there any annotations? Does Yates acknowledge that 17.Bg5 loses a piece?

Looks as if some bright spark "improved" the game. Wonder who it was.

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  Chessical: <Retireborn> The notes to this game are by IM William Winter (Yates annotated 30 games used in this book before his death).

<17. Bg5> "Correct strategy. With the exchange of Bishops, White intensifies his opponent's weaknesses."

As to Janowski's response, "Better to retire the Queen."

Sep-17-20  Retireborn: <Chessical> Thanks again.

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