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Carl Schlechter vs David Janowski
Ostend (Championship) (1907), Ostend BEL, rd 14, Jun-03
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Steinitz Deferred (C79)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Jun-29-05  suenteus po 147: Would it have been impossible for Schlechter to have gained the opposition and draw after 77.Rxg2, or was it just faster and prettier to draw the way he did?
Jun-29-05  aw1988: It seems to me 77. Rxg2?? fxg2+ 48. Kxg2 Kg4 wins.
Jul-01-05  Catfriend: <Sneaky>, I think it's worth entering your collection of mad rooks, isn't it?
Jul-01-05
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  Sneaky: But it only went mad for one move. I would have liked to see a few more madness-checks, like 78.Kg4 Rh4+ 79. Kf3 (79.Kg3 Rxh3+ =) Rxh3+ 80. Rg3 (80.Kf2 Rf3+ =) Rh8 with a book-draw.
Jul-02-05  Catfriend: But it didn't happen just because black saw this line!
Jul-02-05
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  Chessical: Janowski appears to have a win with the heart-stopping <51...f4!!>. Schlechter's Rooks do not cooperate, even though Janowksi's King is driven in the centre of the board.

Janowski's threat of mate due to his domination of the 7th rank, and the increasing power of the advancing <f> pawn, should have given him the point:

<51...f4!!> 52.Rg4 f3 53.Rh4+ Kg8 54.Ra8+ Kf7 55.Rf4+ Ke6 56.Ra6+ Ke5

Jul-08-05
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  InspiredByMorphy: <Chessical> 51. ...f4 was undoubtedly stronger, but I think white might still be able to hold on aftr 51. ...f4 52.Rg4 f3 53.Ra8 (threatening mate) ...g5 54.Rxg5 Kh6 55.Rg3 and 56.Rh8# is threatened. The position is complicated and very interesting. Let me know what you think, and/or if Im missing something.
Jul-08-05  Boomie: 51...f4 is the move. After 52. ♖g4 f3 53. ♖a8 gets mated. White can prolong the agony but gets mated eventually in the same manner.

51... f4 52. ♖g4 f3 53. ♖h4+ (53. ♖a8 ♖h2+ 54. ♔g1 f2+ 55. ♔f1 ♖h1+ 56. ♔g2 f1=♕+ 57. ♔g3 ♕f2#) 53... ♔g8 54. ♖a8+ ♔f7 55. ♖f4+ ♔e6 56. ♖a6+ ♔e5

Sep-05-08
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  GrahamClayton: This game reminds me of Janowki's famous quotation "I detest the endgame. A well-played game should be practically decided in the middlegame."
Jan-05-09  WhiteRook48: this guy is so skilled!
Mar-01-09  WhiteRook48: er, nice draw
Aug-17-09  WhiteRook48: see Janowski-Grunfeld "Checks and balances"
Aug-05-20
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  Straclonoor: <Janowski appears to have a win with the heart-stopping 51...f4!!> Yes, 51....f4!! goes to mate

Analysis by Stockfish 060620 64 BMI2:

1. -+ (-#21): 51...f4 52.Rag5 fxg3 53.Rxg3 Rxb2 54.Rg4 Kh6 55.Rh4+ Kg5 56.Rg4+ Kh5 57.a5 g5 58.a6 Rd1+ 59.Rg1 Rxg1+ 60.Kxg1 Ra2 61.a7 Kh4 62.Kf1 Kxh3 63.Ke1 g4 64.Kf1 Rxa7 65.Ke2 Ra3 66.Kd2 g3 67.Ke2 g2 68.Kd2 g1Q 69.Kc2 Re3 70.Kd2 Qf2+ 71.Kd1 Re1#

51....Rc1+ also goes to winning advantage

2. -+ (-14.35): 51...Rc1+ 52.Rg1 Rcc2 53.Rg5 f4 54.Ra6 f3 55.Raxg6 Rh2+ 56.Kg1 f2+ 57.Kxh2 f1Q+ 58.Rg2 Qf4+ 59.Kh1 Rc1+ 60.Rg1 Rc7 61.R6g4 Qe3 62.R1g2 Rc1+ 63.Kh2 Qe5+ 64.R4g3 Qf4 65.a5 Ra1 66.a6 Rxa6 67.Kh1 Ra1+ 68.Rg1 Ra7 69.Rg5 Rd7 70.Rh5+ Kg8 71.Rhg5 Qb4 72.R1g2 Rd1+ 73.Rg1 Qb7+ 74.Kh2 Qxb2+ 75.Kh1 Rd7 76.R5g2 Qe5 77.Rg3 Kh7 78.Kh2 Rd2+ 79.Kh1 Qe4+ 80.R1g2 Rd7 81.Kg1 Qf4 82.Kh2 Rc7 83.Rb2 Rc3

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