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David Janowski vs Jacques Mieses
Janowski - Mieses (1895), Paris FRA, rd 5, Jan-12
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Modern Steinitz Defense (C71)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Honza Cervenka: Interesting fight. Janowski should have won this game but playing 53.b5?? he chose a seemingly won pawn endgame which was surprisingly only drawish.
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  tamar: <"seemingly won pawn endgame"> Man oh man! it hurts to watch the end of this game. I suppose it's a bit of an optical illusion, but White could have counted moves and seen he could not win after 43 b5??. Even if he plays 48 ♔e5 preventing the Black King from winning the h pawn, and even if he wins the Black h pawn himself, Mieses' only option, going after the faraway c pawn still draws. The win is there on 43 though. Janowski just had to lure/force the ♔ onto the g file and then advance the g pawn when he could retake with the ♖ as in 43 ♖h8 ♔g5 44 g4! hg 45 ♖g8+ ♔f5 46 ♖xg4
Jun-25-04  grozny: <seemingly won pawn endgame> Yes, it does look won, doesn't it? In fact, I would have preferred 42 b5 rather than 43 g3 in order to head toward that pawn ending even sooner. When I ran this by Fritz, however, he liked it for a couple of seconds until some more calculating apparently found it was not such a brilliancy after all: 42. b5 cxb5 43. ♖xc4 dxc4+ 44. ♔d4 h4 45. ♔c5 ♔f5 46. ♔xb5 ♔f4 47. ♔xc4 ♔g3 48. ♔b4 ♔xg2 49. c4 ♔xh3. Anyway, my point is that the move does look tempting. A trompe l'oeil of endgames?
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  cu8sfan: Very interesting, <Pawn Ambush>. What are you trying to proof here?
Dec-01-04  Pawn Ambush: <cu8sfan> Man I think I'm going cazy I'm going over some Janowski games and most of them have g4 or ...g5! See that 46th. move.
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  wordfunph: janowski-mieses

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...and so they split the point in a very appealing final position. :-0

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