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David Janowski vs Willem Andreas Theodorus Schelfhout
"Knock Your Schelfhout" (game of the day Jul-10-2014)
Scheveningen (1913), Scheveningen NED, rd 5, Jul-31
Caro-Kann Defense: Alekhine Gambit (B15)  ·  1-0



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Jul-10-14  Conrad93: This sacrifice is so common in the Caro-Kann. It should really be its own variation.
Jul-10-14  RookFile: 6....g6 would have been desirable on strategic grounds, but it has the minor problem that 7. Nd6 is mate. Keres had a laugh like this once:

Keres vs E Arlamowski, 1950

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  Honza Cervenka: 19.Bxh7 was a howler. 19.Bc4! would have won the game immediately
Jul-10-14  Castleinthesky: Is it "knock your Schelfout?" or "Schelfout's knockers"?
Jul-10-14  Moszkowski012273: Agreed Honza! Was about to say the sane thing.
Jul-10-14  Moszkowski012273: Well...... "same".
Jul-10-14  rozzatu: maybe... "sale".
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  kevin86: White will mate soon.
Jul-10-14  BOSTER: < Conrad93: This sacr. is so common in the Caro-Kann>. Sacr. 16.Nxf7 is very suspicious.
Black can play in-betweem move 16...Qc6.
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  Honza Cervenka: <BOSTER: < Conrad93: This sacr. is so common in the Caro-Kann>. Sacr. 16.Nxf7 is very suspicious. Black can play in-betweem move 16...Qc6.>

If 16...Qc6, then 17.d5! with decisive advantage of white.

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  morfishine: Not really "Top Shelf" stuff
Jul-10-14  BOSTER: < 17.d5 > Rxd5
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  Honza Cervenka: <BOSTER: < 17.d5 > Rxd5>

16...Qc6 17.d5 Rxd5 18.Bb5 and now if 18...Qc8 (to cover Pe6), then 19.Bxf6 gxf6 (or 19...Bxf6 20.Nd6) 20.Rxd5 Bxd5 21.Nh6+ Kh8 (21...Kg7 22.Qg4+ Kxh6 23.Re3 leads to quick mate.) 22.c4 etc.

Jul-11-14  Howard: A look at the crosstable indicates that this tournament was essentially a two-man race, with Alekhine and Janowski coming in first and second, respectively.

Beware of a discrepancy between between the crosstable and the "final standings" list---the latter implies that Janowski was first and Alekine was second. But it was actually the other way around.

On a final note, it's nice that we see a tournament where Janowski gets his due ! He's always been one of the most underrated players before World War II due to the fact that most people remember his for his two disasterous matches against Lasker, plus his dead-last finish at New York 1924.

But the fact of the matter is that in the case of New York 1924, Janowski was in his 50's and way past his prime. As for his two heavy defeats at the hands of Lasker, he simply wasn't in Lasker's league back then---but then WHO WAS at the time ?!

The fact of the matter is that Janowski was almost undoubtedly one of the top ten players in the world in the early part of the 20th century, plus he beat almost all of the world's leading players at least once during his career---including Lasker, Rubinstein, and.......Capablanca !

Jul-11-14  BOSTER: < Honza Cervenka 19 Bxf6>. Black can play 19...Kxf7.
Jul-15-14  Conrad93: It's not a true sacrifice, unless there is great risk. Boster.

So, even if there is a refutation, it doesn't make the sacrifice any less great.

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  Honza Cervenka: <BOSTER: < Honza Cervenka 19 Bxf6>. Black can play 19...Kxf7.> Well, if 16...Qc6 17.d5 Rxd5 18.Bb5 Qc8 19.Bxf6 Kxf7, then 20.Bxe7 Kxe7 21.Bc4 (diagram)

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Black is toast.

Feb-26-18  sneaky pete: The no nonsense approach would be 15.Bxf6 Bxf6 16.Qe4 ..

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16... Bb7 17.Qxh7+ Kf8 18.Nh4 .. with an extra pawn and the attack.

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