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Janowski's Classic Bishop Sacrifice - Best Of The 1910s - Janowski vs. Chajes, 1916

Janowski's Classic Bishop Sacrifice - Best Of The 1910s - Janowski vs. Chajes, 1916

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Dawid Janowski possesses a few ignominious honors. He lost what was likely the most lopsided World Chess Championship match ever against Emanuel Lasker by the score of 8-0 with a handful of draws. Additionally, in the 1920s, Janowski lost a famous game to the ten-year-old Sammy Reshevsky.

Despite these famous and dubious placements in chess history, Janowski was a great and exciting player who could be truly fearsome in his attacking element. In this game against Oscar Chajes, Janowski finds himself exactly in said element and seizes the chance to sacrifice a bishop on h7 and follow up with relentless attacking play and beautiful lines.

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The game opens calmly enough with typical Semi-Slav play, but Chajes falters with the natural 15...Nxc5? Janowski's bishop sacrifice with 17.Bxh7+! isn't too difficult, but it is the pretty follow-ups 20.Nd7!, 22.Ne4!, 24.g4!, and 26.Qh7+! that stand out. It is worth noting that the sturdy defense with 19...Kh8!! could have help on with surprising resilience.

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