"He who hated draws", part 3

Janowski often fell victim to Lasker's psychological preparation. In the last round of Cambridge Springs 1904, Lasker had to win with Black pieces to catch up with Janowski... and he did exactly that.

In 1905, Janowski played a match against Marshall. He played several good games, but his playing, as usual, was often marred by incredible mistakes.
In the 11th game, Janowski tried a curious pawn sacrifice, got good counterplay, but decided to "play for loss" (Tarrasch's characterization of many of his games) and succeeded.
A very interesting game from the Ostende tournament. Both players played with much imagination. Janowski adamantly refused to believe that Bernstein's Knight sacrifice was correct!
Janowski had a clear way to win against Znosko-Borovsky, but he wanted to checkmate him, and ultimately lost.
Two other, almost textbook examples of "How to draw a won position".


  • 5 years ago


    In the next installment, there'll be a couple of games where Janowski's opponents cracked under his pressure, making decisive mistakes. He was a spiritual predecessor for Mikhail Tal in some respects.

    And after his tragic losses, there'll be a series of his great wins against the four world champions (though when he defeated Capablanca and Alekhine, they weren't world champions yet, and Steinitz was already an ex-champion) and other strong players.

  • 5 years ago


    Enjoying this series!  Any matches to post where his in-game gambles were not marred by mistakes and Janowski walked away with the win?

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