Two Janowsky Games.

Two Janowsky Games.

simaginfan
simaginfan
Jun 21, 2017, 1:48 AM |
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 In my post on the first Lasker - Janowsky match, I mentioned that I had two favorite games by the great chess artist David Janowsky. I shall give the second one here.

Alekhine, in his notes to the game Pomar - Perez, 1945, makes the following comment on Pomar.

'...at the present moment in his development he lacks the wisdom to understand the latent value of the two bishops. Should it be possible to procure them it would be very profitable for him to study the best games of Janowsky'.

Indeed, the young man would have done well to study the following game!

It was played in a tournament in Atlantic City in 1921. In Fiala's 'Quarterly for Chess History', vol.5, there is an excellent article on the event, by John S Hilbert. The event, won by Janowsky ahead of the fascinating character Norman Whitaker, Frank Marshall and others, was held on the famous 'Young's Million Dollar Pier'. 

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 After eight rounds, with three to play, Jaffe was leading the field, half a point ahead of Janowsky, with Whitaker and Samuel Factor a further half point behind. The two leaders met in round nine, and clearly, the notoriously temperamental, Janowsky turned up ready to play!

I give the game with annotations from the 'American Chess Bulletin' 1921, pp.133-134, given in Hilbert's article.

In the final round, Janowsky made sure of taking first prize with a beautiful attacking game against Sydney Sharp. (a very strong player, by the way.)

 

As a footnote, within a few days of the end of the tournament Whitaker was to commit the crime which saw him sent to prison for the first time.

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 With grateful thanks to batgirl for learned assistance!!happy.png