GM David Janowsky

Full name
David Janowsky
Life
May 25, 1868 - Jan 15, 1927 (age 58)
Place of birth
Wołkowysk, Grodno Governorate, Russian Empire (modern Vawkavysk, Belarus)
Federation
Poland

One of the quickest and most tactical players in the late 19th century, David Janowski was feared by all of his opponents. With crushing, heavily lopsided scores over the older masters, Janowski showed that the new school was on the rise. He was able to accomplish many chess accolades despite detesting the endgame. Even though he lost to Emanuel Lasker in their World Championship match, Janowski continued to be a strong force in the chess world.

David Janowski began his chess career in 1894, a short time after he moved to Paris. Within a few years he began to win tournaments. He had match scores heavily in his favor against older masters including Wilhelm Steinitz, Mikhail Chigorin and Joseph Henry Blackburne. He did not fare near as well against the newer players though, having minus scores against Seigbert Tarrasch, Frank Marshall and Akiba Rubinstein. Janowski was also well known for having many excuses for his losses, routinely blaming something else when he lost a game. He did get the chance to challenge Emanuel Lasker for the World Champion title, but lost this match by a wide margin. Janowski passed away from tuberculosis on January 15, 1927.

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White Pieces
Caro-Kann Defense (3) : B18 B16 B15
Petrov's Defense (11) : C42
Torre Attack (6) : A46 A48
Four Knights Game (31) : C49 C48 C46 C47
Torre Attack with 3.Bg5 (1) : A48
Trompowsky Attack (3) : A45
Tarrasch Defense (6) : D32
Indian Game (15) : A46 A48
Queen's Pawn Opening (40) : A40 D00 D02
Old Benoni Defense (1) : A43
Pirc Defense (2) : B08 B07
Slav Defense (6) : D15 D11 D10
Semi-Slav Defense (7) : D44 D46 D45
London System (1) : A48
Old Indian Defense (2) : A53
Colle System (10) : D04 D05
Queen's Gambit Accepted (3) : D20 D24 D21
Nimzo-Indian Defense (1) : E43
Dutch Defense (6) : A80 A84
Scandinavian Defense (3) : B01
Three Knights Opening (1) : C46
Bishop's Opening (1) : C26
King's Pawn Opening (2) : B00
Giuoco Piano Game (2) : C52 C53
King's Gambit Accepted (3) : C33
King's Gambit Declined (2) : C30 C32
Philidor Defense (1) : C41
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (1) : B06
Black Pieces
Gruenfeld Defense (1) : D87
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (1) : D71
English Opening (5) : A16 A13 A28 A36
Reti Opening (3) : A05 A09
French Defense (4) : C14 C13 C01 C00
Slav Defense (5) : D19 D15 D10
Colle System (13) : D04
Queen's Gambit Accepted (23) : D28 D24 D26 D20 D25 D27
Queen's Pawn Opening (5) : D02 D00
Sicilian Defense (18) : B45 B24 B40 B34 B23
Old Indian Defense (6) : A54 A53
Giuoco Piano Game (17) : C53 C50 C54
Indian Game (13) : A50 A46 E00
King's Indian Attack (1) : A08
Four Knights Game (30) : C48 C49 C47 C46
Torre Attack (1) : A46
King's Gambit Declined (20) : C30 C31
Vienna Game (7) : C25 C26
Three Knights Opening (1) : C46
Bird's Opening (2) : A03
Scotch Game (7) : C45 C44
Center Game Accepted (4) : C21 C22
Tarrasch Defense (6) : D32
Bishop's Opening (5) : C26 C24 C20
Ponziani Opening (3) : C44
Italian Game (4) : C55 C56
Semi-Slav Defense (1) : D46
King's Pawn Opening (1) : C20

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