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David Janowski 1868 - 1927

As it was reported in The Times this week that there are
now more Polish people living in Britain than there are
Welsh people living in Wales. I thought I'd do a piece on a Polish
chess player. I selected David Janowski because he is often dismissed
and over-shadowed by his more famous countrymen, Rubinstein,
Tartakower and Najdorf.

Yes Janowski was Polish and not, as I once thought, French.
He was born in Poland but settled in Paris around about 1890.
He knew Picasso and taught him how to paint in abstract colours.
That is a lie that I just made it up.

He played in a world title match, something no other Polish player has done.
He was hammered 8-0 (3 draws) by Lasker in 1910.

(don't email in with the correction that he played two World title matches.
The other match he lost to Lasker W1.D2.L7 was not for the title.)

It's was the cut and thrust of tournament play Janowski preferred.
In this day and age when players are agreeing draws after a
handful of moves, Janowski's draw stats are refreshing.
A little more than 20% of his games were drawn. He was a fighter.

He has left us many brilliant games to drool over. But before I
show some here are few little known odd facts about Janowski.

Alekhine won both the Scheveningen 1913 and Mannheim 1914 tournaments.
On both occasions he lost just one game in each. Both to Janowski.

(tell them about Hastings Geoff...Ed).

At Hastings in 1066 it was the arrow fired from Janowski's bow that...

(No!..Hastings 1895.....Ed).

Hastings 1895
Here is the complete final table.

1Pillsbury,Harry16
2Chigorin,Mikhail16
3Lasker,Emanuel15
4Tarrasch,Siegbert14
5Steinitz,William12
6Schiffers,Emanuel12
7Von Bardeleben,Curt11
8Teichmann,Richard11
9Schlechter,Carl11
10Blackburne,Joseph10
11Walbrodt,Carl10
12Janowski,David9
13Mason,James9
14Burn,Amos9
15Gunsberg,Isidor9
16Bird,Henry9
17Albin,Adolf8
18Marco,George8
19Pollock,William8
20Mieses,Jacques7
21Tinsley,Samuel7
22Vergani,Beniamino3


A great success for Harry Nelson Pillsbury.

But do you know the part Janowski played in Pillsbury's greatest moment?

With two rounds to go Chigorin leads by a point.
He has white against Janowski and plays the Vienna.
Janowski beats him in 16 moves. Here is the game.


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M.Chigorin - D.Janowski

1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.d3 d5 4.exd5 Nxd5 5.Qe2 Nc6 6.Bd2 Be7 7.0-0-0 0-0 8.Qf3 Be6 9.Nge2 f5 10.Qh3 Qd6 11.Nxd5 Qxd5 12.Nc3 Qa5 13.a3 Bxa3 14.Nb1 Bxb2+ 15.Kxb2 Qa2+ 16.Kc1 Nd4


Time passed but Chigorin never forgot this loss.
Next time he had the white pieces against Janowski was Ostende 1907.
Chigorin tried the Vienna again. This time Chigorin lost in 24 moves.


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M.Chigorin - D.Janowski

1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Bc5 3.Bc4 Nc6 4.d3 d6 5.Be3 Bb6 6.Nd5 Nf6 7.Bg5 Be6 8.Nxf6+ gxf6 9.Bh4 Bxc4 10.dxc4 Rg8 11.Qh5 Qe7 12.Ne2 Qe6 13.Qxh7 Ne7 14.Qh5 Ng6 15.Bg3 Qxc4 16.Nc3 Ba5 17.Qf3 Bxc3+ 18.bxc3 0-0-0 19.Qd3 Qc6 20.0-0-0 Ne7 21.Rd2 Qa4 22.Kb2 d5 23.Rhd1 Rd6 24.exd5 Rb6+


Chigorin had another chance in Ostende 1907 to play against Janowski with White.
(Ostende 1907 was a series of mini-matches).
He played the Vienna again (the last Vienna he ever played).
This time is was a draw in 48 moves.



Mention Hastings 1895 and Steinitz v Von Bardeleben comes to mind.
Quite a brilliant game by Steinitz and one game which I gave in full
a few C.C's ago.
Did you also know that in the same tournament Janowski beat Steinitz
in 24 moves? here is the game.


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D.Janowski - W.Steinitz

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 d6 5.0-0 Nge7 6.Bb3 Na5 7.d4 exd4 8.Nxd4 c5 9.Nf5 Nxf5 10.exf5 Nxb3 11.Re1+ Be7 12.f6 gxf6 13.axb3 d5 14.Qh5 Qd6 15.Nc3 Be6 16.Nb5 Qc6 17.Rxe6 Qxb5 18.Bh6 Kd8 19.Qxf7 Re8 20.Rae1 Qd7 21.Bg7 Rc8 22.Bxf6 Bxf6 23.Qxf6+ Kc7 24.Qe5+


These Janowski games are good.
This next one has a story to tell.
Look at this position Mikenas v Kashdan, Prague 1931. White to play.










Mikenas took the draw with 19.Qh5+ & 20.Qf7+.

15 years previously exactly the same position arose in
the game Janowski v Chajes, New York 1916.

Janowski won it from here and was awarded a brilliancy prize.
Here is the game. (the Mikenas perpetual is in the notes).


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Janowski - Chajes

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bg5 Nbd7 5.e3 Be7 6.Nf3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 a6 8.0-0 b5 9.Bd3 c5 10.Qe2 Bb7 11.Rfd1 Qb6 12.Rac1 0-0 13.Ne5 Rfe8 14.dxc5 Nxc5 15.Bxf6 Bxf6 16.Bxh7+ Kxh7 17.Qh5+ Kg8 18.Qxf7+ Kh7 19.Nd7 [19.Qh5+ Kg8 20.Qf7+ Kh7 21.Qh5+] 19...Nxd7 20.Rxd7 Bc6 21.Ne4 Bxb2 22.Ng5+ Kh6 23.g4 g6 24.h4 Rh8 25.Qh7+ Rxh7 26.Rxh7


A great chess player and apparently there is no book dedicated to his games.

(There is a German book dedicated to his games....Ed)

Apart from a German book dedicated to his games.

We conclude this piece on Janowski with a win against
a fellow Polish player, Akiba Rubinstein played in Prague,1908.

A titanic struggle. These two loved the Bishop pair.
In the end Janowski's dark squared Bishop triumphs.


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Janowski,D - Rubinstein,A

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 c5 3.e3 e6 4.Bd3 Nc6 5.0-0 Nf6 6.b3 Bd6 7.Bb2 0-0 8.Nbd2 b6 9.Ne5 Bb7 10.f4 Nb4 11.Be2 Ne4 12.a3 Nc6 13.Nxe4 dxe4 14.Qe1 Qc7 15.Nxc6 Qxc6 16.c4 f5 17.Rd1 Qc7 18.Qg3 Rfd8 19.h4 a5 20.a4 Qf7 21.h5 Be7 22.Rd2 Rd7 23.Rfd1 Rad8 24.Qh3 Qf8 25.g4 cxd4 26.Rxd4 Rxd4 27.exd4 fxg4 28.Qxg4 Bc6 29.Qg3 Bf6 30.Qe3 Bb7 31.Bg4 Qd6 32.Bh3 e5 33.fxe5 Bxe5 34.Rf1 Bf6 35.Bc3 Bc8 36.Bxc8 Rxc8 37.Kg2 Re8 38.h6 Re7 39.Qh3 gxh6 40.Qc8+ Kg7 41.Qg4+ Kh8 42.d5 Rf7 43.Rxf6 Rxf6 44.Qe6 Qxe6 45.dxe6 Kg7 46.e7 Kf7 47.Bxf6


And we end with a game sent in by Siegrun McGilchrist.
It was a five minute internet game and Siegrun asked me not
to reveal her internet handle. I agreed. (it's 'Sweet_Lilly_Smelly_Knickers').

Two days after this game was played they found the body of a man in Pintook, Canada.
He had committed suicide by wrapping his mouse lead around his neck and choking
himself out of this world.

He was logged into his favourite chess site and the
final position of this game was on the screen.


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Siegrun - Muggins_the_Mug

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.Nge2 Nf6 6.0-0 0-0 7.d3 d6 8.f4 Rb8 9.Be3 e6 10.Qd2 Nb4 11.a3 Na6 12.h3 b6 13.g4 d5 14.exd5 exd5 15.Ng3 Nxg4 16.hxg4 d4 17.f5 dxe3 18.Qxe3 Bd4 19.fxg6 fxg6 20.Qxd4 Qxd4+ 21.Kh2 Rxf1 22.Rxf1 Bxg4 23.Nce4 Bf5 24.Nxf5 gxf5 25.Rxf5 Qxb2 26.Nf6+ Kg7 27.Nd7 Rd8 28.Ne5 Qxc2 29.Rf7+ Kg8 30.Rxa7 Qa4 31.Be4 Qc2+ 32.Kg3 Qc3 33.Bxh7+ Kf8 34.Ng6+ Ke8 35.Re7


Three pieces always mate. A splendid swindle. Thank you Siegrun.

Source: Janowski pics and some facts and figures from Edward Winter's.
Chess Notes

Note: Whilst I've always said if anybody wants anything from this site
then feel free to lift what ever you want. However if I give the source of
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