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    • "He who hated draws", part 5

      For the next game, let's quote Edward Lasker. "This game's result had a large impact on destinies of three outstanding chess players. The undeserved loss had become a drama of his life for Janowski. Capablanca, after winning the game, won the w... | Read More

      • Spektrowski
      • | Jan 16, 2012
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    • "He who hated draws": Dawid Janowski, the gambler

      Dawid Janowski had two passions in his life - chess and gambling. He would visit a casino whenever there's a chance, often losing hefty sums in one night. Here's a recollection of some less-known gambling episodes from Janowski's life by Oleg Skur... | Read More

    • "He who hated draws", special feature 2: Ostende and Barmen 1905 report

      A very interesting report about the Ostend 1905 tournament from Grigory Ge, Russian actor, playwright and a friend of Mikhail Chigorin. Supplemented by Dawid Janowski's games compiled by Sergey Voronkov and Dmitry Plisetsky. Ostend, 12 June - ... | Read More

    • "He who hated draws", part 4

      "In this game, excellently played by both partners, Janowski, as always, tried to square the circle, or, speaking in more chess terms - to win an absolutely equal position." (G. Marco)   Here, Janowski played a "semi-correct" combination, one ... | Read More

    • A small "Famous people playing chess" anecdote

      Rodion Yakovlevich Malinovsky is not a name you'd find in chess books. The famous Marshal of the Soviet Union won his "games" on real battlefields of World War II, controlling much more than 16 pieces on the board. Nevertheless, chess was his hob... | Read More

      • Spektrowski
      • | Dec 12, 2011
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      • | 14 comments
    • "He who hated draws", special feature

      Readers asked me to post some winning games by Dawid Janowski. So, here they are - some truly brilliant products of his imagination. These combinations are given as puzzles. This game by the young Janowski was printed in many chess magazines. ... | Read More

      • Spektrowski
      • | Nov 25, 2011
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    • "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 M... | Read More

    • "He who hated draws", part 2

      Janowski used King's Gambit against the aging Steinitz. Steinitz tried to refute it, Janowski counter-refuted, but then made a couple of inaccurate moves and lost.   Lasker already guaranteed himself the first prize and probably didn't mind a ... | Read More

      • Spektrowski
      • | Nov 18, 2011
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    • "He who hated draws"

      The Polish/Russian - French - Jewish grandmaster Dawid (David Markelovich) Janowski (1868 - 1927) was known for his fiery attacking style, occasional impossible blunders and hatred of draws. Someone said of him, "He would rather lose a game than d... | Read More

    • Botvinnik 100th anniversary party at Suzdal, part 3

      Part 1: Yuri Averbakh, Olga Botvinnik, Mark Taimanov http://blog.chess.com/Spektrowski/botvinnik-100th-anniversary-part-1 Part 2: Viktor Korchnoi, Evgeny Vasiukov http://blog.chess.com/view/botvinnik-100th-anniversary-party-at-suzdal-part-2 N. P... | Read More