Wednesday, April 10

A Janowski "swindle"

We present a lively game contested recently on even terms at the Aero Club between Mr. W.W. Young, a first-class player who represented Princeton in intercollegiate matches in 1896 and '97, and French Champion David Janowski.  Mr. Young had previously taken a game from Mr. Janowski during a simultaneous exhibition given by the latter at the Manhattan Chess Club, and was afforded the opportunity to test his mettle in single combat against the visiting Master.

The game proved a credit to both players, with Mr. Young essaying the King's Gambit against his formidable foe, and with Black and White in turn each sacrificing a piece in the interest of furthering his attack on the opposing King.  Mr. Young got somewhat the better of his powerful opponent in the ensuing complications, emerging with Queen and pawn against the Rook and Bishop of Janowski, an advantage that most observers present considered sufficient for victory.  But just here the old Master showed his wiles, laying a clever trap for his less-experienced adversary, into which Mr. Young unwittingly fell on his 37th turn.  Janowski thus scored the game in the style of his great rival Marshall - namely, by means of a "swindle".  The score of this most interesting encounter is appended below.

Janowski, who sails for Europe today, maintained a busy chess schedule in New York after his return from the Havana tourney, his activities including a three-game series vs. Chajes, which the the French Master carrried off by the score of 2 1/2 - 1/2.  We shall present the games of that encounter over the coming days. 


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