Janowski-Lasker 1910

Somehow, from URS-ch51 I got interested in double adjourments, which led me to the 8th game of the 1910 Janowski-Lasker WCC. As <Karpova> was kind enough to inform me, that game as adjourned after 34…g6 and again after 66.Qa8+ (according to contemporaneous reportage in “Pester Lloyd”,  a German-language Hungarian newpaper in which Dr. Lasker served as a journalist for several years, including the period of the match).  I thought it a little strange for the games to be adjourned on these moves, and wondered under what set of rules the match was conducted.

Now, there was an earlier match between both men in 1909. This match has been claimed to have been for the WCC by some authors, but the redoubtable Edward Winters sets the story straight in several places, in one of which I learn a new word, analphabetic. This word must be more common among British than Americans, as I think an American writer would more typically use the word illiterate instead. (Perhaps there is a special British connotation I’m missing?)

Well, regardless, even the respectable Mr. Winters is not without the occasional flaw. And in his discussion of the 1910 match, he merely asserts the 1909 match was not for the WCC, without nary a single supporting footnote, let alone a reference to a contemporaeous source.

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http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/extra/janowsky.html        (Janowski biography)

It’s a nice article about Janowski, but as I said, it’s quite atypical for Winter to merely assert a fact, especially when contradicting another published author. But, thanks to a <CG> discussion, Mr. <Karpova> provided me with a link to another Winter CN wherein he corrects this oversight. Later, another search I did finds an entire page devoted to the subject, that Mr. Winter apparently wrote after the original Janowski article. Perhaps the latter can be updated to reference the following link?

http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/extra/laskerjanowsky.html   (Lasker v Janowski 1909)

But back to the topic at hand, adjournments.

As said, I was wondering exactly what were the conditions of the bona-fide WCC match of 1910? And in the Winter link for the 1909 Match includes a reproduction of pages 60-61 of the February 1910 La Stratégie, which just happens to contain the 1910 Match agreement, verbatim.

I include my translation of it below. Beware however, my French is poor. But not so poor that I can’t improve upon the Google translation:

February 1910 Strategy

Lasker-Janowski – The conclusion of the match above [Schlechter — Lasker Match] allows us return to the talks between Dr. E. Lasker and Janowski, previously
reported in our November issue.

To this effect, we must remind the reader of Dr. Lasker’s visit to the
Cafe de la Regence in January 1909, which was organized under the
auspices of Misters Soldatencoff and Tauber[haus], with Dr. Lasker and
Mr. Taubenhaus consulting on one side, and Mr. Janowski and
Mr. Soldatencoff on the other.  At the end of this match, which was
even, Mr. Nardus offered to subsidize a match between the two masters.
But since the champion could not accept the challenge before having
responded to a previous challenge of Schlechter, there was quickly arranged
a non-championship match.  The first part of this match was a small
series of games played in Suresnes last May, which ended equal at two
points apiece.  The next part of the non-binding match was a second
series of ten games played in November at the Paris Grand Circle, which
our readers know had a favorable result for Dr. Lasker.

This is why Dr. Lasker, freed from further commitments, and maintaining the title of
champion, finally agreed accept a championship challenge from Janowski.

It may be of interest to our readers then, to publish the details of the
match arraignment verbatim:

Arrangements for a Match-World Championship between Dr. D. Lasker and Janowski.

1) The winner of the match will be the first to win 8 games, draws not counting.

2) The time limit is set at 15 moves per hour.

3) The players will meet five times each week.

4) Each session will be 4.5 hours, to be followed by a session lasting
     between 2 and 8 hours by mutual agreement.

5) The regulations for determining the result of each game will be the same as for
     the match in November 1909.

6) The director of the match will start the clock at the agreed upon
     appointed hour.

7) They will be made an appeal to the Chess World at large to
     underwrite the prize for the winner. In order to ensure the match,
     Mr. Nardus has promised a subscription.

8) Dr. Lasker has the power to initiate talks with any of various
     chess clubs, securing the cities where all or part of the game will
     play out.

9) To facilitate these discussions Mr. Janowski will limit the size of
     his fee to a quarter of the total allocations.

10) In the case where any part of the match is played overseas then
      Mr. Janowski must be guaranteed reimbursement for all travel
      expenses incurred.

11) Dr. E. Lasker will hold the copyright on all games.

12) Spectators will be prohibited from the playing area of the Masters.

13) If the match is split between different locations, then there must
      be at least two full days, beyond the travel time, before play is resumed.

14) Each Master shall have the right, repeated three times during the
      match, to take a day of rest.

15) The Match will be played for the World Championship. If
      Dr. E. Lasker loses his title in his next match with Schlechter then
      this whole arrangement will be void.

16) The match will begin in October or November 1910. Dr. Lasker is
      committed to notify Mr. Janowski four weeks in advance of the start
      date he chooses.

17) ML Nardus is the appointed referee, and he has full power to
      decide all protests and disputes, which must be submitted in writing.

                                                                     Paris, November 12, 1909.
                                            
                                                                       Signed: Dr. E. Lasker
                                                                       Signed: D. Janowski

Here is the original French text of the agreement, feel free to comment if you find any egregious errors in my translation.

February 1910 La Stratégie

Lasker-Janowski – La conclusion du match ci-dessus nous autorise a
revenir sur les pourparlers entre le Dr. E. Lasker et Janowski, que
nous avons annonces dans notre numero de novembre.

A cet effect, il nous faut rappeler au lecteur qu’au cours de la
visite du Dr. Lasker au Café de la Régence en janvier 1909, il fut
organisé sous les auspices de MM. Soldatencoff et Tauber une partie en
consultation entre MM. Lasker et Taubenhaus d’une part, et MM. Janowski
et Soldatencoff d’autre part. Qu,à l’issue de cette partie, qui fut
nulle, M. Nardus offrit de subventionner un match entre les deux
maitres. Le Champion ne pouvant accepter le défi qu’auprês avoir
répondu à celui antérieur de Schlechter, il fut arrangé de courtes
rencontres sans espirt de championnat; la première, on le sait, fut le
petit match joué a Suresnes en mai dernier, qui se termina par
l’egalité de deux points à l’actif de chacun; la seconde, la série de
10 parites jouée en Novembre au Grand Cercle de Paris et dont nos
lecteurs connaissent le résultat favorable au Dr. Lasker.

C’est pourquoi, ne doutant pas que le Dr. Lasker, affranchi
aujourd’hui de tous engagements et aprês avoir maintenu son title de
Champion, donne définitivement la suite convenue au défi de Janowski,
il nous parait intéressant d’informer de ce match en publiant les
arrangements in extenso:

Arrangements pour un Match-Championnat du monde entre le Dr. Lasker et D. Janowski.

1) Le match se jouera au premier gagnant 8 parites, less null ne
     comptant pas.

2) La limite de temps est fixé à 15 coups à l’heure.

3) On jouera cinq fois fois par semaine.

4) Chaque séance aura 4 h. 1/2 de durée suivie, à convenir entre 2 et 8 heures.

5) Le reglement du jeu sera la même que celui qui servit au match de
     novembre 1909.

6) Le Directeur du Match mettra la pendule en marche à l’heure
     convenue pour la séance.

7) Il sera fait un appel de fonds au monde des Echecs pur la dotation
     d’un prix au gagnant. Dans le but d’assurer le match, M. L. Nardus a
     promis une souscription.

8) Le Dr. Lasker a tout pouvoir pour entamer des pourparlers avec les
     diffèrents Clubs d’èchecs et fixer la ou les villes où tout ou partie
     du match devra se jouer.

9) Afin de faciliter ces pourparlers M. D. Janowski limite le chiffre
     de ses honoraires au quart de la totalitè à allouer.

10) Dans le cas où il y aurait lieu à un dèplacement outre-mer less
      frais du voyage aller et retour devront être assurés à M. Janowski.

11) Le Dr. E. Lasker détiendra les droits d’auteurs sur les parties.

12) Le salon réservé aux maîtres sera interdit aux specateurs.

13) Lorsque, par suite de scission du match, il y aura lieu à
      déplacement, on devra fixer la prochaine séance au moins deux jours
      après le temps nécessaire au voyage.

14) Chacun des deux Maîtres aura le droit, répété trois fois pendant
      le match, de prendre un jour de repos.

15) Le Match se jouera pour le Championnat du monde. Si le
      Dr. E. Lasker perd son titre dans son match prochain avec Schlechter
      tout cet arrangement deviendra logiquement nul.

16) Le match commencera en Octobre ou en Novembre 1910. Le Dr. Lasker
      s’engage à faire connaître à M. D. Janowski la date intéressées quatre
      semaines avant le jour fixé.

17) M. L. Nardus est nommé arbitre, il a plein pouvoir pour décider
      de toutes protestations et différends qui lui seront soumis par écrit.

                                           Paris, le 12 novembre 1909.

                                           Signé: Dr. E. Lasker
                                           Signé: D. Janowski

 

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