Queen’s Gambit Accepted – the Furman Variation (part 2)

My Dannish friend Bent has prepared a great series of posts on the Furman variant of Queen’s Gambit Accepted. The first part of these 6 pieces to your openning mosaic was published a few days ago and today we are here with the second part. I will not keep you long here and let’s start to learn something new!

Let’s go back to the main position, and lets have a look at variation 2.

Variant 2: 8. e4


The main position starts after these moves: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Bxc4 c5 6.Qe2 a6 7.dxc5 Bxc5 8.e4 (see diagram 1)

Queen’s gambit accepted, the Furman variant

Diagram no. 1

This advance is typical of the Furman variation and by tranposition, often leads in to position from variation 3 (8. 0-0, which will be described later), in particular after 8…. Qc7 and 8…. Nc6.

8…. b5 9.Bd3 (see diagram 2)

Queen’s gambit accepted, the Furman variant

Diagram no. 2

An alternative plan is 9.Bd3 Bb7 10.Bc2 as seen in the game Sadler – Brunner, Bern 1996. Black did not defend in the best possible way: 10…. Nbd7 11.0-0 Qb8 12.Nbd2 0-0 13.e5! Ng4?! (this allows White to develop an initiative by sacrificing a pawn: true in case of 13. … – Nd5. White should not proceed with 14.Bxh7+ Kxh7 15.Ng5+ Kg8 16.Qh5! N5f6 17.exf6 Nxf6 18.Qh4 Qe5, but with 14.Ne4! (+=), which yiedl good attacking prospects – for example 14…. Nge5 15.Bf4 Nxf3+ 16.Qxf3 Qa7 17.Qh3 Bxd4 18.Bxd4 Nf6 19.Bxa8 +- )

Queen’s gambit accepted, the Furman variant

Diagram no. 3

Back to the main position on the diagram no. 2. 9…. Nc6 10.Nbd2 (10. a3 is to slow in wiew of 10…. Ng4! 11.0-0 Qc7 12.g3 0-0 13.Nc3 Bb7 14.Bf4 e5. (14.b4? Bxf2+! 15.Rxf2 Nxf2 16.Kxf2 Nxb4 and after 17.axb4 Qxc3 18.Bb2 Qxb4 19.Ba3 Qc3! Black has more then enough compensation – see diagram 4))

Queen’s gambit accepted, the Furman variant

Diagram no. 4

10…. e5 (here 10…. Ng4?? entails falling behind in development e.g: 11.0-0 Qc7 12.Nb3 Bd6 13.h3 Nge5 14.Nxe5 Nxe5 15.Be3 Nxd3 16.Qxd3 0-0 17.Rac1 Qb8 18.Rfd1 Bf4 19.Na5!+=)

11.0-0 0-0 12.Nb3 Bb6 13.Be3 Bg4 14.Rfd1 Bxe3 15.Qxe3 Qe7 16.Rdc1 Rac8 17.Nfd2 … and white’s plus is insignificent (Najdorf – Rossetto, Mar del Plata 1961) -see diagram 5.

Queen’s gambit accepted, the Furman variant

Diagram no. 5

P.S. White should improve his last move by: 17. a3 or 17.Be2 which should give both sides’ equality of opportunity.

Author: Bent Larsen

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