Queen’s Gambit Accepted – the Furman Variation (part 3)

The serial of posts about the Furman variant of Queen’s Gambit Accepted reaches its half today. A few days ago you had a chance to study the first two parts (part 1, part 2) and today we will jump into the most complex tree of variants so far. Are you ready?!

Ok. Lets have a look on variation nr.3.

Variant 3: 8.0-0

The main position of this variants begins after these moves: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Bxc4 c5 6.Qe2 a6 7.dxc5 Bxc5 8.0-0

Queen’s Gambit Accepted, the Furman Variant

Diagram no. 1

There are no less than 5 possible continuations for Black to choose from.
A) 8…. Nbd7
B) 8…. 0-0
C) 8…. c5
D) 8…. b5
E) 8…. Nc6
We do not have time to spend on all these moves deeply, but I am going to give you, dear reader, a few moves for all the lines.

Lets start with line A, which is the main continuation.

8.0-0 Nbd7 9.e4 b5 10.Bd3 Bb7 11.a4

Queen’s Gambit Accepted, the Furman Variant

Diagram no. 2

The rapid game I. Sokolov – Brunner, Garmich Partenkirchen 1994, went this way 11.Bg5 h6 12.Bh4 g5 (12…. Be7 is more careful as we can see here 13.Rd1 Nh5 14.Bg3 Nxg3 15.hxg3 0-0 =)

Line B: 8.0-0 0-0

Queen’s Gambit Accepted, the Furman Variant

Diagram no. 3

9. e4 and Black has two main contiuations here: Line B.1: 9…. Nc6 and line B.2: 9…. b5.

Line B.1
9…. Nc6 10.e5 Nd5

Queen’s Gambit Accepted, the Furman Variant

Diagram no. 4

10.Bg5 is inconsistent with the furman system: 10…. e5 11.h3 Nd4 (11…. Bg4 followed by Nc6 – d4, had to be prevented) 12.Nxd4 (12.Rd1 – … should be considered here) Bxd4 13.Nc3 h6.

Line B.2
9…. b5 10.Bd3 e5!?

Queen’s Gambit Accepted, the Furman Variant

Diagram no. 5

This pawn sacrifice was first seen in the game Furman – Ibadlaev, Tashkent 1960. 10….Bb7 does not yield complete equality: 11. e5 Bxf3 (not 11…. Nd5? 12.Bxh7+! Kxh7 13.Ng5+ Kg8 14.Qh5 Nf6 15.exf6 +-)

The end of part 3.

Author: Bent Hansen



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One Response to “Queen’s Gambit Accepted – the Furman Variation (part 3)”

  1. Renato says:

    The line C)8. … c5 is not possible.

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