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)
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)
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 +- )
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))
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.
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