Queen’s Gambit Accepted – the Furman Variation (part 4)

Do you train the Furman variant of Queen’s Gambit Accepted based on our serial? We believe we introduced you nice and interesting variant and we broaded your opening repertoire. Today it is time for another part of the serie. We are going to look at the line 8…. b5. Are you ready?

The last part of the series finished in the position after 1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 e6 5.Bxc4 c5 6.Qe2 a6 7.dxc5 Bxc5 8.0-0

Black has the following possibilities here:
A) 8…. Nbd7
B) 8…. 0-0
C) 8…. c5
D) 8…. b5
E) 8…. Nc6

The choices A, B and C were discussed in the previous part here and here, so now it is time to look at the line D: 8…. b5.

Line D
8…. b5 9.Bd3

Queen’s Gambit Accepted, the Furman variant

Diagram No. 1

(9. Bb3 has been tried once or twice here. After 9…. Bb7 10.a4 Nbd7 11.Rd1 Qb8 (11…. b5 should be considered here as well. According to my own experience and analysis of this line, this give Black more space.) 12.axb5 axb5 13.Rxa8 Bxa8 14.Na3 b4 15.Nc2 0-0 and chances are equal.

After 9.Bd3 Black usually plays 9…. Nbd7 (line C.1) or 9…. Nc6 (line C.2)

It is startling that four players of mater level have played 9. … – Bb7?.While it is even more amazing that in two games ( Niephaus – Ujtelky, European team championship Oberhausen 1961, and Astrom – Orinstein, Swedish championship, Borlange 1995) White overlooked 10. Bxb5+! – Nbd7.11.Ba4 – 0-0.12.Nc3 – Qc7.13.a3 – Ba7. White wins a pawn, and have better prospects, do to the weaknes of the queenside. NIC 1988 )

C.1. 9…. Nbd7 10.Nbd2 here the game is often transported back to the line from part 1 starting with 8.0-0

C.2. 9…. Nc6. White can choose between: 10.Nc3, 10.Nbd2 and 10.a3.

I have also found one game with 10.e4 Nb4 11.Rd1 Nxd3 12.Rxd3 Qb6 13.Bg5! gives White a nice advantage. But then a few years back I run into another move that I was not ready for.

After 9.Bd3 0-0 – this move has not been dealt with in my NIC yearbook – New in chess. NR 44. 1997 – see the diagram #2.

Queen’s Gambit Accepted, the Furman variant

Diagram No. 2

But I kept my head cold, and as I recall, the game went this way: 10. e4 (in the spirit of the line)  e5 11.a4 Bb7 and the position should be equal. The game can go on with something like 12.axb5 axb5 13.Rxa8 Bxa8 14.Bg5 h6 15.Bh4 Qd6 =

Queen’s Gambit Accepted, the Furman variant

Diagram No. 3

The end of the part 4.

Author: Bent Hansen

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