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Semyon Abramovich Furman vs Vasily Smyslov
USSR Championship (1949), Moscow URS, rd 8, Oct-27
Gruenfeld Defense: Exchange Variation (D88)  ·  1-0
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Jan-15-06  HelaNubo: This time I didnt get it. I guessed 29. Nxg6, Qxg6 (29...hxg6 30. Rh3+ and mate in 2); 30. Rg3, but I missed the obvious (and winning) response 30...Qf6. It looked a bit too easy for Sunday, but I didnt become suspicious...
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  Doctor Who: I saw the Nxg6+ idea but I couldn't find Qb2 which is what makes it all work.
Jan-15-06  monad: I truly wish I'd seen 29.Qb2 *
Sadly, I didn't even consider it. What a nice line.
Jan-15-06  erimiro1: I found Qb2 and Ng6, but didn't connect between the two, so I missed the ball. Anyway it's rare to see Smyslov in such a bad position. On move 13 he was lost already (in such high levels, I mean). 13.Bb5! and 14.Qa4 forced him to move his Knight away from the game, to a5, where he stood poor and lonely for 15 moves. 19.Bc3! was a great move, that got rid of the black bishop and 29.Qb2!! took black to a chanceless endgame. Great game by Furman, although his endgame was not perfect (as was mentioned by <drukenknight> and < al wazir>)
Jan-15-06  LIFE Master AJ: Qb2 was one of the first moves that I looked at, but I am wondering if ...Nc4 wasn't an error. (Good puzzle.)

Jan-15-06  Soltari: nice puzzle, I never would have gotten this one, like monad <I didn't even consider it.> I'd went with h4 to prevent back rank mate :).
Jan-15-06  vizir: I found it in a few secs ! YEAHH :-)
Jan-15-06  shaikh123: <vizir> may be you will fill the gap produced by Kasparov's retirement from the game.
Jan-15-06  dakgootje: saw both the 29. ♘g6 and 29. ♕b2, but had the same line as <HelaNubo> and missed the 30. ♕f6 response ALSO and was being so naiev not to think that it would be far too easy for sunday.

I did consider 29. ♕b2 but thought it to be too quiete, so that black probably would have a good defence

Jan-15-06  Jack Kerouac: Neal is still driving the bus, while I'm with the Desolation Angels...
Jan-15-06  Eatman: I have the original russian edition of this 1949 championship book with comments by many players and Botvinnik (who didn't play) as well. Botvinnik says that Nc4 was a mistake but still white were better at that point.
Jan-15-06  Eatman: <Giraf> on 36. Rf7 Kg6 seems to work :)
Jan-15-06  likestofork: <Jack K> I hate to agree with Truman Capote, but that really wasn't writing at all, that was typing.
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  Richard Taylor: I solved every problem this week and I was convinced that Furman could win by (but I may have missed something) let's look:

29. Nxg6+

now if 29. .... hxg6 30. Rh3+ Qh7 31. Qc3#

so 29. ... Qxg6 is forced

Now I thought that 30. Qe7 now if say

30. ... Nb7 31. Rg3 Qh6 32. Qxd8+ Nxd8 33. Rg8#

or 30. ... Ra8 31. Rg3 Qh6 32. f4 to stop back rank mate and to threaten 33. Qf7) Rf8 ... now the problem is that 34. Rh3 doesn't win as back has Qg7 so I was analysing 35. Rxh7+ but couldn't see a win then I thought of

33. Bf7 but Black has Nc5 34. d6 (when I thought Bc8 saved things but I see now White has 35. Bxc4) so 34. ... Bb5 35. Bxc4 Bxc4 36. d7 and White wins

But I missed 35. Bxc4 instead I had deluded that 33. Bc8 was the winning move...but forgot that Bxc8 can happen...

But I think my line is winning

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  Richard Taylor: I saw 29 Qb2 but it didn't look as interesting as 29. Nxg6+ so I didn't anaylse it much - I'm talking about without a computer, and in my head - lol!
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  Richard Taylor: There is an error in this -

29. Nxg6+

now if 29. .... hxg6 30. Rh3+ Qh7 31. Qc3#

so 29. ... Qxg6 is forced

Now I thought that 30. Qe7 now if say

30. ... Nb7 31. Rg3 Qh6 32. Qxd8+ Nxd8 33. Rg8#

or 30. ... Ra8 31. Rg3 Qh6 32. f4 to stop back rank mate and to threaten 33. Qf7) Rf8 ... now the problem is that 34. Rh3 doesn't win as Black has Qg7 so I was analysing 35. Rxh7+ but couldn't see a win then I thought of

33. Bf7 but Black has Nc5 34. d6 BUT Imised Qxd6

So 33. d6 first. So with Black to play is this position a win for White?

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Jan-15-06  morpstau: Furman shows nhis great skill in this game.
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  Richard Taylor: I overlooked after -

29. Nxg6+ Qxg6 30. Qe7 Re8 (obvious move) which is an example of chess blindness - but then

31. Qxa7 is complex eg Rxe6 32. dxe6 Qxe6 33. Re3 Qc8 34. h4

but 31... Qf6 looks better 32.Qh4 f4 33. h3


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  kevin86: Nice combination by white to gain a pawn. An equally good idea for black was sacrificing his h pawn. With a rook and two pawns ahead-the RP and BP are a notorious draw-black was aiming in that direction,but there were too many other pieces on the board.
Jan-17-06  LIFE Master AJ: Several people have e-mailed me and asked me what I thought of this ending.

Although I have not studied it in great detail, I think it was not accurately played ... there were several points where I had questions about Furman's technique.

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  patzer2: Here's my look with Fritz 8 and the Opening Explorer:

<1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 c5 7. Bc4 cxd4> Better is 7... Bg7 = entering the main opening line as in Onischuk vs Carlsen, 2005 or Van Wely vs Svidler, 2005. <8. cxd4 Bg7> Black pulled off a win after the interesting 8... Qb6!? in Ivkov vs Korchnoi, 1966. <9. Ne2 Nc6 10. Be3 O-O 11. O-O b6 12. Rc1 Bb7 13. Bb5 Rc8 14. Qa4 Na5 15. d5 Qd6 16. Bd2 Rxc1 17. Rxc1 f5?> White has the advantage, but this makes it too easy. Putting up more resistance with practical drawing chances is 17... Rc8 <18. Bd7! Qe5?> Black is almost lost, but he can make a fight of it with 18... Kh8 19. Be6 fxe4 20. Qxe4 Be5 21. Bh6 Rd8 22. Bf4 Qxe6 23. Bxe5+ Kg8 24. Nf4 . <19. Bc3> White overlooked a quick and sure win with 19. Be6+! Kh8 20. Qb5! Qxe4 21. Ng3 Qe5 22. Bxa5 , trapping and winning the Knight. <19... Qxe4 20. Be6+ Kh8 21. Bxg7+ Kxg7 22. Qa3 Qh4 23. Rc7 Kh8 24. Rxe7 Qf6 25. Rc7 Ba6 26. Nf4 Qa1+ 27. Rc1 Qg7 28. Rc3 Rd8 29. Qb2!!> This brilliant move sets up a winning discovered check or mating attack. <29...Nc4> If 29... h6, White mates after 30. Rc7! Rg8 31. Nxg6+ Kh7 32. Bxg8+ Kxg6 33. Qxg7+ Kh5 34. Bf7+ Kh4 35. Qg3# <30. Nxg6+ Qxg6> If 30... hxg6, then 31. Rh3#. <31. Rxc4+ Qg7 32. Qxg7+ Kxg7 33. Rc7+ Kf6 34. f4 Bd3 35. Rxa7 Be4 36. h3?!> This dubious move gives Black drawing chances. Stronger is 36. Rb7 Bxd5 37. Bxd5 Rxd5 38. Rxb6+ Ke7 39. Rb2 Rd3 40. g3 Ke6 41. Kg2 Kf6 42. Kh3 Kg6 43. Kh4 Ra3 44. h3 Kf6 45. Rg2 Kg6 46. Rd2 Kf6 47. Rb2 Kg6 48. Re2 Kf6 49. Rc2 Kg6 50. Rg2 Ra4 51. Rd2 Ra3 52. g4 Ra6 53. Rb2 h6 54. Rc2 Ra5 55. Rc6+ Kh7 56. g5 hxg5+ 57. Kxg5 Rxa2 58. Rc7+ Kg8 59. h4 Re2 60. h5 Kh8 61. Kxf5 Kg8 62. Kf6 Rh2 63. f5 Rf2 (63... Rxh5?? 64. Kg6 ) 64. Rc8+ Kh7 65. Ke6 Kg7 66. h6+ Kxh6 67. f6 Re2+ 68. Kf7 Rf2 69. Ke7 Re2+ 70. Kf8 Kg6 71. f7 Kf6 72. Rc6+ Ke5 73. Kg7 Rf2 74. f8=Q . <36... h5?> This gives Black drawing chances after 36... Bxd5 37. Bxd5 Rxd5 38. Rxh7 Ra539. Rh6+ Kg7 40. Rxb6 Rxa2 41. Kh2 Rf2 42. Kg3 Rf1 43. Rb4 Rg1 44. Rb2 Rf1 45. Rf2 Rd1 46. Kh4 Kg6 47. Ra2 Rd6 48. g4 Rf6 49. Ra5 fxg4 50. Kxg4 Rb6 51. f5+ Kf6 52. Ra4 Rb1 53. Ra6+ Kf7 (53... Ke5 54. f6 Rf1 55. Kg5 Rg1+ 56. Kh6 Rf1 57. Kg7 Rg1+ 58. Kf8 Kf5 59. f7 Rb1 60. Kg8 Rg1+ 61. Kh8) 54. h4 Rg1+ 55. Kh5 Rf1 56. Kg5 Rg1+ 57. Kh6 Rf1 58. h5 Rxf5 59. Rg6 Rd5 60. Rg2 Ra5 61. Rg1 Rd5 62. Rg6 Kf8 63. Rg3 Kf7 64. Rg1 Kf8 65. Rg2 Kf7 66. Rg7+ Kf6 67. Rg8 Kf7 68. Ra8 Rc5 69. Rb8 Rc7 70. Rd8 Rc5 71. Rh8 Rd5 72. Rb8 Re5 73. Rc8 Re7 74. Rd8 1/2 1/2. <37. Ra6 Rb8 38. g3 Ke7 39. Ra7+ Kd6 40. a4 Bd3 41. Kf2 Be4 42. Ke3 Bxd5 43. Bxf5 Kc5 44. Bg6 h4 45. gxh4 b5 46. axb5 Rxb5 47. f5 Rb4 48. h5 Re4+ 49. Kf2 Kd6 50. h6 Rh4 51. h7 Rxh3 52. Rg7> White is winning but stronger is 52. f6 Rh2+ 53. Kg3 Rh1 54. Be4 Bxe4 55. f7 Rxh7 56. f8=Q+ . <52... Ke5 53. Rg8 Rh2+ 54. Kg3 Rg2+ 55. Kh3 1-0>

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  vonKrolock: <28.♖c3 ♖d8> Shall this pair of moves pass without some comment? If white played in a conventional way h2-h3 or h4 with idea of d5-d6 etc (a ventil for the ♔ before the decisive assault) black would not have some good continuation... ♖c3 contains a strong threat, but with 28...♕f6, at least the immediate combinations with ♕b2 and/or ♘g6 were for the moment prevented - then white could simply return to the conventional way...

As played (after 28...♖d8

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white to play and win, we say to catch the audience's attention and warn for some flamboyant possibility (well, white had also other winning possibilities, therefore - surelly - the text <battery set up> has more the character of a Problem than that of a Study - to find the SHORTEST way, not the ONLY way

Aug-25-13  csmath: The game between Furman and Dubinin that is theoretical followup to this game played in 1950 and won by Furman is missing from this database.
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  Eduardo Bermudez: GM Furman is one of the most UNDERRATED RUSSIAN GRAND MASTERs IN THE HISTORY
Feb-20-16  celsochini: Good Work! User: patzer2
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