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Semyon Abramovich Furman
Number of games in database: 499
Years covered: 1946 to 1977
Highest rating achieved in database: 2560
Overall record: +146 -139 =214 (50.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (44) 
    E58 E54 E41 E53 E48
 King's Indian (42) 
    E62 E94 E60 E69 E67
 Grunfeld (20) 
    D76 D78 D87 D92 D98
 English (15) 
    A15 A17 A16 A18 A10
 Modern Benoni (14) 
    A56 A61 A57 A64 A58
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (13) 
    D25 D26 D28 D29 D24
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (60) 
    B40 B43 B32 B42 B44
 Ruy Lopez (36) 
    C92 C95 C94 C85 C77
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (25) 
    C92 C95 C94 C85 C86
 Nimzo Indian (19) 
    E55 E53 E29 E46 E57
 Queen's Indian (15) 
    E17 E14 E18 E12 E19
 Sicilian Kan (15) 
    B43 B42 B41
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Furman vs Smyslov, 1949 1-0
   Furman vs Konstantinopolsky, 1948 1-0
   V G Kirillov vs Furman, 1949 0-1
   Furman vs Keres, 1948 1-0
   Furman vs Kholmov, 1963 1/2-1/2
   Furman vs Bronstein, 1967 1-0
   Furman vs Averbakh, 1948 1-0
   Furman vs Lilienthal, 1949 1-0
   Furman vs Simagin, 1965 1-0
   Geller vs Furman, 1961 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USSR Championship (1948)
   Madrid (1973)
   Bad Lauterberg (1977)
   USSR Championship (1965)
   USSR Championship (1949)
   Bucharest (1954)
   USSR Championship (1967)
   USSR Championship (1972)
   USSR Championship (1955)
   USSR Championship 1961a (1961)
   USSR Championship (1957)
   USSR Championship (1963)
   USSR Championship (1959)
   USSR Championship (1958)
   USSR Championship (1969)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Semyon Furman: The Walking ECO by Resignation Trap
   Madrid 1973 by suenteus po 147
   99_Bad Lauterberg 1977 by whiteshark

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(born Dec-01-1920, died Mar-17-1978, 57 years old) Russia
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Semyon Abramovich Furman was born in Moscow, Russia (formerly USSR). Awarded the IM title in 1954 and the GM title in 1966 he was Leningrad Champion in 1953 and 1957 (jointly). A fine theoretician he was 1st at Harrachov, 1st at the Rubinstein Memorial 1967, 3rd at Madrid 1973 and 3rd at Bad Lauterberg 1977. In 14 USSR Championships, his best finish was 3rd in 1948, his first appearance. However, he was best known as the trainer of Anatoly Karpov. He passed away in Leningrad in 1978 after suffering a heart attack.

Wikipedia article: Semyon Furman

 page 1 of 20; games 1-25 of 499  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Bronstein vs Furman 1-057 1946 ch-Soviet Union sfC09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
2. Furman vs Ufimtsev  1-040 1947 Ch URS (1/2 final)E67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
3. Furman vs Koblents  1-027 1947 URS-ch sfE02 Catalan, Open, 5.Qa4
4. Furman vs Novotelnov  1-041 1947 URS-ch sfD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
5. Furman vs Geller  1-041 1947 LeningradD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. Furman vs Konstantinopolsky 1-030 1948 USSR ChampionshipD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
7. Furman vs Taimanov  1-038 1948 USSR ChampionshipE17 Queen's Indian
8. Tolush vs Furman  1-078 1948 USSR ChampionshipA28 English
9. Kotov vs Furman  ½-½58 1948 USSR ChampionshipE41 Nimzo-Indian
10. Furman vs Ragozin ½-½57 1948 USSR ChampionshipE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
11. Aronin vs Furman  ½-½27 1948 USSR ChampionshipC05 French, Tarrasch
12. Furman vs Averbakh 1-036 1948 USSR ChampionshipE37 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
13. Lilienthal vs Furman  0-144 1948 USSR ChampionshipD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
14. Furman vs Lisitsin  0-142 1948 USSR ChampionshipD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. Flohr vs Furman 1-041 1948 USSR ChampionshipD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
16. Furman vs Keres 1-056 1948 USSR ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
17. Bondarevsky vs Furman  ½-½42 1948 USSR ChampionshipE00 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Alatortsev vs Furman 0-188 1948 USSR ChampionshipA56 Benoni Defense
19. Bronstein vs Furman 1-036 1948 USSR ChampionshipE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
20. G Ilivitsky vs Furman 1-071 1948 USSR ChampionshipE02 Catalan, Open, 5.Qa4
21. Furman vs Levenfish  1-027 1948 USSR ChampionshipE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
22. Furman vs Panov  1-041 1948 USSR ChampionshipA53 Old Indian
23. Furman vs Kholmov 1-0114 1948 USSR ChampionshipE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
24. Tolush vs Furman  1-025 1948 LeningradC30 King's Gambit Declined
25. Aronin vs Furman ½-½31 1949 USSR ChampionshipC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
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Jan-06-08  brankat: S.A.Furman. Yet another fine GM who didn't get as much recognition as he deserved. But in his case, it was mostly by his own choice. Mr.Furman preferred to stay in the background. A strong player and excellent teacher, nonetheless.
Feb-01-08  Resignation Trap: Photo of Furman with Ratmir Kholmov : .
Dec-01-08  brankat: R.I.P. Semyon Abramovich.
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  Karpova: Furman won the fifth Rubinstein Memorial, Polanica Zdroj 09-31.08.67 in impressive style with 11.0/15 (+8 -1 =6) ahead of players like Hort, Uhlmann, Flohr, Suttles, Adamski, Filipowicz and Sliwa.

Source: http://www.akibarubinstein.republik...

Apr-17-09  stanleys: Semyon Furman at work:

Apr-17-09  WhiteRook48: why do you mostly post on the pages of players who are dead?
Apr-22-09  stanleys: <WhiteRook48:> <why do you mostly post on the pages of players who are dead?>

Posting a reply just for the pleasure of posting - a typical spammer

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  whiteshark: Furman Bio:
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  talisman: happy birthday master furman.
Dec-01-09  Dredge Rivers: Whatever happened to his brother, Mark? :)
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  Shams: <Dredge Rivers: Whatever happened to his brother, Mark? :)>

He stopped getting tourney invites because he wouldn't play with the black pieces.

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  talisman: <Shams> now that's funny!
Dec-03-09  HeMateMe: Was he a detective on the O.J. case?
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  talisman: <HeMateMe> right...i think he went to utah.
Dec-01-10  dx9293: Happy Birthday to the hard-working Grandmaster and one of the first "super trainers" in chess history.
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  Infohunter: My strongest impression of GM Furman was formed when I saw the game wherein he brought off a win by the Double Bishop Sacrifice--with the Black pieces yet! That game was V Kirilov vs Furman, 1949.
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  wordfunph: Based on GM Genna Sosonko's book Russian Silhouettes, Viktor Korchnoi remembered how Semyon Furman, at a tournament in Scandinavia, each morning bought a roast chicken which then cost a dollar, which he would stealthily consume during the course of the day as his sole food.
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  jessicafischerqueen: Rare live film footage-

<Karpov> v <Vaganian> Blitz training games 1975

(with special guest appearance by Semyon Furman)

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  wordfunph: "He studied chess all the time. He liked to use a pocket set since we didn't have much room in the house. But even without a set, he was all the time thinking about chess, in the train, in the bus. I know that look, when he listened to and did not hear what I was saying to him --- he was all wrapped up in chess."

- Alla Furman (wife of GM Semyon Furman, on GM Furman)

Dec-01-12  The Last Straw: Happy Birthday.
Dec-01-12  Everett: Bronstein mostly went solo (by choice and by circumstance) yet before and during Gothenburg 1955 he worked with Furman, and ran away with the tournament with a +10 =10.

In Sorcerer's Apprentice he goes on to say that he was not surprised to learn that the amazingly strong and mature play of the young Anatoly Karpov was honed under Furman's training.

Dec-01-13  RedShield: <Bronstein mostly went solo> He looked the type.
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  offramp: I have a list of 757 games by GM Furman.

As white he played 391 games.

With those white pieces he scored +185, =126, -76.


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  Penguincw: R.I.P. <POTD>: GM Semyon Abramovich Furman.
Oct-21-14  Lemon69: GM Furman's short autobiography posted on this link seems better and more accurate than what was posted here:

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