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Semyon Abramovich Furman
Aronin vs Furman, 17th USSR Championship, Moscow, rd 13, Nov 5, 1949.
Number of games in database: 505
Years covered: 1946 to 1977
Highest rating achieved in database: 2560

Overall record: +150 -143 =212 (50.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (45) 
    E59 E54 E53 E41 E46
 King's Indian (41) 
    E62 E60 E67 E69 E94
 Grunfeld (20) 
    D76 D87 D92 D78 D96
 Modern Benoni (16) 
    A57 A56 A61 A64 A79
 English (15) 
    A15 A16 A17 A10 A18
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (13) 
    D25 D26 D29 D28 D24
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (59) 
    B43 B32 B42 B40 B44
 Ruy Lopez (36) 
    C92 C95 C94 C85 C77
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (25) 
    C92 C95 C94 C85 C96
 Nimzo Indian (19) 
    E53 E55 E29 E46 E54
 Sicilian Kan (15) 
    B43 B42 B41
 Queen's Indian (15) 
    E17 E14 E19 E12 E15
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   V Kirilov vs Furman, 1949 0-1
   Furman vs Smyslov, 1949 1-0
   Furman vs Konstantinopolsky, 1948 1-0
   Furman vs Keres, 1948 1-0
   Furman vs Bronstein, 1967 1-0
   Furman vs Korchnoi, 1954 1/2-1/2
   Furman vs Kholmov, 1963 1/2-1/2
   Geller vs Furman, 1961 0-1
   Dzindzichashvili vs Furman, 1972 0-1
   Furman vs Lilienthal, 1949 1-0

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

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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 Pinsk, Belarus (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 in Poland (scoring 11-4), 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

Last updated: 2018-04-12 13:56:05

 page 1 of 21; games 1-25 of 505  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Bronstein vs Furman 1-0571946ch-Soviet Union sfC09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
2. Furman vs Novotelnov  1-0411947URS-ch sfD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
3. Furman vs Geller 1-0411947LeningradD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. Furman vs Koblents  1-0271947URS-ch sfE02 Catalan, Open, 5.Qa4
5. Furman vs Ufimtsev  1-0401947Ch URS (1/2 final)E67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
6. Tolush vs Furman  1-0251948LeningradC30 King's Gambit Declined
7. Furman vs Eduard Gershkovich  0-13419481st Soviet Team-ch finalD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
8. Furman vs Lisitsin  0-1421948USSR ChampionshipD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. Lilienthal vs Furman 0-1441948USSR ChampionshipD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
10. Furman vs Kholmov 1-01141948USSR ChampionshipE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
11. Tolush vs Furman  1-0781948USSR ChampionshipA28 English
12. Furman vs Averbakh 1-0361948USSR ChampionshipE37 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
13. Flohr vs Furman 1-0411948USSR ChampionshipD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
14. Furman vs Keres 1-0561948USSR ChampionshipE15 Queen's Indian
15. Bondarevsky vs Furman  ½-½421948USSR ChampionshipE00 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Furman vs Taimanov  1-0381948USSR ChampionshipE17 Queen's Indian
17. Kotov vs Furman  ½-½581948USSR ChampionshipE41 Nimzo-Indian
18. Furman vs Levenfish  1-0271948USSR ChampionshipE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
19. Alatortsev vs Furman 0-1881948USSR ChampionshipA56 Benoni Defense
20. Furman vs Konstantinopolsky 1-0301948USSR ChampionshipD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
21. G Ilivitsky vs Furman 1-0711948USSR ChampionshipE02 Catalan, Open, 5.Qa4
22. Furman vs Panov  1-0411948USSR ChampionshipA53 Old Indian
23. Bronstein vs Furman 1-0361948USSR ChampionshipE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
24. Furman vs Ragozin ½-½571948USSR ChampionshipE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
25. Aronin vs Furman  ½-½271948USSR ChampionshipC05 French, Tarrasch
 page 1 of 21; games 1-25 of 505  PGN Download
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Apr-17-09  WhiteRook48: why do you mostly post on the pages of players who are dead?
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  whiteshark: Furman Bio:
Dec-01-09  talisman: happy birthday master furman.
Dec-01-09  Dredge Rivers: Whatever happened to his brother, Mark? :)
Dec-01-09  Shams: <Dredge Rivers: Whatever happened to his brother, Mark? :)>

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

Dec-03-09  talisman: <Shams> now that's funny!
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  HeMateMe: Was he a detective on the O.J. case?
Dec-03-09  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:

Mar-16-16  Pulpofeira: RIP Syoma.
Mar-17-16  TheFocus: Rest in peace, Semyon Furman.

Karpov's trainer.

Dec-01-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Semyon Furman.
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  gars: In his book "Mikhail Tal's Life and Games" Tal calls him "the White pieces World Champion".
May-11-18  Senk:
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