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Semyon Furman vs Mark Taimanov
USSR Championship 1961a (1961), Moscow URS, rd 6, Jan-19
Benoni Defense: Fianchetto Variation (A62)  ·  0-1

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Aug-26-06  Albertan: On move 6 it is much more common to play 6...d6.

The move 9...Bg4 is a rarely played continuation. Usually Black plays 9...a6 and play continues:

9... a6 10. a4 Nbd7 11. Nd2 Re8 12. h3 Rb8 13. Nc4 Nb6 14. Na3 Bd7=

By playing 11.Qb3 Furman prevented 11...Bh3.

Taimanov played the interesting pawn sacrifice ...b5!? on move 15, gaining a tempo immediately for the pawn with 16...c4 and another tempo with 17...Qd7.

On move 18, Furman could have played the interesting sacrifice 18.Ndxb5!? after which play might have continued: 18...Rxb5 19.Nxb5 Qxb5 20.e4 Nd7 21.a4 Qb4 22.Bd2!? Qxb2 23.Rb1 Qf6=

Aug-26-06  Albertan: If Taimanov had tried to save his rook on move 34 by playing a move like 34...Re7? after 35.Bd6 Re3 36.Kf2 Rd3 37.Kxd2 white would be winning.

Aug-26-06  Albertan: Furman should have played 36.Rd8 instead of 36.Rd7 after which the position is equal: 36...c3 37.Rc8 Nd3 38.Nc7 disck Kg7 39.Nxa6 =

The move 39.Rf7?? was a blunder. Instead he should have played 39.Rc7 and after 39...c2 40.Rxc2 Bxf6 41.Rc6 Be7 Furman would still be in the game.

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