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Semyon Furman vs Vladimir Antoshin
USSR Championship (1955), Moscow URS, rd 7, Feb-21
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Bernstein Defense (E59)  ·  0-1

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May-04-09
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  Phony Benoni: 16...?


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<16...Ba4> was a fine example of a pitfall, as described by Horowitz & Reinfeld in their book <Chess Traps, Pitfalls and Swindles> (my bible).

White a "trap" can arise spontaneously and gives a player no advantage if the opponent sees it, a "pitfall" is deliberately set by a player and gives some advantage even if it is avoided. Here, of course, 17.Qxa4 Qxc3 wins a pawn for Black, White had to move the queen, when the bishop on a4 made it difficult for White to dispute the d-file.

Of course, this didn't win the game by itself. But Black's control of the d-file led to concessions by White elsewhere, and matters ballooned from there.

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