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Playing Catalán as Black seems unpleasant ż
I usually play Grünfeld and Slav, but lately added Nimzo and Ragozin/Queen's Indian into Black repertoire. Perhaps is psychological, but I feel that after 1. d4 Cf6 2. c4 e6, 3. Cc3 and 3. Cf3 are not...

Started 09/06/18 at 07:53:33 by Leon_Trotsky
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By: kylemeister
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Catalán 4...Ab4+ 5. Ad2 Ae7 resources for Black

I think that this line looks solid for Black, but I have basically no book for Black on t...

Started 08/17/18 at 23:01:26 by Leon_Trotsky
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By: Leon_Trotsky
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Grandmaster Repertoire 1A - The Catalan by Avrukh
Any comments on this new book (compared to GM1)? Is it worth the buy if you are a 1900-player and haven't studied all of the Catalan of GM1 yet?

Started 05/07/15 at 20:24:10 by TD
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By: MarinFan
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Taking advantage of delayed c4
Playing the QGD and wanting to face the Catalan with a Bb4+ system, the move-order 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.g3 annoys me, for no rational reason ! I know the Bf5 or Bg4 with c6 systems are supposed to be f...

Started 08/25/16 at 16:35:47 by Laramonet
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By: ReneDescartes
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Closed Catalan - 6. 0-0 Nc6!?
I have for fun just played a few games against Shredder on my phone. It keeps playing the line 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 d5 4. Bg2 Be7 5. Nf3 0-0 6. 0-0 Nc6!? This has actually been played by quite a f...

Started 02/23/15 at 19:42:09 by fling
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By: semper_fidelis
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The Catalan: Move by Move

Started 04/10/17 at 16:34:14 by TD
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By: Stigma
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Sharp lines vs the Catalan
Hey guys,
I am currently looking for a new weapon against the Catalan.
I would describe myself as an attacking player, I like to have the initiative.
I wouldn't mind much to sac the ...

Started 11/17/16 at 21:24:13 by Tauromachie
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By: CarriedbyGg
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Bizarre queen sac in the Catalan?
Recently, I played the following game as Black against the Catalan.
[pgn][Event "?"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Enter New Game"]
[Black "?"]
[R...|/pgn]
6.a4 is a legitimate sideline, but 8.Nc3 is a novelty. It looks as though Black just plays 8...b5 with a nice position, as ...b4 is coming. My opponent after the game stated

Started 08/31/16 at 20:42:53 by cramie10
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By: Confused_by_Theory
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Best books for Black for playing vs the Catalan?
What are, if any, the best books for Black for dealing with the Catalan? I mean repertoire books, but also books with lots of explanatory ideas, so that Black can decide what to play...

Started 06/07/16 at 23:27:33 by grandpatzer
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By: KestonyChess
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Closed Catalan: Main Line - White's 8th move
Hello.
In the Main Line of the Closed Catalan, after 1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. g3 Be7 5. Bg2 O-O 6. O-O c6 7. Qc2 Nbd7
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I am hesitating between these four moves:
- 8. Rd1
- 8. b3<br...

Started 08/03/14 at 23:43:29 by Marc Benford
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By: Keano
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Symmetrical Variation, Pseudo-Catalan
1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.g3
Are there many resources on this line? If so, would you share? I like delaying c4, as I'm a softy. My database gives it decent results.

Started 07/23/15 at 04:11:02 by Ama17
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By: Ama17
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Closed Catalan (E08) theory
GM Scherbakov did an excellent review of the state of Catalan theory as of 6/4/13. In the section "Catalan5" (E08), he discusses the important line
1 d4,d5; 2 c4, e6; 3 Nf3, Nf6; 4 g3, Bb4ch; 5 ...

Started 02/26/14 at 21:52:25 by cma6
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By: GMTonyKosten
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Catalan suited below 2000?
I find the Catalan a very interesting but also difficult opening. I love to fianchetto my King's bishop, but have some difficulty with the clash between the pawns on c4 and d4 vs. c5 and d5 and the di...

Started 09/18/12 at 17:06:57 by TD
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By: ErictheRed
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Repertoire for Black in the Catalan...
Anybody knows a good possible repertoire for black in the catalan?

Started 10/09/10 at 03:24:40 by XChess1971
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By: Plyo
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Catalan 4...dxc4 5.Bg2 a6 6.O-O Nc6 7.Nc3
While I consider Ruslan's notes to be some of the best and most comprehensive on the site, so far there is an unfortunate absence of treatment of the subject line (there is a mere mention in the PDF f...

Started 08/18/10 at 21:14:14 by Markovich
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By: fling
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The sharpest Catalan?
Hi friends!
Facing the Catalan with Black I wonder what you recommend to play to get the sharpest and most unbalancing positions.
Maybe we can get an interesting fighting collection here?<br...

Started 11/01/12 at 08:07:47 by Matemax
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By: BPaulsen
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Bologan repertoire book on Catalan
According to Amazon, New in Chess are publishing a book by Bologan called "The Powerful Catalan: A Complete Repertoire for White". I can't see anything about this on the New in Chess site. I wonder ho...

Started 05/11/12 at 13:35:30 by Straggler
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By: gewgaw
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Catalan: what happened to 6...dxc4 7.Qc2 b5 ?
At this year's euro-Ch Salgado tried the amazing line
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3 Be7 5.Bg2 0-0 6.0-0 dxc4 7.Qc2 b5!? 8.a4 b4 9.Ne5 Qxd4 10.Bxa8 Qxe5
where Black sacrifices the exchange f...

Started 11/14/11 at 23:19:28 by Brehn
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By: Klick
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The Catalan against all 1…d5 responses?
I just had a quick look at Avrukh’s books, as most of you know, a two volume repertoire for white with 1d4. As Avrukh himself explains at the introduction, his repertoire is based, whenever possible, ...

Started 03/21/12 at 11:31:06 by fairchess
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By: emary
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Catalan
hi all,
today I played the catalan against a rare setup, which seems to have good chances to equalize. I wonder, why Black´s setup is used so seldom.
Here are the moves:
1. d4 d5 2. Nf3...

Started 04/10/11 at 20:26:05 by gewgaw
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