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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.
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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
2 952 Last Post 09/02/16 at 01:17:12
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
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
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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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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By: fling
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Catalan Vs. Slav
After 1. d4  d5  2. c4 c6  3. Nf3 Nf6 White can play 4. g3
This could easily traspose into the Catalan but this line is considered not so good for Black due to 4...dc4 and there is a difference,...

Started 10/22/09 at 17:28:25 by Templare2
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By: Markovich
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Chesspub's Catalan e-book vs. Agnus Dunnington
Hello !
Been a while since I last posted here, but I have a question. My chess journey has taken me towards the Catalan lately. I am getting the hang of it, getting more enjoyable games with a ve...

Started 11/12/10 at 18:30:44 by Damien Calloway
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