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Re: The sharpest Catalan?
Reply #5 - 11/02/12 at 03:50:33
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Avrukh's recommendation against it is sharp, but white isn't lacking for appreciably quieter options that also try for an advantage, ie: 6.0-0 Nc6 7.Bg5 among others.

The reality is that against the Catalan black must face the reality that white often has multiple paths requiring precise knowledge to tame.
  

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Re: The sharpest Catalan?
Reply #4 - 11/02/12 at 01:07:51
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JEH wrote on 11/01/12 at 09:51:20:
There's an interesting set of videos on youTube titled "Declawing the Catalan" by Cazzeo.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aiet-vlT-hU

There is a lot a material there which he thunders through at quite a pace covering a sharp prepertoire based on dxc/Nc6/a6 and holding onto the pawn whenever allowed.


Thanks for sharing these videos, I've been using Tiviakov's recommendation but always found it quite passive, this a6 stuff looks right up my street though.
  
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Re: The sharpest Catalan?
Reply #3 - 11/01/12 at 15:07:56
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Not that it's theoretically a problem at all, but White can always play 4...dxc4 5.Qa4+.  White nearly always has a way of keeping things pretty calm if he wants to.
  
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Re: The sharpest Catalan?
Reply #2 - 11/01/12 at 12:44:11
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As long as I know the most unbalanced line in the Catalan is this one (a correspondence game of mine):



So black has to build a repertoire based on 4. ... dxc4 5. Bg2 a6 6. O-O Nc6 7. Nc3 Rb8 if he wants to play sharp stuff, just as JEH said already.
  
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Re: The sharpest Catalan?
Reply #1 - 11/01/12 at 09:51:20
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There's an interesting set of videos on youTube titled "Declawing the Catalan" by Cazzeo.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aiet-vlT-hU

There is a lot a material there which he thunders through at quite a pace covering a sharp prepertoire based on dxc/Nc6/a6 and holding onto the pawn whenever allowed.
  

Those who want to go by my perverse footsteps play such pawn structure with fuzzy atypical still strategic orientations

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The sharpest Catalan?
11/01/12 at 08:07:46
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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?

kind regards, Matemax
  
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