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Re: Bizarre queen sac in the Catalan?
Reply #2 - 09/02/16 at 01:17:12
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Hi.

cramie10 wrote on 08/31/16 at 20:42:53:
6.a4 is a legitimate sideline, but 8.Nc3 is a novelty.

Well. It would have been nice Cheesy.


8.Nc3 looks playable though. Probably I would blitz in 8...Na5 as black . Looks like what black will play sooner or later anyway (or maybe some kind of delayed b7-b5).

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Re: Bizarre queen sac in the Catalan?
Reply #1 - 08/31/16 at 23:14:57
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Uh...

What if Black just goes Bb4 or Be7 on move 8 instead of b5?

Slightly better for Black probably...
  
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Bizarre queen sac in the Catalan?
08/31/16 at 20:42:53
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Recently, I played the following game as Black against the Catalan.



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 that he blundered with 10. Nxb5 as he missed my 11...Ra5.

Amazingly, after the queen sacrifice (which is forced), white is slightly better.

Can this mean that playing 6. a4 with Nc3 is a legitimate idea?
  

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