Latest Updates:
Catalan Catalan
Catalan Opening [E01-09]
(Moderators: proustiskeen, TN)
Topics: 78
Posts: 1053
Pages Pages: [1] 2 3 4
There are no actions to perform.
Subject / Started By Replies Views Last Post Sort (Z-A)
Hot Topic (More than 10 Replies) Poll closed
Poll: Catalan lines with ...Bb4ch
In the Catalan, some authors recommend the disruptive move ...Bb4ch. However Black can choose between several different systems, both in the Open (...dxc) and the Closed Catalan. I've identified five ...

Started 03/19/22 at 23:19:59 by FreeRepublic
« Pages 1 2 all »
19 1313 Last Post 05/10/22 at 19:11:41
By: FreeRepublic
Normal Topic
Catalan: Definitive Repertoire for White
Catalan: Definitive Repertoire for White with GM Sipke Ernst

Started 03/21/22 at 14:14:55 by TD
5 461 Last Post 04/20/22 at 01:13:43
By: cathexis
Normal Topic
3 1632 Last Post 03/10/21 at 19:18:27
By: TD
Normal Topic
Open vs Closed vs "delayed Open" and Ntirlis
In [i]Playing 1 d4 d5[i] Ntirlis immediately dismisses the Closed " ...Be7 can arguably be considered the main line, but it gives White a few too many options...". All his subsequent discussions are o...

Started 01/04/21 at 04:44:30 by ernie
3 1158 Last Post 01/04/21 at 17:18:18
By: ernie
Normal Topic
Black repertoire vs. The Catalan With ...c5
I remember a repertoire book (actual book, not DVD) published some time ago, at least 8-10 years, advocating this line: 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4.Bg2 dxc4 5.Nf3 c5. It was published probably by Batsf...

Started 08/27/20 at 15:30:07 by grandpatzer
6 1893 Last Post 08/31/20 at 15:27:44
By: FreeRepublic
Hot Topic (More than 10 Replies)
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 15:35:47 by Laramonet
« Pages 1 2 all »
This topic contains 1 attachment
21 13399 Last Post 12/10/19 at 08:53:10
By: ham204
Hot Topic (More than 10 Replies)
(Anti-)Catalan with c5
I am currently switching from Benoni to Ragozin (both with Nimzo move order). I will still be answering 3. g3 with c5, but I still have to choose a reply to 3. Nf3 d5 4. g3.
Currently I am looking at 4. ... c5, wh...

Started 07/21/19 at 12:26:09 by smatija
13 4413 Last Post 07/26/19 at 09:10:19
By: stockhausen
Very Hot Topic (More than 25 Replies)
Catalan resources
Hello All,
I am trying to contsruct a repertoire based on the Catalan. I currently have the chessbase cd by Marin. Can someone who plays the catalan recommend some more books,videos,etc...?<br /...

Started 04/19/08 at 06:09:12 by TNich
« Pages 1 2 3 all »
37 18889 Last Post 07/19/19 at 00:51:06
By: bigpawn
Very Hot Topic (More than 25 Replies)
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 06:53:33 by Leon_Trotsky
« Pages 1 2 3 all »
35 15238 Last Post 09/26/18 at 07:15:04
By: kylemeister
Normal Topic
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 22:01:26 by Leon_Trotsky
0 1986 Last Post 08/17/18 at 22:01:25
By: Leon_Trotsky
Hot Topic (More than 10 Replies)
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 19:24:10 by TD
« Pages 1 2 all »
19 19663 Last Post 05/22/18 at 07:43:53
By: MarinFan
Normal Topic
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
6 4644 Last Post 03/15/18 at 18:02:14
By: semper_fidelis
Very Hot Topic (More than 25 Replies)
The Catalan: Move by Move

Started 04/10/17 at 15:34:14 by TD
« Pages 1 2 3 all »
36 23667 Last Post 07/20/17 at 23:55:23
By: Stigma
Normal Topic
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
1 2424 Last Post 11/17/16 at 22:27:52
By: CarriedbyGg
Normal Topic
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 "?"]
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 19:42:53 by cramie10
2 2603 Last Post 09/02/16 at 00:17:12
By: Confused_by_Theory
Normal Topic
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 22:27:33 by grandpatzer
3 5282 Last Post 08/17/16 at 18:57:20
By: KestonyChess
Hot Topic (More than 10 Replies)
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 22:43:29 by Marc Benford
« Pages 1 2 all »
23 20296 Last Post 08/22/15 at 18:38:26
By: Keano
Normal Topic
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 03:11:02 by Ama17
5 4633 Last Post 07/26/15 at 07:02:19
By: Ama17
Hot Topic (More than 10 Replies)
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
« Pages 1 2 all »
21 24143 Last Post 04/09/14 at 12:50:39
By: GMTonyKosten
Very Hot Topic (More than 25 Replies)
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 16:06:57 by TD
« Pages 1 2 3 4 all »
48 53945 Last Post 01/08/14 at 19:16:17
By: ErictheRed
Pages Pages: [1] 2 3 4
There are no actions to perform.
Normal Topic Normal Topic
Sticky Topic Sticky Topic
Locked Topic Locked Topic
Locked Topic Sticky Locked Topic
Moved Topic Moved Topic
Global Announcement Global Announcement
Locked Global Announcement Locked Global Announcement
Hot Topic (More than 10 Replies) Hot Topic (More than 10 Replies)
Very Hot Topic (More than 25 Replies) Very Hot Topic (More than 25 Replies)
You can view Topics in this Board.

You cannot post replies to Topics in this Board.
You cannot start new Topics in this Board.
You cannot post Attachments in this Board.
You cannot start Polls in this Board.
  ‹ Board Index   Top