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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 06:53:33 by Leon_Trotsky
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By: FreeRepublic
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Barmen Catalan
I've been compiling a repertoire idea with The QGD-classical and the Barmen line. I have high faith in classical QGD positions, especially with some of the recent developments with Nh5 in the exchange...

Started 01/09/23 at 18:03:35 by RosemarysBaby
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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
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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 12:35:30 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
2 4696 Last Post 04/07/12 at 15:06:35
By: Klick
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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 19:26:05 by gewgaw
3 4760 Last Post 04/11/11 at 11:43:56
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 16:28:25 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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By: Markovich
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Avrukh's Catalan: question
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3 dxc4 5.Bg2 a6 6.O-O Nc6 and here Avrukh recommends 7.Nc3.  Then after 7...Rb8, he proceeds 8.e4 b5 9.d5 Nb4 10.b3 cxb3 11.Qxb3 c5 12.dxc6 Nxc6 13.Bf4 Rb7 14.Rfd1!? <br /...

Started 07/28/10 at 16:45:19 by Markovich
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By: Vandros
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Live 5-minute Chess Videos
this post is on the Catalan, where I have the white pieces... my opponent played an unorthodox variation (Bb4+)

Started 07/19/10 at 07:53:36 by charlesgalofre
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By: BPaulsen
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New playable Catalan eBook
Download it now! Wink

Started 02/25/09 at 23:37:27 by GMTonyKosten
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By: cma6
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Poll: Anti-Catalan for IM John Cox' book
Time for a poll. I hope I haven't forgotten any important option. The starting position is 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3.
IMJohnCox wrote on 02/07/10 at 00:40:59:
The book is supposed to have a Catalan line, although I haven't yet d...

Started 02/07/10 at 00:59:18 by MNb
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By: Ametanoitos
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NEW CATALAN BOOK - comments?
WOJO`S WEAPONS - Winning with White vol.1 - THE CATALAN
Dean Ippolito, Jonathan Hilton, Mongoose Press, 2010, p. 408
The late Aleksander Wojtkiewicz was one of the most fea...

Started 02/26/10 at 16:46:36 by Templare2
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Main line Catalan
Interesting that Gelfand (who knows a thing or two about the Catalan) should play the currently less fashionable 8.a4 against Topalov in Linares.  He doesn't seem to have gotten much from this (draw i...

Started 02/17/10 at 12:55:01 by HgMan
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By: TN
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What to play vs the Catalan
With all the new books out on the Catalan, I'm thinking it's about time I learnt something against it!
I have just played the Black side, and tried to recall some main line. The game went:
[b]1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4

Started 11/18/09 at 12:42:03 by TicklyTim
8 7005 Last Post 11/24/09 at 04:52:07
By: TN
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Easy equalizer in catalan?
hi there,
I cant find an advantage after:
1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 e6 3. c4 c6 4. Qc2 Nf6 5. g3
Nbd7 6. Bg2 Bd6 7. O-O O-O 8. Nbd2 Re8 9. e4 dxe4 10. Nxe4 Nxe4 11. Qxe4 e5 12.
Bg5 f6 13. B...

Started 10/24/09 at 14:50:56 by gewgaw
9 5478 Last Post 10/31/09 at 13:13:30
By: gewgaw
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Catalan, tactical? And a way to learn its theory
I have some questions about the catalan. Would you consider it to be a tactical opening?
The catalan has a dense theory. How would you recommend to get the grasp of it?
I'm only 160...

Started 09/27/09 at 12:07:56 by jitb
5 3470 Last Post 09/27/09 at 22:03:28
By: MNb
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Catalan 7. Ne5
As I was browsing the content of the 1. d4 d5 eBook, there was a variation of the Catalan that seemed conspicuous to me by its absence. I was under the impression that, once upon a time, the variation...

Started 06/13/09 at 08:33:46 by Lurdock
4 3589 Last Post 06/18/09 at 18:30:19
By: MatrixX
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Fighting the Catalan
Reading Avrukh's book, the Catalan seems more of a problem for Black than I realized. Thus, I wonder, what do you consider the best variation to soundly strive for the win as Black or at least get com...

Started 04/01/09 at 10:18:17 by exigentsky
2 2312 Last Post 04/02/09 at 02:35:53
By: MNb
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